Public Advisory Group Meeting With BLM Friday
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MONTROSE – A public advisory group that will provide recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office as it revises its Resource Management Plan will meet for the third time on July 23, at the Holiday Inn Express Jordan Room in Montrose at 1391 South Townsend Ave., 9 a.m.-12 noon, with a public comment period scheduled for 11 a.m.

The Southwest Colorado RAC subgroup is composed of area residents representing diverse interests within the Uncompahgre Field Office. The seven-member subgroup will provide recommendations to the BLM Southwest Colorado RAC regarding development and implementation of the public lands within the field office. For more information on Colorado RACs, go to and select Resources, then Resource Advisory Councils.

Telluride Foundation Hosts Grassroots Needs-Assessment Workshop

TELLURIDE – Regional nonprofits and members of the public are invited to a nonprofit building capacity workshop on “How to Do a Grassroots Needs Assessment” Tuesday, July 27, 10-11:30 a.m., in the upstairs meeting room of the Telluride Fire District, located at 135 W. Columbia Avenue. The workshop will help nonprofits, foundations and local governments plan and implement affordable assessments that can strategically guide future planning and decision-making.

Taught by Kerry Lupher of JVA Consulting, this workshop will help you plan and implement an affordable assessment to determine if you should be adapting, expanding or strengthening your programs to better address community needs. In this economy, many nonprofits, foundations and local governments are trying to figure out how to best use limited resources. Demographic changes are affecting communities, and agencies need to know if it’s time to adapt, expand or strengthen programs to better address community needs.

Lupher brings over 16 years experience serving as a social change agent, consultant, researcher and evaluator, bringing positive change to communities across the nation. For more information on JVA, go to

The cost for the workshop is $15; to register – and pay – visit or go the JVA’s website at and click on “General Nonprofit Trainings” and scroll to the Telluride Trainings.

Andrea Benda, Dan Garner and Greer Garner This Year’s Outstanding Citizens

TELLURIDE – The Telluride Foundation has named citizens Andrea Benda and Dan and Green Garner as its 2010 Outstanding Citizens.

“Andrea and Dan and Greer are exemplary citizens,” said Joanne Corzine-Brown, co-chairman of the Foundation board, and “we simply could not choose between them.

“Their years of great service to Telluride and Mountain Village have impacted so many lives,” Corzine added, that “we are proud to name them Outstanding Citizens.”

Benda, who has lived in Telluride for more than 20 years, worked tirelessly to make the new Wilkinson Library facility a reality, back at the turn of the century, doing everything from raising the funds to spearheading the ballot issue, acquiring the land, building the building and structuring the organization. She served as executive director of the Telluride Historical Museum at a challenging time in its history, as well, devoting countless unpaid hours to help deliver the finished product that we see today a reality, and served on the Telluride Town Council from 2003 until last year.

Greer and Dan Garner are an excellent example of a couple working quietly but diligently to improve the Telluride/Mountain Village community. Greer, a trained clinical psychologist, is president of the San Miguel Resource Center, as well as chairperson of the Mountain Village Design Review Board. Dan serves on the boards of the Telluride Historical Museum, Telluride Medical Center and the Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization; he has also served, as an elected official, on the on Mountain Village's Metropolitan District board and on the Mountain Village Town Council.

The Telluride Foundation created its Outstanding Citizen award in 2003 to honor San Miguel County residents who make remarkable and unselfish contributions to the region.

Look for profiles of all three recipients in next week’s edition of the Watch.

In other Foundation news: One to One San Miguel Mentoring Program is the winner of the Foundation’s Health and Human Services Category Text-to-Give Fundraiser, and applications are now being accepted from Environment and Animal nonprofit organizations for the third round of the Text-To-Give Fundraiser.

The Health and Human Service organizations text-a-thon, including the San Miguel Resource Center, Telluride Medical Center and Telluride EMTs, and One-to-One, ran from May 28-July 5. In these events, selected nonprofits compete to raise the highest number of $5 texts for their organization; the Telluride Foundation matches the winner’s donations.

Interested organizations must submit a Text-to-Give application by July 30. The application form is available on the Telluride Foundation’s website at and the completed form should be emailed to by Friday, July 30, at 5 p.m.

Wildlife Commissioner to Meet Public in Ridgway RIDGWAY – Mark Smith, a member of the Colorado Wildlife Commission, will hold a public meeting to discuss wildlife issues in Ridgway, Thursday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Center, behind Ridgway Town Hall, at 201 N. Railroad St.

Smith, a ranch manager in the San Luis Valley, has been active with wildlife issues in Colorado for many years. The public is invited to talk about any and all issues concerning wildlife, hunting and fishing at the meeting.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission is a volunteer board that sets regulations and policies for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Nine wildlife commissioners represent five different districts in Colorado. They are appointed from each of the following groups: livestock producers; agricultural or produce growers; sportsmen or outfitters; wildlife organizations; and boards of county commissioners. The remaining three commissioners are appointed from the public at large.

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