TELLURIDE – EcoAction Partners is coordinating a Spring Gear Swap & Garage Sale on Saturday, May 31-Sunday, June 1, in partnership with Telluride Academy and the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, at the Telluride High School cafeteria. Look for kayaks, rafts, bikes, camping and climbing gear, as well as “garage sale” items such as clothing, furniture, art, small appliances, or anything that someone would want to purchase. Please, no ski gear.
Participating nonprofit organizations seek donations for the sale; individuals also have the opportunity to sell their gear and receive 80 percent of the proceeds and directing the rest to their nonprofit of choice. Drop off items Friday, May 30, 3:306 p.m. Items priced $5 and above are welcome. Volunteers are needed for this event. Contact Heather Rommel at 728-1340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
MONTROSE – On Sunday, June 1, the 0.3 percent sales-and-use tax increase for the Montrose Recreation District goes into effect. The City of Montrose will require all sales tax licensees to begin collecting the new 0.3 percent sales tax on behalf of the Montrose Recreation District, as required under Referred Measure “B.” The 0.3 percent MRD sales tax increase will remain in effect until June 1, 2039, and is designated for Recreation District Facilities. The total sales and use tax rate for retail sales within the City of Montrose will be 7.95 percent (3.30 percent City of Montrose/ MRD, 1.75 percent Montrose County and 2.9 percent State of Colorado). Total sales tax rates collected will be 8.75 percent for restaurants and 8.85 percent for hotel/lodging establishments.
A variety of sales tax information, including a breakdown of local tax rate components, monthly revenue reports, and licensing forms are available at www.cityofmontrose.org/salestax. For more information, contact Finance Director Shani Wittenberg at (970) 240-1462.
Delta County Hospital Partners With North Fork Clinics
DELTA COUNTY – Delta County Memorial Hospital is partnering with the North Fork Clinics in Hotchkiss and Paonia to provide additional primary care providers to meet the medical needs of North Fork families, hospital CEO Jason Cleckler has announced. Two well-known family practice physicians will continue at the North Fork Clinics – Tim Meilner, MD and Michelle Hundley, MD. “We are working hard to avoid long wait times for appointments so that North Fork residents may access medical care in a timely manner,” said Cleckler. “Some specialty physicians such as obstetrics and gynecology physicians currently practicing in Delta will rotate to the North Fork.” DCMH will work cooperatively with existing clinics, employing additional physicians and mid-level practitioners such as Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners to help fill the gap left by other providers who have left the area in the past few years.
“We are planning ahead to assure North Fork families and all Delta County families continue to have access to quality health care,” Cleckler said. “We are proactively instituting a plan now so that Delta County families will continue to have family doctors well into the future as more health care changes come with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”
DCMH currently owns and operates seven medical clinics including: Internal Medicine Associates, DCMH Primary Care (formerly Delta Pediatrics), Premier Women’s Healthcare of Delta, Colorow Family Medical Clinic in Olathe, Grand Mesa Oncology Center and Grand Mesa Rheumatology, and Delta-Montrose Home Health Services.
OURAY ELKS BINGO STARTS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4
Wednesday Night Bingo at the Ouray Elks Lodge starts on Wednesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. “These games are open to the public,” says Program Director Julie Wesseling, “and we hope to see a lot of our old friends, as well as new faces.” Bingo income supports many lodge programs, and also goes toward lodge upkeep.
OCHS ‘Candy Stripe’ Raffle Quilt Features Spring Colors, Unique Design
OURAY – Each year, a team of local quilters creates a one-of-a-kind fiber masterpiece to raffle off as a fundraiser for the Ouray County Historical Society. This year’s raffle quilt, now on display at the Ouray County Historical Museum, is a custom design of vines and flowers.
The quilt’s eye-pleasing design features columns of multi-colored floral squares in spring pastel blues, pinks, greens, yellows and peach tones. Each column is bordered with colorful stripes, thus the quilt’s name, “Candy Stripe.” The piece is sized for a queen or double bed cover and perfect for a guest room or girl’s bedroom. Hand-made pillow cases complement the quilt’s design.
The quilting team found this rare pattern by way of quilter Joan Moyer’s daughter-in-law, who spotted it in a quilting book.
“We found this pattern appealing for the variety of colors, which work well in any room with a pastel color scheme,” said quilt team leader Sue Hillhouse. “Each four-patch square (or diamond, depending on your orientation) is ‘set on point’ in quilter’s jargon.”
The team worked on the project last January through March. Most of the work was done at weekly quilting bees, although quilters also worked on small portions individually.
“As any quilter knows, piecing everything together and arranging colors took much care and time,” Hillhouse said. About half of the material used in the quilt had belonged to OCHS President Kevin Chismire’s mother.
Members of the all-local quilting team are: Paula Ashmead, Joan Chismire, April Dodson, Penny Hanshaw, Sue Hillhouse, Martha Metzger, Joan Moyer, Kathy Pettengill, Nancy Rule, Norma Shafer, Mary Stapleton, and Marianne Zegers. Melody Maskus, of Olathe, did the quilting on her longarm quilting machine.
Tickets for the quilt (including pillowcases) can be purchased at the Ouray County Historical Museum at 420 Sixth Avenue in Ouray. They are priced at one for $2, three for $5, or six for $10. All proceeds from the quilt raffle benefit the nonprofit OCHS. The raffle runs through Oct. 10, 2014, when the winning ticket will be drawn at the annual Quilters’ Tea in Ouray. Ticket-holders do not have to be present at the drawing to win.
The Ouray County Historical Museum is open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays, noon-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 970/325-4576 or visit the website, www.ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org.
RSS TEACHER TO ATTEND SUPREME COURT SUMMER INSTITUTE
RIDGWAY – Ridgway Secondary School teacher Jason Gunning will travel to Washington, DC this June to attend the prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute.
After a highly competitive application process, 60 teachers were selected from across the country to participate in the Institute this year. It is open to teachers in the fields of law-related and civic education, is co-sponsored by Street Law, Inc. (an organization that creates classroom and community programs that teach people about law, democracy and human rights worldwide) and the Supreme Court Historical Society.
“I’ve been interested in applying for this program since hearing about it in the summer of 2012,” Gunning said. “I applied last year, but did not get selected so I was incredibly happy to have been picked to attend this year.”
The Institute offers teachers the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methodology for conveying this information to students. Well-known Supreme Court lawyers, reporters, scholars and educators will be among the speakers and instructors. Teachers will visit the Court to attend decisions and a reception.
Upon returning home, teachers will be available to present workshops on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gunning said participating in the program will help him do a better job of teaching College Government and other government-related courses to his RSS students. “I’m looking forward to all of the different resources that I will be bringing back to my classroom,” he said.
GET SOME HELP, OR LEND A HAND, AT 2014 COMPASSION WEEKEND
Use your time and talents to help others in the community, at the fourth annual Ouray County Compassion Weekend coming up on June 14 and 15.
Last year’s Compassion Weekend event attracted a whopping 90 volunteers of all ages, who fanned out across Ouray County to work on a variety of projects ranging from painting a whole house to repairing a leaky shed roof to waxing a 36-foot motor home, all for people who weren’t able to do the work themselves for financial or health reasons.
Volunteers report that they bask in a “feeling of usefulness” after getting the job done.
Although most Compassion Weekend volunteers tend to come from local churches and clubs in Ouray and Ridgway, it is not necessary to be affiliated with a group to join in the fun. Nor is it necessary to even live in Ouray County. Last year, one individual traveled all the way from Moab, Utah to help out.
To volunteer, or if you or someone you know need help to complete a household project, please contact event coordinators Sabrina Butler, 512/217-2189 or Mary Cockle, 970/729-2271.
16th Annual Bob Miller Memorial Golf Classic
On Thursday, September 11, 2014 the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will host their 16th Annual Bob Miller Memorial Golf Classic. This tournament will take place at the Telluride Ski and Golf Club in the Mountain Village with proceeds benefiting the Adaptive Program’s scholarship fund for low-income participants.
TASP is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by providing therapeutic recreational opportunities.
This annual golf scramble has raised over $70,000 dollars in previous years, making it one of the largest fundraising events for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program. The entry fee of $250/player or $1000/team includes greens fees, golf cart, range balls, continental breakfast, bag lunch, tournament goody bag, and admittance to the awards dinner party and auction at The Ridge Club. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. and space is limited.
The party includes dinner and drinks and there will also be a silent and live auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items, golf trips, and more. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for individuals unable to attend the tournament or party. To register or for more information, please call 970.728.5010 or visit TASP’s website at www.tellurideadaptivesports.org