Friday, February 27, 2009

2009 Jeep Raffle Information

Greetings one and all!

Pending approval from the city, you will soon see the 2009 Raffle Jeep on the streets! This year there is a slight modification in the price structure to be: 1 for $5, 3 for $10 or 7 for $20


If you have any questions or would like to learn more please contact the Ouray Chamber at 800.228.1876.


A sample of the 2009 poster is below.


I hope all is well!


Jennifer Loshaw


800.228.1876 / 970.325.4746


Come Check Out the Historic Wright Opera House

The future of the Wright Opera House will be the focus of community tours and discussions during March. These are not "historic tours," they are information and discussion about the process of attempting to purchase the building. Thus far, preparation by the Friends of the Ouray Wright Opera House includes creating a non-profit organization to buy and operate the building, conducting appraisal and structural assessment, researching grant opportunities to assist with purchase, rehab and operation of the facility, and designation as an Enterprise Zone project by the State of Colorado Economic Development Department creating significant tax benefits for donors. They have also developed a long range plan for how the building can retain its historic significance while serving our 21st Century lifestyle and economy.


The tours are designed for the community to become as fully informed as possible about the status of this important potential project. The board--which includes Ralph Huesing as chair, Tom Kenning, Jim Opdahl, Nancy Nixon and Dee Williams-- will lead small group tours of the entire building, provide updates on the studies of the viability of the building, grant assistance available, potential uses for the future, and the enhancements possible over several years to reach the goal of eventually presenting one of the premier performance venues in the region.


The current owners would like to sell the building to a non-profit. The non-profit status makes grants available and tax benefits for donors. The asking price is $1million. The Friends of the Wright Opera House are currently applying for grants available for purchase of historic properties. They hope to receive grants and donations to enable purchase by the end of 2009.


The first floor of the building is currently fully rented for retail, restaurant, and office spaces, providing a revenue stream to help with operation expenses. The auditorium is heavily used by the Weehawken Dance Program and musical and theatrical performance events. The flat floor of the auditorium also makes it a venue for special occasions such as weddings.


More information about the history and the future of the Wright Opera House is available at

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More Video of Ouray Ice Park

Here is another video clip of Ouray

Latest Ouray County Commercial

Here is another commercial for enjoying Ouray County in the Winter!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Ouray Voted Best of the Southwest

It's always fun to pick up a magazine and find a bit on Ouray!!! Be sure to check us out on page 65 of March's National Geographic Adventure Magazine or by following the link below.

Free Kids Climbing Instruction at the Kids Wall at the Ouray Ice Park

Just a friendly reminder that on Saturday night 2/14/09 OIPI will be offering free kids climbing instruction at the "Kids-Wall" located at the Ouray Ice Park.


  • Instruction begins at 6pm
  • Families and participants may park at the big curve along CR361
  • Participants must be 5 years and older
  • Participants should be wearing winter boots, pants, coats and mittens or gloves
  • OIPI & San Juan Mountain Guides will provide crampons, harnesses, helmets and ice climbing tools
  • The Kids college ends at 8:30pm
  • For other questions please call the Ouray Ice Park at 325-4288