Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chamber Chat Nov 10- INS to Audit I-9's, Yule Night and Chocolate

OCRA Chamber Chat:

Nov. 11, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE:  Yule Night- Get your float together! Spruce up your shop windows! Join the lighting competition! Together we can make this the best Yule Night ever!


Who is hosting  dinner on Thanksgiving for the public? Please let the chamber know!


Business After Hours at Alpine Bank- Dec. 3- 5:30-7:30

Updated Seasonal Closures- new list for you! I hope this helps.

Yule Night

Wine and Chocolate Festival

Open House at Healing Touch Therapy Spa's Beaumont location.

Ice Carvers are coming to town!

Opening Day of the Ice Park Dec. 19

Festivus Street Party

Winter  Days of Play… January and on…and on… and on…. On-on!

Links to members


Feature and other notices:  I-9 Audits


INS our of Denver is about to issue a count for random audits on businesses with I-9

employees. The chamber was visited by an officer and auditor who are offering to
help anyone review their I9's to make sure they are accurate and filled out as they need
to be prior to any potential audits. Contact Michael Goodwin for assistance. 303-721-3118


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH:  VETERAN'S TURKEY BINGO AND SPAGHETTI DINNER, Ouray Elks lodge, 421 Main St.  Dinner 5:30 – 7:00 PM, Bingo at 7:00.  Dinner $10/person, $25/family of 4, Veterans eat free!  Bingo $5/card good for 10 games, full turkey dinners for every game winner.  All proceeds go to Grand Junction Veterans' Hospital.  Open to the public.


Thursday, Dec. 3: Business After Hours at the Ouray Alpine Bank. 5:30-7:30, stop in for this popular after hour's event. This event is open to all chamber business and citizen members.


Change of Hours? See below for updates! This list includes CHAMBER MEMBER Businesses ONLY.  (If you are going to host a
Thanksgiving dinner, please let us know!)

Open 7 days a week:

Backstreet Bagel & Deli- Tuesday dinners to return!

Buen Tiempo Mexican Restaurant- always a hot spot!                                                          

M  Mouse's Chocolate- Yummy all the time!

Swim and Snack at the host springs pool- 12-6- have you tried their salad!

Timberline Deli- Thia in Ouray!


-Bulow's Bistro Restaurant-Closed Oct. 10 until Thanksgiving. Will re-open for lunch and dinner. Tundra-Closed for winter except for special events.

-O'Brien's Pub-Closed Nov.  1-19

-Outlaw Restaurant- Closed Nov. 8-19.  We will be open Saturday the 7th and then reopen on Friday the 20th.

-Western Hotel and Saloon- Closed for the winter, except for special parties.

-Billy Goats Gruff- Closed for the winter


Closures: This list is of our members only!



Ouray Café'

Outlaw Restaurant

Coachlight Restaurant and Tavern



Bon Ton 

O'Brien's Pub

Coachlight Restaurant and Tavern



Bon Ton 

Coachlight Restaurant and Tavern

Papillion Main


Thurs:  CLOSED

Coachlight Restaurant and Tavern


Other updates- closed and open- 11/02/09                                              

*The Blue Pear will be closed Monday, November 2, 2009 - Wednesday, November 18, 2009. Will re-open Thurs, November 19, 2009 ready and decorated for the holidays to come. Please call 325-0450 for hours.

*Ouray Mule and Carriage will run tours ALL winter! Details coming!   We are now giving tours by reservation and no longer doing the hourly runs. We've had good success in the last couple weeks operating this way so unless the roads are not passable don't hesitate to direct people to call us at: 970-708-4946 to set up a tour.        

*San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours will run until Nov. 1.                                      


Winter Days of Play:


Yule Night -Dec 12- 5pm – 10 pm Events include but are not limited to: Yule Night Parade, Santa at the Elks, Light up Main St, Wine and Chocolate Festival,
Visit our fabulous retail shops and pick up the gifts that will make you VERY
popular with those you love! Details below!


Dec. 12- Yule Night
on Main Street with a bonfire and caroling 5 pm, and then a visit with Santa at the Elks Club 6 pm.  Live Nativity scene. Sponsored by the Ouray Fire Department and the Ouray Elks Lodge. Ouray, CO.


Dec 12- Wine & Chocolate Festival: A Celebration of Decadence   Wine and Chocolate at it's finest!-Local Chocolatier's, Western Slope Wineries, live music-  free admission to the wine tasting with
$100 worth of receipts
per person from Ouray venues on Yule night .  $10 to attend, tickets for chocolate tasting $1 each. People's Choice to be awarded.  7 pm – 10 pm Beaumont Hotel's Tundra Restaurant.505 Main Street, Ouray, Co.  325-4746 Sponsored by the Ouray Chamber and Morning Song B&B.


Dec. 12- Open House- Healing Touch Therapy Spa located in the Historic Beaumont Hotel- 505 Main St. Ouary, Co. 81427 Spa treatments, gift certificates. Stop in and view this amazing facility! 325-0415 for information


Ice Carvers- Dec. 18-20th at the Beaumont Hotel Courtyard- Sponsored by Erin Eddy, Beaumont Hotel, River Side Inn and Cabins, Outlaw Restaurant and the Chamber.


Opening Day of the Ice Park
Dec. 19


Festivus Street Party- Dec. 20 3pm -9pm or until we slide off the street! 6th Ave, Ouray- Fire performance, carols, warm beverages and more! or 325-4746 for more info.





15TH Annual Ouray Ice Festival  (1/7-10)  

Online Registration for the 2010 Ice Festival Climbing Clinics begins Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 9 a.m. MST.   Live auctions, lectures, and more.  Info:


Chicks with Picks "Complete Chicks"  (1/24-28) -


Full Moon Cross Country Ski & Soak (1/29)

If interested, meet at City Hall 7 p.m. to ski and then soak in the Ouray Hot Springs Pool 9-10pm.


2nd Annual Betty Ice Ball (1/30-2/1)




Mnt. Sneffels Spelling Bee  (2/2) – Special event that raises funds for educational projects throughout Ouray County. Info: or (970) 626-5726.


Winter Art Festival 2010 (2/12-14) – This unique event includes original arts and crafts by local artists.  Free admission.  For entry rules and registration form: or call Laurie at 970-325-0808


Cattleman's Banquet & Dance (2/14)

Annual event celebrating ranching lifestyle on the western slope.  Ouray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway, CO. 


Full Moon Cross Country Ski & Soak (2/27)

If interested, meet at City Hall 7 p.m. to ski and then soak in the Ouray Hot Springs Pool 9-10pm.



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