Friday, February 12, 2010

Chamber Chat

OCRA Chamber Chat

February 10, 2010


Go for a Climb and then Wine and Dine your Valentine in Ouray!


Ride The Rockies (RTR) to Celebrate 25 yrs with an overnight stay in Ouray on JUNE 15, 2010! RTR
is one of Colorado's premier cycling events. Join 2,000 cyclists and embark on a fully supported, seven-day trek through some of the state's finest mountain communities.  The 25th anniversary tour will include seven impressive climbs and fun at every turn. Lottery applications will be accepted beginning February 7th.  All riders accepted will have their room reservations booked by Alpine Cyclists Connection based out of Ridgway. RTR will offer one large scholarship to a local non-profit! Details coming soon!   The Denver Post, 101 W. Colfax, Denver, CO 80202, (303) 954-6700   

For more information:


Business After Hours at the VIC! Wed. 02/10/2010

Living with Wildlife monthly series

Wine & Whiskers Carnival

Free Casting Class

Guided Ski Tour of Red Mountain Mine District


Free Fly Tying Class

Full Moon Cross Country Ski & Soak


Business After Hours- Morning Song B&B

AND MORE….. What to plan for the rest of winter and early spring?

Links to members



Feature and other notices:  Look who is featured!


Montrose, CO., (February 4, 2010) – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest want to remind ice climbers that there are group-size limits in certain areas of the Forest.  These areas, known as Skylight and Horsetails, are within the Ouray Ranger District.  Citing the need to protect public safety, reduce user conflict and to provide for better recreation experiences for ice climbers in two popular winter recreation areas, restrictions prohibit.


Feb 10 - Business After Hours- The Victorian Inn- 5:30-7:30, 50 Third Avenue, 325-7222


Thursday, February 11, "Wildlife Collision Reduction on US 550," 7 p.m., Ridgway Community Center.  Part of the free SJCC Living with Wildlife monthly series.  Refreshments provided. Information: 626-4496.



Feb 12-14 Winter Art Festival 2010– This unique event includes original arts and crafts by local artists.  Free admission.    Wonderful opportunity to purchase artwork for your home or as a gift.

FREE ADMISSION! Demonstrations! Silent Auction Friday through Sunday.  Fri. 9:00a-Noon Registration & Set-up.   Show hours: Fri. 1:00p-7:00pm; Sat. 10:00a-7:00pm, and Sun. Noon-3:00pm. 

For entry rules and registration form: or call Laurie at 970-325-0808.



Showtime: 7 p.m.    Doors: 6:30 p.m.    Place: Wright Opera House

Director: Isabel Coixet      Stars:   Penélope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, and Dennis Hopper

Runtime: 112 min.    Rating: R

Categories: Romance, Drama



Elegy charts the passionate relationship between a celebrated college professor and a young woman whose beauty both ravishes and destabilizes him. As their intimate connection transforms them-more than either could imagine-a charged sexual contest evolves into an indelible love story. With humanistic warmth, wry wit and erotic intensity, this film explores the power of beauty to blind, to reveal and to transform.


Feb. 13: North Face movie being shown.  Main Street Theatre 7 PM, Ouray Ice Park event- $10 includes beer.  Mountaineering adventure! Cliffhanger!  Thrilling!  This is a true story.


Feb 14-Cattleman's Banquet & Dance

Annual event celebrating ranching lifestyle on the western slope.   Social hour 6pm, Dinner 7pm, Dance 9pm.  Ouray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway, CO.  Tickets $25 sold in advance, Citizens State Bank, Ridgway Hardware, Murdochs in Montrose or call Amanda 209-6429/Bruce 626-5407. 


Feb 17- Business Round Table- Topic: Financial Resources. San Juan Room at the Ouray Community Center.  8-9:30am


February 20,  Wine & Whiskers Carnival, 4H Event Center, Ridgway. A Second Chance Humane Society fundraiser – unique and energizing entertainment for a very worthy cause!  An evening of Mardi-Gras-style entertainment featuring complimentary wine and beer, decadent chef samplers, a live & silent auction stocked with hundreds of items, a sizzling Fashion Cabaret, and music and dancing.  Doors open at 6 PM - Tickets are $35 at the door or at the Second Chance Thrift Shop in Ridgway. Call 626.2273 for more information or visit:


February 20- Free Casting Class- Rigs Fly  Shop- Sat Feb 20 3pm – Sat Feb 20 4pm

Learn how to become a better fly caster. Equipment can be provided if needed.


February 20:
Guided Ski Tour of Red Mountain Mine District

Meet at the Ouray Visitors Center at 10am

Why:  Fundraiser to benefit the Ouray County Historic Society and Uncompahgre Watershed Planning Partnership

The tour will take 4 hours, from 10am-2pm, and will include a catered lunch plus a hot toddy/tea and coffee. The cost is a minimum of $25/person (write checks to OCHS) and reservations are required. There is a limit to the tour group size, and we will meet at the Ouray Visitor Center at 10am to carpool to CR 31. Please R.S.V.P. to Andrew Madison at: , and for questions, please call Don Paulson, 325-0931. Deadline to
RSVP is February 17th.


Sunday, February 21 CABIN FEVER DAY.  Voyager Youth Program hosts CABIN FEVER DAY at Top of the Pines from 11 am-3 pm 

Games, races and hot drinks.  Cross-country ski rentals available.  Join us for this FREE family event at beautiful TOP.  For more info:  Voyager 626-4279   


Feb 27-Full Moon Cross Country Ski & Soak

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


March 6- Free Fly Tying Class- Rigs Fly Shop- Topic Tying a better parachute Dry Fly.  With guide and commercial fly tier Matt McCannel. 3:00pm- 5pm


SATURDAY, MARCH 6TH:  CHILI COOKOFF at Ouray Elks lodge.  Open to the public, 7 regular classes, 3 commercial classes, no entry fee.  Sample the area's best dishes, judging by the public, $10 adults, $5 ages 5 – 10, $25 family.  Bring entries 4:30, dinner at 5:30, Karaoke after.  626-4239 for more information.


March 10- Business After Hours-
Morning Song B&B
5:30-7:30, 316 6th Ave Ouray



March  20- Free Fly Tying Class- Rigs Fly Shop- Topic Tying a better parachute Dry Fly.  With guide and commercial fly tier Matt McCannel. 3:00pm- 5pm


April 7- Business After Hours-
Ouray Family Medicine
1st Anniversary, 325-9900, 824 Main St. , <


May 12- Business After Hours-
 Blue Pear: 5:30 – 7:30, 450 Main St, Ouray , 325-0450, <>




August 7th-8th, 2010: 26th ANNUAL RIDGWAY ARTS & CRAFTS RENDEZVOUS - Don't miss the 2010 Ridgway Arts & Crafts Rendezvous, Ridgway Town Park

Ridgway is located at the junction of Highways 550 and 62, in SW Colorado, Gateway to the San Juan Mountains.

Montrose, Ouray and Telluride are just a few miles from Ridgway. We are an important town on the San Juan Scenic Highway, the most beautiful and popular tourist route in Colorado. We offer artists and patrons a well organized, quality show. We are known for one of the most picturesque locations for booth set-up and for shoppers in our spacious town park and for successful sales for our vendors. The Rendezvous is a juried show with a commitment to quality. We market our show extensively in the region and the state and many patrons plan to attend the show a year ahead of time.

The organizers offer live musical entertainment all day both days of the show and several attractions are geared specifically to children. The event is fun for

the whole family and there is no admission charge. Our show is based on ALTITUDE (Ridgway is 6,987 ft in elevation with cool, clean air) and

ATTITUDE (we treat our vendors and patrons right!). We hope to see you this summer.  If you are a vendor and would like to apply for booth space, please call (970) 318-0150 or visit for an entry form.

Requested links for the chamber chat:

City of Ouray: (view City Council Agendas prior to the meetings)

Jeep road condition updates:

Newspapers: Ouray Plaindealer and Ridgway Sun -;

                     Ouray County Watch- 

Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) –

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) –

Ouray County Arts Association (OOAA) –

Ouray County Historical Society:

Ouray Ice Park:

Ouray Trail Group  -

Painting Marmot Art Supply and Art School

Rays Good Stuff, jerky, jellies and more. The perfect gift!

San Juan Mountain Guides: New Classes

Weehawken  Creative Arts (WCA) –

Yankee Boy Conservation Association:

Ouray Beautification Committee: Committee meetings - monthly, the second Wednesday, beginning at 3:30 PM in the Community Center's San Juan Room.


2010 OCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



Contact information                      Committees


Karen Avery (2009-2011)


Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs


P.O. Box 439

Ouray, CO. 81427





Jill Schoenebaum (2008-2010)                 Vice President       

4 J+1+1 RV Park

W) 325-4418 

H) 325-4864

P.O. Box F

Ouray, CO. 81427




Nancy Wolkin (2009-2010)


Denim of Antiquity

Store: 325-4924

P.O. Box 1493

Ouray, CO. 81427




Clint Boots (2008-2010)


Citizens State Bank



P.O Box A

Ouray, CO. 81427


Rob Megna  (2010-2012)     

Backstreet Bagel                                

P.O. Box 1466

Ouray, CO. 81427



Alan Cook (2009-2011)

Timber Ridge Lodge, Mattherhorn

 Motel, Antlers Motel and

Hypoxia Crossfit


P.O. Box 285

Ouray, Co. 81427



Michelle Poirer (2009-2011)

Blue Pear

Shop: 970-325-0450

P.O. Box 128

Ouray, CO. 81427




Paul Choate (2010-2012)

Outlaw Restaurant


P.O. Box 1227,

Ouray,  Co. 81427


Ridgway Chamber Liaison



Scott Campbell (2010-2012)

Riverside Inn &Cabins

 & Jeep Rentals


P.O. Box 342

Ouray, CO. 81427




Ridgway Chamber Liaison

Jennifer Loshaw

Executive  Director

(March 2008 present)

Cell- 946-0053

Office- 325-4746

Office: P.O. Box 145

Ouray, CO. 81427







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