Wednesday, May 12, 2010

OCRA CHAMBER CHAT – May 12, 2010

**Disclaimer: The Chamber Chat is a courtesy service.  Our goal is to be short and readable with pass-along information and reminders requested from members. This service is being provided in lieu of forwarding e-mails directly to you. Thank you for reading our chat!

The chamber chat is full of workshop opportunities and meetings.  However, please review the community calendar at There is a lot going on such as Weehawken's spring performance: "Golden Ticket" and the "Dedication of the Chief Ouray Bust" at OCHS. See for details! Link our calendar to yours! It's a google thing.



  • Jeep Road Conditions Report- compliments of Switzerland of America.
  • Attached- GMUG Forest Service Gates- opening when?
  • Spring Closures/ Summer Openings- Updated as of 05/12/2010
  • Jeep Ticket Sales have begun! Jeep Scholarship to be awarded at graduation!
  • Workshop- "The Value of Public Relations"
  • Dedication of Chief Ouray Bust
  • Business After Hours-
    Blue Pear- DATE CHANGE May 18!
  • Business Round Table- Empowering your employees!
  • 3/50 Project meeting- and the beat goes on!
  • Taste of Ouray will be hosted 06/02/2010
  • Last BAH for the summer- Wilderflower Botique and Khristopher's Culinaire
  • Ride the Rockies comes to town- June 15!  Be prepared!
  • Links to members
  •  For current members Calendar of Event items, please see


Jeep Road Conditions Report- compliments of Switzerland of America.


Yankee Boy Basin has been cleared and widened to the Twin Falls. Please be advised: we are not recommending travel into the basin for several more days as the warm weather and spring run-off are causing large rock cascades onto the trail. By next week, with continued dry weather, the trail should be safe for public travel. We anticipate county crews to move equipment to Engineer next week.


 Spring Openings! (Please send us your information! Thank you.)


       Backstreet Bagel is CLOSED May 10- 20th to move to their new location.

       Billy Goat's, both the Bistro and the Biergarten  will open by Memorial weekend. The Biergarten will be open 7 days a week. The Bistro will close on Monday.  Thirsty Thursdays are definitely on! Menus changes AND Artisan Bakery pretzels!

       Bon Ton is OPEN- closed Tue. & Wed. until Memorial weekend. Then open 7 days.

       Buen Tiempo is OPEN 7 days a week. Open for lunch on Sat & Sun.

       Bulow's Bistro will OPEN Memorial Day.

       Café' Ouray will OPEN Monday, May 3 for lunches only.  Memorial Day weekend through all of summer we will be open from 7am to 10pm everyday.

       Coachlight Tavern OPEN 7 days a week  Coachlight Restaurant will open for the summer season on May 22, 2010 7 days a week.

       Hot Springs Swim and Snack is OPEN 7 days a week

       Outlaw OPEN Tues- Sun.– closed on Mondays until Memorial - will start opening at 4:30 on Friday of Memorial Day weekend. 

       The Saloon at the Historic Western Hotel will open May 14th for dinner every day from 5 to close. June lunch hours will be posted soon.


Seasonal Businesses:

Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour- OPENS May 13. Breakfast will begin Memorial Day weekend. 

The Box Canon Falls Park and Visitor Center OPEN The hours are as follows:

 May 8 through May 28 - 9 am to 5 pm daily

 May 29 through September 6 (Labor Day) – 8 am to 8 pm daily

 September 7 through late October – 8 am to dusk

Ouray** County** Historical Society OPEN for the Summer Season —*

San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours: OPEN

Switzerland of America:
 OPENS May 16th (Barring any further huge snow storms).

Jeep Ticket Sales have begun!! May 7th!-  Tickets will be distributed by Patricia Sullivan starting May 7.   Patricia will be responsible for all pick up and drop off of tickets and funds. If you did not sell tickets last year and would like to sell tickets, please contact the chamber and we will be happy to add you to our list of vendors. Please remember-  Jeep ticket sales pay for 100% of the 4th of July and New Years fireworks, a $1000 student scholarship and a new jeep (yes, we have to buy it).  Thank you all for your continued support!


May 14: "The Value of Public Relations"- Delta-Montrose Tech Center. 970-874-7671.

8:30-1:00- $30 includes box lunch.

- Working with the new media

- Developing your organization's image and reputation.

- What makes for a story?

- Integration of social media

- Hosting members of the news media.

This event is hosted by Ore commutations (OCRA's PR partners!)

RSVP: or call 970-874-9532

 Chief Ouray focus of May 14, 15 museum events

Celebrate our local history with OCHS! A ceremony to dedicate Jim Opdahl's bronze sculpture of Chief Ouray will take place on Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. on the Ouray County Historical Museum grounds at the top of 6th Avenue in Ouray. 

The ceremony will include a full program of remarks by Ouray Mayor Bob Risch and Ouray County Commissioner, Heidi Albritton, a blessing by Chief Ouray's descendent, Roland McCook, a dance demonstration as well as children's activities in the afternoon by Ute Indian Museum director, CJ Brafford. 

Special Indian Fry Bread will be made on site 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m. — stop by for a special treat for lunch! Helen Herrera of "Grandma Helen's Indian Frybread" is a member of the Apache Indian nation and makes her popular frybread dough with amaranth flour.

The evening before the ceremony, Roland McCook will give a historical talk at 7:00 p.m. at the Ouray Community Center. McCook is a direct descendent of both Chipeta's and Ouray's  family bloodlines.  His talk will focus on the
"Four Mile Reserve" a strip of land around the sacred Ute hot springs that Chief Ouray argued so passionately to keep during the 1870s era treaty negotiations. He will also discuss the way the Utes lived in the Uncompahgre Valley before their removal in 1880. 

This is an excellent opportunity for students, local history buffs and everyone who hikes and skis our local mountains to get an enlightening look at our local history from the perspective of a member of the Ute Nation.

Admission for both the dedication and McCook's evening talk is free and open to the entire community. Admission to our the museum will be free from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 325-4576, or go online to


May 18 - Business After Hours-
Blue Pear - 5:30 – 7:30, 450 Main St, Ouray , 325-0450, Dip into the hip! See what Blue Pear has been up to with new inventory and goodies to snack on!

 May 19- Business Round Table- Empowering your employees! 8am. Ouray Community Center. Sponsored by the Community Development Committee.

 May 19, 2010- 9:30 am Ouray County Supports the 3/50 Project- Meeting
Ouray Community Center, Open to all who support local services, shops and local living!
What services and supplies can you get in Ouray County that are competitive with out-of-town services and supplies? Know the dollar value to our schools, roads and other county services that depend on local  tax dollars. Meetings are held every other week- next meeting will be May 19 at the Ouray Community Center.  325-4746 for details.


June 2 – Taste of Ouray
– Taste of Ouray –Local chef's and restaurants. Music by Yvonne Meeks, brews by Colorado Boy and Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing Company!  Vote for the Best of Taste of Ouray!  Come give your taste buds a real treat! 5-8 pm Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Ave. Info: or 325-4746. Hosted by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association.


Wed. June 9- Business After Hours-
Wildflower Boutique and Khristopher's Culinaire Join Dee and Khris for a special summer evening Business After Hours-  lighting up Ouary's very own LoDo! 325-4089 for more information.


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.





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



Faith Parry (2010)


MorningSong B&B


P.O. Box 708

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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