Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chamber Chat, September 16, 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!

Reminder: 2011 Visitors Guide is being produced as we speak. All members wishing to be included in the guide should have their renewal completed by Oct. 15, 2010.


  • Seasonal Business updates as of 09-08-2010
  • US 550 night closure schedule as of 09-13-2010
  • Weehawken needs your vintage clothing!
  • Jeep Jamboree dates: Sept 18-20
  • Chief Ouray Gun Show- OCT 2 &3
  • Oktoberfest Oct 2!
  • Cardboard Recycling For Businesses- info
  • Otto Mears Monument – moved to the Ouray Historical Museum for one year
  • Links to members
  • Updated OCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS contact list- updated 08/13/2010
  • Feature:

2010 Fall Hours:


The Ouray County Ranch History Museum will be open from 1-5 pm every Sunday afternoon through Sept. 26, after which it will be closed for the winter.

Divide Ranch- closed Mon. & Tues. Will close for the season- late Oct.

The Box Canon Falls Park and Visitor Center will open

September 7 through late October – 8 am to dusk

Bachelor Mine Tours- Open through Sept 15. Tours at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2 pm.


Angel Creek & Thistledown Campgrounds will remain open (with a fee) through 9/12. After this date, USFS may stop collecting fees and terminate services any day, depending on weather and the hosts' departure for the season. There are no gates on these two campgrounds, so they really remain open to the public year-round, but no services are available and no fees will be collected after the hosts leave.


Box Canyon Lodge- open 365 days per year, Lobby hours 7:30am to 10:00pm

The Hot Springs Inn will close for the season on 10/31/10.


Backstreet Bagel OPEN 7 days a week

The Bistro at Billy Goats Gruff- last day for the season will be this Sunday, September 12th.

The Biergarten will be open till the first week in October, and will be open Tuesday thru Sunday for lunch and dinner, closed on Mondays.

Buen Tiempo is OPEN 7 days a week

Hot Springs Swim and Snack is OPEN 7 days a week

Ouray Brewery- open Friday-Monday from 11a-9p for both lunch and dinner and

4p-9p Tuesday-Thursday for dinner only.

Bon Ton- open year round


Buckskin Booksellers plans to be open every day of the year, as we have

been the last 9 years

Ouray Glass- open all winter, pretty much everyday

            Rigs Fly Shop and Guide Service- Open 8-6pm -Closed on Sundays.


For an updated CALENDER OF EVENTS,

please see www.OurayColorado.com



No Night Work Anticipated for the Week.

US 550 will not experience any over night closures the week of September 12, 2010. Day work will limit passage over the bridge to a single lane of traffic which will alternate under the direction of flaggers. Please note the Bear Creek overlook is closed until the end of this construction season in Late October.

The Bear Creek Bridge project, located two miles south of Ouray on US 550, started on July 26, 2010. The project design widens the Bear Creek bridge, provides improved parking to the north and a cantilevered walkway to allow visitors a better view over the canyon edge onto the falls below. Crews will suspend work for a winter shut down in October 2010 and will return in the spring with a final completion in November 2011. This project was made possible through Colorado FASTER – 09-SB-108 funding.


You may receive regular updates by enrolling at BearCreekBridge@accbuilt.com or calling our information Hotline at 970-325-9892.

You may also visit the CDOT website at http://www.Coloradodot.info/projects/550bearcreekbridge

As for the shut down, it is a shutdown for the winter is of the project not the highway.

Commuters and community members are encouraged to sign up for regular electronic updates by enrolling at BearCreekBridge@accbuilt.com or calling the project hotline at 970-325-9892. You may also visit the CDOT website at http://www.Coloradodot.info/projects/550bearcreekbridge.For information on other CDOT projects statewide visit www.cotrip.org or call 511. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!

Weehawken Dance is looking to borrow your vintage clothing!

On October 23, Weehawken Dance Company will be hosting a fundraising performance at the Beaumont Hotel called "Fashion and Dancing Through the Decades". Company members will perform popular dances and model vintage and vintage reproduction clothing for each decade.

We would love to borrow your wedding dress, prom dress, or your grandmother's favorite hat.

Contact Natasha if you have clothing and accessories we can borrow: natashajeanne@hotmail.com or 970-318-6674

Jeep Jamboree dates: Sept 18-20- 22nd Annual – expect the jeeps and their drivers to visit us then.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 25TH: OURAY ELKS CHARITY BALL FUNDRAISER. Steak and shrimp dinner served 6:30 PM $25 adults, $10 under 12, RSVP required 325-0425; Bingo at 8:00 PM, $10/card, cash prizes; Forgotten Treasures silent auction; Karaoke starts at 8:15 PM. Open to the public - come have a ball with us! This is our main fundraiser for scholarships, medical aid and more. 325-0425 for information.

Chief Ouray Gun Show to be hosted Oct 2 & 3 at the 4 H Center in Ridgway, Colorado.

Admission is $5 or $8 for a two day pass. 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Event is open Sat. Oct. 2 9am- 5pm and Sun. Oct. 3 9am -3pm. Food available during he show. Enjoy the fall Colorado and the gun show in one trip! For more details please contact- 4H Director: Rod Hodge 970.325.9908 hodger@q.com.


Oktoberfest & 46th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing

When- Sat, October 2, 5pm – 10pm

Where- Ouray Community Center

Description- Beer, Brats and Music: Return of the popular Bavarian band, The Austrian Connection!!!!!!!! Costume contest with cash prizes! Brats, potato cakes, apple sauce, german chocolate cake, Colorado Boy and Ouray Brewery brews, wine, kids games, door prizes and a lot of fun! A fantastic evening that includes the 46th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing! Come join the party! For information call Ouray Chamber: 800-228-1876 or 970-325-4746.

BAH Oct. 13- Painting Marmot will be our host! 5:30-7:30 pm

612 Main St. 325-7232 for details.

Sign up now to be a host! Jan, Feb, March and April are still available.

Cardboard Recycling For Businesses- info

Regarding the new cardboard dumpsters for businesses,
it is located on Oak St/ River Road just past the City Shop
going north into the big fenced-in area.
It is open 7am to 3:30 pm Mon- Fri.

Fee arrangements have yet to be determined.

This is a CDC project.

The Otto Mears Monument, a familiar landmark near Bear Creek Falls on Highway 550, has found a temporary home at the Ouray County Museum. The monument stood continuously at the former site for the past 40 years, as well as another 35 years from 1926 to 1961. As of last Tuesday, September 7, the large stone marker is available for public viewing in front of the museum on Ouray’s Sixth Avenue. It will reside there for approximately one year while the Bear Creek Falls Bridge undergoes widening construction.


Requested links for the chamber chat:

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


· Jeep road condition updates: http://soajeep.com/custom1.shtml

· Newspapers: Ouray Plaindealer and Ridgway Sun - www.ouraynews.com;

· The Watch- www.watchnewspapers.com

· Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) – www.ouraycolorado.com

· Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) – www.ocpag.org

· Ouray County Arts Association (OOAA) – www.ourayarts.org

· Ouray County Historical Society: www.ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org

· Ouray Ice Park: http://www.ourayicepark.com

· Ouray Trail Group - www.ouraytrails.org

·                    Ouray Travel: www.bookouray.com  allows visitors to book into Ouray  
                     lodging, find airfare and car rentals 24 hours per day, just like major travel
                     sites such as Travelocity and Expedia. http://www.ouraytravel.com

· Painting Marmot Art Supply and Art School www.paintingmarmotart.com

· Rays Good Stuff, jerky, jellies and more http://raysgoodstuff.com

· San Juan Mountain Guides: New Classes www.ourayclimbing.com/

· Weehawken Creative Arts (WCA) – www.weehawkenarts.org

· Yankee Boy Conservation Association: http://www.yankeeboy.org

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

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