Sunday, September 5, 2010

OCRA Chamber Chat September 1, 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!




  • US 550 night closure schedule as of 09-01-2010
  • Seasonal Business updates
  • Ouray Brewery Opens for lunch Fri- Mon!
  • 8th SanJuan MusicFest - Chamber Music Series:
  • Fall Fly Fishing Conditions
  • Business After Hours to begin soon!
  • Jeep Jamboree dates: Sept 18-20
  • Chief Ouray Gun Show- OCT 2 &3
  • Links to members
  • Updated OCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS contact list- updated 08/13/2010
  • Feature:

    Seasonal Closures/Hours: Please send us your updates!


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 following Labor day. Will close for the season- late Oct.

The Box Canon Falls Park and Visitor Center will open for the summer season     beginning May 8, 2010.  The hours are as follows:

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

 September 7 through late October – 8 am to dusk



    Angel Creek & Thistledown Campgrounds will remain open (with a fee) through at least 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.



    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 7 days a week thru Labor Day and then                      Closed on Sundays.



For an updated CALENDER OF EVENTS,

please see



US 550 closure schedule thru 9/6/2010


Tuesday August 31  

Closed from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Wednesday September 1  

Closed from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.  

Thursday September 2 

Closed from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m. 

Friday September 3  


Saturday September 4  


Sunday September 5  


Monday September 6  



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.


From Ouray you will be able to drive up until the amphitheatre. Any point beyond that will not be accessible, including the overlook, during these nightly closures. Please note, however, the full closure is only from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. The overlook, however, is closed full time until late October. If you wish to drive from Silverton to Ironton you will be able to make that drive during the road closure.

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
or calling the project hotline at 970-325-9892.  You may also visit the CDOT website at information on other CDOT projects statewide visit or call 511. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!


8th SanJuan MusicFest - Chamber Music Series:

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) is once again hosting the 8th SanJuan MusicFest - Chamber Music Series featuring Max Levinson, Artistic Director/Pianist, Irina Muresanu, Violinist, and Tom Landschoot, Cellist. These world renowned artists will perform in several concerts, private events and master classes.


Saturday Concert … "Happy Birthday Tribute" Concert featuring the works of Chopin and Schumann to be held Saturday, September 11th, 7:30 pm at the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway. Tickets are $20 for adults, students Free with school ID.


Piano Master Class … Sunday, September 12th, 2:00 pm at the 4-H Event Center, Ridgway

Cello Master Class … Sunday, September 12th, 2:00 pm at the Ridgway Secondary School Music Room. For information and reservations call Mary Ella House 970.325.4381. $20 donation requested.


Young People's Concerts … Monday, Sept. 13th at Ouray School - 10:15 for Elementary students and Monday, Sept 13th at Ridgway Secondary School Music Room - 2:00 for High School and Middle School students


Salon Concert … "A Musical Feast" featuring a Brahms Trio in C major and other short pieces to be held Wednesday, September 15, 5:00 pm. Dinner catered by Secret Garden Catering, Ouray. Tickets are $75 for OCPAG members or $80 for non-members and can be purchase online only or by calling 970.626.2970.


Tickets may be purchased at Buckskin Booksellers in Ouray, Cimarron Books in Ridgway, Jovis Coffee in Montrose or online at  Saturday concert tickets will be available at the door.


Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) is a not-for-profit organization, bringing quality events in music, dance, theater and other genres to Ouray and Ridgway. Our purpose is to sponsor presentations and performers of the highest caliber in the performing arts for the enjoyment of Ouray County's residents and visitors.


For additional information on this event, please contact:


Ouray County Performing Arts Guild

P.O. Box 14, Ouray, CO 81427 or

Sue Hillhouse (970) 626-2970


Fall Fly Fishing conditions for SW Colorado

For any one thinking about fly fishing SW Colorado this Fall...  conditions are going to be exceptional! With the changing of the seasons, weather a little cooler and river flows a little lower, the trout are starting to bulk up for the coming winter - its "fish on" for the next 6 weeks!  There is no better time to fish the region for quality Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout. So time to grab your gear and head to Ridgway for a remarkable Guided Fly Fishing Adventure. 



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


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



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



Seasonal changes: Closures and change of hours:



Four Corners Cafe at Chipeta Sun Lodge in Ridgway
will be closing for the season on Monday Sept 6, Labor Day


San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours will operate until Nov. 1.

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.


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  -

·                    Ouray Travel:  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.

·    Painting Marmot Art Supply and Art School

·                    Rays Good Stuff, jerky, jellies and more

·                    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.




























Updated 08/13/2010 

Lezah Saunders (2010-2012)    

Ouray Mule and Carriage    


(970) 708-4946

P.O. Box 1418

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 (2009-2011)


MorningSong B&B


P.O. Box 708

Ouray, CO. 81427


Clint Boots (2008-2010)


Citizens State Bank



P.O Box A

Ouray, CO. 81427 


Karen Avery (2009-2011)

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs


P.O. Box 439

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

Cell: 252-256-4312

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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