Market on the Plaza – recipe of the week – 8/14/2019

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community


Hearty Eggplant and Chard Stir Fry



  • 1 ½ cup dry jasmine rice (or other long grain rice)

  • 1 large eggplant, cut into ¾” cubes with skin on (about 5 C cubed)

  • Large bunch Swiss chard (green or rainbow, about 1.5 lbs.)

  • 2 T minced garlic

  • 1 T minced ginger (dried or fresh)

  • ½ large jalapeno, seeded and minced

  • 3 large green onions, sliced

  • 2 T toasted sesame oil

  • 2 t cornstarch

  • 1 lime (plus a second for garnish, optional)

  • 2 T soy sauce or Tamari (for gluten free)

  • 1.5 T vegetable oil

  • Optional garnishes: cilantro; roasted peanuts or cashews; sesame seeds


Kohlrabi is a brassica and it’s not a root, the bulb grows above ground and is a swollen stem base.

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine rice with 2 ¼ cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer (low to medium-low heat) for ten minutes. Shake the pan slightly to hear if any unabsorbed water sloshes. When water is absorbed, turn off heat, fluff rice with a fork, and cover to keep warm. (Note: jasmine rice cooks quickly and it’s difficult to predict the exact cooking time. A saucepan with a clear lid would really come in handy, if you have one!
  2. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together a tablespoon of sesame oil, cornstarch, juice of one lime, and soy sauce. Set aside.
  3. Wash the chard and cut the leaves from the stems. Cut the stems into two inch pieces and keep separate. Roughly chop the leaves.
  4. In a wok or large skillet (I don’t use nonstick), heat remaining tablespoon sesame oil and the vegetable oil over high heat. Once hot, add the garlic, ginger, and jalapeno pepper and cook for about 30 seconds to infuse the oil.
  5. Add the chard stems and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until just beginning to soften. Add the eggplant cubes and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until they soften but are not completely cooked. Add the chard (the pan may be a little full, which is okay) and a couple tablespoons of water. Cook, stirring, until the chard starts to wilt. If your skillet has a cover, put it on for a minute or two to speed the process by steaming the vegetables. Stir the sauce mixture to incorporate any settled cornstarch, then add to the pan and bring to a simmer. Decrease the heat to low to continue to heat and thicken the sauce, stirring to coat the vegetables.
  6. Serve stir fried vegetables over jasmine rice with extra soy sauce and garnishes, if using.

Market on the Plaza – recipe of the week – 8/7/2019

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community


Kohlrabi Carrot Slaw


Total Time:

10 minutes



  • 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 11 Kohlrabi
  • 2-3 CarrotsCilantro
  • Parsley, Mint



Kohlrabi is a brassica and it’s not a root, the bulb grows above ground and is a swollen stem base.

  1. Peel the kohlrabi.

  2. Thinly slice the kohlrabi and carrots into matchsticks by hand or using a mandoline.

  3. Throw these in a bowl along with the cilantro, parsley and mint roughly chopped.

  4. Toss with the dressing and season


  • Olive Oil (or you could use mayo for a creamy dressing)
  • Mustard, Red Wine Vinegar.
  • Lemon Juice.
  • Salt and Pepper.
  1. Whisk these together and set aside.

Mountain Village celebrates safe communities with National Night Out Aug. 6, 2019, at Village Court Apartments

National Night Out Blog

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

Bringing together community members and emergency responders, the Mountain Village Police Department and Village Court Apartments are hosting the eighth annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The entire community is invited to join their neighbors, police and fire department teams at the Village Court Apartments (415 Mountain Village Blvd.) for a free barbeque (hamburgers and hot dogs), ice cream social, dunk tank, bouncy castle and tours of police cars, fire trucks and an ambulance.

“Village Court Apartments (VCA) is excited to host National Night Out to honor the police, firefighters, EMS and forestry,” said VCA Property Manager Cecilia Curry. “We hope to see everyone for a night of fun.”

National Night Out, a part of the National Association of Town Watch, involves over 38 million people in 16,000-plus communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. This well-known and celebrated annual event was designed to heighten community awareness of safety and fire prevention issues, as well as to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Mountain Village Chief of Police Chris Broady said, “This is a night for the Town of Mountain Village and our neighboring communities to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our quest for a safer community.”

National Night Out is one of many ways local police and fire departments become acquainted with our community in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

For more event information, contact the Mountain Village Police Department at 970.728.9281.

Mountain Village and CSU Extension Office presents Mountain Gardening 101: Tips for Success at High Elevation

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

The Town of Mountain Village and San Miguel Basin Colorado State University (CSU) Extension office are partnering to present “Mountain Gardening 101: Tips for Success at High Elevation” on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Michael Ruterbories Memorial Community Garden located at Village Court Apartments at 415 Mountain Village Blvd.

Learn the basics of what you need to get started gardening in the mountains. Representatives from CSU’s Extension Office Yvette Henson, Paula Marlatt and Ellen Bradley will be on hand to answer questions about what grows best at our high elevation. Henson is the extension office’s director, Marlatt is an experienced farmer and gardener and Bradley is an area landscaper and extension office volunteer.

“We are pleased to offer the expertise of our CSU Extension Office to help our growers become educated and successful with their growing efforts,” said Mountain Village Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes.

Come with all of your gardening questions for these expert gardeners, who will also be available for mini-consultations on garden plots. Keep in mind, this class is open to anyone interested in high altitude mountain gardening.

Additionally, there are still 12 addition plots available in the community garden to Mountain Village residents or businesses. The garden includes 31 raised, wooden garden beds available in two sizes – eight feet by twelve feet ($25) and eight feet by eight feet ($20) – and located next to Village Court Apartments.

“Although we have a short growing season, it is important to the Town of Mountain Village to provide a place where residents can grow plants, if they cannot otherwise on their property, or if they otherwise have spatial constraints,” Haynes added. “The community garden is also a way our community members can come together.”

To learn more and sign up for a community garden plot, please visit

“The community garden supports our overall environmental incentives and community ethos.  If community members have an opportunity to grow vegetables and herbs, then it supports reducing our overall carbon emissions and creates a more resilient community,” stated Zoe Dohnal Community Engagement Coordinator.

Market on the Plaza – recipe of the week – 7/24/2019

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community


Yogurt Dill Sauce


Total Time:

5 minutes



  • 1 cup full fat plain yogurt (dairy free if needed)
  • ¼ cup fresh, chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons green onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper



  1. Whisk together yogurt, dill, chives, and mustard.
  2. Taste and season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Immediately serve or let rest in the fridge for one hour before serving (recommended).

**Last in fridge for one week.

Market on the Plaza – recipe of the week – 7/17/2019

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community


Lemon Garlic Bok Choy


Total Time:

10 minutes



  • 1 head baby bok choy
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt
  • Half of a lemon, cut into wedges



  1. Remove any discolored outer stalks of the bok choy and discard them (or save for stock later). Place the bok choy into a colander and rinse with cool water, rubbing any grit or dirt from between the leaves. Trim the ends then slice each bok choy in half lengthwise. Or if they are large, cut into quarters. Pat dry.
  2. Add the oil, garlic and red pepper flakes to a wide room-temperature skillet. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oil begins to bubble around the garlic, but before the garlic starts to turn light brown.
  3. Toss in the bok choy and spread into one layer. Sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt then cook, without stirring, until the bottom is starting to turn brown, about 2 minutes.
  4. Flip then cook another 2 minutes or until the green leaves have wilted and the white bottoms are beginning to soften, but still have some crunch.
  5. Transfer to a platter then squeeze 2 lemon wedges on top. A teaspoon or so of olive oil is nice, too. Serve with more lemon wedges on the side.

Mountain Village offers property owners deep savings when installing solar panels

Solar Energy Rebate Program

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Environment

The Town of Mountain Village is encouraging Mountain Village residents and businesses owners to harness the power of the sun and take advantage of significant savings when they install solar panels on their homes or businesses in Mountain Village.

As part of its robust incentive program, Mountain Village is offering a 40 cent per watt rebate when property owners install solar panels on their homes. There is a $2,000 maximum rebate per meter for residents (5,000 watts maximum) and $4,000 maximum rebate per meter for business owners (10,000 watts maximum).

The average home will install a 4,000-watt system which equates to a $1,600 rebate from the Town of Mountain Village.

Mountain Village Building Official Drew Harrington points out that property owners can benefit twice on their energy savings if they install solar on any project to offset exterior energy use, like a snowmelted driveway.

“For example, if you install a 2,000-watt solar photovoltaic system on your home, then there would be no renewable energy mitigation program fee paid to the town for installation of a 2,000 square foot snow melted driveway,” Harrington said. “One thousand square feet is exempt, and the two-kilowatt system would entirely offset the $7,700 fee for the additional 1,000 square foot driveway typically paid to the town. That is an additional $7,777 savings under this scenario,” Harrington continued. So in addition to the rebates, you can also save on the renewable energy mitigation fee payment associated with exterior energy use.

In Mountain Village, outdoor energy use like snowmelts, hot tubs or pools with new construction projects or building permits are charged a fee for their use to offset energy and carbon consumption. The fee goes into a restricted fund that the town uses for renewable energy projects.

Owners can also combine this with San Miguel Power Association’s solar rebate of $.25 per watt and the Solar Investment Tax Credit which allows property owners to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. This applies to both residential and commercial systems and there is no cap on its value.

“One of the most important factors in preserving the beauty of our corner of the world is reducing the use of fossil fuels,” said Mountain Village Mayor Pro Tem Dan Caton. “This program makes that economical as well! Depending on your situation, the combination of these rebates and incentives can move us past the tipping point and make it possible to help ourselves while we help others.”

For more information please contact Drew Harrington or please visit our website at

Seeking two regular and one alternate board seats for Telluride Regional Airport Authority

Airport Board

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community

The Town of Mountain Village is currently seeking candidates for two regular board seats and one alternate board seat representing Mountain Village on the Telluride Regional Airport Authority board.

This opportunity is open to registered Mountain Village voters and this volunteer board meets the third Thursday of each month.

Those interested may submit a letter of intent and brief bio by 5 p.m. on July 10 to [email protected]

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Mountain Village & Telluride

Red White Blues Celebration Blog

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

There’s no place like Mountain Village and Telluride during the Fourth of July.

Celebrating Independence Day in the San Juan Mountains brings communities together and pay tribute to the region’s traditional Fourth of July celebrations. The only problem this week is deciding what to as there are options aplenty for good fun, good food and good music.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Fourth of July festivities start on Tuesday evening in Telluride Town Park with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band’s “America the Beautiful” concert. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m. The band is comprised of 55 members and they’ll play a program celebrating the patriotic spirit of the American people. For more information about this non-ticketed event, visit

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

On Wednesday, July 3, TMVOA’s Red White and Blues Celebration kicks off with carnival games, jumpy castles and face painting in Sunset Plaza from 1-5 p.m. Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will also host its annual ice cream social during this time, and the Mountain Village Fire Department will have its newest firetruck on hand for kids to check out. For a full schedule of July 3’s events, please visit our event page.

The Red, White & Blues Concert/Sunset Concert Series will kick start at 6 p.m. with Lawrence, a pop and soul brother and sister combo playing everything from Motown to Muscle Shoals and everything in between.

While you’re in Mountain Village on July 3, don’t forget to stop by our farmers’ market, Market on the Plaza in Heritage Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for food, produce, arts, and more! And new this year, a select number of vendors will set up in Sunset Plaza each Wednesday during the Sunset Concert Series from 5-8 p.m. for the new Market at Sunset.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Those looking for some exercise before the BBQs and fun of Independence Day kick their holiday off with the Telluride Foundation’s annual Rundola, a footrace up the ski mountain under the Gondola. Runners start at the base of the gondola at Oak Street Plaza in Telluride and end at the top of the Ridge. Runners and hikers climb up either Telluride Trail or can just bushwhack up to the top of the gondola. The run will start at 8 a.m. and the finish line closes at 10 a.m. Those interested can register online until the evening of July 2 or register in person July 3 in Oak Street Plaza.

Then it’s time to get ready for Telluride’s beloved Fourth of July Parade. Float staging begins between Aspen Street and Davis Street at 10 a.m. and the Honor Guard holds its ceremony on the Courthouse Steps at 10:40 a.m.  The parade officially starts at 11 a.m. and often runs an hour or more. If you cannot attend the parade in person, Telluride TV will live stream the entire parade on their website so you don’t miss out!

After the parade, head to Telluride Town Park for the firefighter’s barbeque from 12-4 p.m. with parade awards presentation at 1:30 p.m. Kids games will start at 2 p.m. in Town Park, and fireworks will begin once its dark, around 9 p.m. The Telluride Historical Museum will also hot its own Fourth of July Celebration celebrating with free museum admission and $5 rootbeer floats.

Mountain Village’s free Red White and Blues Celebration continues on July 4 with more kids activities in Sunset Plaza and live local music starting at 1 p.m. in Heritage Plaza. Alan Booradley and members of the Neighborhood Improvement Association play from 1-1:50 p.m. Claybrook Penn and Tom Nading play from 2-2:50 p.m. and Joint Point plays from 3-4:15 p.m.

And celebrated violinist and DJ Kat V takes the stage as the main act from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

If fireworks aren’t your thing, Movies Under the Stars starts at 8:45 p.m. in Reflection Plaza with a free screening of “The Sand Lot.”

If a BBQ isn’t on your Fourth of July schedule, the Hotel Madeline has you covered with their Independence Day BBQ starting at 11 a.m. or head to Altezza at the Peaks for their Fourth of July celebration with two back-to-back artists while you dine at Altezza.

Once the sun goes down, prepare yourself for one of the state’s best fireworks displays from Telluride Town Park, which you can see from almost anywhere in Telluride. The fireworks will start once its completely dark around 9-9:30 p.m.

(Please remember that personal displays of fireworks are strictly prohibited).


Happy Fourth of July everyone, have a safe and fun holiday weekend!


Telluride TV goes worldwide

Telluride TV

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community

For the first time ever, Telluride’s local public access channel will be available around the globe. The station is offering all of its unique community programming to the rest of the world through the world wide web. Telluride TV’s Executive Director Peter Kenworthy announced the official launch today of a new online platform that allows viewers to stream the channel anywhere in the world and to view Telluride TV’s content on demand on

“It used to be that if you wanted to watch Telluride TV, you needed to be in Telluride,” said Kenworthy. “And, even if you were in Telluride, you had to have a cable subscription. And, even if you were in Telluride, and subscribed to cable – and our signal was working – you needed to actually be in front of your television at the right time to see a particular show. All that is now history. From today, anyone, anywhere, at any time, can check out our Telluride-based broadcast and our archived content.”

In operation since the 1980s, Telluride TV has produced a wealth of local content ranging from musical and theatrical performances to festival interviews, fashion shows and community profiles. Kenworthy said his focus since taking the reins in 2016 has been to create new content that engages today’s community and to curate archival content from the past so that it’s both properly preserved and showcased. He thinks bringing the channel’s current and historical content to a streaming, on-demand platform transforms Telluride TV with an exciting new relevancy.

“This is different than a YouTube channel,” he said. “On this site, you can actually stream whatever is showing on our local cable channel or easily take your pick from our archives. The 2006 KOTO Lip Sync? A Telluride Film Festival interview with Forest Whitaker or Helen Mirren? Your kid in the latest Young People’s Theater play at the Opera House?  The world will now have access to all of those. And a whole slate of cool new programming.”

Among the categories of new content are a weekly resort show as well as shows focused on health and fitness, food and wine, tech advice and local history.  Also included are profiles of many community businesses and organizations.

“It’s still local TV,” said Kenworthy. “That’s our reason for being. But, where we used to say, ‘The rest of the world doesn’t get us,’ we’re now flipping that to ‘does.’”


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