Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community

Join the Mountain Village Police Department for Coffee with a Cop, a free event to meet our local officers and discuss community issues over a cup of coffee.

The event takes place October 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Tracks Cafe & Bar in Mountain Village’s Heritage Plaza.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mountain Village. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

For more event information, contact Mountain Village Police Department by email, (970) 728-9281, and visit our event page on Facebook.

Meadows Improvement Plan Open House and Ice Cream Social

Meadows Improvement Plan

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Development

On Thursday, September 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the community is invited to join their neighbors for an Open House and a free Root Beer and Ice Cream Social hosted by the Town of Mountain Village.The purpose of the event is to gather community input on Phase 2 of the Meadows Improvement Plan. The event will be held at Mountain Village Town Hall located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd. Suite A.

 

“The purpose of the open house is to gather community input from Meadows and Mountain Village residents regarding the remaining improvements to the Meadows area,” explained Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes. “Much of the road and sidewalk work has been completed, and we’d like to continue the conversation regarding for parking lot improvements that could include grading, landscaping, lighting, bathrooms and any additional playground improvements.  Also, we are seeking input on trails and river riparian access or interpretive opportunities.”

 

The Meadows Improvement Plan project is scheduled to begin in 2018. To learn more about this project or to provide written public comment, please contact Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes by email.

Major Gondola Upgrades by Winter

Gondola Upgrades Blog

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Transportation

Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) and the Town of Mountain Village (TMV) are working together on two major upgrades to the gondola system. Construction of a gondola backup power system began on May 9, 2017 after Telluride Ski and Golf (TSG) granted the TMV an easement. The project involves two duel-fuel generators and a protective enclosure located at the St. Sophia station. This will allow the gondola to continue to load riders and run at full speed in the event of a power outage. “The addition of a redundant power source, as well as increasing system capacity, has been on the wish list for quite some time. Being able to continue public operation during a power outage with virtually zero downtime is a huge step-up in our level of service. With these types of large scale capital investments, TMVOA continues to demonstrate its commitment to provide safe and reliable public transportation while enhancing our everyday user and guest experience” said TMV Transit Director Jim Loebe.

Nine new cabins are being added to mainline, allowing for 150 more people per hour to be moved between TMV and the Town of Telluride (TOT). The added cabins will maximize the capacity of the mainline to 1,070 people per hour, resulting in a 16.3% increase. This will help reduce waiting times during peak periods, such as festivals, sunset concerts, and the fourth of July. The cabins and the backup power are scheduled to be in place and fully operational by the opening of the 2017/2018 winter ski season.

TMVOA formed the Gondola Subcommittee on February 19, 2017, with representatives from TMV Council, TOT Council, San Miguel County (SMC) Commissioners and staff, TSG staff, and TMVOA staff. The Subcommittee meets quarterly to discuss long-term planning, major projects, issues, and successes of the gondola system, then makes recommendations to the TMVOA Board of Directors.

“The Subcommittee’s feedback on backup power, additional gondola cabins, and late-night hours were vital to the decision-making process for both TMVOA and TMV” said Gondola Subcommittee Chairman Garrett Brafford. The TOT and TMVOA are equally contributing fifty percent of the cost for the added late-night hours, which ran on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. from Bluegrass through Blues &Brews weekends. “The Subcommittee is bringing the gondola stakeholders together to have input on current operations and focus on long-term planning for this amazing, one-of-a-kind transportation system” said TMVOA Executive Director Anton Benitez.

As a reminder, the TMV is required to own and operate the gondola system and TMVOA is required to fund the gondola operations, maintenance, and capital improvements through December 31, 2027.

For questions, please contact Gondola Subcommittee Chairman Garrett Brafford at  (970) 728-1904 ext. 2.

Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge- Launches Hurricane Donation Campaign

Global Giving

Words by Special Contributor / Community

The Franz Klammer Lodge will match donations to Global Giving up to $5,000 –

As hurricane season continues to wreak havoc across our southern region, many of our friends, family members, owners and sister properties are experiencing its devastating effects. Millions are without power, homes, food and more and the time and money that it will take to rebuild in each of these communities is expansive.The Franz Klammer Lodge would love to contribute and has committed to raising funds to aid in the relief and rehabilitation efforts for the victims of these tragic events. The Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge will match donations to Global Giving up to $5,000.00. If you are able to donate to Global Giving, please send the Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge a copy of your receipt and we will match your donation amount. Receipts can be emailed to [email protected].
Global Giving Hurricane Relief. We appreciate any and all contributions that have already been made and are incredibly grateful for all of the volunteers and organizations that are there to support.

For further information contact: Kierstin Strand, Fairmont Heritage Place, Fran Klammer Lodge (970) 239-4061 [email protected]

Mountain Village Police Department Host National Night Out and Ice Cream Social August 1

National Night Out

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Emergency Preparedness

Bringing together community members and emergency responders, the Mountain Village Police Department is excited to announce the sixth annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 1. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the community is invited to join their neighbors, police, and fire department teams at the Mountain Village’s Village Court Apartments (VCA) for a free ice cream social and tours of police cars, fire trucks and ambulance. Free gun safety locks will be available, and the Telluride Fire District will offer free blood pressure readings. Also, this year’s festivities will include free hot dogs, swag, karaoke, games, a donut eating contest and much more!

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a real sense of community. Furthermore, it provides an excellent opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

“Once again, we are excited to bring together our neighbors and residents to get to know one another and the first responders who serve them in the community,” said Mountain Village Police Chief Chris Broady. “A huge thanks goes to the Village Court Apartment staff for taking the lead in organizing this year’s event.”

For more event information, contact Cecilia Curry at the Village Court Apartments at (970) 369-8233.

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Reuniendo los miembros de la comunidad y respondedores de emergencia, el departamento de policía de Mountain Village esta entusiasmado de anunciar la sexta Noche Nacional anual el martes, 1 de agosto. A las 5 de la tarde hasta las 8 de la noche, la comunidad está invitada a acompañar a sus vecinos, policías y el equipo de bomberos en Mountain Village Court (VCA) para helados gratis, perros calientes, y excursiones de los coches de policía, camiones de bomberos y ambulancias. Las cerraduras de seguridad del arma libres estarán disponibles, y el Distrito de Fuego de Telluride ofrecerá lecturas gratis de presión sanguínea. ¡Además, las festividades de este año incluirán gratis cosas, perros calientes, karaoke, juegos, un concurso de comer donuts y mucho más!

Millones de vecinos participan en la Noche Nacional a través de miles de comunidades en todos los 50 estados, territorios de Los Estas Unidos, ciudades canadienses y bases militares por todo el mundo el primer martes del mes de agosto. La Noche Nacional es una campaña anual que construye esfuerzo comunitario que promueve las asociaciones de la comunidad policial y la camaradería del vecindario para hacer nuestras comunidades más seguras y lugares más cariñosos para vivir. La Noche Nacional mejora la relación entre los vecinos y el cumplimiento de la ley, mientras que trae de vuelta un verdadero sentido de la comunidad. Además, proporciona una excelente oportunidad para reunir a la policía y a los vecinos en circunstancias positivas.

“Una vez más, estamos entusiasmados de reunir a nuestros vecinos y residentes para conocernos unos a otros y a los primeros respondedores que les sirven en la comunidad,” dijo el jefe de policía de Mountain Village Chris Broady. “Un enorme agradecimiento al equipo de Village Court Apartment (VCA) por haber tomado la iniciativa de organizar el evento de este año.”

Para más información sobre el evento, póngase en contacto con Cecilia Curry en el Village Court Apartment at  (970) 369-8233.

Music on the Green to Kick off Weekends in Mountain Village

Music on the Green

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Event

This summer, the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) and Beyond the Groove are pleased to present “Music on the Green”, a free concert series taking place Fridays through August 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Reflection Plaza, adjacent to the Madeline Hotel and Residence.

“Music on the Green is a great way to start to your weekend,” said Anton Benitez, Executive Director of TMVOA. “Meet with friends, grab a drink and a bite, and enjoy live music in Reflection Plaza.”

The “Music on the Green” line-up features a wide variety of bands and musicians that will start the weekend with a celebration of music and art amid the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains surrounding Mountain Village. The line-up for this summer includes:

  • Edison (July 14) – this Colorado-based indie rock trio features singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton, multi-instrumentalist Dustin Morris and Grammy-nominated guitarist Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers). Despite only forming in 2014, Edison has quickly gained a large national fan base thanks to their tireless touring, high-energy live shows and supporting many national touring acts.
  • The Mostest (July 21) – featuring songwriter/guitarist Mark Ranson and virtuoso bassist Patrick Pearsall, as well as a larger collective of musicians that have rotated in and out over the last 11 years. Self-describing their sound as “Heavy Americana”, the band incorporates elements of American folk music and extemporaneous jazz, inspired by artists such as Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead.
  • The Harmaleighs (July 28) – The Harmaleighs honestly craft poetic, passionate, and powerful songs cut from a pastiche of indie, folk, pop and Americana. Featuring Haley Grant and Kaylee Jasperson, the duo is touring to support their latest EP, Hiraeth, sharing the inspiration received from being on the road and the trials and tribulations of longing for a home.
  • McCarthy Jazz Trio (August 4) – Playing a mix of jazz and blues, and infusing their performances with improvisation that plays to the crowd, the McCarthy Jazz Trio explores the structure of jazz classics with an ever-changing perspective. Consisting of Mike Enriquez, Chris Goplerud and Kevin McCarthy, the Trio takes audiences down a nimble and creative musical journey.
  • Beat Root Revival (August 11) – The duo of Ben Jones and Andrea Magee that make up Beat Root Revival are the first to say their style consists of a lot of different sounds. Influenced by blues, rock and roll, 60’s-style pop and traditional folk, the duo’s vocals fit perfectly together and their passion for the music is evident on-stage.
  • Joe Pug (August 18) – Austin-based Pug is comfortable pushing the limits of what he is comfortable playing, evident on his newest LP “Windfall”. Aiming to go back to basics with minimalist production, Pug has put together a collection of songs that reflect his ambitions as an artist, and reflect his contemporary influences like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams and M.Ward.

“These free Friday shows on the reflection plaza, next to the Madeline Hotel, offer an intimate experience with top class national acts,” said Denise Mongan of Beyond the Groove Productions. “It is a chance to sit, relax and socialize while enjoying some live music performances in a quiet and small venue.”

“Music on the Green” is the latest addition to family-friendly entertainment options in Mountain Village, complementing the Wednesday night Sunset Concert Series, as well as the new Thursday/Saturday “Movies Under the Stars“, as well as regular shows at Club Red.

For up to date information on all things happening in Mountain Village, visit http://townofmountainvillage.com/events/.

Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community

The Mountain Village Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. This free event – Coffee with a Cop – takes places March 29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Telluride Dogg House in Mountain Village’s Heritage Plaza.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mountain Village. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Mountain Village Police Chief Chris Broady. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

For more event information, visit townofmountainvillage.com or contact Mountain Village Police Department by email or (970) 728-9281.

Town of Mountain Village launches cutting-edge app for visitors, residents

Vizzit Places App

Words by Nichole Zangara / Community

Although Mountain Village is still a relatively young town – it was established in March 1995 – it is much more than what meets the eye. So to pull back the curtain on this town, Mountain Village is launching Vizzit Places, a self-guided GPS-triggered audio tour app that reveals the wizardry behind the Telluride Region and its many secrets hidden in plain sight.

“The real intent of this innovative project is to connect Mountain Village and all its stories and people with those that visit and live here,” said Marketing and Business Development Director Nichole Zangara Riley. “Most often, people love being here. It’s just this unexplainable feeling they get. What we want to do is deepen their connection and experience with Mountain Village, and the region, and really show them why this place is an adventure of discovery and what and who makes this town go round. One way to do this is with curated content created by insiders. And the beautiful thing is this is all accessible from the smartphone in your pocket.”

The first three tours will launch December 17 just in time for Holiday Prelude in Mountain Village and the December 20 Gondola Anniversary Celebration. Of the three tours, “World’s Best Commute” is dedicated to the 13-minute gondola ride and all that one can see and experience from a cabin. The other tours, “Top of the World: St. Sophia” and “Millennial Mountain Village” pay homepage to some of the best offerings in the region. The tours are hands-free, bringing technology to the outdoors using a non-distracting, well balanced approach.

“The tell-all stories that are a part of these three tours are centered on community, businesses, culture and history,” said Zangara Riley. “When one downloads the app, they have this beautiful lens in which everyone can connect more deeply and individually to this extraordinary place. In short, a mere experience turns into an indelible memory. After this initial launch we will continue to develop more tours, keeping the content fresh and enticing for our world class destination and its residents and visitors.”

Users can download the free Vizzit Places smartphone app from the Apple Store or Google Play (available December 15). The next step is simple: select a desired tour based on one’s location in Mountain Village, and start the journey of discovery. Tours reveal GPS-triggered stories along the way, creating connections to what is seen and unseen, the history and culture of people and places, and a deeper look into the landscape that surrounds the Telluride Region.

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