Bennet Introduces Protections for San Juan Mountains

Bill to Protect San Juan Mountains Blog

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Environment

Article from The Durango Herald: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet introduced a bill Thursday that would designate nearly 61,000 acres of the San Juan Mountains as wilderness, extending the strictest federal conservation protections to some of the range’s most prominent peaks.

“Not only are these iconic landscapes vital to outdoor recreation and local economies, but they also stand as a symbol of our public lands legacy in Colorado – a legacy we must pass onto our kids and grand-kids,” Bennet, a Democrat, said in a news release.

The San Juan Wilderness Act expands or designates 11 areas within and surrounding the San Juan National Forest as wilderness or special management areas. Also included is a 6,500-acre mineral withdrawal at Naturita Canyon, a designation that would prevent future mining in the area.

Protections under Bennet’s bill designate some of the most prominent peaks in the area as wilderness areas, including two Fourteeners – Mount Sneffels and Wilson Peak.

Kelsey Mix, communication director for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, said, while vetting the latest version of the bill, Tipton’s office “determined there is still not broad consensus.”

“The Colorado River District has raised concerns with the private property and water rights within at least one of the proposed expansions. Additionally, the Colorado Snowmobile Association has significant concerns,” Mix said in an email.

The expansion of the wilderness areas worries some outdoor recreational groups, such as the Colorado Snowmobile Association. Expansion of the wilderness would close many trails they ride on as well as access points to cross to other trails.

Scott Jones, president of the Colorado Snowmobile Association, said, “The problem is the way some of these boundaries are laid out. It would cut access to other areas.”


Bennet worked closely with the San Miguel, San Juan and Ouray county commissioners in formulating the legislation, the release said. Bennet has been pushing this legislation since he came to the Senate in 2009 and closely consulted local leadership.

“San Juan County has strongly supported the San Juan Wilderness Act for over a decade after we worked in our community with all local stakeholders to help craft a bill that has widespread support and represents a balanced approach to protecting the public lands that help drive our recreation economy,” said San Juan County Commissioner Pete McKay.

A version of the bill was introduced in 2013 by then-Colorado Sen. Mark Udall. The bill passed with bipartisan support out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that year, but the Senate never brought it to the floor for a vote.

A wilderness designation is the federal government highest level of protection for public lands. According to the Wilderness Society, about one-third of the public lands receive permanent protections as wilderness, parks, refuges or other designations. There are 109 million acres of designated wilderness area in the United States.

Bennet’s legislation received support of various environmental groups, including the Wilderness Society.

“The San Juan Wilderness Act works to strike a balance between conservation, recreation, and smarter energy development in the future,” said Jeff Widen, senior regional conservation representative at the Wilderness Society, in a statement.

Telluride Ski Resort, a premier destination in the San Juan National Forest, also cheered the introduction of the legislation.

“The spectacularly rugged and pristine San Juan Mountains are an American treasure that are worthy of preservation,” Telluride CEO Bill Jensen said in a statement. “A public lands designation in the San Juan Wilderness bill will protect the environment while ensuring recreational access that is core to the regional economy.”

If passed through both chambers of Congress and signed by the president, the San Juan wilderness designation will prohibit additional roads and commercial enterprises from developing the area, according the National Park Service. However, the Wilderness Act allows people to fight fires, control insect infestation and provide for human safety, but respects private property rights.

Staff members for Republican Sen. Cory Gardner didn’t immediately respond to inquiries about the legislation.

Andrew Eversden is an intern for The Durango Herald and a student at American University in Washington, D.C.An earlier version of this story erred in saying a version of the San Juan Wilderness Act passed unanimously out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee in 2013. It passed with bipartisan support, but not unanimously.

Thank you to the Durango Herald for the article with photograph of The Ice Lakes area in the San Juan Mountains to be included in nearly 61,000 acres of the San Juan Mountains that would gain special federal conservation protections under the 2018 San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act. Photo credit: Jason Hatfield.

Temporary Road Closure Set for Mountain Village Boulevard

Road Work Ahead Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Public Works

The Town of Mountain Village will be performing roadside gondola maintenance operations affecting Mountain Village Boulevard today, Thursday, April 12 beginning at 9 a.m.


Motorists will experience intermittent delays starting at 9 a.m. along Mountain Village Boulevard between Vischer Drive and the Mountain Lodge. The operations may last for much of the day, but crews anticipate the closures to be of short time frames.

The town suggests motorist plan their travel for these scheduled stops. Travelers are also urged to watch for equipment, maintenance crews working along the roadway.


To learn more about this project and other construction projects, visit

For questions and information on Mountain Village, contact Marketing and Business Development Director, Bill Kight at (970) 369-6430 or by email.

Spring Shoulder Season in the San Juan Mountains – Dining and Transportation Options

Mountain Village Snow Cap Mountains Blog

Words by Special Contributor / Community

Thank you all for a wonderful 2017/2018 winter season! As our winter season wraps up there are many locals and visitors enjoying the spring shoulder season here in Telluride and Mountain Village. With the gondola closing on April 8 and resuming operations on May 24, transportation is still actively available for commuters and visitors. Take the time to visit our Spring Bus Schedule for times and locations. Stay up to date for events happening in Mountain Village by visiting our Events calendar.

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Spring 2018 Restaurants & Bars List
221 South Oak 728-9507 Closed April 9-May 23
Aemono 728-2085 Open till May 4, 9am-4pm, closed weekends. Opens May 24 for Summer
Allred’s 728-7474 Closed April 8-May 24
Alpinist & the Goat 728-5028 Open Wed- Sun 5:00pm- 12:00am
Altezza 728-6800 Closed April 9 after breakfast  & opens May 25
Baked in Telluride 728-4775 Open Mon- Sat 6:00am-8pm
Black Iron Kitchen 369-8949 Closed April 16-May 20
Brown Dog 728-8046 Closed April 8-11
Butcher & The Baker 728-2899 Closed April 7-23
Caravan 728-5611 Closed March 31-April 14
Cindy Bread 369-1116 Closed April 9-23
Coffee Cowboy 708-0294 Mon-Sun 7am-5pm
Cornerhouse Grille 728-6207 Open 7 days 11am-10:00pm
Cosmopolitan 728-1292 Closed April 9 Opens in May
Crazy Elk 728-7499 Closed April 9 at 7:00pm opening TBD
Esperanza’s Tequilas 728-8399 Closed April 9-April 23
Floradora Saloon 728-8884 Closed 4/8,4/9 & 4/15-5/9
Ghost Town 300-4334 Closed April -9-May 6
High Pie 728-2978 Closed April 9-29
La Cocina de Luz 728-9355 Open 7 days 8am-9pm
La Marmotte 728-6232 Closed April 9-May 10
La Piazza del Villagio 728-8283 Closed April 8-June 14
La Pizzaria 728-8283 Closed April 8-22
Last Dollar Saloon 728-4800 Closed til May
Market at Mountain Village 728-6500 Open 7 days 7am-9pm
New Sheridan Bar 728-4351 Closed April 9-May 17
New Sheridan Chop House 728-9100 Closed April 9-May 18
New Sheridan Roof Top Bar 728-9100 Closed April 9-May 19
Nook @ Hotel Telluride 369-1188 Closed April 9-22
Oak 728-3985 Closes April 9 Opening TBD
Over the Moon 728-2079 Closed April 10-May 25
Pescado 239-6025 Closed April 8-May 24
Poacher’s 728-9647 Open Mon-Fri  11:30am-7pm
Rustico 728-4046 Closed April 8-May 1
Sawpit Mercantile 728-9898 Open Mon-Sat 11am-6pm.
Scratch at Lumiere 369-0400 Closed April 7-May 23
Shanghai Palace 728-0882 Closed April 9-30
Siam 728-6886 Closed April 8-21
Smugglers 728-5620 Open 7 days 11:30am-9pm
Starbucks 369-8993 Closed April 11-May 20
Steamies Burger Bar 844-the-buns Open 7 days 11am-10pm
Taco del Gnar 626-9715 Closed April 9-16
Talay 728-6293 Closed April 9-May 25
Telluride Bistro 728-5239 Closed April 6-May 22
Telluride Truffle 728-9565 Open Tues- Sat 10am-5pm
The Liberty

The Phoenix Bean



Open 4:30pm-Late Daily

Closed April 9-May 17

The View Bar & Grill 369-5000 Closed April 9th after breakfast opens May 24th
There 728-1213 Hours TBD
Tomboy Tavern 728-7467 Closed April 9-May 25
Tracks Café & Bar 728-0677 Closed April 9-May 15
Village Table 728-1117 Closed April 8-May24

Mayor’s Minute Rosewood Edition

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Community, Development, Government

Hello neighbors,

At the February 15 Town Council Meeting, Council voted unanimously to approve a Standstill Agreement with Northlight, the owners of Lots 126R and 152R (historically referred to as “Rosewood”). Since then, many of you have reached out with questions about these lots, the scope of the project, and the Standstill Agreement – below are responses to a few of the most common questions.

What is the original zoning and density of the Rosewood lots? Can we revert to the original zoning of these lots?

Mayors Minute Original Zoning

In 1984 and 1987, the properties that came to be known as “Rosewood” were originally platted as a mix of hotel, condo, commercial, and employee units with a total density of 310 units. The platting was executed by Ron Allred/Telluride Company, with approval by the Board of County Commissioners and the County Planning Commission. By 2007, through the course of land purchases and rezoning with the planned unit development (PUD) approval, this parcel of lots consisted of more condo units, fewer hotel units, and 38,666 square foot of designated commercial property with a combined density of 345 units. The development history of these properties through the years is extensive and available online.



Mayors Minute Rosewood Current ZoningI share this snapshot to illustrate that going back to the original platting, is not straightforward and would call for 310 density units. Since the original platting of these lots, the zoning of these properties has always included a hotel, condo, and commercial units. The zoning history and density units are not solely a function of the 2007 PUD but also are tied to the Original Zoning that has run with these properties since they were first platted in 1984 and 1987.





What is the Standstill Agreement? Isn’t the Standstill Agreement just an extension of the 2007 PUD?

The Standstill Agreement is not an extension of the 2007 PUD, and it instead requires a new PUD application, if the owners desire to proceed. The town chose to move forward with the Standstill Agreement because it barred any development on the lots during the term of the Standstill Agreement; requires a new PUD application, which will be reviewed by the community, DRB, and Town Council; and must be approved only through the open, public process by Town Council. The 2007 Rosewood PUD expired on March 31, 2018. However, the owners of the properties would have still been able to move forward by filing an application to build by right had there not been a Standstill Agreement. The Standstill Agreement will remain in effect through all phases of a new PUD application process.

It is important to note that the Standstill Agreement does not imply that any application will be approved or that the application will be reviewed in an expedited manner. The applicants must follow the town’s process as detailed in section 17.4.12 of the Community Development Code.

Per the terms of the Standstill Agreement, any new PUD application must have significant reductions to the overall mass and scale of the expired 2007 project plans and make substantial reductions to the land use and densities occurring on the property. Furthermore, before submitting any new application, the applicants are required to hold two public open house meetings to obtain community feedback. The first public open house meeting was held March 28 and the next scheduled public open house meeting will be held May 10 at the Mountain Village Town Hall. Additionally, Northlight has agreed to hold a conceptual Work session, which will be open to the public, and a third public meeting this summer. These meetings will be live-streamed and available for viewing afterward.

Will the Town Council be reviewing the 2007 PUD or a new PUD? What happens next?

Per the terms of the Standstill Agreement, a new PUD application must be submitted by June 15, 2018. The applicants will need to go through the entire PUD process and the application will be reviewed without regard to the original PUD. Below is a tentative outline of the next steps in the PUD process:

  • May 10        Public Meeting #2 hosted by Northlight
  • June 15       New PUD Application Deadline per Standstill Agreement
  • June/July     Conceptual Work session with DRB  & Town Council for Outline PUD Application
  • July             Public Meeting #3 hosted by Northlight
  • August        Outline PUD to be presented to DRB/Town Council
  • October      Final Outline PUD Application & Review by Town Council

Once the town receives a new PUD application, we will send out a formal outline of the timeline and steps required per the town’s PUD process.

This project has been a hot topic for decades, and I expect that many of us on Town Council and throughout the community will not always agree on the best ways to proceed. Regardless, it is imperative that we all remember we are neighbors, above all else, and as such we should discuss and evaluate these topics with respect and candor. We have a shared responsibility to our village so please take part in the public process and email or call me with any specific questions or concerns you may have.

On a related note, beginning June 5, I will be hosting monthly walks on the first Tuesday of every month. I hope this will be an opportunity for us to have open conversations while we discuss current events and projects. Stay tuned for more info.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Red White and Blues Celebration 2018


Words by Special Contributor / Community, Event

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) is pleased to announce the lineup and events for the 2018 Red, White and Blues Celebration taking place July 3 and 4, 2018 at Sunset Plaza, on the lawn near Lift 1 and at Heritage Plaza near the base of Lift 4 in Mountain Village.

The annual Red, White and Blues Celebration, traditionally held on July 3, will expand to two days with the addition of July 4. The two-day event is set in the panoramic San Juan Mountains in Mountain Village offering music, children’s events, merchant discounts, food and drink specials, and much more.

“What a treat for the Mountain Village Community and surrounding residents to get two days of fun and quality music that is free!  And stayed tuned for the announcement of the 20th Anniversary of the Sunset Concert Series in May. More fun and free music to come!” said Teddy Errico, Producer of the music series.

Along with the music, each day will feature children’s activities and entertainment from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Red, White and Blues Celebration Concert will kick off with Gospel and Blues singer Paul Thorn whose songwriting often combines wry or humorous observations with blues, country and rock. With onstage banter that bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Mitch Hedberg, Thorn’s live shows are must-see and his albums, over a dozen since 1997, are full of gems. Starting off the show will be Boulder, Colorado’s Foxfeather, featuring an Alt-Americana sound bolstered by strong blues-rock.

On July 4, talented Trombonist and New Orleans native, Glen David Andrews, brings his funk, soul, gospel and rock sound with a powerful new project that correlates his own reclaimed life to his reclaimed city of New Orleans. Rounding out the day of music will be Dave Jordan and the NIA, also from New Orleans and Telluride’s own Porch Couch.

“TMVOA is excited to expand our mainstay Red, White & Blues event from one to two days with more music, events and kids activities in Mountain Village,” said Heidi Stenhammer, TMVOA Operations Manager. “We look forward to having our members, guests and visitors attend this entertaining holiday event.”

The Red, White & Blues Celebration is provided to the public free of charge by TMVOA and The Telluride Society for Music. This event along with the Sunset Concert Series is sponsored by Alpine Bank, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Rodney Strong Vineyards, KOTO FM Radio, Telluride Resort Lodging, Telluride Ski & Golf, the Town of Mountain Village, The Peaks Resort & Spa, Telluride Express, and The Market at Mountain Village. The event is rain or shine.

Learn more about the Red, White & Blues concert and event by contacting the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association online or by phone (970) 728-1904  Please visit the Facebook page for Sunset Concert Series!


Download Red, White & Blues Schedule


Photo credit: Ryan Bonneau

San Miguel Regional Housing Authority Launch Regional Housing Survey


Words by Special Contributor / Community, Government, Housing

San Miguel Regional Housing Authority (SMRHA) has contracted with Economic and Planning Systems and RRC Associates to complete a Housing Needs Assessment for San Miguel County. As part of this effort, a survey on housing issues was mailed this week to households in San Miguel County and surrounding communities.

If you are a local renter or homeowner living in San Miguel County or the surrounding region (Ridgway, Norwood, Nucla, Naturita, Rico), please look for the survey in your mailbox. Local residents and commuters working in San Miguel County are also welcome to complete the survey online at the SMRHA website home page, The survey will remain open through April 30, 2018.

We hope you will take a few minutes to complete this important survey. The results will help SMRHA and local governments make key decisions on the amount, type, and location of new housing to build in the future.

The survey is completely confidential, and in appreciation, all respondents will be eligible to enter a random drawing for one of three $100 grocery store gift certificates.

For questions, please contact Shirley L. Diaz by email or call   (970) 728-3034

Take the San Miguel Regional Housing Authority Survey

Town Hall & Village Center Subarea Planning and Initiatives


Words by Special Contributor / Community, Development, Government

During March 2018’s Town Council meeting there were several updates related to planning initiatives for the Town Hall and Village Center Subareas.

In 2016, the Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), and Telluride Ski & Golf  Resort (TSG) in a collaborative effort formed a committee to carefully evaluate and engage a public process to determine the most appropriate uses for the Town Hall Subarea (THS). In June 2017, after an 18-month effort that included several public Work sessions, Town Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to replace the THS chapter. View the amended THS chapter.

At the March 15 Town Council meeting, Council heard from committee members and consultants from AECOM on next-step planning for critical elements of the approved THS plan that are aligned with community feedback and will enable and/or promote future development phasing. Specifically, four priority items serve as the “spine of the overall THS plan”: Roundabout, Roadway Consolidation, Elk Lake/Park, and School Bus Stop. During this year, surveying, civil engineering, and planning will take place to understand costs and implementation planning better.

Council was updated on the committee’s planning efforts for the Village Center Subarea (VCS). In the second half of 2017, the committee began discussing the VCS and ways to implement the existing Comp Plan actions for this subarea. The committee updated Council in October 2017 and identified three categories to help focus the following objectives: Vibrancy and Activation, Infrastructure, and Undeveloped Parcels.

During the past few months, the committee further discussed the implementation of principals, policies and actions, with attention to land use values and vision statements in the 2011 Comprehensive Plan. This resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that Council considered at the March 15 meeting. After thorough discussion, Council approved the MOU.

March Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Government, Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Below are some Town Council meeting highlights from last month and some upcoming topics. As always, I hope you can join us for this Thursday’s meeting or consider sharing your feedback with us about any of these matters.

Quick update: The red-light beacon atop the communication tower at the top of Coonskin Lift (Chair 7), approved by Town Council and the Board of County Commissioners in October 2017, was a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a mandated condition of the crucially-needed upgrades for communication and public safety. Last week, we received word from the FAA that they had determined that the light is no longer deemed necessary for this tower. Telluride Ski Resort still hopes to have the new tower and upgrades completed by August 2018.

February 15 Meeting Highlights

  • Town Council voted to approve a Standstill Agreement regarding Lots 126R and 152R, commonly known as “Rosewood”, which provides that the town will not initiate revocation proceedings on the 2007 Planned Unit Development (PUD) Approval and the owner will not pursue development of the 2007 PUD Approval while the owner pursues a revised PUD application with material reductions to the overall mass/scale of the project and reductions to the land uses and densities occurring on the property, by June 15, 2018. Per the terms of the Standstill Agreement, the applicants will hold two public meetings to obtain community feedback before application submittal.
  • A Comprehensive Plan amendment regarding Parcel M, which consists of Lot 30 and adjacent open space parcel OS1AR-3, was approved by Town Council. In drafting this amendment, Council, and town staff communicated extensively with both property owners, a public workshop was held, and DRB reviewed and voted to recommend the amendment at their February 9 meeting. The Comprehensive Plan amendment allows both Lot 30 and OS1AR-3 the ability to pursue alternative development scenarios to the full Parcel M build-out in a manner which would have existed prior to the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan, while also preserving a full Parcel M option.
  • Lastly, we approved a $10,000 funding request from the Telluride Mountain Club (TMC)  for implementation of a proposed Trails Sustainability Plan that will coordinate trails management and development planning through regional funding and cooperation from the US Forest Service, San Miguel County, Town of Telluride, Town of Mountain Village, San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation, Telluride Tourism Board, and privately held landowners.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting or watch the video at the town website.

March 15 Agenda Topics

  • Town Council will consider the appointments of four members to the Design Review Board (DRB). The DRB is made up of seven full-time members and two alternate members, who are all appointed by Town Council to two-year terms.
  • The Town Hall and Village Center Subarea Committee, along with representatives from AECOM, will present an update of their progress to date and proposed next steps in these processes. In addition, we will hear a Town Hall Subarea update regarding the Village Court Apartments expansion project.
  • Town Council will consider for approval a Village Center Subarea Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), Telluride Ski& Golf (TSG), and the Town of Mountain Village focused on the existing Village Center Comprehensive Plan values and actions and providing recommendations to Town Council regarding the Comprehensive Plan or Community Development Code amendments. Specifically, the goals of the subcommittee will be to promote and enhance vibrancy and address long-term infrastructure, future build-out, and optimal uses of the Village Center.
  • Council will consider an ordinance and hold a public hearing to opt out of the Colorado voter signature verification requirement for municipal elections. The voter signature verification is facilitated through the statewide voter verification system, and since the Town Charter allows non-resident property owners to vote in municipal elections, many eligible voters signatures would not be in the Colorado-based verification system. Town Council voted last month, on first reading, to opt out of this requirement.
  • Council will review and decide whether to end employee permit parking on Upper Mountain Village Boulevard (UMVB). Last month, Town Council asked the Parking and Transportation Committee (PTC) to find parking solutions for affected businesses in the Village Center. Given the availability of free day parking in the Gondola Parking Garage and the newly approved construction of a 30-space parking lot on 161-CR, the PTC is again recommending permanently eliminating employee permit parking on UMVB but recommends development of an Shoulder Season Employee Permit Parking with the same eligibility requirements as the current UMVB permit. The new permit will be valid in both the North Village Center Parking Lot and the Heritage Parking Garage during the shoulder-seasons, as defined by gondola shut down periods.
  • Lastly, the Telluride Historical Museum will present their Annual Update and Forester Dave Bangert will present the 2017 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests.

A full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input by any means you are comfortable with and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

February Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Community, Government, Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Below are some Town Council meeting highlights from last month and some upcoming topics. As always, I hope you can join us for this Thursday’s meeting or consider sharing your feedback with us about any of these matters.

January 18 Meeting Highlights

  • Bill Jensen provided Telluride Ski & Golf’s (TSG) winter season update and discussed the impact of the low precipitation on visitation, snow making, and our economy. Jensen noted that the Mountain View Apartments in the Meadows neighborhood was 99% complete and most units were already occupied. TSG hopes to begin constructing additional bike flow trails in Mountain Village this summer and anticipates breaking ground on the Ilium housing project in 2019.
  • Town Council appointed Ryan Deppen as an alternate member to the Building Board of Appeals.
  • The Telluride Regional Airport (TRAA) Manager, Kenny Maenpa, presented TRAA’s biannual report stating that the Commercial and General Aviation Terminals remodel and expansions were completed in 2017. In addition, the Category C approach has been completed and TRAA is optimistic that the airport will soon see larger planes landing at Telluride Regional Airport (TEX).
  • As always, Council heard routine land use matters, Council board updates, and reports from staff. Of specific note this month, the Cable and Broadband Services Director Steven Lehane reported that due to a 42% price increase, the Town of Mountain Village (TMV) Cable department is weighing whether to drop Univision channels from the list of cable channels. Lehane shared with Council that dropping Univision would leave the community with only one Spanish language option on our cable lineup, Telemundo. Please consider sharing your thoughts on this potential change with me or directly with the Cable Department.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting or watch the video at the town website.

February 15 Agenda Topics

  • Town Council will consider an ordinance opting out of the Colorado voter signature verification requirement for municipal elections. The voter signature verification is facilitated through the statewide voter verification system. Given that our Town Charter allows non-resident property owners to vote in municipal elections, many eligible voters’ signatures would not be in the Colorado-based verification system. Associate Town Attorney Sarah Abbott will discuss the pros and cons of opting out of this requirement.
  • We will consider a Standstill Agreement regarding Lots 126R and 152R, commonly known as “Rosewood”. The current owner of the property had recently applied to the town to extend the Rosewood Planned Unit Development (PUD) vested rights, set to expire March 18, 2018, by an additional two years. However, the property owner has withdrawn the renewal application and has now asked the town to consider entering into a Standstill Agreement.The Standstill Agreement would provide that the town would not initiate revocation proceedings on the 2007 PUD Approval so long as the owner submits and pursues a revised PUD application with material reductions to the overall mass/scale of the project and reductions to the land uses and densities occurring on the property, relative to the 2007 PUD Approval, by June 15, 2018.Given the complexity and time span of the project to date, TMV staff has put together a land and density analysis that tracks the historical zoning and densities of the properties making up Rosewood, which we encourage you to review.
  • Council will consider a Comprehensive Plan amendment regarding Parcel M, which consists of Lot 30 and a portion of the adjacent open space parcel OS1AR-3. Parcel M is located within the Village Center Subarea and was slated in the Comprehensive Plan as a potential flagship hotel site in the Village Center Subarea. In drafting this amendment, Council has communicated extensively with both property owners, held a public workshop, and the Design Review Board (DRB) reviewed and voted to recommend the amendment at their February 9 meeting.
  • Council will review and decide whether to end employee permit parking on Upper Mountain Village Boulevard. Earlier this month, the Parking and Transportation Committee voted to recommend permanently eliminating these parking permits effective May 23, 2018, given the availability of free day parking in the Gondola Parking Garage and the newly approved temporary 30-space parking lot on 161-CR.
  • Lastly, we will consider a $10,000 funding request from the Telluride Mountain Club (TMC) for implementation of a proposed Trails Sustainability Plan and to aid in the creation of a Trails Sustainability Document in 2018. TMC is proposing to coordinate trails management and development planning with funding from regional entities (Forest Service, San Miguel County, Telluride, Mountain Village, and privately held land owners).

full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input by any means you are comfortable with and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Telluride Gay Ski Week Announces 2018 Lineup

Telluride Gay Ski Week Logo

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Event, Recreation

Telluride Gay Ski Week returns in 2018 with a schedule jam-packed with parties, events, dancing, entertainment and, of course, lots of skiing. The event takes place from February 24 to March 3, with events every day in Telluride, Mountain Village and on the Telluride Ski Resort.

Director Rosie Cusack, who took over production of Gay Ski Week three years ago, says the 15th Annual event is shaping up to be one for the books.

“It’s going to be the best one ever,” says Cusack.

That’s because the event has lined up heavy-hitting celebrities, such as 2017 Miss Gay America Suzy Wong, cabaret performer Frankie Grande and comedian Leslie Jordan, to entertain this years crowd. Shows will be sprinkled into a week that also features daily skiing excursions, après ski gatherings, dance parties, all-day spa and pool parties at the Peaks Resort & Spa, live music and the annual White Party. As always, Telluride Gay Ski Week takes place in the run-up to the Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB), overlapping with several TAB events.

Cusack describes Gay Ski Week as an open and accepting celebration of diversity, expression and skiing in one of the most magical settings in America.

“The event,” she says, “is for anyone who enjoys celebrating community, meeting new people and participating in sports-centric events. You don’t even have to ski to have a good time,” she says. “There is something at Gay Ski Week for everyone.” Telluride Gay Ski Week’s profile is on the rise.“Telluride has become known in the last couple years across the board as the best gay ski week in America,” Cusack says. “One of the things I keep hearing from attendees is ‘It isn’t about quantity, it’s about the quality of the experience,” says Cusack.

The following is a rundown of Gay Ski Week highlights:

Kick off Gay Ski Week with a rousing and ribald evening of song, dance and humor. Featuring Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong, along with former Miss Continental, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Former Miss Gay America, Aurora Sexton and Raja Gemini, winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Three.” With a 21 and over dance party to follow.

“These drag queens have huge star power in the community,” says Cusack.

This evening will kick off with Drag Bingo featuring Suzy Wong in the Show Bar, and the action will move to the main theatre for a cabaret-style show featuring Frankie Grande. Grande is a singer, dancer, actor and social media mogul whose work on Broadway and television has earned worldwide fame.

Austin, Texas-based Middlespoon is the gender-bending love child of DJ Jinx McGee and vocalist Alexander Beatz, who are steering pop music away from hetero-normative traditions. Middlespoon takes on issues like polyamory, patriarchy and transphobia, layering them over whimsical beats that’ll be sure to get bodies onto the dance floor.

This longtime tradition, which follows the Telluride AIDS Benefit’s Sneak Peek Fashion Show, has a reputation as the best dance party of the year in Telluride – the kind that will literally bring the house down.

Jordan, whose television appearances include NBC’s “Will and Grace” and the new television project “Cool Kids,” will present his one-man show “Leslie Jordan: EXPOSED.” The show features an intimate peek into Jordan’s life, flamboyant youth, behind the scenes stories and hilarious anecdotes.

For a full schedule, ticket information, special offers and more, visit: Telluride Gay Ski Week

Join Telluride Gay Ski Week Event on Facebook!

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