Mountain Village Chip Seal Project Begins Tuesday July 25 on Mountain Village and North Village Parking Lot

Chip Seal

Words by Bill Kight / Parking, Transportation

The Town of Mountain Village Public Works Department will begin chip seal road work on Mountain Village Boulevard and the North Village Center Parking lot on Tuesday, July 25 through Saturday, July 29 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (weather permitting). The chip seal will be applied for a three-mile stretch through the town beginning at the CO State Hwy 145 entrance along Mountain Village Boulevard to Country Club Drive.

The North Village Center Parking lot will be closed Tuesday, July 25 while chip seal work is performed. Resident parking permits will be honored at the Heritage Parking Garage during Tuesday’s construction period. Work on the North Village Center Parking lot is expected to be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, July 25.

The traveling public can expect brief delays while traveling through the work zone. Drivers may experience lane shifts as well as traffic reduced to a single-lane, alternating intermittently in either direction, throughout the project. Motorists will be guided by flaggers and/or pilot cars. Delays of 5 to 15 minutes are possible. Motorists are advised to allow themselves a little more time to reach their destination if passing through these areas. Residents are urged to be alert when driving through the work zones. They should watch for flaggers, pilot cars, and slow down to the posted speed limits. They should increase the distance between the cars that they’re following to minimize the possibility of damage caused by loose gravel.

To learn more about our construction projects, visit To sign up to receive project information and updates in Mountain Village, please contact Bill Kight by email.

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

Mountain Village Hires Michelle Haynes as Planning and Development Director

Michelle Haynes Open House

Words by Bill Kight / Development

Mountain Village is pleased to announce the hiring of Michelle Haynes as director of planning and development. Haynes spent the last five years as Building and Planning Director of Town of Telluride and previously served as the planner for Telluride. Haynes has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Criticism, and Conservation from Smith College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Haynes will begin work in her new role on July 17.

Outgoing Director Glen Van Nimwegen, who joined the Town of Mountain Village in 2015, recently accepted the City of Salida Community Development Director position. Van Nimwegen stepped into his new role with over 17 years of experience in planning and development. Van Nimwegen led the Town Hall Subarea Planning Committee during his residency at the Town of Mountain Village. Mountain Village Town Council approved the Town Hall Subarea Plan at the June 20 meeting.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle on board,” stated Mountain Village Town Manager Kim Montgomery. “To have Michelle in the role of Planning and Development Director is such a positive for the community with her extensive experience in the region.”

Focusing on creating strategic and tactical goals for planning and building, and implementing economic development efforts in the town are among the director’s responsibilities.

Haynes brings eight years of experience in planning and development to Mountain Village. In her previous role as building and planning director at the Town of Telluride, Haynes successfully developed a package of Land Use Code zoning incentives aimed at development within the commercial core of Telluride achieving consensus and adoption in January of 2017. Additionally, Haynes helped produce Telluride’s Climate Action Plan — a trending policy action being adopted by cities and towns across the nation and the world — as part of a master’s degree program she undertook at the University of Colorado Denver.

On July 18, the Town of Mountain Village will hold an open house to introduce Miss Haynes to staff and community members. The event is open to the public with appetizers and drinks provided from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mountain Village’s Town Hall. To RSVP for the event please contact, Sue Kunz by email.

Areas Affected By Town of Mountain Village Broadband and Cable Outage


Words by Bill Kight / Communications, Utilities

Town of Mountain Village is currently experiencing a broadband and cable outage due to a damaged fiber optic cable line on Adams Ranch Road. The outage is affecting approximately 200 modems west of the Mountain Lodge and Ski Area. The areas affected include Mountain Village Town Hall, Trails Edge, Elkstone Place, Village Court Apartments (VCA), Lower Benchmark, Larkspur Lane and Victoria Drive. The outage is expected to last through tomorrow morning, July 12 while crews replace the fiber optic line.

Mountain Village Town Hall and the Police Department phone and internet systems are affected by this outage and are currently down. Offices remain open at Town Hall and the Police Department during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a staff directory please visit:

“Crews will be working through the evening to restore service in the affected areas,” said Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight. “Residents can expect service to be restored by Wednesday, July 12.”

For routine public safety calls, please contact the Mountain Village Police Department dispatch center at (970) 249-9110. In cases of emergency, contact 911 and ‘call if you can, text if you must’.

For questions, please contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight at (970) 729-2179 or our broadband and cable customer service personnel at (970) 369-0555.

Real-time updates are posted on the town’s social media channels at Facebook and Twitter while crews work on mitigating the problem.

Thank you for your patience, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.


Gondola Hours Extended For Summer Weekends

Photo Ryan Bonneau

Words by Bill Kight / Transportation

To support local businesses and promote safe late-night transportation, this summer the gondola will run on Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. The new weekend hours will run from July 14 through September 16.

The extended hours were made possible through a collaborative and cost-sharing effort by the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), Town of Mountain Village and Town of Telluride. The gondola will continue normal operating hours of 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Accordingly, TMVOA has extended Dial-A-Ride in Mountain Village until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to ensure our community members and their guests have safe ground transit to their homes. 

Read more about this collaboration by the Telluride Daily Planet.

Photo Credit Ryan Bonneau

Mountain Village Waterline Improvement Project; Village Trail and Prospect Trail Detour


Words by Bill Kight / Recreation, Utilities

To maintain a protected and accessible waterline for the Town of Mountain Village, construction on the town’s main waterline will be conducted beginning July 10. Construction for the 12-inch waterline improvement project will take place at the top of Telluride Ski Resort’s (Lift 7) and will run approximately1000 feet in length. The town anticipates construction will last appropriately 60 days through the end of August.

Due to the construction, the Town of Mountain Village in partnership with Telluride Ski & Golf and the US Forest Service will implement trail detours for the popular hiking and biking Village Trail and Prospect Trail starting July 10. The trail detour will provide safe access around the project, and the town asks to please follow signage and use caution while the detour is in place.

“No residents or businesses will experience a disruption in water service or reduced water pressure,” explained Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight. “This construction is solely preventive maintenance for the longevity of the town’s main waterline.”

The waterline project will be conducted and managed by the Town of Mountain Village and Williams Construction. To learn more about our construction projects and for trail updates, visit

The Ride Festival Kicks Off with a Free Concert in Mountain Village

The Ride Festival

Words by Bill Kight / Uncategorized

Two bands, Carolyn Wonderland and The Jibs, will take center stage for an evening of music in Mountain Village July 7. As part of The RIDE Festival, this free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sunset Plaza, and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and The Ride Festival.

RIDE Festival returns to Telluride July 8-9 in its sixth consecutive year of world-class music, camping and mountain adventure that only Colorado can deliver. Featuring an all-star lineup in an intimate mountain setting; event headliners include BECK, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The John Butler Trio, Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Kaleo, Jackie Greene, and Boulder’s own Rose Hill Drive among others.

For more information about the RIDE Festival including ticketing and official festival details check out

The Jibs are an Austin-native blues-rock band made up of bassist Roman Parnell, drummer Eric Schueler, guitarist and keyboardist Caden Westmoreland, and singer and guitarist Will Clark. The four met as freshmen at the University of Texas sailing club within their first few days on campus. They immediately began writing music and consequently never returned to the sailing club.

Carolyn Wonderland is a musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time
The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During The Ride Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. Dial-A-Ride and the Meadows bus will operate until 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday, too, and the Common Consumption Area will be in effect for the Friday concert.

Voters Elect Berry, Oupadia and Gilbride to Serve on Mountain Village Town Council

Election Results

Words by Bill Kight / Election

Candidates Patrick L. Berry, Paul Oupadia and Jack Gilbride were elected to Mountain Village Town Council Tuesday, June 27. They will join current council members Dan Jansen, Laila Benitez, Dan Caton and Bruce MacIntire who were not up for re-election. The newly elected council members will serve four-year terms.

Of the 930 mailed ballots, 409 were cast either by mail or in person for a 43.98% voter turnout.

The newly elected council members will be sworn in at the July 25 Mountain Village Town Council Meeting. Subsequently, members of Town Council will appoint the position of mayor and mayor pro-tem.

The Numbers

Listed in the same order as they appeared on the ballot, following is the number of votes each candidate received.

  • Paul Oupadia: 170
  • Suse Connolly: 86
  • Marla Meridith: 20
  • David Schillaci: 90
  • Jack Gilbride: 157
  • Angela R. Pashayan: 83
  • Natalie Binder: 148
  • Richard Child: 35
  • Jonathan Greenspan: 127
  • Patrick L. Berry: 178

For more information about the election results, contact Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick by email.

June Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather. It’s hard to remember that our last meeting was conducted with a major blizzard going on outside…in mid-May! That said, lots of good work was undertaken, which I’ve outlined below.

May 18 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council declared May Sexual Assault Awareness Month in collaboration with San Miguel Resource Center.

2 > Council discussed the adoption of National standards for electrical codes in our local building codes and whether these Codes and Regulations should become a new and distinct chapter in the town’s Municipal Code.

3 > Town Council set a cost of $40,000 for the Parking Payment-in-lieu Fee when a property owner cannot build the necessary parking on their property. This price was set based on benchmarks from recent town sales and construction costs. Our goal is to create adequate parking where possible, rather than grow the town’s parking fund.

4 > Council had an extensive discussion regarding the potential to add up to 70 workforce housing units within the Village Court Apartments (VCA) complex and balance the need for housing with the impacts of added density and traffic on the surrounding neighbors.

5 > The Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee along with Council reviewed the first draft of the new Town Hall Subarea plan for consideration in adopting the proposed amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan.

6 > Town Council approved a new Community Grant Program for supporting broader community goals that will be administered by the Telluride Foundation. While I recused myself from the discussion and vote, the balance of council members seemed to find great merit in leveraging the Foundation’s regional perspective and extensive experience in grant administration.

7 > We continued our environmental focus with a letter of support for the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and an interim review of the San Miguel Watershed’s Forest Health Assessment. Our forests are healthy, but we face significant fire and other disruptive risks that may necessitate more action on our part to protect our local forests. The final report will help to define the actions needed.

8 > Finally, we heard routine staff and council reports and considered a series of routine land use matters.

June 20 Agenda Highlights

This month Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > The Telluride Town Council will join us for an extensive joint meeting to report on the master plan of our jointly owned wastewater treatment plant that is being assessed for a capacity expansion and an upgrade of its treatment processes to comply with new EPA standards. This could be an expensive project and we want the full community engaged and informed.

2 > There will be a public hearing on recommended changes to the Town Hall Subarea plan to adopt proposed amendments to the town’s 30 year Comprehensive Plan as formulated by our Town Hall subarea committee.

3 > We will take an extended lunch break to publicly thank and honor our three Town Council Members who will be serving in their last Town Council meeting. Please join us if you can to thank Michelle Sherry, Marty McKinley, and Cath Jett for their fantastic public service.

4 > Council Member Cath Jett will lead a discussion to approve signing on to joint statements expressing Mountain Village’s commitment to continuing to adopt and intensify policies that will uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

5 > Finally, in standard meeting procedure, Town Council will consider routine land use matters as well as reports from Council members and town staff that will round out this month’s agenda.

As always, I hope you can join us whether in person, online or by providing your thoughts and input in advance of the meeting by email to the Clerk’s office.
Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool will host the tenth annual Touch-A-Truck June 24


Words by Bill Kight / Event

Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool will host the tenth annual Touch-A-Truck, a kid-centric fundraising event in which children can touch, climb, explore and sit in the driver’s seat of a variety of vehicles: service vehicles, work equipment, fire trucks, and police cars. Open to the public and organized by Munchkins parents, all proceeds raised will go towards enrichment activities, learning tools and scholarships.

Touch-A-Truck takes place Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carhenge parking lot at the base of Chair 7 in Telluride. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per adult and child. Other activities include a kids area with face painting, tattoos, and live music.

“We are excited for our tenth annual Touch-A-Truck event. Last year we raised $12,000 with all of the proceeds going towards scholarships, curriculum materials and new playground equipment. This year we are raising money for enrichment activities, learning tools, and scholarships for both our infant/toddler program and preschool,” explained Mountain Munchkins Director Dawn Katz. “We feel so fortunate to have the continued support from the Town of Mountain Village. Their awareness of the importance of high quality early childhood education has made this program possible. We could only hope that other community leaders will adopt this supportive vision.”

Mountain Munchkins will hold two raffles during the event. Now until the event, patrons can purchase a $10 raffle ticket through Mountain Munchkins parents to win festival passes for the Ride Festival, Telluride Yoga Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews, and Telluride Jazz Festival. There will be an additional prize drawing for a Skuut and Trike bike.

Mountain Munchkins is the only childcare and preschool that serves children from infancy until kindergarten. Children are exposed to a wide variety of age-appropriate activities that encourage a lifetime of learning. For additional information about Touch-A-Truck, raffle tickets or Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool, contact Dawn Katz at (970) 369-6428 or by email.

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