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]

Telluride Bike Park opens July 5

Bike Park opening

Words by Bill Kight / Recreation

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort is proud to announce the new lift-serviced Telluride Bike Park Grand Opening on next Friday, July 5 at 10 a.m.

The bike park offers riding for all ability levels, including the newly constructed beginner-level flow trail, Tommyknocker. This gravity-fed trail will take you overarching bridges and around bank turns for 5.8 miles.

“The Tommyknocker trail is an exciting new component in Telluride and opens the door for beginner mountain bikers,” said Scott Pittenger, Director of Mountain Operations. “We’re bringing a full suite of trails that’s been crafted for every skill level—and it’s just the beginning.”

Single day passes, season passes, guides and clinics, along with bike rentals are all available now for advance purchase. Additionally, guests will be able to activate their passes online. The Mountain Village Pass & Ticket Office is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., to assist with any Telluride Bike Park questions.

Beginning July 5, both the Oak Street ticket window and Mountain Village ticket office will be open daily to provide support for those accessing the new bike park from Telluride and Mountain Village.

”We are elated to have reached this point—getting the chairlift spinning for bike park access in the backyard is nothing short of a dream come true,” said Carson Taylor, Director of Mountain Sales. “It’s a monumental step for summer recreation, and we’re all stoked to ride the new trails.”

Portions of the proceeds from passes will be donated to the National Forest Foundation (NFF) in support of local hiking and biking trail maintenance. The NFF is a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, and promotes the health and public enjoyment of the nation’s 193-million-acre National Forest System.

For more information, please visit, call 970-239-7045 or email at [email protected].

July Green Tip of the Month

Green Tips

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Environment

July’s Green Tip of the Month encourages people to wash their cars in the car wash, instead of at home.

According to Southwest Car Wash Alliance, rinsing your car off with a garden hose at home can use 100 or more gallons of water. A standard garden hose can expel about 11 gallons of water per minute.

Self-service car wash stations limit you to around 17 or 18 gallons of water, and according to a study from the 2018 International Carwash Association, most full-service car wash stations average 30-45 gallons of water per car. And many carwashes recycle and reuse water.

Additionally, washing your car at home can wash dirt, oil, soap and other chemicals into a storm drain and into nearby rivers and lakes. Carwashes are designed to collect water to reuse and then send water to wastewater treatment plants to filter out pollutants.

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!


Design Review Board and Town Council to review proposed development of La Montagne (formerly Rosewood)

La Montagne

Words by Kathrine Warren / Development

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, the Town of Mountain Village’s Design Review Board will host a work session for the proposed development of the La Montage Project on Lots 126R and 152R – historically known as Rosewood PUD (planned unit development).

Mountain Village Town Council will hear the same work session materials on July 18, 2019 at its monthly meeting.

The La Montagne project proposes to rescind and revoke the current Rosewood PUD, and as part of the rescission is proposing to eliminate specific uses and densities through the rezone and density transfer process. Specifically, the proposal includes the elimination of all hotel density, a reduction in overall commercial area, as well as potentially reducing employee dorm and apartment unit density to correlate with the overall reduction in density of the site.

The downzoning discussion proposes to reduce the actual unit density from 164 units to 69 units (58% density reduction) and the person equivalent density from 355 to 207 units (42% reduction). The commercial area reduction is more dramatic with a 92% reduction.


Mountain Village’s Community Development Code (“CDC”) states that any proposed reduction of workforce housing on the properties is at the sole discretion of Town Council based upon demonstration of practical hardship and the applicants are seeking input from the Design Review Board and Town Council prior to submittal of a development application on this and other matters listed above.

It is important to note that the proposal does not include any changes to the property’s underlying multi-family or open space zone districts although the project is required to pursue a Rezoning as required by the CDC to transfer density off of the Property.  The project proposes to transfer both open space lots to the town subsequent to development approvals of the planned unit development (PUD) rescission and density transfer and rezone.


The following section provides more information on the proposed La Montagne development:


Name of Applicant: SALT Architecture & Alpine Planning, LLC on behalf of MV Holdings, LLC

Lot Included in Proposal: Lot 126R, Lot 152R, Tract OSP-126; Tract OSP-118

Cumulative Lot Sizes: 4.58 acres

Review Authority:  Design Review Board (DRB) and Town Council


Date and Time of Public Meeting Work Sessions:


Design Review Board Meeting Date:  July 11, 2019

Design Review Board Meeting Time:  10:00 a.m. or as soon as practicable thereafter


Town Council Meeting Date:  July 18, 2019

Town Council Meeting Time:  8:30 a.m. or as soon as practicable thereafter


Location of Work Sessions:  Town Hall, Town Council Meeting Room, 455 Mountain Village Blvd, Ste. A, Mountain Village, CO 81435


Detailed Summary of Development Application(s):  Conceptual work sessions for the revocation and release of the Rosewood PUD; Density Transfer and Rezone that will result in a total of 67 condominium units, two employee apartments and 3,000 square feet of limited commercial area. Discussion of proposed conceptual designs on Lot 152R only.


Link to View Concept Plans: Current Planning Projects.


Please send written comments addressed to the Design Review Board & Town Council to:  [email protected]


Or by mail to:

Mountain Village Planning & Development Services Department

455 Mountain Village Boulevard, Suite A

Mountain Village, Colorado 81435.


The project has yet to submit a formal application for the project. There will be additional public notice provided when an application for the proposed project has been submitted to the Planning and Development Service Department.


Red White and Blues Celebration July 3 and 4, 2019

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association is pleased to announce the lineup and events for the 2019 Red, White and Blues Celebration taking place July 3 and 4, 2019 at Sunset Plaza, on the lawn near Lift 1 and at Heritage Plaza near the base of Lift 4.

The annual Red, White & Blues Celebration, will continue the tradition of family fun on July 3 and 4. The two-day event is set in the panoramic San Juan Mountains in Mountain Village, Colorado 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!”  said Teddy Errico, producer of the music series.

Along with the music, each day will feature children’s activities and entertainment from 1 to 5 p.m. in a family-friendly atmosphere in both Sunset and Heritage plazas.

On July 3 at Sunset Plaza, Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will host its annual ice cream social and the Mountain Village Fire Department will be on hand with its newest fire truck for the kids to check out. The Red, White & Blues Concert 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.

On July 4, talented local artists will take the Heritage Plaza stage starting at 1 p.m. with Alan Booradley and Members of the NIA, followed by Claybrook Penn and Friends and finally the ever-popular Joint Point. Capping off the evening, nationally acclaimed, Kat V takes the stage in Heritage Plaza at 6:30 p.m.

Kat V has been re-defining the classical violinist image with the help of some strings and needles. Born to a family of musicians, she started classical violin training at age 5. Her inspiration to change the way people experience classical instruments started when she was exposed to the world of house, hip-hop and experimental music. Here curiosity (and frequent appearances) in the Chicago nightclub and DJ scene opened up new outlets and possibilities of musical expression. She will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Heritage Plaza.

And, for those families who don’t want to head into Telluride for the fireworks display, Movies Under the Stars will feature a screening of The Sand Lot starting at 8:45 p.m. in Reflection Plaza.

“TMVOA is excited to continue to provide two days of music and kids activities during Red, White & Blues in Mountain Village,” said TMVOA Administration and Operations Manager Heidi Stenhammer. “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 is sponsored by Telluride Express. This event along with the Sunset Concert Series is sponsored by Telluride Society for Music, By Sutton, Alpine Bank, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Rodney Strong Vineyards, KOTO FM Radio, Telluride Resort Lodging, Telluride Ski & Golf, the Town of Mountain Village and The Peaks Resort & Spa, Teddy Errico of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty and Telluride Bottleworks. The event is held rain or shine.

Learn more about the Red, White & Blues Celebration and event by contacting the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association at (970) 728-1904 or by visiting and

Mountain Village Town Council 2019 Election Results

Words by Kathrine Warren / Election

Candidates Peter Duprey, Dan Caton, Laila Benitez and Martinique Davis Prohaska were elected to Mountain Village Town Council on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. They will join current council members Patrick Berry, Natalie Binder and Jack Gilbride. The newly elected council members will serve four-year terms.

Of the 935 Mountain Village ballots that were issued,  340 ballots were cast by mail or in person for a 39.65 percent voter turnout. 

The newly elected council members will be sworn in at the July 18, 2019, Mountain Village Town Council Meeting where members will appoint the position of mayor and mayor pro-tem.

The Numbers:

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


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


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.’”


Mountain Village Town Council Election June 25, 2019

Words by Kathrine Warren / Election

The Town of Mountain Village Regular Municipal Election will take place June 25 to elect four Town Council members.

Ballots were mailed to registered voters between June 3 and 10 and may be returned in person to Mountain Village Town Hall located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd. Suite A by or before June 25, 2019 to be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Election results are available here

Six candidates are running and are listed on the ballot in this order (which was drawn at random): Chris Busbee, Peter Duprey, Dan Caton, Kara Mills, Laila Benitez and Martinique Davis Prohaska. To learn more about each candidate, visit

The four Town Council seats up for election are currently held by Mayor Laila Benitez, Mayor Pro Tem Dan Caton, Dan Jansen and Bruce MacIntire. Benitez and Caton are running for a second term.

Jansen is termed out after serving two four-year terms. He was first elected in 2011 and served as mayor of Mountain Village from January 2013 through June 2017. MacIntire was elected in 2015 and has decided not to pursue a second term.

Once elected, the new council will convene July 18 where the elected members will be sworn in,  mayor and mayor pro tem will be appointed by the new town council.




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