May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Words by Kathrine Warren / Uncategorized

The month of May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the San Miguel Resource Center has a series of events to commemorate this month to educate our community and fight stigmas around sexual assault.

The San Miguel Resource Center’s (SMRC) mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault in our community through intervention services, prevention education and social change.

On Wednesday, May 15 the SMRC, Telluride Theatre and Ah Haa School for the Arts present #WhatNow Continuing the Conversation — a night of performance, Downlow stories and connection at the Ah Haa at 7 p.m.

WhatNow is an event in partnership with The Downlow, Telluride Theater, and Ah Haa and will be a night of storytelling and performances. Many people attended our #MeToo event last year. The format will be similar, but this year’s event is  #WhatNow and has a focus on moving forward, healing, education, awareness, and action. It will be a space to explore paths forward where we consider strategies and ways to address the issue of sexual violence, how to heal, practicing consent, etc.

Other events in May include a: Consensual Bar Crawl is in collaboration with local bars and the Library Friday, May 17 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. At each location, there will be a fun activity related to consent and shifting the culture of victim blaming.

And on May 20 at 8:30 p.m. is Sex Pub Trivia at the Cornerhouse. For a full schedule of events, download their Sexual Assault Awareness Month flyer.

To stay up to date on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, be sure to follow the Resource Center on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information.

The SMRC has a toll-free 24-hour helpline at 1-844-816-3915.

April Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

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

March 21 Meeting Highlights

  • Town Council discussed whether a dismount zone is necessary for the Village Center plazas. Over the past few years, there has been an increasing number of incidents between bicycles and pedestrians in the Village Center. Bikes are and will continue to be an essential part of all our lives whether we are using them to commute, exercise, or just to have fun; however, with the upcoming expansion of the bike park and summer use of Lift 4 for bike park access, some changes to how or where bikes can travel will need to be made. We have been examining tactics used to reduce negative bike/pedestrian interactions in other communities such as Fort Collins and Durango. With help from our Parks and Recreation team, Police Department, local bike shops, and others, we are working to craft a plan that balances the needs of our residents, guests, pedestrians, bicyclists, and merchants.
  • We discussed proposed amendments to our Community Development Code (CDC) Residential Lighting Regulations. As we review and amend these regulations, we are striving to strike the balance between our need for residential outdoor illumination that allows us to enjoy our homes while minimizing unintended negative impacts to neighbors and the surrounding community.
  • Town Council discussed the two incentive programs dedicated to helping homeowners reduce their home’s risk of fire. The Wildfire Mitigation Incentive Program helps owners protect their home and surrounding areas from an approaching wildfire by landscaping the area around a home in a manner that reduces fire hazard. The Cedar Shake Fire Mitigation Incentive Program waives all town building fees when a cedar shake roof is replaced with a new, fire-proof roof. Council asked for improvements and expansion of the Cedar Shake program that will make participating simpler, quicker, and available to more households. We hope these changes will encourage increased participation and a safer community.
  • Town Council appointed five members to the Design Review Board (DRB): Liz Caton, Greer Garner, David Eckman, Cath Jett, and Ellen Kramer. The DRB functions as the town’s architectural review board and as the Planning and Zoning Advisory Board. On behalf of the town, I want to thank outgoing DRB members Phil Evans and Jean Vetter for their years of service and commitment.
  • Lastly, Town Council approved renaming the Village Court Apartments Community Garden as the “Michael Ruterbories Memorial Community Garden”. Michael, a longtime Mountain Village resident, gondola operator, and cherished friend to all who knew him, passed away unexpectedly in February. He is greatly missed by the Town of Mountain Village and the community he adopted.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can watch a video of last month’s meeting on the town’s website and March’s minutes will be posted online after they are approved at tomorrow’s meeting.

April 25 Meeting:

A full packet and agenda have been posted on our website; we welcome your input and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Celebrating Earth Day in Mountain Village and Telluride

Earth Day Blog

Words by Kathrine Warren / Environment

Every April 22 since 1970, more than 193 countries celebrate Earth Day with various measures to support environmental protection. Here in Mountain Village, every day is Earth Day as our staff and volunteers on the Green Team Committee work tirelessly to implement green, environmentally friendly measures throughout the community and we encourage homeowners to reduce their environmental footprint through a number of incentives.

Several organizations are celebrating Earth Day in the region today, so there are opportunities aplenty to celebrate Mother Earth.

Telluride Earth Guardians, Pinhead Institute, Ah Haa, Carbon Neutral Coalition, EcoAction Partners, Sheep Mountain Alliance, and friends will gather on Elks Park from 3:30-5 p.m. to celebrate Earth Day on Monday. For more information on the gathering, please visit their Facebook event.

The Wilkinson Public Library is encouraging middle and high school students to help clean up trash in Telluride from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Kids can check in at 3:30 p.m. to pick up equipment and head out to pick up trash. At 5:30 p.m. report back to the library for pizza and awards for Best of Trash! For more info, visit the library’s website.

Additionally, the Telluride Mountain School will host a free, community-wide slide show presentation and book signing with nationally renowned, Colorado Landscape Photographer John Fielder on Monday evening.

John is an avid outdoor enthusiast, conservationist and a wonderfully talented landscape photographer. For the past 38 years, he has dedicated his time and passion to capture the serene and breathtaking moments of Colorado’s most majestic landscapes. John will be on hand before and after the show to sell and sign all of his popular Colorado coffee table books, guide books, and children’s books, including his new book Colorado Black on White. 30% of sales to benefit the Outdoor Education Program at Telluride Mountain School.

Every month, a committee of volunteers and Mountain Village staff convenes as the Gream Team to advise Mountain Village Town Council on environmentally friendly measures. In March, the Green Team started a monthly Green Tip of the month. These tips are ideas for residents to improve their impact on the environment in their home.

March’s green tip focuses on tips for more water efficient techniques for dishwashing, and April’s tip takes a look at cooking with excess fats, oils and grease. To learn more about the Green Team and its work, please visit our website.

The Town of Mountain Village also recently announced its Smart Building Incentive Program offering significant building permit fees if owners take measures to increase renewable energy use, reduce exterior energy use on homes and more. Visit our Smart Building web page for more information.


Significant road work to begin on Highway 145

Road Work Ahead Blog

Words by Special Contributor / Communications, Transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Oldcastle SW Group, Inc., will begin a project next week on CO Highway 145 just northwest (down valley) of Telluride and Mountain Village.

The work, starting on Monday, April 15, 2019, will greatly improve safety for motorists by widening the two-lane highway, adding a southbound, uphill passing lane (toward Telluride) and improving shoulders between mile point (MP) 73.9 at lllium Road (County Road 65L) and MP 75.1 at Deep Creek Road. Passing lanes will provide space and opportunities for faster vehicles to safely pass slower moving traffic. This safety-improvement project was contracted to Oldcastle for $5.4 million.

Crews will excavate the hillside along the northbound lane and widen the roadway to accommodate the new southbound passing lane. The work will involve the following:

  • Construction of a reinforced soil slope and rockery retaining wall
  • Installation of new guardrail
  • Replacement of existing culverts at eight locations across this stretch of improvement from Illium Road to the CDOT Maintenance facility
  • Construction of a concrete box culvert at Deep Creek
  • Super-elevation and crown improvements on the roadway (meaning the roadway’s banked curve will be adjusted and its height will be leveled to improve safety for motorists, by way of cornering ease and increased sight distance)



Through the project’s completion in early December 2019, motorists can expect some single-lane, alternating travel through the work zone, as well as periods of two-way traffic with narrowed, 10-foot lanes. The following are general details regarding travel impacts (for more specific, updated information, please go to the project website, below, and sign up for weekly project emails, or check “road work” on

  • April 15 through early July 2019 – Single-lane, alternating traffic will be directed by flagging personnel from *7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and special event dates, listed below.
  • Early June through late December 2019 – A 10-foot width restriction will be in place 24/7.
  • Early July through late December 2019 – Single-lane, alternating traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights at each end of the work zone, Monday through Friday, from *7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Access onto and off of Ilium Road (CR 65L) and Deep Creek Road will be maintained.
  • Access to the Galloping Goose trail system will be maintained.

(*These start/end times will change with daylight hours – please sign up for weekly project updates or check weekly lane closures on


The following periods of work suspension will be in effect for these holidays and special community events:

  • June 19 through 24 – Telluride Bluegrass Festival
  • July 3 through 5 – Independence Day holiday travel
  • July 12 through 14 – The RIDE Festival
  • August 8 through 11 – Telluride Jazz Festival
  • August 30 through September 2 – Labor Day holiday weekend
  • September 13 through 16 – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
  • November 27 through 29 – Thanksgiving holiday

Be sure to visit the project’s website for updated information.

Town of Mountain Village and TMVOA create Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program

Cedar Shake

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Emergency Preparedness

The Town of Mountain Village in collaboration with the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association as a funding partner is upping its commitment to incentivize property owners for preventive measures in wildfire hazard mitigation.

The Town currently has a Wildfire Mitigation Defensible Space Incentive Program in place to help residents create a woodland defensible space barrier around their home or buildings lowering their property’s wildfire risk. The program provides a resident rebate up to 50 percent of the total defensible space project costs up to $5,000 per property.

To continue in these efforts, Mountain Village Town Council implemented a Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program in 2017 providing a rebate toward building permit fees when residents re-roof their home or building from cedar shake shingles to a town-approved fire-rated roofing material.

“A Mountain Village property has a 70 percent wildfire survival rate if the structure on their property has a non-flammable roof and a 99 percent survival rate if the property has both a non-flammable roof on the structure and defensible space has also been created on the property,” explained Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes, “Every cedar shake roof that is replaced in our community with a non-flammable material is a win.”

In order to increase participation in the program and help prepare Mountain Village for the possibility of wildfire, Town Council recently approved changing the program from a rebate to a complete fee waiver and removing the $5,000 cap per incentive with TMVOA committing to funding the fee waiver.

“As we have seen throughout the state, the risk of wildfire and ensuing damages to whole communities is very real,” said Mayor Laila Benitez. “Town Council created the Cedar Shake Incentive Program to support our property owners’ efforts to lower their home’s wildfire risk. This is the single most impactful step homeowners can take to reduce their home’s risk and we are committed to helping owners achieve this risk reduction.”

To take advantage of this program’s cost savings, residents must apply for approval to re-roof their home or building from cedar shake shingles to an approved fire rated roofing material and submit a Town of Mountain Village building permit for review and approval through the Design Review Board. This incentive program is open until funds are exhausted and is for properties within the Town of Mountain Village.

“We thank TMVOA for their partnership and continued support of this vital program. We look forward to working together on this and other programs that benefit our community,” Benitez said.

To learn more about the Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program and the necessary steps taken to receive a building permit fee waiver to re-roofing their home or building, please visit

Celebrate the end of ski season April 7

Closing Day

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

It’s been a record-breaking ski season here in Mountain Village. And Telluride Ski Resort is going out with a bang with a number of fun events on Sunday to mark the closing day of the ski area on April 7.

The festivities kick off with the pond skim at Gorrono Ranch. If you’re not familiar with pond skims, check out this great article from the Colorado Sun on this unique spring skiing tradition.

Registration for the skim begins at 10 a.m. The first 100 people to register will be accepted.

The pond skim competition will run from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. with DJ Soul Atomic spinning tunes.

Gorrono will have drink specials from Titos Vodka, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Telluride Brewing and Sweetwater Brewing.

Last call for alcohol at Gorrono will be at 2:45 p.m. and Gorrono will close for the season at 3 p.m.

Down in Heritage Plaza, Cousin Curtiss will kick off the free end-of-season concert at 1:30 p.m. Funk/rock band the Main Squeeze will take the stage at 3:15 p.m. They’ll play until 4:45 p.m.

Down in Telluride, local rockers Joint Point will play their 10th annual end-of-season party at the base of Lift 8. Music starts at 4:30 p.m.

April Green Tip of the Month-Cooking with excess fats, oils and greases

Green Tip of the Month

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Environment

April’s Green Team Tip of the Month will come in handy in the kitchen.

Excess fats, oils & grease (FOG) are a problem in our sewage collection and treatment system. The proper disposal of FOG is very important.

Improper disposal of FOG can create a hazard for wastewater operators and increase the risk of a sewer backup in both your home and overflow at the wasterwater plant.

Please take the time to follow these simple rules:

  • Dry wipe pots, pans and dishware with a paper towel prior to dishwashing
  • Do not put food waste down the drain
  • Recycle cooking oil or pour it onto a paper towel or newspaper
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows how to dispose of FOG properly

Source: Town of Telluride. 


Mountain Village, SMART partner for spring bus service

Bus and Dial-A-Ride

Words by Kathrine Warren / Transportation

With the upcoming spring shoulder season closure of the gondola, the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) and the Town of Mountain Village announce the spring 2019 off-season bus service between Telluride and Mountain Village.

The free off-season service will run from Monday, April 8, 2019 through Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Changes for this year include an earlier departure from the Meadows to Telluride at 6:25 a.m., and a shorter loop in Telluride that terminates at the San Miguel County Courthouse. The off-season service is funded by SMART and operated by the Town of Mountain Village.

“SMART is excited to partner with the Town of Mountain Village to provide this service and we hope that it serves residents’ and visitors’ needs throughout the off-season,” said SMART Executive Director David Averill.

To download both the full spring bus schedule and the express schedule, please visit

The Town of Mountain Village is also hiring for an off-season bus driver. Effective immediately. Please visit our career page for more information.


Mountain Village offers building permit fee discounts with smart building measures

Smart BUild

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Development

In an effort to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions, the Town of Mountain Village (TMV) offers property owners up to 100 percent off building permit fees with its Smart Building Incentive Program.

“The Smart Build Incentive Program has been in place since 2015 and reflects the TMV commitment to reducing development’s carbon footprint by smart design. We hope to educate our building community to take advantage of this program in order to reduce building permit fees and encourage energy-efficient design,” said Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director.

The Smart Building Incentive Program offers three owner incentives which can be used for individual building permit fee discounts, or collectively for a full fee waiver. This could save homeowners upwards of tens of thousands of dollars depending on project size.

“The more you lower the energy use of your home the more efficient or “smart” your home is and the higher building permit waiver you get,” said Zoe Dohnal, Mountain Village’s business development and community engagement coordinator.

The first owner initiative is focused on offsetting energy use by renewable energy. A 20 percent building permit fee discount is available for any project with either no exterior energy use or at least 20 percent of estimated energy use being offset by a renewable energy source.

Additionally, Mountain Village’s Solar Energy Incentive program offers a 40 cent rebate per watt up to a total rebate of $2,000. An average home will install a 4,000-watt system which would equate to a $1,600 rebate from Mountain Village.

The second initiative focuses on eliminate exterior energy. A 15 percent building fee permit discount is available for buildings designed with no exterior energy use elements other than lighting and an owner signs a convenient forfeiting the right to install any exterior energy use within 50 years of receiving the property’s certificate of occupancy.

Up to a 100 percent fee discount is available for buildings with a Home Energy Rating (HERS) rating of 50 or lower. HERS ratings can be lowered by either installing on-site or off-site solar photovoltaic systems.

For questions and more information, please contact the Mountain Village Planning and Development Department by emailing our planning department or calling (970)369-8251.

Mountain Village Housing Authority to hold lottery May 6

Castellina Unit E

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community

The Mountain Village Housing Authority is selling a deed-restricted unit in the heart of Mountain Village through a weighted lottery process. The lottery results (along with all lottery applicants) will be posted online at on May 6, at 12 p.m.

The unit is available to qualified employees within the Town of Mountain Village.

“THE SMRHA is really excited to be helping Mountain Village employees move into ownership,” said Shirley L. Diaz, executive director of the SMRHA.

The unit is a one-bedroom deed-restricted detached condo in Castellina, in the heart of Mountain Village. It is 700 square feet with parking, private basement storage, upgraded finishes and high-end appliances. HOA, utilities and insurance apply. A number of public meetings and open houses will be held for those interested throughout the month of April.

They are as follows:

Castellina Unit Public Meeting 

Location: Mountain Village Town Hall, 455 Mountain Village Blvd. Ste. A


    • April 2, 12-1 p.m.
    • April 3, 5-6 p.m.
    • April 24, 12-1 p.m.


Castellina Unit Open House 

Location: 117 E. Vischer Drive, Unit E


  • April 3, 12-1 p.m.
  • April 4, 5-6 p.m.
  • April 16, 5-6 p.m.
  • April 17, 12-1 p.m.
  • April 23, 4-6 p.m.

Applications may be submitted to the San Miguel Regional Housing Authority online or by appointment ONLY (820 Black Bear Road G-17) no later than 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.


For more information, please visit the San Miguel Regional Housing Authority’s website.


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