Ute history exhibit will travel 

Aspen Historical Society is taking its exploration of the history and culture of the Ute people on the road.

“Seasons of the Nuche: Transitions of the Ute People,” which covers the past and present of the Ute people in the American West, is available for display on loan to various civic, cultural and educational institutions around the region. The traveling exhibit is curated from the award-winning exhibition of the same name, displayed at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum between 2012 and 2015, which was designed with input from Ute tribal members and blessed by Ute Elder, Clifford Duncan. The traveling exhibit is comprised of modular display panels and interactive elements, including a tipi.

The exhibit loan includes assembly instructions with installation support from the AHS curatorial team, as well as the opportunity to host AHS educators, including Ute tribal member Skyler Lomahaftawa, for interpretive programming while the exhibit is on display. The traveling program is made possible through grant support from The Memnosyne Institute and the Louis and Harold Price Foundation.

Rifle Heritage Center will host the first viewing at the Rifle Branch Library for the month of May, followed by the Grand Valley Historical Society through mid-June. Groups interested in hosting the exhibit in their community are invited to contact Aspen Historical Society at 970.925.3721 or curator@aspenhistory.org.



Ruedi boat ramp tweaks inspection hours

In partnership with the Ruedi Water and Power Authority and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Ruedi Reservoir boat ramp opened this month for the 2018 season. 

As in years past, motorized boats are required to undergo inspections prior to launch to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species into the waterway.

Aquatic nuisance species such as quagga mussels and zebra mussels pose a massive financial, recreational and ecological threat to waterways throughout the state. The pests latch onto almost any surface, eventually encrusting lake bottoms, and clogging boat motors and water distribution systems critical for irrigation and energy production and there is no known methods or treatment for their eradication. In the past, Ruedi was considered a moderate risk for invasive mussel infestation, but many who boat at Ruedi also take their boats to Lake Powell each year. Lake Powell has tested positive for mussels, elevating the risk at Ruedi.

The Ruedi Boat Ramp will be open through Oct. 31. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. through May 18, and 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. May 19 – Oct. 31. Access down the concrete boat ramp will be limited to times when the boat inspection station is open. 

Non-motorized vessels such as canoes and kayaks are not required to undergo inspection and can launch from Ruedi Boat Ramp and other locations around Ruedi Reservoir.

Practice “clean, drain, dry” principles before entering and when leaving waterbodies to prevent the spread of nuisance species.