FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: First Annual Native Artist Market & Juried Show

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100
Lindsay J. Box – 970.563.2313

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2022

First Annual Native Artist Market & Juried Show

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum (“SUCCM”) announces its first annual Native Artist Market & Juried Show September 9-11, 2022. The Native Artist Market & Juried Show will be held at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum during this year’s centennial Southern Ute Tribal Fair.

A host committee will serve as judges for the juried show. Submission categories are:

  • Best of Show
  • Jewelry
  • Beadwork
  • Textiles & Basketry
  • Scupture
  • Painting, Drawing, & Photography
  • Pottery
  • Emerging Artist

Award winners will share $4,000 in cash prizes. The members of the host committee are Ute artists Oreland Joe, Jr., Norman Lansing, and Russell Box, Sr.

Oreland C. Joe Sr. was born in Shiprock, New Mexico, where he grew up on both the Navajo and Southern Ute reservations. His art is influenced by his roots in the Four Corners area of the U.S. Southwest combined with classical influences he gained while studying in France, Italy, and Japan. Mr. Joe works in a variety of media and is world-renowned for his stone and bronze sculpture.

Norman Lansing, a Ute Mountain Ute, who was born in Towaoc, Colorado. Mr. Lansing works in all media and is best known for his sgraffito etchings on ceramic vases. He is also known for his acrylic paintings and pen and ink drawings. His art often explores the “relationship between man, animal, earth, and the spirits of all living entities” that are all needed to form a balanced universe.

Russell Box, Sr., a Southern Ute Tribal Member and Veteran, born and raised on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

The Native Artist Market & Juried Show will bring Native artists from all tribal nations together to showcase their art and provide networking and learning opportunities. Mr. Joe will lead a workshop for emerging artists that will focus on the business aspects of the art profession.

Artists are encouraged to participate in the early bird registration of $50 per booth. Early bird registration ends Monday, August 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The final registration deadline is Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Registration information can be found on the SUCCM website at southernutemuseum.org
To RSVP, please contact SUCCM employee Ms. Waynoka Whiteskunk, at (970) 563.2979 or via email at wwhiteskunk@southernute-nsn.gov

“The Tribe looks forward to sharing our beautiful reservation and welcoming tribal community with the artists who will be participating in the show. This will provide an excellent opportunity for Native artisans to showcase their talent and skill,” shared Chairman Melvin J. Baker.

The mission of the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum is to foster understanding of and respect for the unique origin, culture, language, history, and way of life of the Núuchiu (Ute People) and to advance people-to-people relations through inclusive and effective programming and services
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PSA: Tribal Broadband Modernization Project Construction Travel Impacts Along Bayfield Parkway

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Lindsay J. Box, Communication Specialist – 970.563.2313

 

FOR RELEASE: July 19, 2022

Tribal Broadband Modernization Project Construction Travel Impacts Along Bayfield Parkway

Project News: Bonfire Engineering will begin construction on Bayfield Parkway entering the Town of Bayfield as outlined in Phase I of the tribal broadband project. Construction will take place along Bayfield Parkway beginning at the intersection of CR 516 traveling northeast along Bayfield Parkway into the Town of Bayfield, taking a left on CR 501 ending at the intersection of CR 501 and US Highway 160.

Where: Crews will start at the intersection of CR 516 and Bayfield Parkway working northeast on Bayfield Parkway towards the intersection of CR 501 and US Highway 160. Construction will take place along the shoulder of the roadway. Please see attached map.

What: The broadband project will include trenching, boring, and plowing to lay fiber, as well as reclamation and seeding. Construction vehicles and fiber spools will be visible on the shoulder.

When: Construction on both sections will begin on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, and conclude on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Travel Impact: Traffic lanes will be narrowed on Bayfield Parkway. Motorists will be required to reduce speeds and travel safely around the construction taking place on the side of the road. Please remember to slow down in construction zones, eliminate distractions and drive with extra caution. Motorists are also urged to watch for ­­workers and equipment along the roadway.

In the event of an emergency or to report a reckless driver, please contact Southern Ute Police Department by dialing (970) 563-4401 or the Bayfield Marshall’s Office at (970) 884-9636.

To find more information about the Tribal Broadband Modernization Project, please visit the project website at https://www.southernute-nsn.gov/broadband-modernization-project/

 

20220719 – PSA – Tribal Broadband Modernization Project Construction Travel Impacts along Bayfield Parkway (FINAL)

Ute Park Road CLOSED during burn area remediation

Ute Park Road is CLOSED from Bear Dance Road to CR 517 while BIA crews work on the remediation of the Bear Dance Fire burn area. The area will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

 

For questions, please contact the BIA Fire Management Office at (970) 563.4571.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fire Crews Hold Cox Canyon Fire to 7 Acres

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Lindsay J. Box, Communication Specialist – 970.553.0287

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   July 10, 2022

 

Fire Crews Hold Cox Canyon Fire to 7 Acres

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – The Cox Canyon Fire, located on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, has been mapped at 7 acres. A smoke check was called in on July 7, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire fuels include sagebrush and juniper and cedar trees.

Crews from the Southern Ute Agency Fire Management, Los Piños Fire Protection District Brush 88, and Zuni Hot Shots will continue with fire suppression efforts. Air resources were ordered yesterday to aide in initial fire attack allowing ground crews to assess the area and begin spotting to hold the fire in place.

Smoke may be visible from the US Hwy 550 corridor. To observe the air quality status, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Air Quality Ambient Monitor page at https://www.southernute-nsn.gov/justice-and-regulatory/epd/air-quality/ambient-monitoriting/ .

The Tribe is coordinating with local agencies to minimize the impact of the fire. The Tribe is also working with oil and gas operators in the area to shut-in facilities in the vicinity of the fire to mitigate any potential impact to energy operations and first responder’s ability to contain the fire.

As a reminder, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions were enacted for Southern Ute Indian Reservation on June 21, 2022 and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

STAGE I

General Public:

Prohibited acts:

1.                   OPEN BURNING.  Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.

2.                   AGRICULTURAL BURNING.  Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.

3.                   CAMP FIRES.  Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited.  The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after use.

4.                   FIREWORKS.  Possession, discharging or use of any type or fireworks is prohibited.

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

For more information on the Cox Canyon Fire, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website, and follow the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on social media.

To report fires contact:      

DURANGO ZONE DISPATCH (970) 385-1324

For more info or to report Fire Restriction Violations contact:

BIA FIRE MANAGEMENT (970) 563-4571 OR SOUTHERN UTE POLICE DEPARTMENT (970) 563-4401

 

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Photo Credit | Howard Richards, Jr.

20220710 – Fire Crews Hold Cox Canyon Fire to 7 Acres Press Release

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Ute Department of Energy Announces New Leadership

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Lindsay J. Box, Communication Specialist – 970.563.2313

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2022

 

Southern Ute Department of Energy Announces New Leadership

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – The Southern Ute Department of Energy has hired Andy Wetherell, CPL, as the new Energy Manager. Wetherell will carry out the department’s mission to ensure tribal members receive the maximum benefit from the energy and mineral resources located on the reservation while minimizing impact and protecting natural and cultural resources.

 

After graduating from Dallas Baptist University in 2006, Wetherell began his career as a landman in Texas and Louisiana. He is skilled in lease negotiation, mineral title, production title, curative, rights of way, and surface owner relations. In 2011, he became employed by Chevron to manage assets in the San Juan Basin including on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. He developed a relationship with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and grew his knowledge of the tribe, tribal energy operations and cultural values. He was then hired by the Southern Ute Department of Energy in 2018 as the Land Manager where he worked closely with operators on the reservation to manage the tribal resources.

 

“It is incredible to work for a Tribe that has worked so hard towards self-determination. I look forward to carrying out the mission of the department, making certain all operations within the reservation boundaries adhere to the tribal environmental regulations protecting tribal natural and cultural resources,” stated Wetherell.

 

Wetherell has served as the acting Energy Manager since November 2021. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his children, Whittaker (13) and Molly (9).

 

“The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is thrilled we are able to retain and promote Mr. Wetherell to Energy Manager. His thorough understanding of all aspects of tribal energy development are extremely valuable to the organization,” said Chairman Melvin J. Baker. “We wish him the best of luck and look forward to the department’s bright future ahead.”

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Photo Credit | Lindsay J. Box

 

20220707 – Southern Ute Department of Energy Announces New Leadership (FINAL)

Tribal Office Closure – Southern Ute Sun Dance

Tribal Office Closure – Southern Ute Sun Dance July 11

In observance of the Southern Ute Sun Dance, the Permanent Fund, Growth Fund, and SUSS offices will be closed on Monday, July 11, 2022.

Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Southern Ute Health Center Holiday Closure – July 4

The Southern Ute Health Center will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Appointments will resume on Tuesday, July 5. In the event of a medical emergency, please head to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.

 

Southern Ute Health Center patients may use the After Hours Care Line by dialing (970) 287.1180. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Friendly Reminder – Fireworks are prohibited in Stage I Fire Restrictions

As we are approaching Independence Day, BIA Fire Office would like to remind the public that the Southern Ute Indian Reservation is in Stage I Fire Restrictions.

 

** Possession, discharging, or use of any kind of fireworks is prohibited. **

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outline in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

To find the Stage I Fire Restrictions and commercial and industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517, Ignacio, CO 81137 or by calling (970) 563.4571.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Ute Reservation Rescinds Stage II Fire Restrictions

Please view the attached news release detailing the “Southern Ute Reservation Rescinds Stage II Fire Restrictions”

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

BIA Fire Office – 970.563.4751

Lindsay J. Box, PIO – 970.563.2313

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2022

 

Southern Ute Reservation Rescinds Stage II Fire Restrictions

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – Due to  recent rains and moderating fuel conditions, Stage II Fire Restrictions have been rescinded for all trust lands throughout the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Stage I Fire Restrictions remain in place. Everyone on reservation land is still asked to be cautious and use common sense with fire, as conditions may dry out and Fire Restrictions may again be implemented.

 

Since May, the Southern Ute Agency Fire Management has responded to several fires including the 89-acre Bear Dance fire that burned near the Tribal campus and SunUte Recreation Center. A Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) Team is currently assessing and developing a plan for the impacted area.

 

For more information regarding Fire Restrictions, please contact Southern Ute Agency Fire Management at (970) 563.4571.

 

Stage II Restrictions will be rescinded at 06:00 AM, June 22, 2022.

 

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Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators, and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

 

Prohibited acts:

  1. OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.
  2. AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.
  3. CAMPFIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after use.
  4. FIREWORKS. Possession, discharging or use of any time of fireworks is prohibited.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517, Ignacio, CO 81137 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

Rescinding of Stage II Restrictions effective June 22, 2022

Signed by Priscilla Bancroft, Superintendent, Southern Ute Agency

Signed by Melvin J. Baker, Chairman, Southern Ute Indian Tribe

 

 

Photo Credit | Lindsay J. Box

Designed & Published by Lindsay J. Box

20220621 – SU Reservation Rescinds Stage II Fire Restrictions

20220621 – Return to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Updated (6.21) Southern Ute Utilities Transfer Station Holiday Schedule

The Southern Ute Utilities Division will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

 

Friendly Reminder

The Southern Ute Utilities Division would like to send a friendly reminder on payment options for utilities customers. Customers enrolled in the automatic deduction should contact Tribal Finance to verify your deduction reflects the adjusted rate. Please contact Ms. Wahleah Frost at (970) 563.5501 or Ms. Rachel Alires at (970) 563.5506. Payments can be processed in the following ways:

  1. Online at https://www.suitutil.com/pay-my-bill/
  2. Southern Ute Utilities Drive-thru
  3. Utilities Division Lobby Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  4. Wells Fargo Bill Pay at the Ignacio branch
  5. Tribal Deduction (request form from Utilities Division)
  6. By mail to Southern Ute Utilities Division, P.O. Box 1137, Ignacio, CO 81137

 

The Utilities Division Drive-thru Window is OPEN Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays

 

The Waste Transfer Station is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

The office can be reached by dialing (970) 563.5500.

2022 Hoilday Transfer Station Schedule 20220621