Chairman Heart Discusses Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Solar Projects

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe's Solar Projects

As climate change adversely impacts Southwest Colorado, the Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribe plans to invest in utility-sized, renewable energy projects to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, reduce its carbon footprint, generate jobs, and develop new sources of tribal income. The Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribe has embarked on an ambitious, multi-year plan to build four solar projects to generate a total of 500 million megawatts of electricity to power homes and businesses in three states. According to the solar energy industry’s association, one megawatt can provide power to about 164 homes.  The ambitious goal to become a major solar energy provider was developed during the past 10 years, when the tribal government began a series of feasibility studies and renewable energy projects including wind-generated, solar, and hydroelectric power. 

With more than 250 days of sunshine a year, Ute lands were ideal for solar.  And in 2020, the tribe completed construction on its first solar project – a 2.2 million dollar solar farm located just to the west of Ute Mountain Casino. The farm generates one megawatt of energy. Enough to supply electricity to the casino and hotel, the tribe’s farm and ranch enterprises, and a hundred homes.

With that success under its belt, the tribe now hopes to find investors and utility partners to turn the sun into another income-generating enterprise to replace revenues lost from declining oil and natural gas production.  “We really have to look at where we’re heading into the future. Fossil fuels are not completely gone cause they really bring about 60 to 70% of the energy for our homes. Renewables is starting to be new. It’s been here a while, but it’s starting to come about now.  Hydro is another one. Nuclear is another one… And we just need to really work together to take care of mother nature, take care of mother earth. And that’s the perspective of native people is we need to take care of where we’re at, where our surroundings are, and really look toward the future.” said Chairman Heart.

Chairman Heart said the tribe now is working with a Public Service Company of New Mexico to build a solar farm south of the Colorado border on US Highway 160.  Two more projects are scheduled for Colorado, and a fourth for Southeast Utah to serve tribal members there.  The timeline is contingent on attracting investors.

Sports Betting Colorado at Ute Mountain Casino

Sports Betting Guide 101 - Ute Mountain Sportsbook Place Bet

Calling all sports betting fans in Colorado: it’s time to win big! Ute Mountain Casino has a new way to make this season more exciting than ever!

Introduction to Sports Betting in Colorado

In case you haven’t heard, sports gambling is now legal in the state, so making a wager on your favorite sport isn’t a fantasy anymore. You now have the opportunity to bet on your choice of team or player. Enjoy the roar of the crowd when you place your bet from the comfort of the Ute Mountain Sportsbook, conveniently located inside the casino, and watch the action on the field unfold.

If you’re new to sports betting, you can learn all that you need to know with our Sports Betting Guide. We offer a variety of wagering options, including straight bets, parlay, teaser bets, futures bets, Round Robin bets, proposition bets, and In-Play bets. So don’t sit on the sidelines this season. Join us today and win big!

Place Your Bet Here in Colorado!

Hey Colorado, are you ready to take your sports betting experience to the next level?

Then try unwinding at the brand-new spacious Ute Mountain Sportsbook, built with the comfort of everyone in mind, from the novice to experienced sports bettor. Conveniently located inside the casino, we have everything you need so that you don’t miss a minute of the action. Watch every play on our state-of-the-art television screens or make your wager as you relax in one of our luxurious chairs. Do you need some help filling out your betting slip? Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you out with any questions about sports betting you might have so you can focus on the game. With all these features, you can’t lose.

On Which Sports Can I Bet?

  • Football (NFL)
  • Baseball (MLB)
  • College Football
  • Basketball (NBA)
  • Boxing
  • Fighting (UFC)
  • Soccer
  • Golf (PGA)
  • Hockey (NHL)
  • Auto Racing (NASCAR)
  • Tennis

Sports Betting Guide

Are you ready to make a wager on the game at Ute Mountain Casino? Before you do, here are some items that will help guide you through everything you need to know about sports betting in Colorado.

  • If you’re new to sports betting, please read our Sports Betting Guide to help you get started and win big.
  • Don’t know what a parlay or a straight bet is? It’s ok. Please take a look at our glossary of commonly used sports betting terms here.
  • Before you place your bet, please familiarize yourself with the house rules of the Ute Mountain Sportsbook.

How to Play Bingo at a Casino: Guide & Tips for a Beginner

Considering the size of some of the Bingo payouts at Ute Mountain Casino, you might assume that it’s a tough game to play. Fear not! If you’re unsure of how to play Bingo at a casino, this is for you.

There are a lot of things to love about Bingo. One of our favorite elements of the game is that anyone can play—yes, anyone. But other fun aspects of Bingo are that it’s inclusive and that there isn’t too much strategy involved. So if you’re feeling lucky, what are you waiting for?! Let’s get started!

Bingo Basics

When you arrive for Bingo, you’ll order as many Bingo sheets as you want to play. Or, if you prefer to play electronically, you’ll receive a PHD machine that has as many Bingo sheets as you’ve loaded onto it. Most people increase their odds of winning by purchasing more than one sheet. If you’re new to the game, it might be easier to play just a couple at first. Just be sure to keep your sheets straight!

These sheets list 25 randomly generated numbers that range from 1 to 100. The caller will announce randomized numbers one by one. Simply mark the number on your sheet with your dauber! (That’s that jumbo-sized marker, which you can purchase if you left yours at home.) If you’re playing on a PHD machine, the device will search your sheets for the number that has been called. Easy, right?

In classic Bingo, the first participant to cross out a line of 5 numbers horizontally, vertically, or diagonally wins a part of the prize—or, depending on the game, the whole prize! Depending on the Bingo variation, you might be looking to complete your sheet with a random pattern of numbers. This may be creating an “X” on the sheet or marking off the four corners of the sheet. The biggest payout usually comes when you’ve been lucky enough to cross off each number on your sheet.

You might want to do some vocal warm-ups before you head out for your Bingo night! In our 400-seat Bingo hall, you’ll need to call out “Bingo!” as soon as you have it. If you and another player reach Bingo at the same time, the prize is split evenly.

What Are The Odds That I’ll Win Bingo?

Great question! The likelihood of you winning depends on a number of factors, like what the rules of that specific game are and how many people are playing with you. Weeknights are usually a little less crowded. By playing with fewer people, you improve your likelihood of a win. Paying close attention to the caller will also improve your odds, as it means that you’ll be less likely to miss something important.

The more sheets you play, the more your odds of winning increase. But don’t bite off more than you can chew! While you’re still learning how to play Bingo at a casino, you have to learn how to scan your sheets. If you’re rushing because you bought too many, you might miss something!

Of course, we hope you win. But even if you don’t, we guarantee you’ll have a great time playing!

Bingo Etiquette

Every Bingo hall is different, so rules and etiquette may vary a little based on where you’re playing. Many places have brochures or postings that list their house rules. Do a quick skim and make sure you don’t ruffle any feathers!

Just in case, here’s a list of some good things to keep in mind when you’re playing Bingo. As long as you remember these points, the rest is simple as can be! When you play Bingo, be sure to…

  • Arrive early so that you can get a great seat—it’s first come, first serve!
  • Bring a lucky charm, if you have one! It might be a rabbit’s foot, a four-leaf clover, or something else. We don’t judge!
  • Keep the noise level down so everyone can hear the numbers being called. It’s also good practice to read the room. Avoid using foul language or being overly boisterous.
  • Other players may find it distracting if you repeat the number you’re searching for while you’re searching for it. If this helps you, try to keep it under your breath, if possible.
  • Now for the part that doesn’t have to be quiet! Yell “Bingo!” as soon as you have it—if you don’t do so before the next number is called, your ticket is no longer valid.
  • Most importantly, relax and have fun! Bingo is at its best when everyone is enjoying themselves.

If you’re new to Bingo, we hope that we’ll see you at one of our Bingo events soon! With this guide, you’ve already got everything you need to be a pro at the Bingo table. Let’s win some money!

Bingo at Ute Mountain Casino – Are You Ready to Play?

No matter your experience level, Bingo at Ute Mountain Casino is a lively and entertaining event. Our roomy Bingo hall has 400 seats, so everyone gets a spot at the table. We’ve got a great schedule with matinee and evening sessions, so you can come down whenever you’re ready to win some serious cash.