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Thu
22
Sep
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Hang on to your wallets

More money. More money. More money.
Some of the amendments on this November's Colorado ballot are just going to reach into your pocket and pull out whatever's there.
No sense keeping it stashed under the mattress because I'm pretty sure there's a provision somewhere for someone with a badge to come check there, too.
Heaven forbid they find you've torn your mattress tag off in the process.
And, what better time to rake Coloradans than when they are walking around with loaded wallets and an extra jingle in their pockets.
If sales tax revenues are any indication, then the state increase from 2010 to 2014 is a good indicator. Sales tax revenues increased from $1.802 billion to $2.343 billion over that five-year period. That's a 23 percent increase.
With all that money going around, it's time to tax, tax and tax again.

Thu
22
Sep
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The Raab/Sly Cabin’s history

The Ouray County Plaindealer in its Aug. 18-24 edition (p. 3) published a story regarding the “Raab/Sly” cabin located on the Ouray County Historical Museum grounds in which Ouray native Bill Crawford questioned the accuracy of the Ouray County Historical Society’s description of the cabin. Crawford believes that this Raab/Sly cabin is actually one that was located on the back of his parents’ property across from the Court House on 4th Street.    Crawford’s allegation generated a thorough investigation of the Raab/Sly cabin’s history by the current OCHS Board of Directors.

Thu
22
Sep
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What if we cared about politics as much as sports?

Once in four years Americans get excited about something other than sports. It’s called the “Race for the White House” (the title of a CNN series actor Kevin Spacey narrated earlier this year). The rest of the time, forget about it, except to grumble occasionally if anyone dares to mention POLITICS!
As a nation we are polarized. The popular groundswell for Bernie Sanders, an obscure left-leaning Senator from Vermont, in his quixotic bid to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary, is one sign of the times. The GOP’s nomination of a flamboyant billionaire with a loose cannon for a mouth and no previous experience in politics is another.

Thu
22
Sep
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Wholesale prices going to pot

Is it a natural market adjustment, a reaction to a flooded market or an industry bracing for weaker value of its one and only commodity?
The strength of Colorado's marijuana prices, wholesale specifically, is fading like a curl of smoke.
Wholesale prices, just a year ago in the per-pound range of $2,400, have dropped to around $1,100-$1,200.
A recent Business Insider article cites the reason for this drop being a flooded market. "As growers ramp up production," the article states, "the huge amount of marijuana hitting the market in Colorado is causing a 'steady decline' in wholesale prices regardless of demand.”
Large growers, many of whom operate without "canopy limits," or restrictions on the amount that can be grown, are inundating the market and affecting retail pricing.

Thu
22
Sep
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From Peak-baggers to Peace-baggers: When “because it’s there” becomes “because we still can”

Not far from Lovely Ouray, in the hinterland depths beyond Owl Creek Pass and under the shadow of iconic sentinels Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock, a meager but passable dirt road parallels the West Fork of the Cimarron River. The road’s vector inches nearer and nearer the West Fork’s boulder-ridden riverbed, where it soon deteriorates into a bone-jarring 4x4 trail rough enough to rearrange internal organs. There, at road and wits end, sky-piercing crag-heads rest upon soft shoulders of alpine tundra, beckoning harried amateur explorers in need of quiet. It is a brutally harsh, yet compelling landscape; the “alpine zone,” where mighty pines fail to thrive and breathless seniors go willingly to die. Bobbie and I are subscribers to the Live Large philosophy… that, as Neil Young sings in “Out of the Blue,” “it’s better to burn out than fade away.” Yes, why not go out with a bang rather than a whimper.

Thu
22
Sep
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Vote no on Amendment 69

Never mind that Obamacare is a statistical farce. Forget the fact that major insurers are abandoning the Affordable Care Act like rats from a burning ship. Don't concern yourself with the fact that many of the newly insured under President Obama's plan have bought into insurance plans which carry such high deductibles that the insured can't afford to use their plans.
In case you're the betting type of person — the type who thinks that if government got it wrong the first time, surely it will learn its lesson — then Amendment 69 is a colossal boondoggle just waiting for you.
There is so much that is wrong with Amendment 69, it's really hard to find a beginning or end.

Thu
22
Sep
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Of going back to school, chickens, goats and lavender

The time has come to get the children ready to return to every parent’s favorite pastime…school. I celebrate Back to School time because it signals the end of the “I’m bored” season. I relish the fact that the kids will now have structure to their days and a lot less energy at night. Our home is much happier when Caitlin and Wyatt are busy with school activities and homework.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I am sad that the long days of summer are fading and our already insane schedule will get busier with sports practice, teachers’ conferences and the homework regimen. But, for the most part, I am quite at ease with the return of the education cycle.
The conflict arises when my brain comes to the realization that this week, when the kids go back to school, is also Fair week. Within the same seven days that begin the school year, our home is cast “hip deep” in final Fair preparations.

Tue
23
Aug
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“Praying for Satan,” my two cents worth

It seems like every time a Presidential election year rolls around I get an irresistible urge to put a bullet through the TV. Blue-sky promises reverberate from podiums across America; babies are hugged, hands are shaken and fingers are pointed. Never does so much amount to so little for so many. Presidential election promises are about as incontinent as an old bucket at a target range, it just doesn’t hold water. “Cream” no longer rises to the top, and I’m left to wonder if our election process isn’t due for an upgrade, you know, a tweak to make it fair, relevant and most of all, make it actually matter who wins.  

Tue
23
Aug
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Of all the mean, vicious, merciless little buggers imaginable

Are you as warm as we are? It has gotten a little too warm around here. The bovine, equine and human species are all suffering.
There really isn’t any relief from the heat when you are on the ranch. We don’t have a chlorinated swimming pool to jump into. The creek beside the house really isn’t sanitary enough to recreate in; it’s downstream from the cows. For those who may not know, cows do “their business” in the creeks around here. Please think twice before you drink…this is a public service message from the Ouray County Cattlemen’s Association.
So, the kids, critters and I are forced to be creative with our “cooling off” activities. My favorite involves a good ol’ fashioned water hose. We don’t have a section of the property flat enough for a “slip ’n’ slide” so we leave our jeans on, wet down the grass REAL GOOD, and ‘booty bomb’ the side yard. It is fun. A little Redneck, but fun. Now we haven’t had time to do it this year, so I am trying to plan it.

Tue
23
Aug
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Sign of the times

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?
-Five Man Electrical Band

As the RAMP project in Ridgway continues to take shape, a discussion about signs in Ridgway has blossomed.
It's certainly true there are quite a number of signs in town these days. I counted 58 signs along CO 62 driving from the Shell station to the Old School House. And that was counting only the ones along the north side of the highway.
Some are permanent and some are temporary. A number of them are construction signs, which will go away. Another batch directs to businesses, necessary because of construction. Most of those will go away. And another batch is what I call "holdover" signs, including the Ridgway town logo signs.
I'm guessing a lot of those will stay.

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