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Wed
16
Jul
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Tribute to one of Ouray's best

Dear Editor,
What a fine service of tribute was held July 7 at the United Church of the San Juans for George Moore. George was a remarkable man, a most knowledgeable geologist, generous contributor to the Historical Society, spiritually deep and dedicated man of faith as well as a friend to many of us. He loved the San Juan Mountains and knew them as few have. Wouldn't it be great if one of the currently unnamed mountain peaks about us could be named in his honor: Mount Moore? I can think of no greater tribute to someone who has given so much of himself to us and our beloved county.
Dick Engdahl
Ridgway

Wed
16
Jul
atodd's picture

Tribute to one of Ouray's best

Dear Editor,
What a fine service of tribute was held July 7 at the United Church of the San Juans for George Moore. George was a remarkable man, a most knowledgeable geologist, generous contributor to the Historical Society, spiritually deep and dedicated man of faith as well as a friend to many of us. He loved the San Juan Mountains and knew them as few have. Wouldn't it be great if one of the currently unnamed mountain peaks about us could be named in his honor: Mount Moore? I can think of no greater tribute to someone who has given so much of himself to us and our beloved county.
Dick Engdahl
Ridgway

Wed
16
Jul
atodd's picture

Thanks, Ridgway, for your partnership

Dear Editor,
For the past three years I have served on our Town Council, from which I will step down as of July 15. In order to better address health concerns of my family, we will be moving to Durango. It is a new life chapter for us, starting with a mix of loss and gain, heaviness and hope.  
When I first placed my name on the ballot in 2011, after only a year in the community,
I was surprised to win a seat, and then pleased to receive a warm welcome by Council members. I soon learned that my initiation as a public representative had little to do with my notion of “politics.”
The term comes from the Greek word “politikos,” meaning “of, for, or relating to citizens.” This definition comes closer to my experience on the Council: open-minded thinking, respectful dialogue, creative problem solving and happy envisioning – for and
with local people. While I confess to initially wondering about the party affiliations of

Fri
27
Jun
Fri
27
Jun
atodd's picture

Fizz, Boom, Read!

Fri
27
Jun
atodd's picture

An open heart

Dear Editor,

Ouray has lost a valuable community member.
Dan Fossey passed away suddenly on Monday June 16. Dan was not only a selfless friend to the Witherspoon family but to anyone in our community who accepted his friendship. Dan's ability as a leader was second to none.
He served many mayors, city administrators, county commissioners and superintendents in his life. Dan worked to the height of his ability to prove to his superiors he was "the man for the job," but most of all, he deeply respected the men and women who worked for and with him.
There was almost nothing he would not do for his workmates. We should all aspire to continue his legacy. "An open heart and strong work ethic."
Please keep Dan's family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ed and Christine Witherspoon
Ouray

Mon
12
May
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Great community support

Mon
12
May
atodd's picture

Generous support for firefighters

Dear Editor,
Last Saturday 48 dedicated volunteer firefighters from Ridgway, Ouray, Log Hill and Horsefly fire departments were present on the first beautiful day of the year for an all day indoor training. Katherine Ridenhour, a State Fire Academy Instructor from Pagosa Springs presented a class on Analyzing Fireground Risks and Benefits. It was truly an amazing experience to have so many volunteer members from all four Ouray County fire departments in the same room, as well as having this kind of training at home!

Mon
12
May
atodd's picture

Flipping from democracy to tyranny

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Jason Michael Gunning’s letter last week, allow me to set his mind, and perhaps others, at ease. Yes, Mr. Gunning, I am well qualified to address matters of presidential history.  Notwithstanding your rather clumsy attempt to discredit me, followed by your own chest-puffing as a bona fide historian, if you had done a few seconds of research you would have found that my doctorate was earned in diplomatic history and that my current position is senior fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University  Further, as a research professor, if I were to grade the balance of your letter I would have written “thin,” “overreaching,” and “contradictory” in the margins of your arguments that followed. But enough about you, history and me.

Mon
05
May
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Clearing the air

Dear Editor,
This is in response to the letter written by Jill Kneeland Mihelich in the
April 24 edition. I was born and raised in Ouray County. Every spring
ranchers burn the dead grass out of their ditches to be able to irrigate;
without it the water will not flow through the ditches. Dead grass in the
fields is also burnt to allow a better growth of grass. There is a need to
burn the ditches for the ranchers. If Ms Mihelich was raised on a farm where
there was no need to burn ditches, and she has a problem with the smoke
emitted, then maybe Ms. Mihelich needs to move back where she came from.
I sympathize that she has an allergy, but I don't feel it is more important
than the ranchers burning their ditches to be able to irrigate and make a
living of their ranch.
Thanks so much for hearing a rancher's point of view.

Allen Hudson
Ridgway

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