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26
Jun
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Letters from Ridgway: 1891

In keeping with last week's theme of reprinting some of the history that's lying around this ink-stained office, I ran across the following, one of a series of letters. The letters were written in 1891 by John C. Bachelder to his brother Millard and sister Lida. The letters were subsequently given to the late Roger Henn of Ouray, by Glen Bachelder, grandson of Millard. John Bachelder had been a conductor with the Kalamazoo and South Haven, Michigan, and struck out on his own for the Colorado frontier, landing in Ridgway. The following are two of those letters, reprinted from a 1991 The Ridgway Sun centennial edition:

Ridgway
April 2, 1891

My Dear Brother,

Sun
26
Jun
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Paving CR 1 is for convenience of few

Dear Editor,
After evaluating the pros and cons of the proposed paving of County Road 1, I have come to the conclusion there is only reason to do so and that is "for the convenience of a few"!
Those "few" don't want to be inconvenienced by driving down Log Hill through Ridgway. But if convenience is the prime mover in your life, why did you move here from the city in the first place? It is not a matter of  convenience to live in a rural setting, period. It is a choice we make to live with less convenience in exchange for less traffic, fewer people and more of nature and the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Let's not be so quick to try and change what we moved here for in the first place!
Respectfully,
Gary Matney
Log Hill

Sun
26
Jun
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Land exchange a bad idea

Dear Editor,
I was interested to see the Plaindealer article regarding the land exchange of the Thistledown properties, giving Rockbiter Corp. ownership of Forest Service land along Canyon Creek. The Forest Supervisor for the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest, Mr. Scott Armentrout, is quoted as saying, “It is desirable … (for administration and management reasons) … to effect this ownership change.”
Obviously Supervisor Armentrout does not live anywhere in the vicinity of these properties. Perhaps if Rockbiter would install a zip line, challenge course, or host mine tours on pristine, once-public property down the road from Mr. Armentrout’s house, as Rockbiter suggests doing on the Thistledown properties, he might have a different opinion as to the desirability of the land exchange.

Sun
26
Jun
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My two cents on CR 1

         LETTER TO THE EDITOR
 
Dear Editor,
Regarding the paving of CR1, I would to throw my two cents into the discussion.
I’ve heard of lot of comments on why we shouldn’t go forward with this project. I’ll make it perfectly clear that while I respect everyone’s right to their opinion, I am in disagreement with those opinions.
I’ve lived on the mesa for 17 years and I’ve waited all those years to have the shortest route to Montrose paved. Personally, I’m sick and tired of the washboard conditions that often exist. I’m tired of washing my vehicle knowing that the next time I go into Montrose it’ll be dust-covered at best and a muddy mess (often with Mag Chloride) at worst.
I’ve been told….”Just go around through Ridgway.” The fact is, I don’t want to and don’t think I should have to.

Sun
26
Jun
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I love Ouray

Dear Editor,
Today I received the May 5-11, 2016, issue of the Ouray County Plaindealer and noted with interest the information on the Atlas Mine in Don Carlton's "Ouray Sketchbook."
I am interested in the Atlas Mine because of family involvement. On December 4, 1920, my father-in-law, Harry Wagner, invested $11,338, at one dollar per share, in the mine. My late husband did not know whether his father ever received any return on his investment. I attach a photocopy of the share certificate, with its raised seal.
Harry's connection with Ouray dated to the 1890s through his wife, Lura. She had visited Ouray as part of her father's traveling theater group, the Williams Gem Comedy Company. As a child, she starred with her parents in the popular melodramas of the period. In fact, I first learned about Ouray from a memoir written by my mother-in-law in which she describes her family's travels.

Sun
26
Jun
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Addressing Alpine Zone regulations

Dear Editor,
By Resolution 2016-018, the Board of County Commissioners has referred to the Planning Commission the issue of potential regulations addressing residential development on patented mining claims and mill sites in Ouray County at or above an elevation of 9500 feet. The BOCC asked the Planning Commission to make its recommendations by August 1, 2016. The Resolution outlines the process to be followed and raises 18 specific questions to be answered.
The Planning Commission’s proposed schedule is: June 7 5-8 p.m. review first nine questions; June 15 1-4 p.m. review remaining nine questions; June 21 6-8 p.m. staff to propose changes to the Land Use Code which will incorporate PC responses to the 18 questions; July 19 7 p.m. PC will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes and will deliberate and make a recommendation to the BOCC.

Fri
13
May
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Ridgway Chamber restructures operations


Dear Editor,
The Ridgway Chamber would, again, like to thank the residents of Ridgway for voting last November to change the Lodging Tax percentage to 3.5% and the allocation of the Lodging Tax to 70% designated for marketing the Town of Ridgway and 30% to the Town. The Chamber received the contract for the LOT funds in February from the Town of Ridgway.Along with the new funding level comes additional responsibility for the Chamber and Chamber Board.

Fri
13
May
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Clarifying CR 1 statements



Dear Editor,

I am writing to clarify and comment on quotations reported in last week’s Plaindealer in the article “Citizens may foot road bill.” The article is very well written given the complexity of the subject. Toward the end of the article, there is a quote from Mr. George Kerber that needs clarification. The quote is regarding a question that the Citizen’s Action Committee for Improving CR 1 (CAC) has on its website www.cr1fix.com in the Q&A section of the site. He quoted the question correctly: ”Why should residents of CR 22 and roads on the south end of the Mesa be part of the PID, since they can avoid the gravel section to exit the Mesa.” He quoted the answer incorrectly: “Not including CR 22 will result in an unfair tax burden on the tax payers that actually use CR 1.”

Thu
07
Apr
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Having barriers removed



Dear Editor,

Approximately a decade ago the Ouray Trail Group was threatened with a lawsuit by a recently arrived landowner who had acquired a large group of mining claims north of Ouray. The reason for the threatened lawsuit was that the Trail Group had, over the previous few years, restored an historic trail that crossed several of those claims. The landowner wanted that trail closed and all traces of it removed from the Trail Group’s popular trail map.

Fri
25
Mar
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Church and State

Your letter to the editor, “Let’s keep them separate,” Feb.25-March 2, asked, “Why on Earth would anyone want to mix… Church and State?” – following with, “I embrace the part of the Constitution that begs for Separation of Church and State.”
First, Separation of Church and State is not mentioned in the Constitution. Amendment 1 to our Bill of Rights restricts government; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is to keep government out of religion not religion out of government. Why? The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy under the law (Republic) is directly yoked to the morality of the people and the virtues of our elected officials.

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