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Thu
23
May
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Celebrate EMS Week in Ouray County

Dear Editor,
Our busy summer season is nearly upon us. As we tidy up our businesses, plant our gardens and drag our 4-wheelers out of the garage let’s give a nod to the men and women who will be standing by to respond any and all kinds of medical emergencies.
National EMS Week is May 19-25 this year and the theme, “One Mission, One Team” is quite appropriate for Ouray County. County residents as well as the many folks who visit us every year are served 24/7 by group of well-trained and dedicated volunteers—your friends and neighbors—who respond to any situation where life or limb are endangered.

Thu
02
May
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After-Prom success

Dear Editor,

When I hear the word “jousting” I imagine medieval knights charging on horseback. Last Saturday night, at Ouray County’s After Prom Party, I learned that the term also refers to a vast, air-filled vinyl object in which students cheerfully tackled, pummeled, and knocked the wind out of one another. Who knew?

This year, 110 local students consumed burgers and dogs, played bingo, won prizes, got intricate henna tattoos, made improbable baskets from across the Ouray School Gym, and romped around several air-filled blobs, courtesy of Bananas Amusement Park.

But what matters more is what students did not do on Prom Night: namely, binge drink, use other drugs, or get into cars and drive them in a state of intoxication.

Sun
21
Apr
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Why we support McLachlan

Dear Editor,
Three letters in last week's Plaindealer calling for the recall of Colorado State Representative Mike McLachlan claim he does not support the Second Amendment. Rep. McLachlan, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, promised to uphold Second Amendment rights when he campaigned last fall, which he did during discussions earlier this year in the House Judiciary Committee of which he is a member. He did not believe, however, that every suggestion made by the National Rifle Association and similar organizations was acceptable and should be voted into law in Colorado.

Sun
07
Apr
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Recall is absurd

Dear Editor,
Regarding “McLachlan Recall Petition Circulates”
Really? A recall petition initiated by the losing party less than four months after a majority of The People spoke during the Colorado District 59 November election? Will this be the trend of the future any time a group disagrees with an elected official who was voted by a majority of the voting public? I visited the web site cited in the article and some of its associated Tweets. Within the site is a letter to the editor of the Durango Herald, in which the letter refers to Rep. McLachlan as a traitor and treasonous because of a definition for treason being “a person who betrays a friend, country or principle.” Using the definition cited, it seems these words could be used against anyone with whom we disagree or against anyone for whom we did not vote.

Sun
24
Mar
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AA thanks Roberts

Dear Editor,

Since the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 there have been people who are known as "Friends of AA," usually people in the medical field who understand that alcoholism and drug addiction are serious illnesses with serious consequences.
Cheryl Roberts has been such a friend of AA. She has recognized that alcohol and drug addiction are illnesses which fit under the public health umbrella. She has given a home to AA meetings in Ouray. A home to individuals, particularly individuals who may be wondering if their drinking is out of control, that they might see AA meetings at the public health building as a safe harbor and perhaps see their problems as a matter of being sick rather than a matter of being weak.
AA in Ouray congratulates Cheryl Roberts on her retirement as Director of Public Health and thanks her for her continued support of the recovery community. We will miss Cheryl and wish her well as she moves on to her next adventure.

Sun
24
Mar
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Thanks for Daffodil days

Dear Editor,
Community spirit and generosity are alive and well in Southwestern Colorado. Mar. 6-8, residents of Telluride, Mountain Village, Norwood, Ridgway, Ouray, Nucla and the region gave generously to the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. Together you supported a great cause with record breaking donations.
The success of Daffodil Days 2013 is because of you and your neighbors, numerous volunteers who donated their time and businesses that gave generously to underwrite our local efforts.

Fri
22
Feb
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Speaking up on visual impact

Dear Editor,
Having spent between $40,000 and $50,000 first mitigating and then presenting my case in court, I probably have a better right than anyone to speak about the Visual Impact Regulations.
The biggest lie that has persisted until now is that the county gave me a non-conforming Certificate of Occupancy. The county, at their attorney's suggestion did attempt to do so and in fact reported to the paper as such. As soon as I learned of their intentions, I demanded they follow the judges' ruling. He basically said that even if he didn't necessarily feel the house conformed to the VIR intent, the fact remained that the county had given me a building permit and I had built in reliance to that permit and the county must give me my Certificate of Occupancy.
The truth is that my house was a test case and the county didn't know themselves how to interpret their own regulation.

Fri
08
Feb
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OCPAG very thankful

Fri
08
Feb
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Global warming continues

Dear Editor,
Thank you, Mayor Risch, for your timely and important letter about climate change and our water supply in last week's Plaindealer. This subject receives far too little attention relative to the severe impacts on water already occurring, here and nationally.
I would add these few points to the Mayor’s excellent summary of the problem:
The increasing temperatures we now see so frequently (up to 30 degrees above normal) have moved us closer and closer to long-term drought conditions.
Warmer temperatures evaporate water from soil, diminishing the benefits when it does rain and adding moisture to the atmosphere. This gets worse each year.
The increased water vapor in the atmosphere (currently estimated at 15-20 percent, and rising), combines with more atmospheric heat and altered currents, creating dramatic, violent weather, as we are seeing (including extreme cold events).

Fri
08
Feb
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Thanks to the community

Dear Editor,
I want to express my thanks to everyone for the prayers, love, thoughts of comfort/concern, offers of help, flowers and food during this past week since my surgery. Recovery will be a long one, but can't wait to be planting flowers on Main Street with the Beautification Committee in May! Thank you for making us feel like family in just the two short years we have lived here in Ouray. We love it here and love our friends and neighbors!
Thank you!

Kima Buhler
Ouray

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