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Fri
14
Jun
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Not confused over Section 9

Dear Editor,
We should sympathize with Mr. Tom McKenney, who states in his letter that he is confused as to why ranchers oppose the proposed Visual Impact regulation changes. The "virtues" he cites come straight from the misleading puffery about the changes, and he has been led to believe that ranchers are exempt from Section 9. Many others seem similarly misinformed.
As planning commission chairman (Ken) Lipton clarified at the March public hearing, exemptions for ranchers are intended for existing structures, not for any new structures. Further, the "ranch exemption" as well as the "mining exemption" apply only to accessory structures (not to primary structures) and roads used exclusively for agriculture or mining, thus they do not apply to primary residence or to an "accessory" house if that house is rented out or used by an outfitter, or to a private road that is also used for hunting access.

Fri
14
Jun
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Remembering a rancher

Dear Editor,
Mario Zadra, a Ouray county native son and legend in his own time, has quit this world for greener pastures.
I wanted his friends and neighbors to know that Mario died on  June 5, 2013 in his home in Montrose at the age of 97. Mario was one of the last of the few remaining of a dying breed.
He was a hard working self made rancher cut from the same cloth as his friend Marie Scott. He worked like a 40 year old all the way to 90, and thrived in spite of some overwhelming obstacles.
Mario was a man of surprising diversity and accomplishments, and the finest horseman I have ever met. This world will be a lesser place without him.
Mario’s funeral will be on Saturday, June 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Montrose Christian Church (2351 Sunnyside Rd.).
Please join us for a celebration of his long and wonderful life and a potluck after the services.

Sincerely,  
Susan Cora Maybach
Ridgway

Fri
14
Jun
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Keep those papers rolling

Dear Editor,

Again, look forward to another year of the Ouray/Ridgway 'noose' (hanging in there) paper. It beats my local printed media, which is dying by 'decrees'. Never 'bored' by the weekly wrangling of the BOCC (Belaboring Over Community Controversies). Your problems are rather miniscule compared to Tidewater area. You don't have to wake up to the news of someone being shot, stabbed or drug dealers running over victims in luxury SUVs and the like. Visual impact? Most of my experiences are in the arena of "aural impact." Four wheel boom-boxes rolling down the street and rattling windows for an entire block or more after 12 midnight! Thanks, and keep those papers rolling.

Cliff Cohu
Newport News, Va.

Fri
14
Jun
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Cemetery caretakes applauded

Dear Editor,
I would like to personally thank the caretakers of the Cedar Hill cemetery. The grounds have always looked beautiful for the past several years. I don't know the names of the couple that take such wonderful care of this important part of the county but they are to be commended. There must be some method that these folks could be remunerated for their efforts. They are probably not paid enough for the time that it takes to keep the grounds in such outstanding condition. Is there a way that monies could be raised to help compensate their salaries? Is there a cemetery board that oversees the operation that could assess a fee for the upkeep of the cemetery? I am sure that many families would gladly help with expenses if a method was available. I would like to hear from the cemetery board members in order to be part of the solution.
Kenneth Baumardner
Aztec, N.M.

Thu
06
Jun
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Coverage injustice to businesses

Dear Editor,
The article that appeared in the May 30-June 5, 2013, edition titled “Businesses give perspectives on Streetscape” and your Publisher’s Opinion piece on the subject (same edition) are an injustice to the 12 Ridgway business owners who met on May 23 in a desperate attempt to get the Streetscape committee to stop ignoring the concerns of most in the business community as expressed over the previous six months. This kind of reporting is a disservice to the community you serve.

Thu
06
Jun
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Capturing essence of book

Greetings Alan,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for sending me a copy of it.
My mom wanted me to say thank you for her as well. Your words captured the essence of the book beautifully and touched my heart. Thank you again for your words and time.

Sincerely,

Michelle Kamrath

Thu
06
Jun
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Planting beauty in Ouray

Dear Editor,
Ouray Beautification Committee’s annual planting of Main Street will be on Tuesday June 11 at 10:00. Our meeting place is the corner of 6th and Main by Mouse’s Chocolates. We were so pleased with the turnout of volunteers last year. Not only did we have fun but the results were magnificent all summer. This year we hope that many of you will be joining us again. Wear your hats, gloves and bring a trowel shovel, bring your kids, parents, Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts. We love the family aspect of volunteering here in Ouray. For any questions please call Cindy McCord at 325-9934 or email Gail Jossi at jossiranch@ouraynet.com . The flowers baskets will be hung on Main Street June 10. Thank you, to all of you who have been contributing to the Flowers on Main Street project.
We hope to see the volunteers of Ouray step out on June 11 to help us.
Warmest Regards,
Gail M. Jossi  

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Thu
06
Jun
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Part of the process

Dear Editor,
I appreciated the letters and commentaries in last week's edition. I'd like to follow up on Tom McKenney's letter since many important points were made in the second section of it.
I don't believe the opinions of those who can afford or choose to hire lawyers should hold more sway than those of the average citizen, and I was also surprised at the many folks who were represented by lawyers at the last meeting.

Thu
30
May
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Ouray County only needs one force

Dear Editor,
Even though not a resident of Ouray, I have been watching the disaster unfolding there with the resignation of the entire police department, save for the most-junior officer who perhaps can't afford to take a stand. It's obvious the chief wasn't the problem.
Ouray is doing an emergency search for a new chief to rebuild the department. This is a huge mistake. It's ridiculous that this county of merely 4,500 souls has three law enforcement agencies. The answer is clear: the city of Ouray should contract with the Sheriff's Office to provide its police protection. The sheriff can have the manpower to do this by hiring the long-time officers from Ouray (what a plus to have some experienced deputies who also live in the county!). The huge cost savings of not duplicating command might mean the sheriff could pay all deputies a more competitive wage, and maybe we could finally have law enforcement on-duty around the clock.

Thu
30
May
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Section 9 is a rancher's gift

Dear Editor,
I was out of town for the first visual impact public hearing, but I made it to the second a month later. The biggest surprise to me was the large ranches “lawyered up” and sent the message that they were definitely against the new section 9; they gave no sound reasons whatsoever. I could not figure this out. Because I was interested in what our local ranchers felt about it, I got together with four different rancher friends and am totally confused now.

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