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Fri
02
Dec

BREAKING: Ridgway schools in lockdown state

The Ridgway school district has enacted a state of lockdown for the safety of its students. The reasons for the action are currently unknown.

 

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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


UPDATE, 1:58 p.m. : Superintendent Steve Smith responded to the lockdown situation via email. 

Fri
02
Dec

OURAY COUNTY 
Safety first: School buses avoid wintry Red Mountain Pass

Durango school district recently made a decision that no buses will travel over Red Mountain Pass, regardless of weather conditions. School districts in Pagosa Springs, Bayfield and Ignacio also ban travel over the treacherous pass, but Ouray, Ridgway and Silverton travel over the pass on a case-by-case basis.

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by Dalton Carver and Tori Sheets

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tori@ouraynews.com


Risks posed by the hazardous stretch of US 550 over Red Mountain Pass between Durango and Ouray have prompted school district policies prohibiting bus travel on the route.
Addressing the potential danger the pass imposes, the Durango school district recently made the decision that buses will no longer travel over Red Mountain Pass, regardless of time of year or weather. School districts in Pagosa Springs, Bayfield and Ignacio also have prohibitions on any school bus travel over Red Mountain.
Ouray, Ridgway and several other districts have guidelines founded in caution for deciding whether to take that route.

Ridgway
Despite a lack of specific policy, Ridgway transportation director Maggie Graff has...

Thu
01
Dec

OURAY COUNTY
 Water rate increases suspended for future hearing


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


In the past, Dallas Creek water users have been concerned with the amount of water the company was losing through its infrastructure. As a Dallas Creek Water Company rate increase is being considered by the Public Utilities Commission, some other user concerns have come to the forefront.


According to Dick Kreutzen, member of the Association of Dallas Creek Water Users, plumbing is no longer the main concern. Capital replacement funds, lack of water storage/back-up and the enforceability of DCWC’s water lease have risen to the top. Kreutzen hopes the association can address these topics as part of the PUC’s consideration of DCWC’s rate increase request.
The PUC conducted an initial hearing regarding the rate increase Nov. 30 and decided DCWC's new rates will be...

Mon
21
Nov

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS 
Climbers hope to clamber up to state

From left: Climbing coaches Craig Spearman, Trevor Peterson, Dawn Glanc and Lance Sullins take a break from planning and setting up climbing routes Monday afternoon at the Ridgway Secondary School climbing gym. Spearman and Sullins are in charge of the high school team, while Glanc and Peterson are coaching the middle school squad. This year drew large numbers on both teams, with 18 high school students competing and 27 middle schoolers taking to the wall.

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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The Ridgway Secondary School climbing team has a history of sending talented climbers to state, and new head coach Craig Spearman hopes to continue that tradition. However, Spearman and assistant coach Lance Sullins want to instill more than a will to win in their athletes.


Spearman got into climbing through his friends about six years ago when he lived in Durango and Gunnison. Last year, he was asked to coach alongside former head coach and RSS teacher Amber King. When King wasn’t able to coach this year, Spearman was asked to step up to the top job.
“It’s cool and very exciting. I have a lot of help from the community,” said Spearman. “Dawn (Glanc) and (Sullins) came on this year and they have their fingers on the pulse of the climbing community more than I do.”
Spearman said Glanc and Trevor Peterson, middle school climbing coaches, and Sullins are...

Fri
18
Nov

OURAY COUNTY 
Courthouse reconstruction critical for structure’s survival

Jim Kehoe (far left), an architect at Charles Cunniffe Architects of Aspen, presents the 2016 courthouse renovation feasibility study to the Board of County Commissioners at a work session at the Colona Roadhouse Nov. 15. The overall project cost is ballparked at $9 million.
 

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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


If county officials and employees want to remain in their headquarters at the Ouray County Courthouse, millions of dollars will have to be put toward its restoration. According to an architect from an Aspen firm, the courthouse could soon become uninhabitable at the rate the historic structure is deteriorating.

Thu
17
Nov

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 RACC requests funding from 2017 lodging taxes

Carol Garard (far right), newly appointed Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, speaks to the Ridgway Town Council at its regular meeting the evening of Nov. 9. Garard and several chamber board members were presenting the RACC 2016 activities summary and requesting receipt of 2017 lodging tax funds.
 

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After hearing a 2016 summary report from the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce at the town council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, council members want to see a more detailed accounting of the chamber’s expenditures from lodging tax monies.


Up to September, the chamber reported having received $31,647 in lodging tax funding and is expected to receive about $42,000 by year’s end.
Thus far the chamber has spent about...

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Mon
07
Nov

OURAY COUNTY
 Revised communication tower code section recommended

From left: County planning director Mark Castrodale and county planning commissioners Sheelagh Williams, Craig Jackman and Randy Parker look over the communication tower and facility proposed land use code section at the Ouray County Planning Commission regular meeting Nov. 1. Following land use staff’s recommendation, the OCPC recommended Section 23 for approval by the Board of County Commissioners.

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By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The Ouray County Planning Commission recommended a second draft of the proposed communication tower code section at an audience-less public hearing on Nov. 1 at the county land use office in Ridgway.
The recommendation came without much discussion, aside from a few language and definition tweaks throughout the Section 23 document.
With Board of County Commissioners approval, Section 23 will...

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Fri
04
Nov

OURAY COUNTY: Scranton case moves forward

Brian Scranton


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


A Ouray County judge found evidence presented by a prosecutor the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 27 to be substantial enough to move forward with the Brian Scranton sexual assault case.

In Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Assistant District Attorney Seth Ryan had to...

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Fri
04
Nov

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS
 Demons wrap up soccer season with playoff loss

From left: Ridgway soccer players Kikito Meraz, Jimmy Saville and Gannon Rikkers walk through the tunnel Ridgway Secondary School students created Thursday, Oct. 27 to send the Demons off to the state playoffs. Despite having their best season in six years, the Demons fell to Colorado Springs Christian 0-7 in their Oct. 28 match-up.
 

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by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Following up a victory over the number-one-ranked team in the Intermountain Soccer League, the Ridgway Demons fell hard Oct. 28 to Colorado Springs Christian in the first round of state playoffs, 0-7.
Despite the lopsided loss, head coach Trevor Peterson said the Demons were the better team when considering overall technical play.
“In terms of our soccer play, I thought we were actually a little bit better, but we didn’t have the physical ability to match up one on one with them,” said Peterson.
Peterson described Ridgway’s Colorado Springs opponents as...

Thu
03
Nov

OURAY COUNTY: 
Split vote results in CR 5 plowing agreement renewal

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Hearing significant public comment on last year’s County Road 5 winter maintenance agreement over the last two regular sessions, the Board of County Commissioners renewed CR 5 property owner Craig Morrison’s private plowing contract with the county at its regular meeting at the Ouray Community Center Nov. 1. However, not all commissioners gave the renewal a thumbs up.
Commissioner Lynn Padgett voted...

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