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Fri
06
May

OURAY COUNTY
 Formal charges to be filed against Alaimo

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Formal charges are to be filed against Joseph Alaimo, 50-year-old former Ridgway resident, by Seth Ryan, Montrose deputy district attorney, by May 12.

Wed
04
May

Citizens asked to foot bill

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Now that a group of citizens on County Road 1 have proposed raising property taxes to fund chip sealing of the troubled road, residents have rallied on both sides of the issue. More than 50 people attended a town hall meeting in Ridgway on Tuesday to learn the specifics of what the Citizen Action Committee is trying to do to improve the road.
Two years ago, a few residents on CR 1 decided the county would never have the funds or receive enough grants to cover the cost of paving the road, and they formed the CAC. Members Dick Kreutzen, Gary Bennett and Pete Whiskeman comprised the panel to present information and take questions during the meeting.
CAC’s goal is to form a Public Improvement District on Log Hill with authority to levy and collect property taxes that would go toward CR 1 improvements.

Mon
02
May

UNCOMPAHGRE BASIN 
April 1 runoff predictions still below average

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Ouray County water users can expect a slightly below average volume of water runoff inflow into Ridgway Reservoir through July.

Thu
28
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Animal service agreement finally signed

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


After several months, the 2016 animal shelter management and service agreement between the county and Second Chance Humane Society was signed by both parties at last Tuesday’s special Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Thu
28
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Mock accident makes impact on students

From left: Adam Kunz, Ouray fire captain; John Robinson, Ridgway fire deputy chief; and, Lynn Ransleben, Ridgway fire lieutenant, work on extricating a “victim” from the van. The mock accident gave Ridgway Fire Department further practice in extrication, for which they have been training.


Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


A mottled and mangled truck rested on a similarly junked van. Empty and crushed beer cans were scattered around the scene. Shouts of worry and confusion erupted from the truck, exclamations that soon turned to cries for help.

Sun
24
Apr

Traffic accidents on the rise

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released its annual description of motor vehicle crashes in Colorado for 2014. Traffic accidents from 2010 to 2014 are covered in the report.
The report states Colorado has lower motor vehicle fatality rates compared to the nation as a whole, but the number of fatalities is increasing. For Ouray County, this statement is true.
In 2014 Ouray County had two traffic fatalities and two serious injuries in traffic crashes. The vehicles involved in the fatal crashes were a motorcycle and a truck, with one of them involving a driver under the influence of alcohol.
Crashes in Ouray County with serious injuries have decreased by 36 percent since 2010. In 2010 the county saw 12 serious accidents, three in 2011, nine in 2012 and two in 2013. In 2010 there was one fatal accident. There were no fatal accidents in Ouray County from 2011-2013.

Sat
23
Apr

"Dancing Down the Yellow Brick Road"

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


A classic tale of adventure and friendship will come to life with Weehawken Dance's "Dancing Down the Yellow Brick Road" on April 30 and May 1. The tale of the Wizard of Oz is portrayed through dance with contemporary music hand picked by artistic director Natasha Pyeatte.
A cast of about 150, mostly kids, aging from three to adult make up the cast, and they will perform dancing styles from ballet to hip hop during the production.
Kids and parents from Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose pull together for the production. Pyeatte said it takes the entire community to make the show a success, and in the end the hard work bonds the kids to one another.

Sat
23
Apr

New restaurant moving into town

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


City council on Monday approved a liquor license request for a new restaurant and bar moving into Ouray on the north end of town.
Council also learned Ouray Police Department arranged a community meeting with Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials for May 11 at 7 p.m. in the community center. This will be a time to discuss CPW’s role with bear safety in the city and develop a community-wide plan to address the issue.
Two Rascals Brewing Tacos and Taps owner Teresa Leonardi said they will serve Two Rascals beer, but the establishment is separate from Two Rascals Brewing in Montrose.
Two Rascals will be located at 920 Main St., in the three buildings that used to house a coffee shop, deli and retail space.
Kat Papenbrock, Ouray Chamber Resort Association executive director, said she hopes Two Rascals will help pull foot traffic up Main Street.

Fri
22
Apr

More funds to fuel pool project

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