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Mon
18
Apr

OURAY COUNTY 
Governor signs off on OHV bill

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The latest version of the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle bill, HB16-1030, became the most successful when it was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday.
The bill, which was introduced last January, allows OHV operators to directly cross a roadway, including a state highway, at an at-grade crossing.
In addition, the acting governing body in an area gains the ability to regulate OHVs on public lands, waters and properties under its jurisdiction, including streets and highways within its boundaries.
The bill also clears the acting body from being inconsistent or in conflict with Colorado statutes, which  prevented counties from applying for certain grants.
The bill was sponsored by J. Paul Brown (R-Ignacio).
 

Sat
16
Apr

Pledge to kick off meetings

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ouray City Council on April 4 voted to begin meetings by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The issue raised heated discussion from council members and members of the community in previous meetings. It has been a topic of discussion since early January.
Mayor Pam Larson and council members Bette Maurer and Glenn Boyd voted in favor of saying the pledge. Council member Dee Hilton voted against it.
Council member Dawn Glanc was not in attendance. She had expressed opposition to saying the pledge in former discussions. However, even with Glanc's vote pro or con, the motion to say the pledge would have passed with a majority.

Sat
16
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Axel Project Bike Classic canceled

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The annual Axel Project Bike Classic scheduled for Sept. 3 has been canceled for this year due to chip seal work by Colorado Department of Transportation on CO 62.


“CDOT has graciously committed to suspend work the weekend of the Bike Classic,” said Randy Charette in the email announcing the cancellation. “However, we know from previous experience that it can take weeks for chip seal to fully set.”
Charrette added that chip seal can create road conditions dangerous to cyclists.
“Passing cars may kick up loose rocks at our riders,” he said. “There is also the risk of loose gravel on the descent.”
However, the Axel Project plans to return with the Bike Classic next year, as road construction will be complete and ready for riders.  
 

Fri
15
Apr

Barrier on Gold Belt trail torn down

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Bob Risch, president of Ouray Trail Group, wrote a letter to the editor last week expressing his concern about a barrier blocking the Gold Belt hiking trail north of Ouray. The trail is a public right of way, and a sign on the barrier indicated it was put in place by Ouray 79 Mining LLC with a permit from the Colorado Mine Reclamation Board.
The Plaindealer reached out to the owner of Ouray 79 Mining but received no comment.
According to Risch, an unknown party tore down the barrier just a few days ago. He's not sure who removed the barrier but said the trail group is not responsible.
"Our preference is that it should have been disassembled if it was going to be removed at some point," he said. "Where it is now it's going to be hard to retrieve, or it will be there for a long time."

Fri
15
Apr

OURAY COUNTY 
Proposed pot regulation combines existing ordinances

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Aiming to make county marijuana regulations as clear as possible, the Board of County Commissioners reviewed a draft revision created from two years of experience dealing with applicants and the state.

Thu
14
Apr

COLORADO
 Climate change impacting future water management

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Bureau of Reclamation released a basin-by-basin report in late March, known as the SECURE Water Act Report, that identified climate change as a growing threat to western water management, including its availability to municipalities and agricultural efforts.

Sat
09
Apr

New restaurant coming to town soon

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


A new restaurant and bar gained approval for a liquor license during Monday night's city council meeting. Brickhouse 737 will open at 737 Main St. near the end of May. Hans Vanderploeg is an experienced business owner who has lived in Ouray for seven years, and Cory Sargent is a chef who recently worked in Telluride. The two will co-own the establishment. Sargent said his specialty is developing relationships with local farmers and ranchers and serving seasonal and local cuisine.
Council passed an ordinance to reduce the distance from the school that liquor can be served. The ordinance changed the distance from 500 feet to 250 to allow Brickhouse 737 to obtain a license. According to Patrick Rondinelli, city administrator, The Ourayle House on Main Street was also within 500 feet of the school.
Bear issues coming out of hibernation

Fri
08
Apr

Plans for paving CR 1 move forward

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


County Road 1 is a notoriously nasty stretch of gravel road from Colona to Log Hill Village. A few years ago a group of citizens on Log Hill formed a committee to find the best solution for improving the road. They called themselves the Citizens Action Committee.
The CAC brought the issue before the county road committee, a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The road committee and the BOCC told CAC there are not enough county funds to pave CR 1, and it is unlikely citizens in all of Ouray County will vote to raise taxes to cover the project. The approximate cost for the project is $3.5 million. The county has applied for federal funds for the project several times and been turned down.

Thu
07
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Charges filed against Scranton

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Charges have been filed against Brian Scranton, Ridgway resident and town planning commission chair.

As of of Wednesday, the charges were released by the district attorney's office as one count of sexual assault as a Class 3 felony and one count of sexual assault as a Class 4 felony.

Scranton will appear at the Ouray County Courthouse May 5 at 9 a.m. for appearance on bond and return of filing of charges. 

The planning and zoning chair was arrested March 24 and is represented by Roger Sagal. 

Sagal said that Scranton denies any allegations of wrongdoing. 

Thu
07
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Stryker selected for fire department renovations

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Fire Protection District board of directors checked off another item on its to-do list last week with its selection of Stryker & Company, Inc., as contractor for the upcoming firehouse renovation project.


Cristy Orvis, RFD board member, said contract negotiations with Stryker are going forward as soon as possible.
The board also interviewed Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc., for the project.
The contractor selection was made possible by the Department of Local Affairs recently signing off on the fire district’s grant proposal for improvements to the fire house.
Stryker will be working with the fire district to include additions such as an EMS bay, two bunk rooms, a new meeting room and a suit-up zone. A new roof is also in the works for the structure behind town hall on Railroad Street.
 

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