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Thu
11
Aug

OURAY COUNTY
 Top of the Pines ready to head in new direction


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Having welcomed four new board members within the last year, Top of the Pines is ready to depart from its past and head in a new direction, with new projects and ideas.

Sat
30
Jul

No PID for CR 1

by Tori Sheets

tori@ouraynews.com

 

No public improvement district will be formed to chip seal County Road 1. On Tuesday during the conclusion of a public hearing, county commissioners voted 2-1 not to send the question of formation of a PID to voters in November. 

Commissioners Lynn Padgett and Ben Tisdel decided one of the requirements in the state statute governing PID formation had not been met. 

Commissioners were in agreement that the first three requirements of the statute had been met. Those are: were there a sufficient number of valid signatures on the petition, will chip sealing of CR 1 confer a general benefit on the district and is the cost of chip sealing going to be excessive compared to the value of all properties within the district. 

Sat
23
Jul

New officer joins the force

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


A new police officer took the oath of office during the city council meeting on Monday. Gary Ray worked in the Montrose County Sheriff's office for 20 years, and prior to living in Montrose he lived in California.
"He's got excellent experience and he's great with the community," Justin Perry, police chief, said. "He's been a SWAT member for 10 years, he's an instructor in various areas in law enforcement and it is just an honor to have him here with us today."
Ray moved to Ouray along with his wife, two kids and five foster kids. Members of the Ouray community policing groups attended the council meeting to welcome Ray.
In other business, council authorized the bonds for the Hot Springs Pool renovation project. Bonds will soon go on sale for $5,000 each. Mayor Pam Larson said the city will inform the public when they are available.

Fri
22
Jul

Public speaks out on CR 1 PID

Fri
22
Jul

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Still no signs east of US 550

Ridgway Lodge and Suites is restricted to an attached sign due to the plat restrictions on the east side of US 550. However, owner John Foy’s representative came before the council July 13 to request a more visible sign, whether it be a pole sign or monument sign. The town council denied Foy's request.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


Still no signs east of US 550

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Sat
16
Jul

Public hearing to continue for CR 1 PID

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The public hearing regarding formation of a public improvement district to levy taxes for chip sealing the unpaved portion of County Road 1 did not culminate in a decision by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.
The public comment period was continued to July 26 at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Event Center. Commissioners noted several citizens with an interest in the issue could not fit Tuesday’s morning meeting time into their schedules.
The only decision before the BOCC now is whether commissioners should form the PID, place the question on the general election ballot or not allow formation of the PID at all. If commissioners decide to form the PID they will also set its boundaries.
If the district is formed, voters within the district would decide the debt and mill levy issues later.

Thu
14
Jul

Projects use creative techniques to mitigate mine pollution

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Sneffels Creek will run more clearly after completion of a bank stabilization project designed to divert the creek away from mine tailings at the abandoned Atlas Mill. The mill is just east of the Ouray Silver Mine, formerly the Revenue Mine, and its tailings are laden with cadmium and zinc deposits that leak into Sneffels Creek.
The creek is on the Clean Water Act's 303(d) List of Impaired Waters because its water quality does not support certain aquatic life. Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership coordinated a project to divert the creek away from the tailings so it won't continue to flow through the area and pick up the heavy metals.

Thu
14
Jul

OURAY COUNTY Alaimo case postponed to August


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The criminal case for Joseph Alaimo, 50, has been pushed forward to Aug. 4 at 11 a.m.

Fri
08
Jul

Ouray school feels the squeeze as budget is cut

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The budget for Ouray Schools went down $266,926 from last year, so the Ouray School Board had to slice and dice some expenditures to balance the budget for the 2016-2017 school year. The public had a chance to hear from the board and give input on the budget before it was adopted during the board’s June 30 meeting.
The board's goal for budget cuts is to make small cuts to programs across the board instead of cutting out one program entirely.
"First round cuts are trimming the fat, and now districts are trimming bone and muscle," Scott Pankow, superintendent, said.
According to board president Kentee Pasek, one misconception she has heard from the public is that the construction on the school gives the impression that the school has a surplus of money. Construction costs are completely separate from the school budget and are paid for with a bond and a grant.

Thu
07
Jul

Imogene pass opens for 4-wheel drivers

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Imogene Pass opened on Tuesday. The iconic pass connecting Ouray to Telluride is the most popular Jeeping destination in Ouray County.
Imogene is the second tallest pass in the state, with a summit of 13,114 feet.
"It's iconic, everyone wants to conquer that with their four wheel drive," Brandy Ross, owner of Switzerland of America, Inc., said. "There are so many other trails equally as beautiful but there's something about Imogene that's synonymous with Jeeping in Ouray."
Imogene is one of the last Jeep trails to open during the summer, and it usually stays open until mid-September.
Even with the warm summer weather at lower altitudes, Imogene remains snow packed and cold during the first  part of the summer.

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