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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.

Thu
07
Jul

OURAY COUNTY
 Water fighting action washes over Main Street


From left: LiErin Wilson and Richard Weber III bombard their opponents at the traditional water fight battles on July 4. The duo ended up winning the bout in under 50 seconds.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Even before the water fights started at two in the afternoon, a large crowd started to gather around the ring at Main Street and Sixth Avenue in Ouray on July 4.
The atmosphere felt similar to a boxing match, with competitors gearing and warming up and the crowd getting excited as local firefighters pointed the firehoses in the air and sprayed the onlookers.
Cheers and the wave broke out among the crowd as Ridgway water fight competitors Kaitlyn Rutherford and Saren Robinson took to the already soaked battleground. Megan McCabe and Kara Young, their opponents, got their game faces on as well. The crowd roared in anticipation of the city’s traditional Independence Day event.

Fri
01
Jul

OURAY COUNTY
 Voyager votes on new milkshake masterpiece

Voyager Youth Program kids stepped behind the Café Ridgway à la Mode counter June 28 to whip up their own milkshakes. Since 2011, the café has invited the summer program for a milkshake contest.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Customers stepping into Café Ridgway à la Mode the morning of June 28 may have been overwhelmed by sights and sounds of brand new milkshake flavors being concocted by the visiting Voyager Youth Program.

Thu
30
Jun

WESTERN SLOPE
: Severed cable knocks out 911 lines


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


CenturyLink connection woes continue to plague not only Ouray County but the majority of the southwestern region as well. However, this week’s instances had a larger impact on safety rather than just Internet connections.

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