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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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Thu
27
Oct

Commissioners plow through complaints for CR 5

by Tori Sheets

tori@ouraynews.com

A winter road maintenance agreement for a portion of County Road 5 sparked controversy during Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting. The agreement is between the county and Craig Morrison, a resident on CR 5, for snow removal on a .9 mile section of the road from the intersection of CR 5 and 5A to Hidden Meadows Lane. 

Plowing will allow Morrison access to his property. In the past, the county has not plowed that section of CR 5.

Other residents and recreational users on the road said they are not happy with how the road was maintained last year, and they do not want to see the same agreement put in place this year. 

Thu
27
Oct

Cross country boys continue on to state

by Tori Sheets

tori@ouraynews.com

 

The cross country and volleyball seasons are approaching the finish line for the year. 

The Ouray-Silverton-Ridgway high school cross country team competed at regionals in Delta on Oct. 21 and the boys took third place. Team members Evan Vann, Cooper Rondinelli, Evan Alsup, Zach Briggs, Wyatt Gober, Blaze Braford-Lefavbre and

Fri
21
Oct

WESTERN SLOPE
 Bark beetles not only threat to western trees

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The bark beetle epidemic continues to spread its influence across Western Colorado, but it’s not the only pest that has taken to attacking forests. Regional tree mortality rates have also been affected by annosus root disease and the western spruce budworm.


Although a different variety of beetle goes after each tree, many are remaining active. Douglas fir and spruce beetles especially are continuing to have an impact. According to Todd Gardiner, United States Forest Service silviculturist, the region will likely have to just let the beetles run their course.
However, Gardiner has noticed...

Thu
20
Oct

OURAY COUNTY 
Code subsection redraft not enough to convince commissioners


UPDATE: The BOCC came to a decision on High Alpine residential regulations Wednesday (Oct. 19) afternoon. See the related story here or the Plaindealer's Facebook page, facebook.com/ouraynews.


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Despite language crafted by county staff addressing a potential conflict within the Land Use Code with a Section 24 adoption, the Board of County Commissioners wasn’t ready to adopt the proposed high alpine development regulations at the fourth continuation of a public hearing Monday, Oct. 17.
In the second continuation of the public hearing on Sept. 22, the board reached consensus on...

Thu
20
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Education not enough for dog concerns


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


At its Oct. 12 regular meeting, Ridgway Town Council directed staff to draft a town-wide leash law to be considered at its December meeting.


The issue was originally brought to council in September by a group of citizens concerned that the problem of off-leash and uncontrolled dogs is growing. Discussion continued at last week’s meeting, with council members clarifying their opinions.
Surprised that the town code allowed for several strikes against a vicious dog, council member Ellen Hunter suggested...

Thu
20
Oct

OURAY COUNTY Charges against Alaimo will go forward

Joseph Alaimo


By Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


A judge on Monday found probable cause exists to allow four sexual assault charges to proceed against Joseph Alaimo, 50, of Ridgway.


In a preliminary hearing, Assistant District Attorney Seth Ryan presented sufficient evidence to meet the probable cause requirement, according to Hon. Cory Jackson’s oral ruling following more than four hours of testimony.
Ryan’s evidence consisted mainly of...

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Wed
19
Oct

OURAY COUNTY: High Alpine regulations approved by BOCC

A large audience attends the first county public hearing on the proposed High Alpine residential development regulations. Although the number of attendees at ensuing continuations dwindled, many community members continued to be involved and in tune with the process until Section 24's approval on Oct. 19

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The High Alpine residential development county public hearing process closed Wednesday afternoon to the sound of light applause from the attending public. After several public hearing continuations, the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the proposed Section 24 at a special meeting at the 4-H Event Center Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 19).


Despite Commissioner Don Batchelder’s reluctance to move forward with the regulations due to the process becoming significantly different from what the Ouray County Planning Commission originally recommended, the board ultimately came to a consensus at the end of the process.

All three commissioners voted in the affirmative in a roll call vote.

Fri
14
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Sherbino to showcase Men of Ridgway


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The Sherbino has a unique show in store, featuring dancing, drinks, a silent auction and a man parade. On Oct. 15, the ‘Men of Ridgway’ will show off their dancing and fashion sense during the MAD (Man parade, Auction and Dance party) Men fundraiser event at the Sherbino Theater.


“We were trying to gear it more toward ladies, because there aren’t a lot of ladies’ nights in Ridgway, but it’s for anybody that wants to come,” said Jasmine Oeinck, Sherbino programs director.
In addition, the event will feature...

Fri
14
Oct

OURAY COUNTY 
US 550 safety improvements years away


By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


After receiving letters from Montrose and Ouray counties concerning vehicular safety on US 550, Colorado Department of Transportation officials say they see a need for improvements and safety adjustments to the highway.


According to Lisa Schwantes, Region 5 communications manager, CDOT has been working closely with the Gunnison Valley Transportation Planning Region, which includes the southwest region of Colorado.
Schwantes said CDOT has pinpointed...

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