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COLORADO Telecoms package pushes broadband expansion

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Efforts to expand broadband development in rural areas of Colorado are finally being pushed forward by the state legislature as a five-bill telecommunications package passed through a House committee last Tuesday.
On March 26, a bipartisan package of bills aiming to modernize telecommunication regulations, expand rural broadband and protect public safety passed the Business, Labor, Economic and Workforce Development Committee.
"We've taken a first step today to a major upgrade for Colorado's telecommunications network," said Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) in a release on Tuesday. "These bills will bring benefits to all Colorado consumers, but I'm especially pleased that this package will give our rural neighbors the significant economic and social benefits of broadband access."

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08
Apr
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CITY OF OURAY Wright renovations making progress in short time frame

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Crinkled strips of brown paper cover the windows and locked doors of the Wright Opera House. Despite being closed since early February, the 125-year-old venue is still bustling with activity as contractors and volunteers move to and fro, lugging in boards and tools and hauling out walls and sawdust.
Stepping inside the construction zone, one sees many obvious changes have been made to the main floor alone, including a newly installed elevator shaft, allowing access to the basement as well as the theater, and a winding staircase, adding an elegant and aesthetic appeal. Other improvements include additional restrooms, which are ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) compliant, as well as an internal staircase leading to the basement, providing more functionality for the space.

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08
Apr
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RIDGWAY Tailwater fisheries kick off early spring fishing action

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

On overcast, cloudy spring days in southwest Colorado, the lull of terrestrial life is suddenly contrasted by the awakening of the region's fishing spots.
Beneath the surface, trout species respond to warmer temperatures and increased stream flows to savor a diet of aquatic insects that begin to hatch under cloudy skies.
"The days when people say, 'Oh, it's crappy I don't want to go out' — those are the days to go out," said Matt McCannel, a fly fishing guide with RIGS Adventure Co.

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03
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RSB questioned on open meetings

by Bill Tiedje
 
Calling for greater openness in the decision-making process, Ridgway citizen Brian Donivan cited misconduct by the Ridgway School Board in use of executive sessions, hiring protocol and open meetings law violations during the public input portion of the board's regular meeting on Mar. 27. In a formal letter to the board, Donivan listed five specific items that he requested the school board address immediately.
 
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Tailwater fisheries kick off

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03
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Streetscape passes on a 3-1 vote

by Bill Tiedje
 
Ridgway voters strongly approved the town entering into a $1.9 million ballot question for the Streetscape Downtown infrastructure project in the municipal election on Apr. 1.
 
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03
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The “Dynamo” Red-breasted Nuthatch

By Sue Hirshman
 
I have this interesting hardy bird where I live and see this species most of the year. This small, but mighty 4.3 inches in length is the Red-breasted Nuthatch. He is a close relative to the White-breasted Nuthatch, but differs in size and color. The redbreasted sports a black and white line that runs from the base of the bill to the back of his head. The eye is at the center of the black streak. This reminds me of a bandit-like eye mask. His whole chest and belly are red to an orange color.
 
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VARSITY BOYS/GIRLS TRACK & FIELD RESULTS

Kayla Fairchild leaps ahead during the Long Jump event at Saturday’s Bruin Invitational in Cedaredge. Fairchild also competed in the 400 m and 800 m dashes, setting a personal record of 2:47.90 in the 800 m dash.
 
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Ridgway's Streetscape measure passes

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Streetscape passes

Ridgway voters strongly approved the town entering into a $1.9 million ballot question for the Streetscape Downtown infrastructure project in the municipal election on Apr. 1.
With 220 votes in favor and 70 votes opposed, Measure A easily passed.
As described on the municipal ballot, this project would include but is not limited to: paved streets, sidewalks, curb, gutter, drainage, landscaping, lighting and Streetscape amenities.

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OURAY COUNTY Aircraft wreckage and victims recovered successfully from Ridgway Reservoir

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Ouray County Press Information Officer Marti Whitmore announced that the plane which crashed into Ridgway Reservoir on Mar. 22 had been successfully removed.
"We have recovered all five victims of this very tragic plane crash," said Whitmore. "We have recovered the remains of the plane, and it has been lifted and transported out of the water for FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and NTSB (National Traffic Safety Board) investigation."

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