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Fri
19
Feb

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Community garden given green thumbs up

Heather Zeilman, development director of Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans, addresses a pivotal issue in Ouray County — affordable housing. The main topic was the Critical Home Repair program, which required some fund appropriation from town council last Wednesday evening.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The Ridgway Community Garden was given the green light to grow at Green Street Park by town council last Wednesday evening.


The next three years of the project were laid out by Agnieszka Przeszlowska, who represented the project group that functions as a non-profit, although they aren’t incorporated.
In addition to cultivating the garden in the northwest corner of Green Street Park, RCG will act as stewards for the entirety of the space.
RCG has been working  through the process with the town parks committee, Trails and Open Space Committee, Jen Coates, town administrator and Joanne Fagan, public works director, to determine what requirements must be met to make the garden a reality.
The build-out procedure was presented to the council in three phases, the first of which took up most of the presentation.

Thu
18
Feb

Skier-triggered avalanche clogs pass

A snow plow clears the heavily compacted snow on Red Mountain Pass after a skier-triggered avalanche.

Courtesy photo

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Backcountry skiers triggered an avalanche that closed Red Mountain Pass Saturday afternoon. The avalanche hit US 550 eight miles north of Silverton. The skiers were above US 550 in an area known as Eagle avalanche path.
According to Colorado Avalanche Information Center, two of the skiers were caught and carried in the avalanche, but they were not buried. The skiers’ conditions are unknown.
Snow deposited on the road was 12-15 feet deep and 350 feet wide.
According to Nancy Shanks, CDOT public relations manager, US 550 closed around 12:30 p.m., opened to single lane traffic at 7:14 p.m. and opened completely around 9 p.m.
Shanks said normally when CDOT triggers avalanches they can be cleared quickly because triggered avalanches roll over the road and do not compact onto the roadway, but this avalanche was different.

Thu
18
Feb

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Concerns from downtown business owners resurface

Ed Folga, owner of Willowcreek Floral, presents questions created by the Ridgway Historic Business District Concerned Merchants Group to town council last Wednesday evening. The majority of the discussion focused on the potential for a marketing plan for Ridgway businesses during the RAMP project.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Apprehensive business owners presented a handful of questions to town council last Wednesday regarding the RAMP Up! Ridgway project. However, councilors and town staff argued those queries already had public answers.

Wed
17
Feb

Mountain lion left prey in park

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

A deer carcass found on the softball field in Fellin Park Wednesday morning is speculated to be the work of a mountain lion.
The mountain lion was not spotted, but Justin Perry, Ouray Police Chief, said the appearance of the attack is consistent with mountain lion kills. He said the Ouray area has had attacks like this one in the past.
"It's not an uncommon thing in this area," Perry said. "There are mountain lions that are located in the surrounding area and it's not unusual."
Perry requests that anyone who sees a mountain lion call 911 immediately.
"We want to make sure those sightings are reported so we can contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife so they are aware of the situation," Perry said.
Public works disposed of the carcass on Red Mountain Pass, per CPW’s request.

Sun
14
Feb

Knowledge Bowl team outsmarts the competition

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ouray High School Knowledge Bowl team added another win to its collection after placing first at the match in Ridgway on Monday. The Ouray Middle School team placed third, and the Ridgway Middle School team placed second. The Ridgway High School team did not place.
The Ouray High School team has its eye on the state championship on March 14 and 15 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The team is only one match away from the state competition, and so far they are undefeated for the season. The next match for Ouray and Ridgway is the league championship on Feb. 22 in Ouray.
Ouray team coach Eric Fagrelius said the team hopes to defend its 2015 first place title by speeding up its draw to answer questions before the rest of the competition.

Sat
13
Feb

Young poets display their talent

Sat
13
Feb

OURAY COUNTY
 Residents rewarded for community contributions

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

A trio of hardworking county residents will be recognized Feb. 20 at the annual Ridgway-Ouray Community Council spaghetti dinner.


Don Paulson and Beverly and Jorg Angehrn will receive the Outstanding Citizen Award for their efforts and work throughout Ouray County.
The ROCC dinner will also feature a climate change speaker from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Beverly said she didn’t expect the Outstanding Citizen Award at all.
“We were very surprised because we’ve felt like we were sort of under the radar with our volunteering,” she said.
Jorg, on the other hand, had different thoughts.

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Fri
12
Feb
Thu
11
Feb

RIDGWAY FIRE DISTRICT 
Lazy Dog petition to be refined before action

Cristy Orvis, recently appointed Ridgway Fire Protection District board member, speaks to Charles Mueller, board chair, and Brad Fritsch, board member, Tuesday evening about the possible inclusion of the Lazy Dog subdivision in the protection district.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

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