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Thu
22
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Protecting CR 24 during downtown construction

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Two county commissioners attended the Ridgway Town Council meeting last week to discuss renewing their intergovernmental agreement and efforts to minimize damage to County Road 24 when Ridgway’s road construction begins in March.

Mon
12
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Alley Poems have a new look

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Have you noticed the brand new Alley Poems going up around Ridgway? Thanks to a generous contribution from Darin Hill of Mountain Market and other grocery stores, the old hand-painted, hand-lettered Alley Poems are being replaced with outdoor sign boards from Megapixel Digital Imaging.

Fri
09
Oct

OURAY COUNTY: Interpreting ballots and interrogating candidates

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Not sure who to vote for? Confused by pending tax hikes? With less than a month until the election, Women In Support of Education is giving you one last chance to gather facts before making decisions on Nov. 3.

Fri
09
Oct

OURAY COUNTY: Sheriff weighs in on new speeding surcharge

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Habitual speedsters may have received a financial break thanks to Ouray County Sheriff Dominic "Junior" Mattivi. While the county's initiative to tack on a surcharge for speeding on county roads is still moving forward, Mattivi negotiated a change to the proposed $10 per mile per hour over the posted speed limit.

Thu
08
Oct

OURAY COUNTY: Red Mountain Pass open

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Weekday closures on US 550 south -- Red Mountain Pass -- are over. The highway is now passable for drivers throughout the day; however, Colorado Department of Transportation cribwall repair work will continue through mid-November. Two zones on US 550 will include single lane, alternating traffic . For details information on cribwall repairs, visit https://www.codot.gov/projects/us550redmtnpass. Oversize and overweight vehicles are still prohibited from traveling the highway.

Thu
08
Oct

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS: Bus route issues resolved

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


Answering questions raised by parents regarding school bus routes approved by Ridgway School Board of Education in June, Interim Superintendent Steve Smith revised the routes, effective Oct. 8.



In a letter to students and parents on Oct. 5, Smith laid out the revisions to routes serving students on County Road 1 and County Road 23. Some stops within the town limits were eliminated.
The routes approved in June eliminated stops on County Road 23 and on County Road 1, except for two stops at Colona and at the top of Log Hill. The board heard from Smith and from Transportation Director Maggie Graff that conditions on those two unpaved roads were deteriorating, and the $75,000 repair cost for school busses was too high.
The revised routes taking effect today add...

Thu
08
Oct

CITY OF OURAY: Delta woman wins Jeep raffle

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

It was a short drive to Ouray on Tuesday for Delta resident Brittney Madsen. The 58-mile trip felt even shorter knowing what awaited her at the county courthouse: a brand new, hydro pearl blue Jeep Wrangler.
Madsen is the 51st winner of Ouray’s annual Jeep Raffle, but the shock has yet to wear off.

Fri
02
Oct

CITY OF OURAY: Oktoberfest to announce Jeep winner this weekend

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Imagine cruising through the red mountains of the San Juans with the top down in a brand new Jeep. Now imagine your name being called on Saturday night, Oct. 3, at Ouray’s 51st annual Oktoberfest celebration where you could win that Jeep of your dreams.

Thu
01
Oct
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PILT update


Ouray County Commissioner Chair Lynn Padgett

PILT, or Payment in Lieu of Taxes, is the federal program that provides funding to counties and other local governments to offset forgone tax revenues on federal land within their boundaries. Across the nation, 62 percent of counties depend on PILT to provide needed services on public lands.
Unfortunately, PILT is a discretionary program subject to the appropriations process. It has become an annual ordeal for counties to compel the Feds to follow through on their obligation to fully fund the program. This year, the federal government has still not distributed the full PILT allocation it promised for FY2015. The current authorization for PILT is set to expire Sept. 30, and there is no guarantee PILT will be funded at all in FY2016 or in the years to come.
In Ouray County, 46 percent of our land base comprises public lands. We are supposed to receive $346,000 in PILT funds in 2015, representing a significant portion of our county budget.

Thu
01
Oct

OURAY COUNTY: Pot cultivation compels code review

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

At 8 a.m. on Jan. 20, five would-be pot farmers lined up outside the Land Use building in hopes of receiving the first five marijuana cultivation licenses of the year. Nine months and three approved licenses later, the Board of County Commissioners is taking what it has experienced thus far and reviewing the ordinance that regulates pot businesses in the county before it begins accepting another five cultivation applications in December.
On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the BOCC and Land Use staff began a work session to review topics and issues regarding marijuana businesses within the county that were raised in the past year. A two-hour continuation of the work session proceeded on Tuesday, though items still remain to be discussed at a future date.
One common concern raised with every cultivation license application is the use of potable water in raising marijuana crops.

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