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Fri
22
Jan

Colona resident confirmed to be part of history

Edgar Hotchkiss, a Colona resident who passed away Jan. 12 of this year, belonged to a family whose members contributed significantly to local history.
Edgar, as confirmed by Doris Gregory’s book “The History of Colona and Pioneer Families,” was great-grandson to an historical area pioneer, Preston Hotchkiss.
Preston, one of three Hotchkiss brothers who left their mark on the state of Colorado in the early 1880s, first entered the state on an endeavor to find gold on Pike’s Peak in 1859.
Eventually, he settled in Saguache and was listed as a merchant, as well as being involved in the milling and lumbering trade.
The town of Hotchkiss was named after brothers Enos, Roswell and Preston, who traveled to Colorado from Nebraska in nine covered wagons.

Thu
21
Jan

No laws protect Good Samaritans just yet

Abandoned mines will not clean themselves, but neither will third party groups when they can be held responsible for the environmental damage given off by the mines as soon as they start cleaning them.
No laws protect these groups known as Good Samaritans, who are non-profit organizations, state agencies or watershed groups in Colorado. This lack of protection leaves Good Samaritan groups open to lawsuits and responsibility for the repercussions of pollutants given off by the mines they are attempting to clean.
The federal Clean Water Act says the owners of a property containing a mine, the "potentially responsible party," are liable for managing any water pollution caused by the mine. Many times, however, the responsible party is nonexistent after mining companies go out of business and abandon their mines.  

Wed
20
Jan

CITY OF OURAY: Acidic water to blame for bursting pipe

Ice Park patrons gawk at the gushing pipe at the Ice Festival last weekend. The burst was attributed to acidic water running through it that comes down from Red Mountain Creek.

Screenshot of Outside Adventure Media video. View the whole video at https://vimeo.com/152033012.

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Acidic mine drainage is the cause of the “penstock” pipe bursting over the Uncompahgre Gorge last weekend during the Ice Festival at Ouray Ice Park.

Sun
17
Jan

OURAY COUNTY
 Land Use code section amended


Robert Olivier, Yankee Boy Conservation Association president, suggests that the county commissioners consider a resolution dealing with public lands along river and road corridors Tuesday morning. Olivier said access to public lands and rivers is of vital importance to Ouray County.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday morning approved a citizen-initiated request to amend the Land Use code addressing lot line and boundary adjustment agreements.

Sat
16
Jan

OURAY COUNTY
 Final marijuana cultivation license for 2015 approved

Lynn Padgett, BOCC chair, holds an opaque, polycarbonate panel that will be used to complete construction of High Mesa Farm’s 30’ by 60’ greenhouse. Although the greenhouse construction will not be finished until spring, all structures are currently under construction with valid permits.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Board of County Commissioners, convening as the Local Licensing Authority, recognized High Mesa Farms, LLC with the last 2015 marijuana cultivation license Tuesday morning.

The application for High Mesa Farms, submitted by Paul and Crystal Brackman, was accepted Nov. 15, prior to the BOCC’s adoption of ordinance 2015-004.
Therefore, the application was reviewed and processed under the previous ordinance, 2014-003, which made five cultivation licenses available in 2015.
The 39-acre parcel will house a 30’ by 50’ shop building, 30’ by 60’ greenhouse and a 10’ by 20’ breezeway. Per visual impact considerations, the structures will be painted a medium-gray color. They are under construction with valid permits, according to Mark Castrodale, county planner.
The cultivation facility is on leased property located at...

Sat
16
Jan

Wintery conditions create challenges for road committee

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The county Road Committee met Monday to discuss ongoing issues the roads in Ouray County face and to review a few options for making driving more safe and comfortable.  
Chris Miller, road and bridge superintendent, kicked off the meeting with a good report on the status of maintenance on the wintery roads.
"As far as winter goes, Mother Nature has been fairly nice to us," Miller said. "She snows on a regular basis, the ground has been frozen and we've had pretty good luck. We haven't had a lot of equipment failure and we have a pretty decent crew, so far so good."
Miller went on to give a run-down of the next 305 planned man-hour days for his crew. Just a few of the projects in Miller's extensive list include moving the bank on County Road 1 to fix drainage, conducting repairs to CR 24 and 17, and replacing seven culverts throughout the county.

Fri
15
Jan

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS 
Board of education addresses student civil rights

Steve Smith, superintendent, listens to examples given by Greg Lawler, board member, on the subject of student interrogations by administrative staff while Autumn Bailey, administrative assistant, takes the minutes. At Tuesday night’s work session, Lawler said interrogations could be a violation of students’ civil rights, while Smith said that power was necessary to maintain a safe school environment.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

A mid-month board of education work session scheduled to review district policies became focused on the subject of how students' civil rights are outlined in the district policy.

Thu
14
Jan

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Valentich selected to run up Empire State Building

David Valentich, Ridgway resident, runs in the Paine to Pain competition in New Rochelle, New York. This event led to him entering the Empire State Building Run-Up, which he was selected to compete in Feb. 3.

Courtesy photo


By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Most people would have a panic attack if they were asked to run up 1,576 stairs.

Thu
14
Jan

OURAY COUNTY No quick fix for childcare

(Left to right) Lisa Thomason, John Gowins and Clea Willow discuss childcare solutions at the CDC meeting last Thursday.
Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Community Development Committee met with citizens last Thursday morning to address one of the barriers to development in Ouray: childcare. The CDC sent out a survey in December of 2014 and received 90 responses addressing concerns and observations on the state of childcare in Ouray.  

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