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Fri
18
Dec

OURAY SCHOOL Meeting date set for community input on construction

Kentee Pasek, board president, points out a figure in the audit presented to the Ouray School Board last Monday evening. The audit report was presented in a positive light by Roger Maggard.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ouray School Board braved Monday evening’s snow storm to hear an update on school construction efforts.
Before the second phase of construction takes off, the board set a meeting date of Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. for student, teacher and community input on minor improvement changes.
Mike Fedel, construction manager, gave the board a short update on progress of improvements to Ouray School.
“The big news is that we’re weathered in now. That’s a huge milestone,” he said. “We won’t actually see the metal roof until the spring when the weather clears up, but no more waterfalls in the classroom.”
Fedel said electrical rough-in was at 85 percent, wall framing under the roof was at 30 percent and the fire sprinkler system was...

Fri
18
Dec

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Town council adopts 2016 budget

Jeff Hunt, Ridgway deputy marshal, is recognized by John Clark, mayor, for his work with Ridgway for nearly six years. The council recognizes a town staff member each month.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Town Council adopted its fiscal year 2016 budget at its regular meeting last Wednesday.
The meeting also tackled general issues that had been discussed in previous sessions and would have an impact on the town, such as the only ordinance of the year,  a land use issue and two items of policy.
With the adoption of the budget, the related resolutions were also approved, including appropriating sums of money to various town funds, the property tax levy of 8.651 mills, the 2016 strategic plan, 2016 Capital Projects, and the Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan and Ten Year Capital Improvement Plan.
Continuing on the subject of money, the council also heard an audit report from Peter Blair of Blair and Associates, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.

Thu
17
Dec

OURAY COUNTY Trust for Land Restoration approaches county on mining

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Discussion regarding protection of historic mining properties began last week in a Board of County Commissioners work session. Representatives from the Trust for Land Restoration and the Ouray County Historical Society explored with commissioners the possibility of a loose agreement among the entities to participate in protecting properties without a requirement that there be action or appropriation of monies.
“We would love to initiate a process with the county that leads to a partnership,” said Pat Willits, executive director of TLR.
TLR has the expertise to negotiate deals with private property owners and bring funding to the table, Willits added. He envisions a scenario where OCHS helps to identify the properties and TLR acquires them, then donates them to the county.
Commission Chair Don Batchelder acknowledged it would be in the county’s interest that...

Thu
17
Dec

OURAY COUNTY 
Short-term agreement approved for County Road 5

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Board of County Commissioners approved a short-term agreement on Tuesday, following last week’s crowded discussion of a winter maintenance agreement with regard to plowing a .9 mile section of County Road 5.
Tuesday afternoon’s sparsely populated meeting quickly gained audience members with the resurfacing of the controversial subject.
Craig Morrison, property owner on CR 5, and Bob Thomas, his attorney, joined the meeting via speaker phone.
The issue began Nov. 17 when Morrison desired to strike a winter maintenance agreement between himself and the BOCC in order to plow a path to his property, Radio Dog Ranch.
However, recreational users of CR 5, which has traditionally been used for outdoor winter activity, opposed the plowing for fear it would ruin the recreational experience.
With no agreement being reached during the Nov. 17 session...

Fri
11
Dec

LWCF fate in Congress uncertain

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The fate of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been up in the air since its expiration by law on Sept. 30.

Thu
10
Dec

OURAY COUNTY 2016 viewed as trial year

Lynn Padgett, commissioner, speaks about the budget as Ben Tisdel, commissioner, and Don Batchelder, chair, look over their notes. Padgett said that that 2016 is a "bridge to the future" as far as the budget goes.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2016 budget Tuesday morning with the disclaimer that 2016 should be considered a “trial year” by the public and employees.

Mon
07
Dec

OURAY SCHOOL New board elects officers

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

After new members were sworn in Tuesday night, the Ouray School Board elected Kentee Pasek as president and Don Mort as vice president.


Jim Link was appointed secretary and Sandy Kern was appointed treasurer.
Outgoing president Jerry Hellman expressed his appreciation of the board and community, saying his service on the board since 2007 has been a pleasure. Hellman served as president the last two years.
Chris Hinkson, who stepped in to fill a vacancy created a year ago by Jane Ross’s resignation, was also recognized.
Pasek took the oath of office, having run unopposed for the seat she has held since...

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Fri
04
Dec

OURAY COUNTY County governments conditionally sign on to Region 10 broadband project

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The three governmental entities in the county have agreed to sign memoranda of understanding to support a grant application by Region 10 for improving broadband service.

Thu
03
Dec

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Sentence possible in Charrette case in February

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com
Approaching three years, the Axel Charrette case is still being worked through the Mexican judicial system.


Randy Charrette, Axel’s father, recently received an update from the U.S. Consulate in Mexico.
According to Charrette, the district attorney has asked for the maximum sentence allowed for the crimes committed against his son.
A timeframe of 60 to 90 days was recently given to the judge for case analysis and sentencing determinations.
If this limit is reached, which isn’t uncommon, the consulate said there should be a sentence in February.
However, it is expected the verdict will be accompanied by appeals that will extend the final sentencing date.
Axel Charrette, the 2-year-old son of Randy and Jen Charrette of Ridgway, was killed in Mexico by his babysitter’s ex-boyfriend Feb. 28.

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