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Tue
01
Apr
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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.

Fri
28
Mar
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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."

Thu
27
Mar
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Wreckage pulled from Ridgway Reservoir: Ouray County coroner identifies victims

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Wed
26
Mar
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OURAY COUNTY Planning commission elects officers, schedules code revision meetings

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com

Ouray County Planning Commission unanimously elected Randy Parker as chair on Mar. 18 and Tim Currin as vice chair. It was the first meeting since former chair Ken Lipton's announcement he would not seek re-appointment and the first meeting for Joh Save n Baskfield as a voting member.
It was also the first meeting for recently appointed alternate John Peters. Regular member Karen Risch attended, and Craig Jackman participated by phone. Alternate Sheelagh Williams was also present.

Wed
26
Mar
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RIDGWAY Efforts to recover plane, victims underway

by Beecher Threatt and Alan Todd
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atodd@ouraynews.com

An aircraft services company was at Ridgway Reservoir on Wednesday to begin setting up for an operation to retrieve the small plane that crashed there Saturday afternoon.
The single engine Socata TBM700 was headed to Montrose airport from Gadsden, Ala., after a stopover in Bartlesville, Okla. The plane had deviated from its flight plan to fly over Telluride, where the group had planned to ski, before it fell into its fatal descent.
Beegles Aircraft Services of Greeley was contracted by the plane's insurer to retrieve the wreckage. Dive teams worked Sunday and Monday to recover the bodies but were unable to do so.m for the latest developments.

Wed
26
Mar
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OURAY SCHOOL Nixon earns speech coaching award

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Recognized for her professional excellence and years of service, Ouray and Ridgway speech and debate coach Nancy Nixon received a First Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association this month.
The Diamond awards acknowledge teachers for their quality and longevity in their professional careers and are given based on coach points. Coaches receive one-tenth the points earned by their students and one-tenth of the points earned as a student member of the Association. Teachers must be a member of the association for a minimum of five years before receiving the distinction.

Mon
24
Mar
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Victims of Ridgway plane crash located

Staff Report

Plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Recovery operation divers were successful Monday locating all five victims inside the wreckage of the single-engine Socata TBM700 that crashed into the Ridgway Reservoir Saturday afternoon.

Video images taken by remote camera confirmed the victims are inside the remains of the plane which incurred extensive damage and is located in deep silt. It settled in 60-70 feet of water. Due to the damage and orientation of the wreckage in the deep silt, divers cannot recover any of the victims until the wreckage can be safely brought to shore, according to Marti Whitmore, Ouray County public information officer.

The cabin is mostly in tact, but damage occurred to the bottom of the fuselage, the tail and one wing is mostly severed. The remains came to rest upside down.

 

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Sun
23
Mar
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The Gadsden Times: stories related to Ridgway plane crash

Publisher's note: these stories were shared with the Ouray County Plaindealer courtesy of The Gadsden Times, Gadsden, Ala., Greg Bailey, associate editor. greg.bailey@gadsdentimes.comwww.gadsdentimes.com

Sun
23
Mar
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Memorial service held for Ridgway plane crash victims; search crews continue efforts

Related story: The Gadsden Times

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Sun
23
Mar
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Memorial service set for Ridgway plane crash victims

By Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com

According to the Gadsden Times, a memorial service and candlelight vigil will be held tonight in Gadsden, Ala., for the five victims, two of whom are elementary school age. No names have been officially released at this time.

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