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Thu
01
Jan

OURAY COUNTY Bighorn populations climbing slowly


Bighorn sheep have been sighted frequently near Ouray in recent weeks. These ewes are part of the Cow Creek-Wetterhorn herd. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Sightings of bighorn sheep in and around Ouray have increased along with a slow recovery of species' population in the region, but there are a few things to keep in mind when viewing the state animal.

Thu
01
Jan

COLORADO: First year of retail pot ends with highs and lows

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

New Year’s Day marks the one year anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana sales throughout the state. It was this time last year that a number of pot shops — mostly concentrated around Denver — began selling marijuana outside of medical needs.

Tue
30
Dec

COLORADO: Water Resources grant available

Plaindealer Staff Report
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The Colorado River District is now accepting applications for grant funding for projects that aim to protect, enhance or develop water resources within the district's 15-county region.

Tue
30
Dec

COLORADO: CPW accepting resident host applications

Plaindealer Staff Report
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now accepting resident host applications for a variety of locations for the 2015 season. Resident or campground hosts are volunteers who spend part of their year camping for free in exchange for 20-30 hours of service each week.

Tue
30
Dec

OURAY COUNTY: SMPA members get holiday gift

Plaindealer Staff Report
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San Miguel Power Association, Inc., will refund $1 million of surplus revenue to its members at the end of December. The refund, called the Christmas Credit, will appear as a line item on bills received in early January 2015.

Mon
29
Dec

WESTERN SLOPE: Credit union offers scholarships

Plaindealer Staff Report
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NuVista Federal Credit Union is offering $3,600 in scholarships for local students. Applicants must live in a household of a NuVista member.

Mon
29
Dec

DISTRICT 59: Brown assigned to House committees

Plaindealer Staff Report
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J Paul Brown, Representative-elect for Colorado House District 59, will serve on two committees in the 2015 legislature: Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources and Health, Insurance and Environment.
“I am very happy with my committee assignments for the coming term,” Brown said. “I’ll be able to work for all of HD 59 in these committees.”

Mon
29
Dec

OURAY COUNTY: Non-profits receive grants from Massard and WCCF

Special to the Plaindealer
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The Frank L. Massard Trust and Western Colorado Community Foundation announced the distribution of $28,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations serving Ouray and Ouray County. Recipients of this year’s grants include the Ouray County Arts Association, the Ouray County Historical Society, the Ouray County Nordic Council, the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, the Ouray Elks Lodge #492, the Ouray Public Library, the Ridgway Railroad Museum, the Sherbino Theater, Uncompahgre RiverWay, Inc., Weehawken Creative Arts, the Wright Opera House, Voyager Youth Program, Neighbor to Neighbor and Haven House.

Sat
27
Dec

OURAY COUNTY Bring in the New Year with a state park hike


First Day Hikes at Ridgway State Park will highlight each section of the park, including lesser known trails such as the Oak Leaf Trail. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

On New Year's Day, Ridgway State Park will host four guided hikes aimed at getting people outside and into nature, in a growing tradition taking place in state parks across the country.

Fri
26
Dec

OURAY SCHOOL: Varsity basketball charging forward


Caleb Preston (#22) wins the tipoff against Creede/Lake City during their non-league game in Gunnison last weekend. Courtesy photo by Alyssa Preston

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

It's an exciting time to be a supporter of Ouray School Varsity Basketball, as both the boys and girls teams are doing exceptionally well this season. Currently, the boys hold an undefeated record of 7-0 and the girls continue to power through with a 4-2 record.

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