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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.  

Fri
08
Jan

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Alaimo’s liquor-crafting crusade comes to an end

Joe Alaimo's Trail Town Still closed its doors on New Year's Eve after four years of business. The sign on the side of the building states that a new business will soon be appearing at the property.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

After four years and immeasurable gallons of vodka, rum, gin, tequila and whiskey crafted, Trail Town Still sang its swan song on the last day of 2015.
On its final evening, Dr. Joe Alaimo’s distillery was packed with Ouray County residents ready to bring on the New Year.
“This is actually quite busy for us on a Thursday night at this time,” said Alaimo, galloping back and forth behind the bar. “Historically, it’s me and the crickets between seven and nine.”
The distiller said that Trail Town usually saw the most parched people from four to six and again starting around 9 p.m.
The distillery has outlasted four restaurants since it opened, according to Alaimo.  
He attributed good service and his own stubborn nature to the survival of Trail Town.
Being a bartender is Alaimo’s fourth occupation in the county, having already served the county as...

Thu
07
Jan

IceFest changes dates and focuses on women

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

As more ice climbers flock to Ouray, the 21st annual Ice Festival quickly approaches. In previous years IceFest has occupied the second weekend in January, but this year dates were shifted to coincide with the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Mike Macleod, president of the Ice Park board of directors, predicts that the change will draw even larger crowds to Ouray.

Thu
07
Jan

OURAY COUNTY Planning staff recommends consultant for master plan

Mark Castrodale (standing), county planner, leads a discussion on reviewing the master plan. In the subsequent discussion, several items were placed under each category on the whiteboard. As a result, county planning staff recommended that an outside consultant be hired to assist with improvement of the master plan.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

OURAY COUNTY

Planning staff recommends consultant for master plan

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Thu
07
Jan

Lack of radio feeds creates a lapse in citizen information

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Anyone who likes to listen in on police radios to hear the dispatch traffic, or just hear what the good guys are up to, may need to purchase a different police scanner.

Wed
06
Jan

Ice climber falls

An ice climber fell Tuesday while climbing a route called Skylight near Senator Gulch on County Road 361.
Dale Remsberg is a guide for San Juan Mountain Guides. According to Remsberg's Facebook page he got hit by something from above and fell 40 feet. He was airlifted to Montrose and is now in stable condition.
According to Junior Mattivi, Ouray County Sheriff, Remsberg was leading a group when he fell. He was tied in and still on the line, so the group was able to lower him to the ground.
"It was right alongside the road so it wasn't a tough rescue; we were able to drive right to him," Mattivi said. "Because of his condition we went ahead and called the helicopter for precautionary purposes."

Mon
04
Jan

J Paul Brown pushing for improvements in District 59

By Tori Sheets

State house representative for District 59, J Paul Brown, is ready for the opening of the Colorado General Assembly on Jan. 13, and he has a few bills to bring to the table this time around.
Brown said his number one priority is water storage on the South Platte River.
"There is a lot of water being wasted out of state....

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