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Fri
01
Jan

OURAY COUNTY
 SMPA seeks to hire green-minded general manager

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

San Miguel Power Association is hoping to continue its eco-friendly focus in a new general manager, according to Jim Link, interim GM.

Kevin Ritter, former SMPA GM, has stepped down from the executive position of the electric co-operative, effective Dec. 31. In the meantime, Link has stepped in to shoulder the GM duties until a new hire is selected.
With the retirement announcement, a band of SMPA members penned a petition in November to remind the power company to keep its focus on renewable energy. Residents and businesses who get electricity from SMPA are referred to as ‘members’ of the co-op.
There are currently 212 supporters of the petition that is posted on change.org.
Ritter’s green efforts were well-received by SMPA participants and should be continued in his replacement, according to a statement from Robyn Cascade, co-op member.

Fri
01
Jan

Snowstorms, beetle kill and Christmas can't halt Ice Park opening weekend

Ice climbers enjoy the fresh ice on opening weekend at Ouray Ice Park.
Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ice Park welcomed climbers Christmas weekend despite the snowy conditions. The park is open, but not all areas are accessible just yet. According to Mark MacLeod, president of the Ice Park board of directors, the turnout for the opening weekend was tremendous.

Thu
31
Dec

CITY OF OURAY
 Library catalog system to be streamlined

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

New Year’s resolutions are an end of year staple. Some involve health, some involve learning and some involve teaching. However, if yours involves reading, Ouray Public Library has a new library catalog system to assist you with your shiny, new resolution.

Thu
31
Dec

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Alive Fitness keeps spin sessions breathing

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

It’s five in the morning. You drag yourself out of bed and brave the morning cold to fit a workout into your busy schedule. You’re not in the best of moods, but then you walk into the front door of Alive Fitness.

 

You’re greeted by other cold friends with the same goal of getting a good workout motivated by good music.

When Jasmine Oeinck, Alive Fitness owner, first purchased the spin bikes, this was the ideal situation she had in mind.

Mon
28
Dec

CITY OF OURAY
 Swords sing at community center

From left: Lezah Saunders faces off against Hunter Maclennan in last Wednesday’s fencing tournament at the Ouray Community Center. Maclennan fenced his way to first place by the end of the evening.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The sound of swords and shuffling feet could be heard at the Ouray Community Center last Wednesday evening.

Fencers of all ages took to the blade to see where their skills stacked up against each other.
In the end, it was a 12-year-old, Hunter Maclennan, who took the gold medal.
Subsequent hardware winners were Emmalee Taylor and Jason Matesevac with silver and Charlie Hinchey and Alec Bridges with bronze.
The tournament was the culmination of a fall season coached by John Kissingford, fencing veteran and English teacher at Ouray High School.
Kissingford, who has fenced for nearly 35 years, has an illustrious resumé when it comes to the sport.

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Sat
26
Dec
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Avalanche mitigation Sunday

According to the Ouray County Sheriff's office, avalanche mitigation will begin Sunday morning, Dec. 27 at 8:00 a.m. on County Road 361 and last until approximately 9:00 a.m. The sheriff's office warns everyone to stay clear.

Fri
25
Dec

CITY OF OURAY Powerful message planned for mock accident

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Dec. 21 city council meeting drew no audience to the community center, but business continued as planned. The meeting kicked off with recognition of Kathy Elmont for her 15 years of service to the city. See story on page 9.
Council member Glenn Boyd said every four years Ouray Fire Department, Ouray Police Department and Ouray Extrication put on a "mock accident" at the Ouray Fairgrounds. The date for the accident is set for April 22, the day before prom. Students 8th grade through seniors from Ridgway and Ouray will watch student actors perform in the mock accident at the fairgrounds.
"After the accident we will have something to really drive the message home," said Boyd. "It's a surprise what we're doing this year, but last time we had a funeral for the person deceased in the accident. This year we're going to have something just as powerful...

 

Fri
25
Dec

OURAY COUNTY Snowpack levels on track

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Ouray County is right on track with snowpack levels, compared to previous years.
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Cuoco, snow levels in the San Juan Mountains are at 91 percent of normal for this time of year.
"Basically that number went down just a little bit from December because it's been a little dry the first half of the month, but probably not much," said Cuoco. "It went from 99 to 91 percent."
These measurements are as of...

 

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Fri
25
Dec

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Fire district addresses questions posed by DOLA

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Fire District met Tuesday evening to formulate an explanation to the Department of Local Affairs on why they had a change of heart on how a recently awarded grant should be used.

Charles Mueller, Doug Canright and Brad Fritsch were present for the board. Tim Beene was available via speaker phone.
With the recent board approval of remodeling the existing firehouse, DOLA requested answers to some questions about the action.
The original proposal by a previous fire district board requested a DOLA grant for a new Ridgway Fire Department location.
No one serving on the current board was involved in creating the initial proposal, according to Mueller.
Four specific queries were presented to the board, according to email correspondence between Ken Charles of DOLA and recently resigned board chair, Dan Bartashius.

Thu
24
Dec

OURAY COUNTY Red Mountain Pass temporarily closed

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Red Mountain Pass was closed Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. along with Coal Bank and Molas passes. CDOT was doing avalanche mitigation work on all passes.
An avalanche warning was in effect until Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. for Red Mountain Pass.
Storm totals for Monday and Tuesday ranged from...

 

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