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Fri
16
May

COLORADO: Doctor availability an issue in rural healthcare

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Healthcare has always been a concern for rural communities in Colorado. Unlike our urban counterparts on the Front Range, communities along the Western Slope and eastern plains have a more difficult time receiving adequate care.

Fri
16
May

RIDGWAY AND OURAY SCHOOLS Healthy students need to move

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

For the past two years, Ridgway Elementary School Guidance Counselor Valene Baskfield, with the help of volunteers on the School Health and Wellness Committee, has been leading the push for increased physical activity throughout the school day in Ouray County schools.

Thu
15
May

OURAY COUNTY: Arena rebuild project moving forward

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

With funding secured, the Ouray County Rodeo Association is ready to move forward with plans to reconstruct the fairgrounds arena.

Thu
15
May

OURAY COUNTY: Canadian company to acquire Revenue-Virginius mine

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

A Canadian resources corporation struck a deal in Ouray last week, announcing its acquisition of assets at the Revenue-Virginius mine.

Tue
13
May

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Siefken appointed as RSS principal


Several concerned parents and community members attended the Ridgway School Board meeting on May 12. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje
 
On Monday night, Ridgway School Board Chair Roger Sagal announced that science teacher Chuck Siefken had been appointed acting principal of Ridgway Secondary School.
Mon
12
May

CITY OF OURAY: Businesses worry as rock scale work again closes Red Mountain Pass

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Extended road closure of US 550 on Red Mountain Pass is expected to continue through the month of May as the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Midwest Rockfall continue rock scaling efforts above the highway. As a result of the daily closures throughout the week, local Ouray business owners are worried that the negative impacts of the complete shutdown earlier this year will return just before the busy summer season begins.

Sun
11
May

OURAY COUNTY State waste tire law updated


A flash flood that occurred on July 26, 2011, washed these tires, plus hundreds more, down the Uncomphagre River. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment determined the tires were improperly disposed of on property owned by Laurence "Butch" Gunn. Plaindealer file photo

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

As the county waits for state approval of its tire cleanup project on the property of Laurence “Butch” Gunn, a bill updating the state's waste tire program has passed the Colorado House and Senate.

Fri
09
May

OURAY COUNTY The history of "The Ouray Water Gap"


The "Ouray Water Gap" includes the upper Uncompahgre River Valley as it runs north from Ridgway, including Ridgway Reservoir. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Before a reservoir and a highway filled the high-banked valley where the Uncompahgre River flows north from Ridgway, the "Ouray Water Gap" was home to a self-reliant group of farmers, road builders and entrepreneurs.

Fri
09
May

COLORADO: School finance bills headed to Hickenlooper

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Just at the end of the legislative session this week, the House and Senate passed two bills that would funnel funds back into K-12 resources after cuts during the recent recession.

Thu
08
May

OURAY COUNTY BOCC gives staff go-ahead on Ridgway Fire proposal

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

After a lengthy discussion on Tuesday, the Board of Ouray County Commissioners directed County Attorney Marti Whitmore to begin drafting a potential intergovernmental agreement with the Ridgway Fire District regarding shared use of the fire district's new facility.

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