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Sat
22
Mar
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Airplane goes down in Ridgway Reservoir

MEMORIAL SERVICE SET IN GADSDEN, ALA. FOR SUNDAY EVENING

Related Video: Recovery boat searches shoreline Sunday morning, Mar. 23

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Wed
19
Mar
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CITY OF OURAY Smiley wins Skimo championships

by Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Fast is better. That’s the motto for former Ouray resident and reigning ski mountaineering national champion Janelle Smiley.
Last weekend, Mar. 15-16, Smiley competed at the U.S. Ski Mountaineering National Championships in Crested Butte. The race called for nearly 5,000 feet of climbing up Crested Butte mountain, reaching nine transition points before racing back down to the finish line at the base of the mountain.
Smiley was able to maintain her national champion status in the women’s individual race, taking first place with a total time of 2:21:01. Also participating in the women’s team race, she and partner Lyndsay Meyer finished in second at 2:09:09.

Wed
19
Mar
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OURAY COUNTY Fairgrounds council recommends contractor for new grandstands


Arena repairs are added to the mix

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
The county Fairgrounds Advisory Council decided Monday night to recommend Southern Bleachers, Inc., of Graham, Tex., as contractor for the new grandstands. The Board of County Commissioners will make the final decision among three contractors who bid on the project.
County Administrator Connie Hunt told the FAC she will convey their recommendation to the BOCC at its meeting on Tuesday. Hunt said she will ask permission for staff to begin discussions with Southern next week and work toward signing a contract. A volunteer “subgroup” of the FAC will join the discussions.

Mon
17
Mar
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RIDGWAY Scoville passed away

Fri
14
Mar
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City of Ouray: Wastewater system in need of proper flushing

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Ouray’s wastewater treatment plant is in need of some desperate cleaning as sludge buildup is slowly taking over the system, causing excessive levels of pollutant discharge into the Uncompahgre River.
While evaluating operations at the plant over the last few months, the city’s public works crew found that sludge levels in the system’s lagoon cells (pond-like bodies of water designed to receive, hold and treat wastewater for a period of time) far exceeded the effective operational level of the plant.
According to Public Works Director Dennis Erickson, the plant hasn’t been dredged in over 20 years. Wastewater treatment facilities should conduct sludge removal every two to five years, he added.

Fri
14
Mar
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OURAY COUNTY Baskfield appointed to planning commission

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Two vacancies on the Ouray County Planning Commission were filled on Tuesday, Mar. 11, when the Board of County Commissioners appointed John Baskfield as a commissioner and John Peters as an alternate.
Positions on the commission were opened earlier this month when long-time chairman Ken Lipton and second alternate Baskfield's terms expired on Mar. 1.
During the Feb. 18 planning commission meeting, Lipton announced that he would not seek re-appointment, ending nearly seven years of service on the board. He cited his work as chair of the Uncompahgre Watershed Project and president of the Shavano Conservation District as reasons for his decision.

Fri
14
Mar
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RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Ridgway's stellar season ends at 2A regional championship match

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

With a record of 17 wins and six losses, the Ridgway Lady Demons girls basketball season ended in Durango on Saturday in a 47 to 42 loss against Paonia in the 2A Region 3 Championship match.
"It was a heck of a game," said Head Coach Steve Hill. "My girls played as hard as they could."
The first quarter ended tied at 13, with both teams exchanging the lead early. Paonia led at halftime 25 to 21.

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Fri
14
Mar
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CITY OF OURAY Ouray junior to participate in cancer research this summer

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Each summer, the University of Colorado-Denver invites a select few high school students to participate in its Cancer Research Summer Fellowship. This year, Ouray School’s Julia Vann will have the experience of a lifetime, as she was invited to take part in the program.
“I was really excited when I got in, and honestly a little surprised,” said Vann.

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Wed
12
Mar

Deer Haven Estates PUD approved for development

By Bill Tiedje.
 
The final development plan for Deer Haven Estates, a six-lot planned unit development located 2.5 miles west of Colona off County Road 22, won approval by the Board of County Commissioners on Mar. 11. In its decision, the board rejected the planning commission recommendation that each lot include a cistern to store water for fire fighting. Situated on 41 acres in the county's North Mesa Zone, the Deer Haven Estates PUD got a 24 month extension after receiving preliminary development plan approval by the BOCC in October 2010.
 

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