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Sat
16
Jan

OURAY COUNTY
 Final marijuana cultivation license for 2015 approved

Lynn Padgett, BOCC chair, holds an opaque, polycarbonate panel that will be used to complete construction of High Mesa Farm’s 30’ by 60’ greenhouse. Although the greenhouse construction will not be finished until spring, all structures are currently under construction with valid permits.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Board of County Commissioners, convening as the Local Licensing Authority, recognized High Mesa Farms, LLC with the last 2015 marijuana cultivation license Tuesday morning.

The application for High Mesa Farms, submitted by Paul and Crystal Brackman, was accepted Nov. 15, prior to the BOCC’s adoption of ordinance 2015-004.
Therefore, the application was reviewed and processed under the previous ordinance, 2014-003, which made five cultivation licenses available in 2015.
The 39-acre parcel will house a 30’ by 50’ shop building, 30’ by 60’ greenhouse and a 10’ by 20’ breezeway. Per visual impact considerations, the structures will be painted a medium-gray color. They are under construction with valid permits, according to Mark Castrodale, county planner.
The cultivation facility is on leased property located at...

Sat
16
Jan

Wintery conditions create challenges for road committee

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The county Road Committee met Monday to discuss ongoing issues the roads in Ouray County face and to review a few options for making driving more safe and comfortable.  
Chris Miller, road and bridge superintendent, kicked off the meeting with a good report on the status of maintenance on the wintery roads.
"As far as winter goes, Mother Nature has been fairly nice to us," Miller said. "She snows on a regular basis, the ground has been frozen and we've had pretty good luck. We haven't had a lot of equipment failure and we have a pretty decent crew, so far so good."
Miller went on to give a run-down of the next 305 planned man-hour days for his crew. Just a few of the projects in Miller's extensive list include moving the bank on County Road 1 to fix drainage, conducting repairs to CR 24 and 17, and replacing seven culverts throughout the county.

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.

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