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Thu
24
Dec

OURAY COUNTY Red Mountain Pass temporarily closed

Plaindealer Staff Report
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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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Thu
24
Dec

OURAY COUNTY 
Sawtooth protected from future development

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

All 2,448 acres of privately-owned Sawtooth Mountain Ranch is now fully protected from any future development, thanks to a $3.65 million conservation easement.
The easement, held by the Colorado State Forest Service was secured with support from the federal Forest Legacy Program and Great Outdoors Colorado.
The Owl Creek Pass ranch is primarily operated as a hunting property and allows grazing of deer based on the season, said Justin Spring, Colorado Director of Land Protection.
Local wildlife will be protected by the easement, as well as 11 miles of tributaries to the Uncompahgre River that provide water to more than 76,000 people.
The protection plan began...

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Thu
24
Dec

CITY OF OURAY Council honors Kathy Elmont

Kathy Elmont (left) receives from Mayor Pam Larson a proclamation in recognition of her service as Ouray city clerk and treasurer.
Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com
 

Thu
24
Dec

OURAY COUNTY
 Ice park stakeholders provide info for public

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Ouray County residents will get a joint Christmas present when the Ouray Ice Park opens Dec. 25.

Fri
18
Dec

Bomb threat in Telluride, suspect in custody

Telluride Schools were placed under “external lockdown” and the San Miguel County Courthouse was evacuated following a bomb threat received by a state government office late Friday morning.

Fri
18
Dec

OURAY SCHOOL Meeting date set for community input on construction

Kentee Pasek, board president, points out a figure in the audit presented to the Ouray School Board last Monday evening. The audit report was presented in a positive light by Roger Maggard.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ouray School Board braved Monday evening’s snow storm to hear an update on school construction efforts.
Before the second phase of construction takes off, the board set a meeting date of Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. for student, teacher and community input on minor improvement changes.
Mike Fedel, construction manager, gave the board a short update on progress of improvements to Ouray School.
“The big news is that we’re weathered in now. That’s a huge milestone,” he said. “We won’t actually see the metal roof until the spring when the weather clears up, but no more waterfalls in the classroom.”
Fedel said electrical rough-in was at 85 percent, wall framing under the roof was at 30 percent and the fire sprinkler system was...

Fri
18
Dec

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Town council adopts 2016 budget

Jeff Hunt, Ridgway deputy marshal, is recognized by John Clark, mayor, for his work with Ridgway for nearly six years. The council recognizes a town staff member each month.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Town Council adopted its fiscal year 2016 budget at its regular meeting last Wednesday.
The meeting also tackled general issues that had been discussed in previous sessions and would have an impact on the town, such as the only ordinance of the year,  a land use issue and two items of policy.
With the adoption of the budget, the related resolutions were also approved, including appropriating sums of money to various town funds, the property tax levy of 8.651 mills, the 2016 strategic plan, 2016 Capital Projects, and the Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan and Ten Year Capital Improvement Plan.
Continuing on the subject of money, the council also heard an audit report from Peter Blair of Blair and Associates, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.

Thu
17
Dec

OURAY COUNTY Trust for Land Restoration approaches county on mining

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Discussion regarding protection of historic mining properties began last week in a Board of County Commissioners work session. Representatives from the Trust for Land Restoration and the Ouray County Historical Society explored with commissioners the possibility of a loose agreement among the entities to participate in protecting properties without a requirement that there be action or appropriation of monies.
“We would love to initiate a process with the county that leads to a partnership,” said Pat Willits, executive director of TLR.
TLR has the expertise to negotiate deals with private property owners and bring funding to the table, Willits added. He envisions a scenario where OCHS helps to identify the properties and TLR acquires them, then donates them to the county.
Commission Chair Don Batchelder acknowledged it would be in the county’s interest that...

Thu
17
Dec

OURAY COUNTY 
Short-term agreement approved for County Road 5

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Board of County Commissioners approved a short-term agreement on Tuesday, following last week’s crowded discussion of a winter maintenance agreement with regard to plowing a .9 mile section of County Road 5.
Tuesday afternoon’s sparsely populated meeting quickly gained audience members with the resurfacing of the controversial subject.
Craig Morrison, property owner on CR 5, and Bob Thomas, his attorney, joined the meeting via speaker phone.
The issue began Nov. 17 when Morrison desired to strike a winter maintenance agreement between himself and the BOCC in order to plow a path to his property, Radio Dog Ranch.
However, recreational users of CR 5, which has traditionally been used for outdoor winter activity, opposed the plowing for fear it would ruin the recreational experience.
With no agreement being reached during the Nov. 17 session...

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