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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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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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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.

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