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Thu
05
Feb

OURAY COUNTY: Miller's legacy of knowledge and service lives on


Mark Miller Courtesy photo

Ice climbing veteran Mark Miller was an active member of the Ouray community, spending many hours volunteering at the Ouray Ice Park and Ouray Mountain Rescue Team, and teaching with Rigging for Rescue and Ouray County EMS. A Celebration of Life was held at the Ouray Community Center on Wednesday after press time. Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

One hundred. That’s the least number of individuals whose lives were touched by Mark Miller.
They — friends, family and fellow climbers — gathered together at the Ouray Ice Park on Sunday afternoon, half mourning the loss, half celebrating the life of Miller. From the memories shared, it was clear to all the kind of man he was: dedicated, talented and steady; an asset to the community, whose death leaves a void nearly impossible to fill.

Thu
05
Feb

OURAY COUNTY Snowpack falls below normal throughout region


A view of the Sneffels Range from Dennis Weaver Memorial Park on Jan. 4. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

After a month of sunny, dry weather, snowpack levels in the area have fallen below normal, despite a snowy month of December.

Thu
05
Feb

OURAY COUNTY: Power outage today in Mary's Road area

Special to the Plaindealer
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

San Miguel Power Association members living and working along and near Mary’s Road, between Ridgway and Ouray, will be affected by a planned power outage Thursday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Approximately 50 members will be affected by the outage. SMPA must de-energize the power lines serving the area in order to safely remove and replace an old power pole. Please be aware that water pressure during this time may be affected because Tri-County Water's pumps will also be without power.
In the event that power in the affected area is not restored before 1 p.m., members are asked to call SMPA at (970) 864-7311 or (970) 626-5549. San Miguel Power works to minimize any inconvenience to our members when performing construction and power line maintenance duties and thanks members for their patience and understanding.

Wed
04
Feb
Tue
03
Feb

WESTERN SLOPE: Rescue dog demonstration at state park

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

On Feb. 8, Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado and Telluride Ski Patrol will demonstrate how dogs find someone buried in an avalanche or a lost hiker in the wilderness.

Mon
02
Feb
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Power Outage Planned for Marys Road Area February 5

San Miguel Power (SMPA) members living and working along and near Marys Road, between Ridgway and Ouray, CO., will be affected by a planned power outage Thursday, February 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Approximately 50 members will be affected by the outage. SMPA must de-energize the power lines serving the area in order to safely remove and replace an old power pole. Please be aware that water pressure during this time may be affected becuase Tri-County Water's pumps will also be without power.
 
In the event that power in the affected area is not restored before 1:00 p.m., members are asked to call SMPA at (970) 864-7311 or (970) 626-5549. San Miguel Power works to minimize any inconvenience to our members when performing construction and power line maintenance duties, and thanks members for their patience and understanding.
 

Mon
02
Feb

OURAY COUNTY: Sheriffs to award scholarship

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Sheriff Junior Mattivi announced this week that County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc., will award a $500 scholarship to a Ouray County student for the 2015-16 academic year.

Mon
02
Feb

OURAY COUNTY: Explore different forms of poetry with Weehawken

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Weehawken Creative Arts is offering a four-week creative writing class led by Beth Paulson. The class is for ages 16 and up and is every Wednesday, Feb. 4-25, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Mon
02
Feb

WESTERN SLOPE Options for landowners in cuckoo and grouse listings


A pair of Gunnison sage grouse. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Federal protections are now in place for the Gunnison sage grouse and western yellow billed cuckoo, two bird species known to occur in portions of Ouray County; however, Grand Junction-based U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist John Toolen explains that the Endangered Species Act offers flexibility for landowners who are working to expedite the recovery of these species.

Sat
31
Jan
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OURAY COUNTY: Longtime guide dies in ice climbing accident


Press release from SJCSO. Courtesy Silverton Standard and The Miner.

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

 

A guided climb ended in tragedy when longtime climbing instructor Mark Miller fell to his death on a route in San Juan County.

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