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Mon
09
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: OCRA uses last year's challenges to refocus next year's goals

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Last year proved to be a satisfying one for the economic wellbeing of the City of Ouray. Tourists explored Main Street shops and stayed in local hotels, leading to a healthy growth of sales tax revenue and lodging and occupancy tax funding. Behind the scenes, however, the Ouray Chamber Resort Association, the organization responsible for marketing and attracting visitors to the city, found 2013 to be one of the group's more difficult years.

Mon
09
Jun

WESTERN SLOPE USDA rolls out new partnership-based conservation program

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled a new conservation program aimed at creating partnerships among businesses, non-profits and other organizations to support regional soil and water conservation projects.

Sun
08
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: What Ouray can learn about OHV regulations from neighboring communities

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Off-highway vehicle regulations have been an ongoing battle for the city of Ouray. Council has gone back and forth on the issue, debating whether or not OHVs should be allowed to operate on city streets.

Fri
06
Jun

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Board appoints Siefken, considers strategic planning


Chuck Siefken. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Chuck Siefken was appointed interim principal of Ridgway Secondary School for the 2014-2015 school year by an unanimous vote of the Ridgway School Board on May 8.

Fri
06
Jun

NATION: Local guide among six dead in Mt. Rainier tragedy


Friends gathered at the Ouray Ice Park on Tuesday, June 3, to share memories of Eitan Green.

Eitan Green. Coutesy photo by Alpine Ascent International

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Thu
05
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: Sisters of SHEL kick off music series

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

A touch of folk, a pinch of pop and a hint of classical sounds will create a beautiful blend of harmonies when the sisters of SHEL take the stage during the Mountain Air Music Series in Ouray on Thursday.

Thu
05
Jun

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Preserving Ridgway's railroading past


Volunteers from across the country, including visitors from Texas and Arizona, worked to restore the Denver and Rio Grande business car at the Ridgway Railroad Museum on Monday, June 2. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Striving to preserve and educate the public about the region's historic railroads, a small group of dedicated volunteers is participating in the Ridgway Railroad Museum's annual restoration week, June 2-5.

Tue
03
Jun

OURAY COUNTY Log Hill resident to fly around the world


Pilot Shane Jordan of Log Hill. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

In less than a month, local pilot Shane Jordan of Log Hill will fly around the world, retracing the journey of legendary aviator Ameila Earhart along with a younger pilot of the same famous name.

Fri
30
May

OURAY COUNTY: User groups talk cooperation on CR 361

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

As the herds of Jeeps, OHVs, commuters, climbers and other seasonal user groups prepare to hit County Road 361 this summer, the Board of County Commissioners hosted a work session on Tuesday with local stakeholders, in an effort to plan and promote the safety and enjoyment of everyone on Camp Bird Road.

Thu
29
May

WESTERN SLOPE Reps push local sage grouse control

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

A bill introduced by Republican U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner would prevent the Endangered Species Act listing of sage grouse species for 10 years but would require states to follow conservation management plans for the species.

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