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Wed
11
May

Blasting to begin on RMP

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Blasting began in the construction area of Red Mountain Pass on Wednesday.
For about two and a half weeks travelers can expect delays of about 30 minutes, the Colorado Department of Transportation said in a statement. Blasting is expected to take place from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during this time.
The blasting is part of construction on retaining walls at mile markers 79.5 to 79.4, nine miles north of Silverton.
When blasting is completed wait times will shorten, but US 550 will still be limited to single-lane, alternating traffic 24 hours a day. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers or portable traffic signals and work hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. During non-work hours delays will be about 6 minutes.

Sun
08
May

No smooth solution for rough roads

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Rough roads in Ouray County are an issue that seems to have no end in sight, but a few roads do have hope for improvement. The county Road Committee met Monday afternoon to discuss what county staff is doing to improve roads and what improvements are left to be accomplished. The main issue the committee faces is lack of funds to properly maintain all of the 300 miles of roads in the county.
Mike Water, a resident on CR 5, said his road has come to a critical point and residents are upset. He said many times cars drive on the left side of the road and there is an accident waiting to happen.
"It's getting to the point where it's starting to destroy our vehicles, and it hurts property values when the road gets to a certain point," he said.

Fri
06
May

Buses, bears and beautification

Fri
06
May

OURAY COUNTY
 Formal charges to be filed against Alaimo

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Formal charges are to be filed against Joseph Alaimo, 50-year-old former Ridgway resident, by Seth Ryan, Montrose deputy district attorney, by May 12.

Wed
04
May

Citizens asked to foot bill

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Now that a group of citizens on County Road 1 have proposed raising property taxes to fund chip sealing of the troubled road, residents have rallied on both sides of the issue. More than 50 people attended a town hall meeting in Ridgway on Tuesday to learn the specifics of what the Citizen Action Committee is trying to do to improve the road.
Two years ago, a few residents on CR 1 decided the county would never have the funds or receive enough grants to cover the cost of paving the road, and they formed the CAC. Members Dick Kreutzen, Gary Bennett and Pete Whiskeman comprised the panel to present information and take questions during the meeting.
CAC’s goal is to form a Public Improvement District on Log Hill with authority to levy and collect property taxes that would go toward CR 1 improvements.

Mon
02
May

UNCOMPAHGRE BASIN 
April 1 runoff predictions still below average

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Ouray County water users can expect a slightly below average volume of water runoff inflow into Ridgway Reservoir through July.

Thu
28
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Animal service agreement finally signed

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


After several months, the 2016 animal shelter management and service agreement between the county and Second Chance Humane Society was signed by both parties at last Tuesday’s special Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Thu
28
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Mock accident makes impact on students

From left: Adam Kunz, Ouray fire captain; John Robinson, Ridgway fire deputy chief; and, Lynn Ransleben, Ridgway fire lieutenant, work on extricating a “victim” from the van. The mock accident gave Ridgway Fire Department further practice in extrication, for which they have been training.


Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


A mottled and mangled truck rested on a similarly junked van. Empty and crushed beer cans were scattered around the scene. Shouts of worry and confusion erupted from the truck, exclamations that soon turned to cries for help.

Sun
24
Apr

Traffic accidents on the rise

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released its annual description of motor vehicle crashes in Colorado for 2014. Traffic accidents from 2010 to 2014 are covered in the report.
The report states Colorado has lower motor vehicle fatality rates compared to the nation as a whole, but the number of fatalities is increasing. For Ouray County, this statement is true.
In 2014 Ouray County had two traffic fatalities and two serious injuries in traffic crashes. The vehicles involved in the fatal crashes were a motorcycle and a truck, with one of them involving a driver under the influence of alcohol.
Crashes in Ouray County with serious injuries have decreased by 36 percent since 2010. In 2010 the county saw 12 serious accidents, three in 2011, nine in 2012 and two in 2013. In 2010 there was one fatal accident. There were no fatal accidents in Ouray County from 2011-2013.

Sat
23
Apr

"Dancing Down the Yellow Brick Road"

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


A classic tale of adventure and friendship will come to life with Weehawken Dance's "Dancing Down the Yellow Brick Road" on April 30 and May 1. The tale of the Wizard of Oz is portrayed through dance with contemporary music hand picked by artistic director Natasha Pyeatte.
A cast of about 150, mostly kids, aging from three to adult make up the cast, and they will perform dancing styles from ballet to hip hop during the production.
Kids and parents from Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose pull together for the production. Pyeatte said it takes the entire community to make the show a success, and in the end the hard work bonds the kids to one another.

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