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Fri
01
Jul

OURAY COUNTY
 Voyager votes on new milkshake masterpiece

Voyager Youth Program kids stepped behind the Café Ridgway à la Mode counter June 28 to whip up their own milkshakes. Since 2011, the café has invited the summer program for a milkshake contest.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Customers stepping into Café Ridgway à la Mode the morning of June 28 may have been overwhelmed by sights and sounds of brand new milkshake flavors being concocted by the visiting Voyager Youth Program.

Thu
30
Jun

WESTERN SLOPE
: Severed cable knocks out 911 lines


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


CenturyLink connection woes continue to plague not only Ouray County but the majority of the southwestern region as well. However, this week’s instances had a larger impact on safety rather than just Internet connections.

Fri
24
Jun

Ouray tourism reached new heights in 2015

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Representatives from the Ouray Chamber Resort Association presented tourism highlights of 2015 during the city council meeting Monday night.
"From the tourism perspective, 2015 was quite the banner year for Ouray," Kat Papenbrock, OCRA executive director, said. "We had over $25 million spent by visitors in Ouray."
She said every single sector affected by tourism increased significantly. Lodging was up 17 percent from 2014, retail and gift sales were up 15 percent and restaurants and bars were up 13 percent. Campgrounds had a 34 percent growth and the only lodging category that decreased was short term vacation rentals.

Fri
24
Jun

OURAY COUNTY
 Anglers snag more than 1,000 bass

Chris Scott, right, of Ouray won the grand prize, a 15-foot fishing boat and trailer, at the smallmouth bass tournament June 4-12 at Ridgway State Park. Also pictured is Eric Gardunio, aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Montrose. Colorado Parks and Wildlife sponsored the tournament.

Courtesy photo
 


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Ouray resident Chris Scott won a 15-foot boat and trailer in the recent Colorado Parks and Wildlife smallmouth bass fishing tournament. Nearly 150 anglers participated.

Wed
22
Jun

Big band with a big sound ready to rock the park

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The headliner for the fourth Mountain Air Music Series concert will dance onto the stage Thursday night for an energetic show. The Night Owls will pack the stage with all 10 of their band members.
The funky, soulful band from Austin, Texas will make their first ever trip to Ouray to energize the crowd and get them up and dancing. Lead singer and songwriter Ryan Harkrider said The Night Owls were built for putting on big shows in big settings like Fellin Park.
"When our sound and noise and music can travel long distances it does a lot of things for us," he said. "We perform and dance and sing and we're out in the crowd. We love all that, we're at home in front of a lot of people."
Harkrider said his goal for Thursday's concert is to get the crowd dancing.  

Sat
18
Jun

Trust must be earned before roads can be improved

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


During a special meeting on Tuesday the county Road Committee met with citizens to discuss long-term plans for improving all county roads in Ouray. Plans range in cost from $5.4 million to $10.8 million over either a 10 or 15 year timeframe.
No matter what is done to improve the roads, the Road Committee and county staff were in agreement that they need more funds. This of course means raising property taxes, sales taxes or both.
The purpose of Tuesday's meeting was to begin developing a strategic plan before going to the Board of County Commissioners with recommendations. However, the BOCC is not the only place the Road Committee needs to gain approval.

Fri
17
Jun

Study discovers trillions of feet of natural gas

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The Western Slope is in the national spotlight after the U.S. Geological Survey determined the Mancos Shale in the Piceance Basin could hold the second largest natural gas resource in the country.
According to the survey published on June 8, the basin contains 66 trillion cubic feet of shale natural gas, 74 million barrels of shale oil and 45 million barrels of natural gas liquids. These estimates are based on undiscovered but recoverable resources.
The USGS assessed the basin in 2003 and discovered 1.6 trillion cubic feet of shale natural gas. After the initial assessment, more than 2,000 wells were drilled and completed in the area. The new assessment represents the largest ever increase in natural gas percentages discovered by a USGS study.

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