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Fri
10
Jun

Ice Park looks for crowding solutions

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ouray Ice Park Board of Directors and staff sat down with Ouray City Council on Tuesday night for a talk about the park's goals and outlook for future years.
Rachel Mueller, vice-president and secretary for OIPI, gave a rundown of the park's mission and strategic plan. One of the main issues the board is tackling is the over-crowding the park saw this last season.
"A lot of locals you talk to say they don't climb in the Ice Park anymore because it just doesn't have that cool vibe, that good energy, something's been lost," Mueller said. "I've heard that from a lot of places."
The park does have rules, but many visitors are not following them. For example, Mueller said, she has seen people set their ropes and leave them for long periods of time. People are camping out in spots, making it impossible for everyone to have a chance to climb.

Thu
09
Jun

Petition to chip seal CR 1 filed

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The Citizen's Action Committee to pave County Road 1 filed the completed petition package to create a Public Improvement District on Tuesday. According to Dick Kreutzen, CAC member, 310 voters signed the petition. Only 200 signatures were needed to bring the petition before the Board of County Commissioners.
The CAC formed two years ago by a few residents on CR 1 who decided the county would never have the funds or receive enough grants to cover the cost of paving the rough, pothole-covered road.
The goal of the CAC was to obtain 300 to 400 signatures on the petition to present to the Board of County Commissioners. The petition asks the BOCC to place the options of forming the Public Improvement District and creating a tax levy for residents and property owners along CR 1 on the November ballot.

Fri
03
Jun

One year, one million feet

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Markus Van Meter will ski 1,000,000 vertical feet over the course of the 2016-17 ski season for the first year of the Telluride Gravity Project. His goal is to raise one penny per foot to benefit Ouray school kids who don't have the chance to get involved with snow sports.
Van Meter does IT work at the Ouray School, and this year marks his 39th year skiing. So, he decided he would give back to the kids by setting up a GoFundMe account and connecting with corporate sponsors. Many kids who live in Ouray lack the resources to make it to Telluride to ski.
"Being so close to Telluride we have a lot of what I call 'ski hill heroes' out there that just rip the ski hill here in town but have no way of actually getting to Telluride," he said "I just think with that kind of a resource it's a shame that they don't."

Thu
02
Jun

Mountains of Ouray inspired headliner

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Thursday kicks off the Mountain Air Music Series in Fellin Park. The headliner is Humming House, a quintet from Nashville whose varied sounds range from folk, to Celtic to rockabilly.
Lead singer and songwriter Justin Wade Tam said the band has played in Ouray before, and the mountains made a memorable impression him. He wrote the song "Great Divide" after going on a cross country tour for the first time and stopping in Ouray.
"It was like, oh my god this is amazing out here, but then it was also the first time we were really doing it for a living," he said. "So it was kind of about taking that risk, about pursuing a creative career and what all that entails. In the chorus it talked about 'you just won't know unless you give it a shot, and what do you have to lose'."

Sat
28
May

Voters must affiliate to vote in primary

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Any voters who want to participate in the June 28 state primary election must be affiliated with a party. Colorado does not have a presidential primary. The June primary vote will cover candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state Senate, state House, University of Colorado Board of Regents, state Board of Education, district attorney and county commissioner.
"If you are unaffiliated you can still vote, but you have to pick a party, then you are no longer unaffiliated," Michelle Nauer, county clerk and recorder, said. She said anyone can become unaffiliated again after voting by submitting a change in voter registration.
The main point of confusion Nauer has encountered has been people wondering why presidential candidates aren't on the primary ballot. Colorado participates in the caucus process instead of primary elections for president. The caucuses were held on March 1.

Thu
26
May

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 New club scores success in spring season

From left: Connor Alvarez, Porter Waggoner, Levi Iversen, Michael Messer Benjamin Taylor, Bridger Anderson, Brayden Brown, Jack Sitlington and Vincent Schierenberg ended their spring soccer season 11-4-1. The new Ridgway Ouray United Raptors are looking forward to summer tournaments and expanding their club next fall.

Courtesy photo

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Even with branching out and starting their own club this season, the Ridgway Raptors Under-10 boys have continued to find success on the soccer pitch.

Thu
26
May

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Historic railcar returns home

The Rio Grande Southern 252 passenger car was hauled into Ridgway Monday morning from Monte Vista. The car is one of only two surviving passenger coaches that ran out of Ridgway.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Commuters may have seen a strange sight at the Ridgway Railroad museum Monday morning. A 12-ton piece of Ridgway railroad history was out of its traditional element — suspended in midair.

Sat
21
May

Ribs on menu at Hot Springs Pool

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com



The Hot Springs Pool gained a new food vendor after City Council signed a lease agreement with Rib City Grill during the meeting on Monday night.
Tyler Jones is owner of Rib City Grill in Montrose and he also owns a mobile unit to sell his barbecue. He said his menu for the pool will be ribs, sandwiches, sides and ice cream.
Jones said he will smoke all his meats in Montrose at the restaurant's main location.
"The plan is to just blow pork smoke across the pool; I think it will work well," he said.  
Jones hopes to be open by Memorial Day weekend. Rib City Grill will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to around 9 p.m., depending on how busy the pool is.

Fri
20
May

Tree mitigation will cause hiking closures

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Tree mitigation work is underway around Ouray. Loggers contracted by the city have begun working on the County Road 361 and Box Canyon area and will continue around Cascade Falls next week.
The Cascade Falls area was scheduled to be completed last week, but because of equipment failure the mitigation will take place on May 25 and 26. The perimeter trail will be closed during this time between the Visitor Center and Amphitheater Campground Road. Signs posted on the trail will inform hikers of the closure.
Beginning May 25 the road from the Ice Park to Box Canyon will also be closed. Traffic on 3rd Avenue leading into Box Canyon will be down to one way. Box Canyon Falls will remain open.

Fri
13
May

Residents raise concerns about new tax

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Citizens attempting to chip seal County Road 1 faced several rounds of opposition from residents at the informational meeting in Colona on Thursday. This meeting was more one-sided against the proposition than the meeting in Ridgway last Tuesday to discuss the same issue.
A group of residents who live in the CR 1 area formed a Citizens Action Committee to explore the possibility of creating a Public Improvement District with authority to levy and collect property taxes from CR 1 residents. The proposed PID would cover residents on CR 1 from Yucca Drive on the south end of CR 1 to Asters Lane on the north end.
Ouray County unsuccessfully applied for a TIGER grant four times to fund improving the road. The CAC decided they must take responsibility for paving the troubled road into their own hands.

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