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Fri
08
Jan

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Alaimo’s liquor-crafting crusade comes to an end


Joe Alaimo's Trail Town Still closed its doors on New Year's Eve after four years of business. The sign on the side of the building states that a new business will soon be appearing at the property. Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

After four years and immeasurable gallons of vodka, rum, gin, tequila and whiskey crafted, Trail Town Still sang its swan song on the last day of 2015.
On its final evening, Dr. Joe Alaimo’s distillery was packed with Ouray County residents ready to bring on the New Year.
“This is actually quite busy for us on a Thursday night at this time,” said Alaimo, galloping back and forth behind the bar. “Historically, it’s me and the crickets between seven and nine.”
The distiller said that Trail Town usually saw the most parched people from four to six and again starting around 9 p.m.
The distillery has outlasted four restaurants since it opened, according to Alaimo.  
He attributed good service and his own stubborn nature to the survival of Trail Town.
Being a bartender is Alaimo’s fourth occupation in the county, having already served the county as...

Thu
07
Jan

IceFest changes dates and focuses on women

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

As more ice climbers flock to Ouray, the 21st annual Ice Festival quickly approaches. In previous years IceFest has occupied the second weekend in January, but this year dates were shifted to coincide with the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Mike Macleod, president of the Ice Park board of directors, predicts that the change will draw even larger crowds to Ouray.

Thu
07
Jan

OURAY COUNTY Planning staff recommends consultant for master plan


Mark Castrodale (standing), county planner, leads a discussion on reviewing the master plan. In the subsequent discussion, several items were placed under each category on the whiteboard. As a result, county planning staff recommended that an outside consultant be hired to assist with improvement of the master plan. Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

OURAY COUNTY

Planning staff recommends consultant for master plan

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Thu
07
Jan

Lack of radio feeds creates a lapse in citizen information

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Anyone who likes to listen in on police radios to hear the dispatch traffic, or just hear what the good guys are up to, may need to purchase a different police scanner.

Wed
06
Jan

Ice climber falls

An ice climber fell Tuesday while climbing a route called Skylight near Senator Gulch on County Road 361.
Dale Remsberg is a guide for San Juan Mountain Guides. According to Remsberg's Facebook page he got hit by something from above and fell 40 feet. He was airlifted to Montrose and is now in stable condition.
According to Junior Mattivi, Ouray County Sheriff, Remsberg was leading a group when he fell. He was tied in and still on the line, so the group was able to lower him to the ground.
"It was right alongside the road so it wasn't a tough rescue; we were able to drive right to him," Mattivi said. "Because of his condition we went ahead and called the helicopter for precautionary purposes."

Mon
04
Jan

J Paul Brown pushing for improvements in District 59

By Tori Sheets

State house representative for District 59, J Paul Brown, is ready for the opening of the Colorado General Assembly on Jan. 13, and he has a few bills to bring to the table this time around.
Brown said his number one priority is water storage on the South Platte River.
"There is a lot of water being wasted out of state....

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Mon
04
Jan

OURAY COUNTY
 No marijuana grow ops submitted yet for 2016

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

No new marijuana grow operations have been submitted to the Land Use department for next year, according to Mark Castrodale, county planner.

Sat
02
Jan

Poetry on the menu for students

By Tori Sheets

Ouray and Ridgway students will try their hands at poetry when a special guest comes to the county next week. The visiting poet, J Diego Frey, is the first guest speaker in a program dubbed "poet-in-the-schools."
Frey teaches writing programs and leads poetry workshops for middle-schoolers in the Denver area. Beth Paulson, co-director of the Open Bard Poetry Series, helped bring Frey from his Denver home to the mountains of western Colorado.
"I happened to have met JD Frey last summer in Denver in a gathering of poets and found out that he does work in the schools there on the front range," Paulson said. "So later I contacted him to see if he would do that work for us. We did have the idea that we would like to get more young people involved in writing and performing their poems.
“He is very witty and he's got a good track record of...

 

Sat
02
Jan

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Fire district aims to answer DOLA next week

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Fire District board of directors plans to formally respond to the Department of Local Affairs in the next week with answers the board formulated in last week’s meeting, according to Charles Mueller, interim chair.

Back in April, the RFD arranged financing for construction of a new headquarters on Hunter Parkway to the tune of $2.8 million.
This included a $1.2 million lease agreement with NBH Bank and a $900,000 award from DOLA.
It was stated in the original agreement that NBH and DOLA would require 100 percent collateral for the bonding of the new project.
However, as discussion on the project went on, it was determined by the fire board last May that costs for the new location were out of reach.
As a result, the RFD voted unanimously to...

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