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Thu
13
Oct

OURAY COUNTY
 Commissioners hash out code conundrum

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


A significantly reduced audience attended the Board of County Commissioners’ third public hearing continuation on high alpine development regulations the evening of Oct. 6, mostly involving discussion on structure size and high alpine elevation line. However, attendees haven’t heard the final word on the issue.


The Ouray County Planning Commission had recommended a base structure size...

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Thu
13
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Sales tax revenue goes beyond 2016 projection

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Despite downtown improvement construction and roads being closed throughout the summer, the town will exceed anticipated sales tax revenues for 2016. Jen Coates, town manager, informed the town council of the increase at a budget work session on Thursday, Oct. 6.


The town budgeted a sales tax revenue figure of $650,000 for 2016 but estimates a year-end figure of $730,000, a 12 percent increase from what was anticipated.
In addition, Coates said, a conservatively projected sales tax for 2017 will...

Thu
06
Oct

OURAY COUNTY
: Candidates: County problems boil down to budget

A large crowd gathered to ask questions at the county commissioner forum Sept. 28 at the Ridgway Community Center. The forum was sponsored by Ridgway Ouray Community Council and featured questions from the Ouray County community to commissioner candidates.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The public pinpointed affordable housing and county road maintenance as critical concerns for November’s county commissioner election at a recent question and answer forum. The event was hosted by the Ridgway Ouray Community Council at the Ridgway Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 28.


All four commissioner candidates attended the forum and answered the public’s questions, alternating the opportunity to respond first.
John Peters and Amy McBride, running for the District 1 seat, will replace the term-limited current Board of County Commissioners chair, Lynn Padgett. Don Batchelder, incumbent, and Ellen Hunter, Ridgway Town councilor, will vie for the District 3 position.
 

Wed
05
Oct

OURAY COUNTY: 
CDOT equipment falls 80 feet, damages road

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


A Colorado Department of Transportation roto miller fell 80 feet down an embankment near Bear Creek the afternoon of Sept. 21. The incident caused the road to be closed for several hours near mile marker 91. No one was injured.


The pass reopened around 7:46 p.m., only to close again at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The 73,000-pound roto miller dropped during a routine milling and patching operation, according to CDOT Region 5 communications manager Lisa Schwantes. The equipment damaged the road shoulder, which is being addressed by CDOT this week.

Fri
30
Sep

OURAY COUNTY 
Buck scheduled to enter plea Nov. 10


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The District Attorney’s Office had a specific request for Ridgway resident and former assistant fire chief Travis Buck at his arraignment appearance on a charge of sexual assault with a 10-year age difference, at the Ouray County Courthouse the morning of Sept. 22.

Thu
29
Sep

OURAY COUNTY 
Minimum acreage selected for high alpine development

County Commissioner Ben Tisdel (center, with microphone) speaks during the Board of County Commissioners deliberation at the high alpine residential development hearing at the 4-H Event Center on Thursday, Sept. 22. The hearing, which had been continued from Sept. 13, was continued again to Oct. 6.
 

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver
 


By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Strongly considering previous public comment, the Board of County Commissioners selected 35 acres as the parcel minimum for high alpine residential development on patented mining claims and mill sites above 9,480 feet. The board reached consensus at the Sept. 22 public hearing continuation at the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway.

Mon
26
Sep

OURAY COUNTY
 Realtors present $1000 check to Voyager

From left: Danelle Hughes Norman, Voyager program director; Modene Gaulke, Montrose Association of Realtors CEO; Lisa Thomason, Voyager executive director; and Judi Snelling, Montrose Association of Realtors chair, hold the $1,000 check presented to Voyager Youth Program on the morning of Sept. 19. The money was a result of a MAR gambling night fundraising event earlier in September.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver
 


By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Some local youth will have new opportunities to enroll in Voyager Youth Program thanks to a recent donation from the Montrose Association of Realtors.

Fri
23
Sep

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Fire department conducts live training

Having broken ground Aug. 8, construction contractor Stryker continues work on the Ridgway Fire Department improvement project. The new additions will include an extended Emergency Medical Services bay, bunk rooms, a meeting room and training opportunities.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


County Road 12 travelers may have been alarmed by the amount of smoke billowing from an old farmhouse in the area on Saturday, Sept. 17. However, it was just the Ridgway Fire Department conducting some training exercises to better protect the fire district.

Thu
22
Sep
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US 550 Travel Alert

Travelers to Encounter Brief Delays
on US 550 Red Mt. Pass Today

SOUTHWEST CO – Motorists traveling on US Highway 550, Red Mt. Pass will encounter single-lane alternating traffic today, Thurs. Sept. 22. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be repairing a portion of the road just south of Ouray near Bear Creek (mile post 91). Brief delays can be expected.

Red Mt. Pass was closed intermittently yesterday, Wed. Sept. 21, while crews recovered a piece of heavy equipment which fell off the roadway during a milling and patching operation. No one was injured.

Thu
22
Sep

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Dog discussion focuses on leash law enforcement

Ruth Stewart (far right) presents dog-related requests at the Sept. 14 town council meeting while council members listen. Stewart was representing a concerned citizens group which came to consensus on the requests during a meeting in August.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Marshal’s Office enforcement of dog ordinances may soon be enhanced after town council listened to a concerned citizens group at its Sept. 14 regular meeting at the Ridgway Community Center. Council members directed town staff to start working on expanding the leash boundaries and clarifying where those borders are located.

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