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Fri
15
Apr

Barrier on Gold Belt trail torn down

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Bob Risch, president of Ouray Trail Group, wrote a letter to the editor last week expressing his concern about a barrier blocking the Gold Belt hiking trail north of Ouray. The trail is a public right of way, and a sign on the barrier indicated it was put in place by Ouray 79 Mining LLC with a permit from the Colorado Mine Reclamation Board.
The Plaindealer reached out to the owner of Ouray 79 Mining but received no comment.
According to Risch, an unknown party tore down the barrier just a few days ago. He's not sure who removed the barrier but said the trail group is not responsible.
"Our preference is that it should have been disassembled if it was going to be removed at some point," he said. "Where it is now it's going to be hard to retrieve, or it will be there for a long time."

Fri
15
Apr

OURAY COUNTY 
Proposed pot regulation combines existing ordinances

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Aiming to make county marijuana regulations as clear as possible, the Board of County Commissioners reviewed a draft revision created from two years of experience dealing with applicants and the state.

Thu
14
Apr

COLORADO
 Climate change impacting future water management

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Bureau of Reclamation released a basin-by-basin report in late March, known as the SECURE Water Act Report, that identified climate change as a growing threat to western water management, including its availability to municipalities and agricultural efforts.

Sat
09
Apr

New restaurant coming to town soon

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


A new restaurant and bar gained approval for a liquor license during Monday night's city council meeting. Brickhouse 737 will open at 737 Main St. near the end of May. Hans Vanderploeg is an experienced business owner who has lived in Ouray for seven years, and Cory Sargent is a chef who recently worked in Telluride. The two will co-own the establishment. Sargent said his specialty is developing relationships with local farmers and ranchers and serving seasonal and local cuisine.
Council passed an ordinance to reduce the distance from the school that liquor can be served. The ordinance changed the distance from 500 feet to 250 to allow Brickhouse 737 to obtain a license. According to Patrick Rondinelli, city administrator, The Ourayle House on Main Street was also within 500 feet of the school.
Bear issues coming out of hibernation

Fri
08
Apr

Plans for paving CR 1 move forward

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


County Road 1 is a notoriously nasty stretch of gravel road from Colona to Log Hill Village. A few years ago a group of citizens on Log Hill formed a committee to find the best solution for improving the road. They called themselves the Citizens Action Committee.
The CAC brought the issue before the county road committee, a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The road committee and the BOCC told CAC there are not enough county funds to pave CR 1, and it is unlikely citizens in all of Ouray County will vote to raise taxes to cover the project. The approximate cost for the project is $3.5 million. The county has applied for federal funds for the project several times and been turned down.

Thu
07
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Charges filed against Scranton

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Charges have been filed against Brian Scranton, Ridgway resident and town planning commission chair.

As of of Wednesday, the charges were released by the district attorney's office as one count of sexual assault as a Class 3 felony and one count of sexual assault as a Class 4 felony.

Scranton will appear at the Ouray County Courthouse May 5 at 9 a.m. for appearance on bond and return of filing of charges. 

The planning and zoning chair was arrested March 24 and is represented by Roger Sagal. 

Sagal said that Scranton denies any allegations of wrongdoing. 

Thu
07
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Stryker selected for fire department renovations

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Fire Protection District board of directors checked off another item on its to-do list last week with its selection of Stryker & Company, Inc., as contractor for the upcoming firehouse renovation project.


Cristy Orvis, RFD board member, said contract negotiations with Stryker are going forward as soon as possible.
The board also interviewed Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc., for the project.
The contractor selection was made possible by the Department of Local Affairs recently signing off on the fire district’s grant proposal for improvements to the fire house.
Stryker will be working with the fire district to include additions such as an EMS bay, two bunk rooms, a new meeting room and a suit-up zone. A new roof is also in the works for the structure behind town hall on Railroad Street.
 

Thu
07
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Court date set for Demid

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

A court date has been set for Robert Demid, 78-year-old Ridgway resident involved in a fatal March 14 truck-motorcycle collision on US 550.


According to the district attorney’s office, Demid will appear at the Ouray County Courthouse on April 21 at 9 a.m. on charges of Careless Driving Causing Death, a Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense.
Sergeant Scott Mills of the Ouray Police Department was killed in the March 14 accident.
Demid could receive a minimum sentence of 10 days in jail, a $300 fine or both. The maximum for the misdemeanor is one year in jail, a $1000 fine or both. Probation is another option in lieu of jail time.

Thu
07
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Austin only new face elected to town council

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

All three of the current council members that ran for election this season will be keeping their seats.


On Tuesday, John Clark, mayor, and council members Nick Williams and Candida Gold received enough votes to serve another term for the Town of Ridgway.
Clark, who ran unopposed, received 70 votes of the 74 cast. Gold and Williams received 66 and 59 respectively.
Gold and Williams will be serving their first official terms, as they had been appointed to fill the vacated seats of Jason Gunning and Bo Nerlin.
Newcomer Robb Austin, who received 50 votes, will be filling the more recently vacated council seat of Rick Weaver.
Forrest Bault, youngest of the four council candidates, received 25 votes.
Clark, Gold, Williams and Austin will take their seats at this month’s regular town council meeting on April 13.

Sun
03
Apr

ColoradoCare on the ballot

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


An option to create truly universal healthcare will be on the ballot in November as a Colorado constitutional amendment.
ColoradoCare, or Amendment 69, is a resident-owned, non-governmental health care financing system paid for by a 3.33 percent income tax increase for employees, a 6.67 percent increase for employers and a 10 percent tax increase for non-payroll income from self-employment, interest, dividends, capital gains, Social Security, pensions and other sources, up to $450,000 of income for couples filing jointly.
If the measure passes, Colorado will be the first state to provide universal healthcare.

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