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Wed
22
Jul

OURAY SCHOOL: Donation lifts performing arts program

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

A much needed upgrade to the Ouray School's Performing Arts Department is coming thanks to a generous donation from the Western Colorado Community Foundation.

Mon
20
Jul

OURAY COUNTY BOCC reviews valuations, cost allocations and fiber optic

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com


During the Board of Ouray County Commissioners' regular meeting on July 14, Assessor Susie Mayfield presented the annual valuation report for all real and personal taxable value in Ouray County.

Fri
17
Jul

WESTERN SLOPE: Dispatch disputes continue as user agencies left waiting


Tuesday's meeting regarding dispatch fees was well attended by members of user agencies as well as the public.

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

It seemed like an awkward family dinner as Ouray County agencies — along with other smaller user groups of the Montrose Regional Dispatch Center — sat silently while Montrose County entities and City of Montrose agencies hurled heated exchanges at each other during another dispatch debate on Tuesday.


During the meeting, Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap presented the on-again, off-again dispatch working group (which was formed by the different user groups last year in response to concerns over increasing dispatch fees) with a proposal to switch the center to a percent fee, with a possible base fee for all agencies. He also delivered a draft budget of the proposal.
The draft showed figures for each user if the percentage fee was approved. Agencies with low call numbers would instead be charged a flat fee. Dunlap noted...

Fri
17
Jul

OURAY COUNTY Investigation ongoing into Colona firearm incident

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

A report of gunshots fired from a vehicle in the early hours of July 9 in Colona has spurred an active investigation into the incident by state and local law enforcement.

Thu
16
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: Mine gets new owners as Fortune defaults

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Only a little over a year after announcing its takeover of the Revenue Silver Mine, Canadian firm Fortune Minerals will surrender ownership of the mine to its lender Lascaux after the company defaulted on payments earlier this month.

On July 3, the company announced it had received a notice from Lascaux that events of default had occurred under the amended metal prepay agreement. Lascaux provided $35 million to Fortune to finance the acquisition of the mine under a metal prepay agreement in October and later funded an additional $12 million in working capital for the mine in December and February.

Thu
16
Jul

TOWN OF RIDGWAY New councilors hope to give back

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Two new councilors have been appointed to the seven-member Ridgway Town Council, following the resignation of Councilors Bo James Nerlin and Jason Gunning earlier this year.

Wed
15
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: Officers recovering after attack


Morgan Walker Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Two local officers are recovering from injuries as their attacker remains on the loose.

Mon
13
Jul

OURAY COUNTY Swinging for the top spot


Trail Town outfielder Blair Truman steps up to the plate during a Ouray Softball League game against Weber Welding and Engineering on July 7 at Fellin Park. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje

bill@ouraynews.com

 

Nothing says summer like the crack of a bat, the shouts of fans and the friendly yet competitive atmosphere of a small town ball game.

Sun
12
Jul

WESTERN SLOPE: CSFS: Ips don't click


CSFS Forester Austin Shelby claims cicadas are the culprits behind the clicking sounds in the trees. Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Snap, crackle and pop. If your evening walk through the neighborhood has started to feel like the set of a Rice Krispies commercial, it’s because you’re hearing the song of the cicadas sounding through the summer air — at least, that’s what the Colorado State Forest Service says.

Fri
10
Jul

CITY OF OURAY: Council wades through high costs of new pool


DHM Design presented council with a preferred draft of the hot springs pool renovation project. Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Only a few weeks ago, everyone dreamed of the endless possibilities that could come with redesign of the Hot Springs Pool. Reality sunk in this week, though, when the city received an estimated price tag for the pool of its dreams.

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