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Fri
17
May
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Ridgway Travel Management Plan assessment released

On May 10, the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the highly anticipated, final environmental assessment for the Ridgway Travel Management Plan. By releasing the assessment, the way is finally clear for the Ridgway Area Trails group (RAT) to begin construction on an inter-connected system of single track mountain biking trails northeast of Ridgway. The assessment was released just in time for RAT to take advantage of the incoming trail building labor force that will be in the area for the June 7-8 RAT Fest.

Tue
14
May
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City of Ouray police chief and officer resign

Ouray Police Chief Leo Rasmusson. Ouray County Plaindealer file photo.

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Ouray’s Police Chief Leo Rasmusson II and officer Tony Schmidt resigned from their positions on Tuesday.

Chief Rasmusson resigned on Tuesday while Officer Schmidt gave his notice on Monday to be effective next Wednesday, according to city administrator Patrick Rondinelli.

Their resignation follows a recent assessment of the department and a schedule change which police officers were not pleased with; however, the reason for either’s leave is not known. Neither Rasmusson nor Schmidt could be reached for comment before print.

Sun
12
May
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Earthquakes shake up county residents

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com
Two small earthquakes centered east of Ridgway Reservoir shook up residents in the early morning of Thursday, May 2. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the quakes occurred at 7:11 a.m. and 7:16 a.m.
"I felt it more from the roof than from the floor," said Sue Husch, who lives just off County Road 12. She said others reported the jolt came from the top also.
At 8:01 a.m. a WENS alert from the sheriff's office reported an "unconfirmed" earthquake in the Log Hill area. At 9:03 a.m., the WENS alert said "USGS confirms a 2l6 earthquake centered near the Ridgway Reservoir."

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Sun
12
May
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Ridgway School District Elementary school to have new captain at helm next year

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

Ted Donahue, Ridgway Elementary School’s principal for the past three years, has accepted a position in Montrose. Describing the amicable circumstances of Donahue’s departure, Superintendent Cheryl Gomez said, “We are grateful for his instructional leadership over the last three years.”
“I am very grateful to the Ridgway School District and the community of Ridgway for the opportunity that they have provided me," Donahue said. "They have entrusted me with the well-being of their children and I can think of no higher compliment. I have done my best to live up to the high expectations we set for ourselves and with the help of this wonderful staff we have done some amazing work. I will have nothing but good memories of this time in my career.”

Sun
12
May
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Ouray Mountain Air Music Series lineup announced

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com
The musical acts for the Mountain Air Music Series are set. Every Thursday in June Ouray's Fellin Park will be the setting for a free outdoor concert.
Presented by Ouray Hot Springs Pool, the concert series is affiliated with July concerts in Ridgway and August concerts in Paonia.
On June 6, the main act is March Fourth Marching Band, an unconventional marching band with a percussion corps and brass section anchored by an electric bass. Opening act is Miss Emily.

Sun
12
May
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Ouray County emergency agencies train for the worst

by Beecher Threatt

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County emergency crews practiced on Saturday for a scenario they encounter at least annually. After rolling a car down the hill on Mall Road to simulate an accident on Red Mountain, personnel from Ouray County Extrication, Ouray County Emergency Medical Services, Ouray  Mountain Rescue Team and Ouray County Sheriff's Office rehearsed protocol for emergency management and each agency's duties during a rescue.
The goal was extrication and transportation of two "victims" of the simulated accident, Betty Lacefield and Krystle Rillings. The non-functioning vehicle was a 1998 Ford Blazer that had made its way from the sheriff's office to the public health office and was on its way to the junkyard.
Also in attendance for safety were Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department and Ridgway Marshal's Office. 

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Sun
12
May
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Ouray County: Getting down and muddy

By Sheridan Block
sheridan.block@gmail.com

It was clear skies with the occasional mud shower at this year’s Ouray County Mud Fest.
Organized by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association and the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce, the second annual event brought in about 2,500 visitors from all over the Western Slope, a good leap from the 1,400 that attended last year.
What started as a one-day “shoulder event” to draw in guests during the county’s usually slow season expanded into an entire weekend in an effort to have guests stay longer. According to OCRA president and Mud Fest committee chair Tamara Gulde, the event was such a success because attendees did just that.

Sun
12
May
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Ouray: EAGLE-Net resumes progress as suspension is lifted

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Though its efforts to bring broadband to Ouray County have been at a standstill for months, EAGLE-Net will finally be able resume its work to bring the county up-to-date with the rest of the state.
The suspension was lifted on Apr. 30. In a statement posted on its website that day, the company announced that it will continue work on its statewide broadband infrastructure project, which had been suspended for nearly five months.

Fri
03
May
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