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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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Thu
02
May
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Town of Ridgway: Former marshal passes peacefully

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

Ouray native Clyde Sherman Williams, known as “Sherm” to his friends, passed away on Apr. 22 in his home in Montrose. He is survived by his wife, Susan Rahn, six children, two stepchildren and many grand- and great-grandchildren.
Williams entered the law enforcement field in California and later moved to Montrose, where he became a police officer. He finished his career as Ridgway’s town marshal. Williams’ daughter, Jamie Freyman, said, “He loved it (being a marshal), every day was an accomplishment to him. He felt like town was secure.” Freyman remembers times when visitors broke down while coming through Ridgway and her father would pay for a hotel room for the family for the night and help them get back on their way the next day.

Thu
02
May
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Opinion: Streetscape

Thu
02
May
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Ouray County: No visual impact hearing in sight Planning commission wants to talk process

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

On Tuesday the Board of County Commissioners took the tentative May hearing dates off the table and considered holding a public hearing on the proposed visual impact regulations later in the summer. The board plans to make a final decision on the hearing date at its May 14 meeting.
At that time commissioners will also address timing of appointments to the Ouray County Planning Commission. Two seats on the commission and one alternate seat were set to expire Mar. 1, but the BOCC delayed appointments because the planning commission was in the midst of its public hearings on proposed changes to county visual impact regulations in the land use code.

Thu
02
May
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Ouray: Ficco will be remembered for his kindness

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Alvin Joseph Ficco, 80, of Ouray, passed away at home in the company of his family and friends on Apr. 27.
A father of four sons, Ficco’s family remembered him as a loving father and husband who always put others before himself. Nicknamed “Saint Alvin,” he never spoke ill of anyone and never held a grudge, said his youngest son, Joe Ficco. He lived by the rule “if you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.”
“He was just such a caring man and he thought about everyone else but himself,” said his eldest son, Dan Ficco. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me he’s a guy who didn’t do anything wrong.”

Thu
02
May
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Ridgway School board discusses email procedures and school remodel

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

During its April meeting, the Ridgway school board discussed using email addresses provided by the school district for board communications. Board member Steve Larivee said, “I’m not comfortable with that.” Board member Julie Wesseling responded, “I kind of like it.” Board chair Jeff Synowic asserted, “The pros are that it’s all centralized under the district’s umbrella so they are custodian of the emails.”
Board member Bart Skalla commented, “So, if somebody pulled the sunshine law stuff then we can just transfer it (the emails) over (to the entity requesting to view the public record.) So let’s do it for board members who want but those who don’t can opt out.”

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