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Report to Ouray County says rodeo grandstands roof unsafe

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday asked county staff to look into a possible temporary fix to secure the roof on the fairgrounds grandstands before the next major event there. Recent inspections by two engineering firms determined that the roof is not safe, and the county's insurance company is requiring that it be removed.
Two Ouray County Rodeo Association members appeared at the board's Call to the Public and questioned the need to remove the roof immediately. "Who made the decision to have it inspected?" began Louis Schlosser.
County Administrator Connie Hunt replied she requested the inspection for a grant application she is preparing. Hunt pointed out the seating could still be used for upcoming, scheduled events, without a roof. The next scheduled event is the Heritage Ranch Rodeo on June 15-16.

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Iconic Ridgway property goes on market

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
The building known to all as simply " The Firehouse," the most recognizable structure in Ridgway, is for sale. Owner Michael McCullough made the decision to put it on the market about two months ago, after learning he has lung cancer.
McCullough and his partner, Lucy Boody, had been thinking about moving and were slowly heading in the direction of selling the firehouse, when his diagnosis accelerated the decision.

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May
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Ouray County Fairgrounds granstands to be removed

The following is a press release submitted to the Ouray County Plaindealer from Susan Long, manager of the Ouray County Fairgrounds, on May 22, 2013.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, during the Fairgrounds Advisory Council meeting at the 4-H Event Center, the user groups were informed of the need to remove the roof of the current grandstands structure in order to comply with a recent certified engineering update/study issued by Russell Engineering.  Susan Long, Fairgrounds Manager, explained the need to remove the problematic roof of the structure.  Will Clapsadl, Ouray County Facilities Manager, addressed the actual process of how this will be accomplished.  The final result will be, with the roof removed, the remaining grandstands structure could then be used for the 2013 season.

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WESTERN SLOPE: Annual river float raises funds for restoration

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Early on a Saturday morning, hundreds of Colorado residents and visitors attended the Western Slope Conservation Center’s annual River Awareness Float Trip Fundraiser.
The 14th annual event, held May 18, included a float down the Gunnison River in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.
“I thought it was a blast,” said WSCC executive director Sarah Sauter. “Every year is a lot of fun. It was fun to get on a different stretch of the river.”

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21
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CITY OF OURAY: Police department loses another officer

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Following a series of resignations that began early last week, Ouray’s police department is now down to one.
Officer Chad Rilling submitted his letter of resignation before Monday evening’s city council meeting. His leave was to take effect Wednesday, May 22, which is also the last day for Officer Tony Schmidt.
Last Monday, Schmidt handed in his resignation. He told the Plaindealer that he felt there were some issues within the department that weren’t being resolved and mentioned that recent scheduling issues also came into play with his decision. Police chief Leo Rasmusson II followed suit and resigned Tuesday morning, May 14.
Justin Crandall, the only remaining officer, spoke to city council and the community at Monday’s Ouray City Council meeting. He stated that with the current state of the department, some services will be curtailed for the moment, including...

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Ridgway School District: High school to offer vocational classes for 2013-14 school year

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

Next fall, when college bound members of Ridgway’s currently graduating class enter university, many of them will be doing so with a significant number of college credits already on their transcript. By having participated in Ridgway High School’s (RHS) college concurrent program, which allows students to receive college credit while attending a college level class taught by a RHS teachers with a subject specific Masters degree, these students will be able to register for their preferred classes before other freshmen have developed...

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Ouray County food pantry looking for a new home

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Community Food Pantry is looking for a new building to serve those in need in Ouray County.
Located at 550 Hunter Parkway, the food pantry’s current facility has been leased out. The organization occupied this building over the last two years, using it free of charge and paying only for utilities.
The current location in Trail Town is about 2,500 square feet, and while it’s nice to have that much room it isn’t absolutely necessary, said volunteer Brenda Hernandez.
The food pantry has been around for...

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Fri
17
May
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Goose No. 4 ends respite in Ridgway

Winching the Goose No. 4 onto a flat bed trailer. Are these guys good, or what?

Video by Beecher Threatt

by Beecher Threatt

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Galloping Goose No. 4 is back in Telluride after undergoing four years of restoration in the capable hands of Ridgway Railroad Museum volunteers. On May 16, a major operation loaded the Goose on a flat bed and transported it to its home at the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department.
The operation required that the tracks where the Goose sat at the museum be lifted in a gradual arc to meet the tracks on the end of the flat bed. Skanska USA, a national construction firm, provided transportation at no cost.

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