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Tue
11
Mar
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Duce going for gold in Sochi next week

by Sheridan Block
 
Going for the gold, local adaptive snowboarder Heidi Jo Duce will make her Paralympic debut in Sochi on Friday, Mar. 14, competing in the first-ever snowboard cross event at the games. Growing up in Ouray, Duce, an amputee below the knee, has been snowboarding and participating in other outdoor sports since she was young. However, it wasn’t until early 2013 that Duce began to practice snowboarding as a worldwide competitor. She made her debut at the first para-snowboard cross World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia, last March and went on to win gold at the U.S. Snowboard Cross National Championship that same year. Currently, Duce is ranked second in the world and, despite a serious shoulder injury in November, was able to make a quick recovery and secure a spot on the national team.
Tue
11
Mar
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UWP plans mine cleanup projects

by Bill Tiedje
 
An EPA grant for a collaborative cleanup of mine tailings at the defunct Atlas Mill located on Sneffels Creek, west of the Revenue-Virginius Mine, was officially awarded on Feb. 4 to the project's coordinator, the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP), a Ouray Countybased 501(c)(3) non-profit. UWP Board President Ken Lipton said work may begin as early as this spring on the cleanup project, aimed at improving water quality by reducing heavy metal loading in Sneffels Creek.

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Sat
08
Mar
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Ridgway's season ends at 2A regional championship match

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By Bill Tiedje
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With a record of 17 wins and six losses, the Ridgway Lady Demons girls basketball season ended in Durango on Saturday after a 47 to 42 loss against Paonia in the 2A Region 3 Championship match.
"It was a heck of a game," said Head Coach Steve Hill. "My girls played as hard as they could."
The first quarter ended tied at 13 with both teams exchanging the lead early. Paonia led at halftime 25 to 21.

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Fri
07
Mar
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Ridgway girls basketball find fourth quarter fire

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Wed
05
Mar
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CITY OF OURAY Duce going for gold in Sochi next week/(JUMP) Community rallies in support of local Paralympian

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Going for the gold, local adaptive snowboarder Heidi Jo Duce will make her Paralympic debut in Sochi on Friday, Mar. 14, competing in the first-ever snowboard cross event at the games.
Growing up in Ouray, Duce, an amputee below the knee, has been snowboarding and participating in other outdoor sports since she was young. However, it wasn’t until early 2013 that Duce began to practice snowboarding as a worldwide competitor. She made her debut at the first para-snowboard cross World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia, last March and went on to win gold at the U.S. Snowboard Cross National Championship that same year. Currently, Duce is ranked second in the world and, despite a serious shoulder injury in November, was able to make a quick recovery and secure a spot on the national team.

Wed
05
Mar
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COLORADO Commissioner elections bill fails in committee

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

After passing the Colorado Senate, State Senator Ellen Roberts' commissioner election bill failed to emerge from a House committee on Feb. 26, thus ending a second attempt to pass this legislation.
Senate Bill 14-084 would have changed the nature of county commissioner elections to allow voters to determine whether they wish to elect commissioners solely from the votes cast in their particular district rather than a countywide vote.

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Thu
20
Feb
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FAIRWAY PINES Lot density reduction not recommended Lipton not seeking re-appointment

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Ouray County Planning Commission recommended disapproval of an application to reduce density requirements on two lots in Fairway Pines at its meeting Tuesday night. The application now moves to the Board of County Commissioners for final action.
The application by landowner Mark Main seeks to reduce allowable density from four residential units per lot to one unit by amending the final plat for Filing 1 of Fairway Pines. The two lots, 3.7 and 3.6 acres respectively, are immediately east of the old Fairway Pines clubhouse, near the intersection of Ponderosa Drive and County Road 1.

Thu
20
Feb
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COLORADO/OURAY COUNTY High avalanche season prompts caution

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Backcountry adventurers across the state are encouraged to take caution when exploring the wilderness during this particularly active avalanche season.
Last Wednesday, Feb. 12, Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center released a statement urging Coloradans to heed warnings of high avalanche danger in many parts of the backcountry.
“We understand Coloradans’ love for the outdoors in all seasons. We want to encourage backcountry travelers to pay close attention to warnings from the Avalanche Information Center,” said Hickenlooper. “Conditions in the backcountry this winter are dangerous and exercising common sense caution can prevent tragedy.”

Thu
20
Feb
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COLORADO Fed guidelines unclear for banking with marijuana

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

On Feb. 14 the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department released guidelines for banks to do business with state-licensed marijuana vendors.
According to the memo, the Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued the guidelines to clarify expectations for how financial institutions can provide services to pot retailers in a way that complies with federal and state law enforcement priorities.
Last August, Deputy Attorney General James Cole released the "Cole Memo" detailing "priorities" for marijuana enforcement, which included the prevention of distribution to minors, revenue going toward criminal organizations, driving under the influence and transferring of the drug across state lines, among others.

Fri
14
Feb
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CITY OF OURAY Cabin Fever Day an excuse for outdoor winter fun

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Grab your skis, snowboards and sleds and get ready for a day of fun in the snow with Ouray’s Cabin Fever Day next Saturday, Feb. 22.
Cabin Fever Day is a family-fun weekend event held at Lee’s Ski Hill, at 3rd Avenue and 4th Street, which has been hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee for many years. Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy a day in the snow with a variety of competitions and activities.
“It’s really just an excuse to play outside on the Ski Hill,” said PARC member Shawn Kitchens.

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