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18
Oct
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Ridgway Liquors may reopen in December

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Ridgway Liquors may be reopening under new ownership as early as December of this year, pending approval of its liquor license by Town Council.
The new owner, Kim Chamberlain of Placerville, is leasing the building from its original owner and plans to remodel the interior while leaving the historic exterior much the same.
Approval of another liquor license by town council on Jan. 11, 2012 came amid controversy, heated debate and circulations of petitions for and against the new store, San Juan Wine and Spirits, that eventually became Ridgway's third liquor establishment.

Fri
18
Oct
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WESTERN SLOPE EAGLE-Net looks for funding to complete project next year

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

The controversial EAGLE-Net Alliance broadband project will need more money before it is completed by the end of 2014.
During a special hearing with the Colorado Legislative Audit Committee last month, EAGLE-Net president Mike Ryan explained that the project, awarded a $100.6 million federal stimulus grant in 2010, will need another $17 million to $25 million.
Following an inspection in late April, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which presides over the broadband initiative, found that EAGLE-Net will need at least an additional $15 million in private funding to continue through next year.

Fri
18
Oct
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MONTROSE Hospice organization near goal for new clinical facility

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

HopeWest is mounting a push to finish raising its goal of $3,000,000 to build a clinical services facility in Montrose that will serve residents of Ouray and eastern Montrose counties in need of hospice and community outreach services. With just $500,000 to go, the group is confident the proposed facility will soon be a reality.

Fri
18
Oct
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Silver at the Great American Beer Fest

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The Colorado Boy Brewing Company brought home a silver medal for its Irish Red Ale at the prestigious 2013 Great American Beer Festival held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on Oct. 10, 11 and 12.
"I think the Red is a good beer now," commented Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery Owner Tom Hennessey.
"Now we will be trying to tweak it and make it better," Hennessey remarked. Hennessy said the festival inspired competition among brewing peers.
Over 600 breweries competed in the three day festival, with over 10,000 people attending each day.
"It was a wild time," said Colorado Boy brewer Elliot Bell.

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Fri
11
Oct
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OURAY COLORADO IS OPEN FOR HUNTING

DENVER - Colorado is open for fall hunting with more than 23 million acres of public land that are not affected by the federal government shutdown.

"Colorado is known worldwide for its pristine hunting and fishing areas,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "Some federal refuges are closed here and in other states, but Colorado has elk licenses available and hunters are welcome this fall to hunt on other public land."

Colorado is the only state that offers over-the-counter rifle bull elk license for resident and non-resident hunters. The licenses are valid in more than 90 game management units during the second or third rifle seasons. The second rifle season runs Oct. 19 - 27 and third rifle season is Nov. 2 - 10.

[ To view the Ouray County Hunting Guide, click here. ]

Fri
11
Oct
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OURAY Wright Opera House: A Story About Art, Friendship, And the Art of Friendship

"Art by Yasmina Reza" is performed Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 at Ouray's Wright Opera House. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Show 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15.

By Tom Magstadt

Art.  What is it?  Why do some people love opera and others prefer a visit to the dentist?  When I visit a great art museum (which, I confess, isn't all that often), I usually see some paintings I'd like to have hanging above my fireplace and others I just don't get.  For me, that's especially true of the whole spectrum of Abstract Expressionism from Cubism to Minimalism.  People disagree about music and movies, too, of course – the rare exceptions for my generation being Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and "The Graduate".  (Okay, and "True Grit".)

Wed
09
Oct
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Oktoberfest 2013: Ouray

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Sat
05
Oct
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WESTERN SLOPE Alpine Ranger program

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Following another successful year of the Alpine Ranger, supporters met at Silverton Town Hall on Tuesday to discuss how to build and maintain support as well as improve the program in the coming years.
What started as a four-county effort between Ouray, San Miguel, San Juan and Hinsdale counties has expanded to a growing partnership with public land agencies, state parks, backcountry clubs and rental and tour companies among many others.
The major topic of discussion was the issue of funding to continue to keep the program moving forward. The Alpine Rangers serve as "ambassadors" for the backcountry, promoting safe use of trails and vehicles along the Alpine Loop. However, in order to maintain itself, the program is seeking more funding to keep going.

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