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McLachlan recall petition circulates

by Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com
A movement to recall District 59 State Representative Mike McLachlan is underway, as the San Juan Freedom Defense Committee began circulating petitions throughout District 59 on Monday.
“The recall of Rep. McLachlan is our best opportunity to demonstrate to politicians across Colorado and the country that ‘We the People’ don’t have to wait until the next election when they step over the line,” the group wrote in a blog post on their website recallmikemclachlan.com. “This will be a powerful message and set an example for other communities to take similar action when our rights are infringed.”
McLachlan was not available for comment to the Plaindealer. According to Megan Dubray, Deputy Communications Director for the Majority in the Colorado House of Representatives, McLachlan has been hospitalized in Denver since Mar. 18. Dubray did not know the reason he is in the hospital.

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OURAY COUNTY: Board opposes Sage-grouse listing, designation

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
On Tuesday the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opposing the listing of the Gunnison Sage-grouse as an endangered species and designation of its critical habitat in Ouray County. County Attorney Marti Whitmore drafted the six-page letter arguing that the service did not meet the statutory criteria for the listing and especially for designation of two small areas of the county.
The service's maps do not have sufficient detail for the county to determine the boundaries of the proposed designated habitat, according to the letter. Some of the land may be agricultural, and a habitat designation could limit crop production.

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Ouray: Real Estate company makes a move of their own

by Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Ouray Realty and Investments has helped families move into and out of their homes in Ouray County for over 25 years. This past holiday season, however, the company made a move of their own to a new office located at 305 6th Ave.
The relocation from its long-time Main Street office was prompted by the need for a more efficient space to accommodate the staff.
"There are fewer folks in the office and we don't need as much room anymore," said managing broker Bill Chipley.
It's hard to say whether business has been affected by the change from a Main Street address, as the company has just moved and the season is a bit slower. Although, with newly hired miners and their families still making moves into Ouray County, Chipley said he has been contacted by those looking for rentals in the area, especially in Ridgway.

Thu
28
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Ouray: Volunteers needed to get muddy

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Mud season is just around the corner, and while some may wince at the gooey mess that awaits, Ouray County residents will be celebrating the muck at the Second Annual Mud Fest.
Ouray Chamber Resort Association President Tamara Gulde said that compared to last year’s event, things will be “much, much bigger” this year.
“We’re adding some things that are pretty exciting,” she said. “We promise bigger and better.”

Sun
24
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Weehawken: Swing dance lessons on tap

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On Thursday nights from Apr. 11-May 2, 6-7 p.m., adults and high schoolers are invited to learn the basics of the original form of swing dance, the Lindy Hop, at the Sherbino Theater. Instructors are Chris and Wendy Shima. No experience or partners are necessary.
Call Weehawken Creative Arts at 970.318.0150 or visit Weehawken online at www.weehawkenarts.org for more information or to register.

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Ouray County: Neighbor to Neighbor offers exercise, community and smiles

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

Neighbor to Neighbor is a nonprofit volunteer organization serving Ouray County seniors, disabled and homebound individuals. The program provides transportation for participants from anywhere in Ouray County (roads permitting) for all of their programs, which include senior lunches, walking hours, Polar Bear water aerobics, shopping trips and special events. Neighbor to Neighbor’s van has a lift on the back to accommodate wheelchairs and any other special needs participants may have.

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Gun legislation signed

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three bills in the Colorado Democrats' gun legislation package on Wednesday.
HB13-1224, which places restrictions on the sale, transfer and possession of ammunition magazines capable of accepting more than 15 rounds of ammunition or eight shotgun shells, went to the governor after the House accepted Senate amendments and repassed it.

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Ouray: Block excited for opportunity

Sheridan Block moved from south sunny Florida to the snowy slopes of the San Juan Mountains.

 

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Ouray: Ourayle and Maggie's find a good fit

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
Ourayle House patrons will no longer have to bring their own burgers to grill: Hutch is moving in with Maggie's Kitchen. Jim Hutchinson, owner of Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing Co., is relocating his brewing and retail operation to a space in the same building as the popular burger restaurant on Main Street. He currently operates at 215 7th Ave.
On Monday the Ouray Planning Commission found that city code criteria were met and granted a conditional use permit that will allow Hutchinson to operate the brewery at 703 Main St.
An interior door will allow customer access between the businesses. While Maggie's Kitchen customers will be allowed to bring their food into the brewery, Hutchinson is still working with state liquor licensing authorities to get permission for brewery customers to take beverages into the restaurant.

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13
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Ready to Serve

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

This summer and fall, six young men from Ridway and Ouray high schools will enter the military, becoming students, pilots, infantrymen, engineers, public affair specialists and medics. They will push themselves to physical and emotional depths they currently cannot fathom. They will each honor and serve their country to the best of their ability.

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