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11
Jul
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OURAY COUNTY Fire helicopters inspected for mussels

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

To limit the spread of zebra and quagga mussels, Ridgway State Park officials will decontaminate fire helicopters' water tanks before the helicopters draw water from the reservoir to fight fires, except in emergencies where there is immediate danger to human life and property.

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Tue
09
Jul
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CITY OF OURAY: Hansen remembered for his passion and dedication in times of adversity

Gary Hansen working on a trail to the Jonathan Mine building for the Ouray Trail Group. Photo by Karen Risch

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

After a thirteen-month battle against cancer, Gary Hansen of Ouray passed away at home on Friday, July 5.

A well-loved member of the community, Hansen is remembered as a passionate, dedicated, and eccentric individual. He loved adventure and innovation as much as he loved his family and his community.

Having worked as an electronics research engineer before retiring to Ouray in 2002, Hansen was one for ingenuity. His eldest daughter Carli Hansen recalled several inventions he came up with, including a makeshift hovercraft made out of a sheet of wood and a leaf blower.

Wed
03
Jul
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Ironton fire near Ouray contained

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The Half Moon Fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. July 2, burning near Ironton Park, south of the town of Ouray. The fire resulted from lightning strike(s). Ouray Volunteer Fire Department resources were able to access the fire initially, followed by Forest Service resources including approximately 40 firefighters and 3 helicopters. The Half Moon Fire is estimated to be 1-2 acres in size and firefighters were able to construct line and use water drops to stop the spread into the evening hours yesterday. Firefighters will remain on site through the day, working to “mop up” hot spots and ensure the fire is contained.

Wed
03
Jul
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Ouray fireworks cancelled

Plaindealer Staff Report
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On Wednesday morning, the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department announced that the Fourth of July fireworks have been canceled.

After much research, consultation and consideration, fire chief Trevor Latta and his team "regretfully" decided to cancel the fireworks display for Thursday's festivities.

In a statement provided by OVFD, Latta and his team said they understand the importance of the fireworks displace for both Ouray and its local merchants and made every possible effort to execute a safe show this year. However, given the weather conditions and surrounding wildfires in the area, the fire department feels that potential risks to Ouray and its citizens outweigh any benefits.

Fri
28
Jun
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CITY OF OURAY Concert Pianist celebrates historic cultural impact of Wright

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The role of the Wright Opera House in the cultural history of Ouray's early mining days comes full circle on June 28 with the performance of concert pianist Kara Huber. The event is sponsored by David Conrad, grandson of Ouray's prominent early citizen, Ruth Miller. She was born at Camp Bird and went on to become a concert violinist with the Denver Symphony.

Fri
28
Jun
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Ridgway among five newly certified creative districts

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DENVER - June 26, 2013 - Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Boettcher Foundation are pleased to announce the certification of five new creative districts through the Colorado Creative Districts Program: Pueblo Creative Corridor, Corazon de Trinidad, North Fork Valley Creative District, Ridgway Creative District and Telluride Creative District.

Fri
28
Jun
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OURAY COUNTY Rodeo Association looks to BOCC for grandstands answers

Rodeo Association member Erin Stadelman expresses her concerns to the BOCC that the grandstands issue will not be resolved in time for the Labor Day Rodeo.

Photo and story by Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Fri
28
Jun
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Ridgway River fest returns

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The sixth annual Ridgway River Festival will be held Saturday, June 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rollans Park.
From old favorites including "Junk of the Unc," the homemade "junk" boat race, to new events such as the "Ducky Race," the day will offer a wide variety of fun watershed-related activities to raise funds for the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and the MOSAIC Community Project.

Fri
28
Jun
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Playtime in early 20th century Ouray subject of talk

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How did folks unwind from the daily grind during Ouray’s early days? Gail Saunders will tell that story through historic pictures in her presentation, “Recreation and Celebration Through the Lens of Historic Photos.” The Evening of History, offered by the Ouray County Historical Society, will be Tuesday, July 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Ouray Community Center.

Tue
25
Jun
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East Fork Fire Update

Current Size:  447 acres                                                                Containment:  3%
Management Strategy:  Full suppression
Structures Threatened:  20 residences, 15 commercial properties, and 5 outbuildings
Structures Lost:  none

Status:  The fire has been light to moderately active; burning in spruce/fir fuels with creeping and single tree torching.  Steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain (primarily below the Rim) with heavy dead/ down fuels that are extremely dry has made suppression efforts very difficult.  The high elevation also affects crew and equipment efficiencies.
The Little Cimarron Creek Road and Road 864 are being heavily used by the fire crews for access to the fire.  Some crews are staying in a ‘spike camp’ setup on the High Mesa.  Road maintenance will be ongoing with road blading and dust abatement with water as needed.

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