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Ouray County Cabinet shop permit in Valley Zone approved

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com
After a tense, acrimonious public hearing on Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners approved a special use permit for operation of a home business cabinet shop in the Valley Zone. Chad and Ashley Baillie will now apply for a building permit to construct a shop on their residential property on U.S. Highway 550, just south of County Road 23.
Commissioners made clear the SUP is for use of the property only, not for the building. Home businesses (as opposed to home occupations, a different category) are not a use by right in the Valley Zone. According to land use department staff, the use meets all requirements of the land use code, and staff and the Ouray Area Joint Planning Board recommended approval of the SUP, with conditions. The planning board consists of the five Ouray County Planning Commission members and three City of Ouray appointees.

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Ouray Mountain Rescue Team elects new skipper

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
It's been two years since Mike McLeod was elected and accepted the role of captain of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team (OMRT). Now that his term as skipper is up, another very capable team member has been elected to take his place—Tim Pasek.
MacLeod has been on the OMRT for about six years and, after serving out his two-year term, is ready to turn in his clipboard and “put my helmet back on and do whatever it takes to get a rescue done,” MacLeod stated. “My role is pretty straight forward. I get to go back to being just a regular old rank and file member.”
The official hand-off date isn’t until Jan. 1, but Pasek said he’s now fully into the transition and doing “about 90 percent of the stuff.”

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Ouray power outage due to underground line failure

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
Saturday at approximately 2:00 a.m. a power outage occurred that affected about 60 accounts in disparate parts of the city of Ouray including businesses and private residences. The crew dispatched from San Miguel Power Association’s (SMPA) Ridgway office worked straight through the wee hours of the wintery morning and was able to restore power just before the noon hour on Saturday. According to Terry Daley, engineering and operations manager for SMPA, the cause was failure of an underground power line.

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Ouray County 2012 Woman of the Year named

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

At their Dec. 18 Christmas program, the Woman’s Club of Ouray County named Mary Ellen (M-E) Spirek 2012 Woman of the Year. Nancy Rule wrote the poem which was read to introduce Spirek. Early stanzas described Spirek’s character:
“What we know of this female powerhouse will fill many lines from here,
The passion and perseverance she shows, to make her ever so dear.”
Spirek’s contributions to Second Chance, the Elks Club, Christmas Eve Santa visits and bathroom remodels were highlighted next. The final stanza described Spirek’s current community endeavors.

Sun
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Getting a piece of the action

Debra Finch (left), of the Colorado Lotto, presents the Ridgway Conoco with a $5,000 commission check for selling last week's jackpot winning Lotto ticket. Manager Kelly Kuboske (middle) and accountant Karie Stanley (right) are pictured accepting the check on behalf of the store.

Plaindealer photo by Mary Pat Haddock

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Plans change during attempt to reopen Ouray's Bon Ton

By Beecher Threatt
Ouray residents Chris and Taryn Lee and Tim Eihausen are planning to reopen one of Ouray’s landmark restaurants, the Bon Ton. To raise capital for the endeavor they have been promoting a fundraiser dinner to be held at the Bon Ton on the evening of Dec. 13.
On the afternoon of Dec. 4 they were informed by the health inspector that the restaurant did not pass inspection, so plans for the fundraiser are in limbo. No changes had been made as yet to the restaurant, since the October departure of Tim Tucker and Tyler Hill, who had run it since last December. Tucker and Hill cited a lack of backing from investors as the reason for closing.

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Law suit against Ouray County dismissed

Special to the Plaindealer

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Ouray County issued a press release Wednesday afternoon, stating the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed in 2010 by a former county employee. The 10th Circuit ruled that the complaint filed by Norman Rooker for wrongful termination was properly dismissed by the federal district court. The Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's determination that the Ouray County personnel manual did not constitute an employment contract or contractual relationship and was clear in providing notice to employees that they are employed "at will." According to Ouray County Attorney Marti Whitmore, "It is a very well written and clear opinion. This is excellent news for the County. Litigation is always unfortunate, but this win supports the personnel policies and management of the County."

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Ouray and Ridgway counselor Rick Williams recognized as Colorado’s counselor of the year

Rick Williams recognized as Colorado’s counselor of the year
by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

Rick Williams, guidance counselor for Ridgway and Ouray schools, learned this week that he has been selected for the Cynthia E. Gail Counselor of the Year award for Colorado. At Ridgway School Board’s Tuesday meeting, Principal Jim Bob Hobbs said Williams “works tirelessly to promote opportunities for our students and give them a step into the future.” Williams was nominated for the award by former students, college admission departments, the Pinhead Institute and other community members. He will receive the award at a ceremony in Colorado Springs next week.
Williams has been employed by Ridgway High School for seven years and Ouray for

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Ouray Holiday Light Decoration Competition

Plaindealer Staff Report
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Alpine Bank is sponsoring the Ouray Holiday Light Decoration Competition and is putting up a $400 contribution to fund the awards. Judging begins on Monday, Dec. 3 and goes through Sunday, Dec. 9. To participate in the competition you must live or have a business within the city limits of Ouray and have the decorative lights on from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the entire week.
Cash awards in each of two categories, business and residential, are: first place, $100; second place, $75; and, third place, $25. Winners will be contacted immediately following the competition and will be notified of the date they will receive their awards at Alpine Bank.
The competition is hosted this year by Alpine Bank, the City of Ouray Beautification Committee and the Ouray Chamber Resort Association.

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