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OURAY: Camp Bird mine fire contained

Photo by Sheridan Block

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

A fire near Camp Bird mine claimed an old shed and nearly an acre of land before being contained on Sunday night.

Ouray's Volunteer Fire Department received a call reporting the blaze around 6:30 p.m. and rushed to the scene with assistance from the Ridgway Fire Department and BLM Fire Crews and a helicopter.

Ouray fire chief Trevor Latta reported the fire started in a 125 year old shed and caught on to nearby trees causing several spot fires. Within only a few hours, the firefighters were able to contain the blaze to roughly an acre. BLM remained on site overnight to monitor the area, and Ouray firefighters returned to the scene on Monday morning.

Sat
22
Jun
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East Fork fire near Ridgway proves difficult to supress

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The Incident Management Team overseeing firefighting efforts on the East Fork Fire near Silver Jack Reservoir, has found the fire difficult to supress.  Steep, inaccessible terrain, gusty winds and extremely dry conditions make the fire resistant to control.  Fortunately the fire is burning in a remote location and no structures have been lost.  The fire has grown in size to 370 acres as of Saturday morning.

Fri
21
Jun
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WESTERN SLOPE: East Fork Fire continues to burn on hazardous terrain near Silverjack Reservoir

An aerial photo of the East Fork Fire burning on Uncompahgre National Forest lands near Silverjack Reservoir. Courtesy Photo (USDA Forest Service)

By Bill Tiedje
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Wed
19
Jun
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OURAY COUNTY: Sequester blamed for PILT shortfall

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com
According to a formula relied upon by counties to plan for revenue from PILT, Ouray County was supposed to receive $20,000 more than it will in fact receive in 2013.
Payments in Lieu of Taxes are revenue that the federal government sends to local and county governments to compensate for lack of tax revenue from federal lands. Last year, County Administrator Connie Hunt determined from calculations made on the U.S. Department of the Interior website that Ouray County was entitled to $384,894 and used that amount in her budgeting for 2013.
Last week Hunt learned that because of the federal sequester the county will receive only...

Wed
19
Jun
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CITY OF OURAY: Council to move forward with pot regulations

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Despite opposing views and tensions running high, city council directed staff to move forward with drafting marijuana regulations.
Going into the discussion on Monday, council was given three options to act on recent Amendment 64 legislation: to ban all retail and manufacturing operations related to marijuana, to regulate any or all services relating to marijuana within the city or to defer action to a vote of the citizens during the November 2014 election, in addition to a moratorium until after the election.
City attorney Kathryn Sellars said that ignoring or not taking action is not an option, as there is a Dec. 31 deadline for action. In regard to regulation,

Wed
19
Jun
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Town Council approves bus service agreement

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Ridgway Town Council has entered an agreement with Roadrunner Stage Lines, part of the non-profit Southern Ute Community Action Program, which will offer bus service between Durango and Grand Junction via Telluride and Ridgway twice daily.
Town council also approved the use of the visitor's center parking area near the county fairgrounds as a pick up and drop off location. This action required coordination between the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce, which leases the property from the town, and Ouray County, which owns portions of the entrance.
Tickets for the bus service will be sold by RACC volunteers at the visitor's center. Service is expected to start in mid-July.

Tue
18
Jun
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OURAY: Camp Bird mine lays off employees during temporary closure

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Fifteen employees were let go as Camp Bird mine is currently undergoing a temporary closure.
Camp Bird is closing its operations for 39 days, as the mine has hit a couple of "unexpected delays underground," according to general mine manager Bumper Williams.
Though Williams couldn't expand on what the "unexpected delays" were, he said that it has impacted the financial end of the operations. The Caldera Mineral Resources organization needs to regroup and figure out its next steps, which will include the need for more money to be fed into the mining operations.

Because of the mine's closure, Camp Bird laid off 15 of their 22 employees. The delay was just long enough that there was no other choice but to let workers go, Williams said. He added that once the mine is ready to pick up again, these workers will absolutely be considered for rehire.

Fri
14
Jun
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Otis Taylor plays the blues in Ouray

Big name blues musician Otis Taylor performed for the Mountain Air Music Series crowd in Ouray Thursday.

Photos by Sheridan Block

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Fri
14
Jun
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OURAY COUNTY: Planning commission appointments again uncomfortable

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
On Wednesday, June 12, the Board of County Commissioners appointed two regular members of the county planning commission and one alternate.  Seven candidates, including the sitting members, applied for the three positions.  
For the two terms that expired on Mar. 31, those held by Sheelagh Williams and Tim Currin, the board appointed Colona resident Craig Jackman and re-appointed Currin.

Fri
14
Jun
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CITY OF OURAY: Public urged to speak up and participate in Amendment 64 discussions

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

City council will again discuss Amendment 64 at Monday's meeting and the public is encouraged to attend and give their opinions.
The discussion is aimed to get council to consider how they want to regulate marijuana within the city limits. According to City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli, council has three options on the subject: ban all retail and manufacturing of marijuana in the city, let voters decide next year whether or not they want marijuana shops in town or direct staff to start developing regulations.

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