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Wed
11
Sep
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OURAY Diamond W Wranglers round up special guest for annual concert

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Paying musical homage to Southwest Colorado's rich heritage, the world famous Diamond W Wranglers return to Ouray for another Western music weekend.
For the group's fourth appearance in the area, they've wrangled along good friend and fellow musician Rex Allen, Jr., to make a special guest appearance for next weekend's concert series.
Ouray locals John and Virginia Ast have been good friends with the Wranglers since their days in Wichita, Kan. After moving to Ouray, the couple invited the group to come out and perform almost annually. The Wranglers first appearance was in 2008, and they returned again in 2009 and 2011.

Wed
11
Sep
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OURAY COUNTY TOP amendments and Panoramic Heights ordinance approved

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The Board of County Commissioners approved two amendments to the Top of the Pines, Inc. special use permit for an "outdoor education and recreation camp and center" as well as an ordinance regulating environmental remediation of the Panoramic Heights subdivision at their regular meeting on Sept. 10.
The TOP amendments made two specific changes to the special use permit, both subject to TOP board approval: allowing the sale and consumption of alcohol and limiting trails to "non-motorized" instead of "non-mechanized" use to allow mountain biking.
County Attorney Marti Whitmore clarified that while the amendment would allow alcohol to be sold as part of a use fee, such as part of a wine and cheese event, an additional liquor license would be required for any event where alcohol was sold separately.
In approving the amendments, the BOCC directed TOP to...

Wed
11
Sep
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CITY OF OURAY Apteka to close its doors

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

After nearly four years of business on Main Street, Apteka may be closing its doors by the end of the month.
Owned by Christine Kersen, the convenience and liquor store has been for sale for about a year now, with only a few inquiries. The business is listed for $99,000.
"It's a tough economy right now," said Kersen.
Kersen began the business in 2009 with her mother. Once her mother moved to Florida, not too long ago, Kersen managed the storefront mostly on her own.

Wed
11
Sep
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CITY OF OURAY Bank looking to resell hotel

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

While the Cascade Falls Lodge still has vacancies, the property's new owner is already looking to get rid of the hotel.
Having gone to the auction block on Aug. 28, the Cascade Falls Lodge was purchased by the First State Bank of Hotchkiss for $593,000. The bank foreclosed on the hotel's previous owners, Sandra and Ted Messier, in April this year.
The Messiers owned the business for 10 years before being evicted in April. Sandra said that when the economy shifted, business started going down. The final straw that "killed" the hotel was when the 2012 Fourth of July fireworks were canceled, she said.

Fri
06
Sep
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Streetscape removed from ballot during special meeting

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Ridgway Town Council voted to remove the Streetscape ballot question from the Nov. 5 election during a special meeting held on Sept. 5, after hearing strong opposition from business and commercial property owners.
Mayor John Clark said he called the meeting after hearing concerns from Tammee Tuttle, owner of the True Grit Cafe, and Darin Hill, owner of Mountain Market, on Sept. 4.
The Plaindealer questioned whether the meeting had been properly noticed in compliance with the Colorado Open Meetings Act.

Fri
30
Aug
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City of Ouray Motorcycle accident sends one to hospital

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

A motorcycle accident near the Amphitheater Campgrounds sent one woman to the hospital on Thursday afternoon.
According to Ouray police officer James Berry, southbound U.S. 550, a motorcyclist rear-ended a Texas-plated vehicle that was turning into the campgrounds, causing the bike to "dump over."
A Tuscon, Ariz. couple were passengers on the bike. The man received several scrapes and bruises while the woman was transported to the hospital in Montrose via ambulance. The extent of the injuries are currently unknown, though at the scene she was complaining of back pain and had a cut above her eye.
The passengers in the vehicle involved were not harmed. The two men were visiting the area to go hiking.

Thu
29
Aug
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OURAY COUNTY Floods close roads following Wednesday storms

Flooding at Owl Creek washed out the South Pinecrest Drive in Ouray following storms on Wednesday evening.
Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Wednesday evening storms brought flooding to the county, causing several roads in the area to temporarily shut down.

Flooding affected a six-mile stretch of U.S. 550 on Red Mountain Pass, County Road 17 at Corbett Creek, South Pinecrest Drive, and areas near Senator's Gulch.

Ouray County emergency services sent an alert Wednesday around 9 p.m. stating that Highway 550 was closed at mile marker 87 due to a mudslide. The highway was opened to both lanes of traffic around 11 p.m.

Wed
28
Aug
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OURAY SCHOOL Board still unclear on effects of school finance bill

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

As the Colorado school finance reform bill heads to voters in November, the Ouray school board is still struggling to see the benefits of the bill to the district.
During its regular board meeting on Monday evening, the school board was to take action on Amendment 66, a resolution in support of the ballot initiative (Senate Bill 13-213) to increase funding for education.
"I personally am not ready to either support or oppose the resolution," said chairman Mike Fedel. "I've been reading through the legislation… If I had to vote tonight, I'd vote no."

Wed
28
Aug
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY School board approves superintendent's contract extension

Community members, including parents, staff and former school board members gathered in the Ridgway Elementary Library during the school board meeting on Aug. 27. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Mon
26
Aug
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RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Board to vote on superintendent's contract extension

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

A one-year contract extension for Superintendent Cheryl Gomez will be voted on by the Ridgway school board during its regular meeting on Aug. 27.
School board candidate Jason Gunning has questioned why the extension is being "rushed" as the superintendent's current contract will not expire until May 2014.
Gunning asked for more time and consideration on the issue in an e-mail to school board members.
"If you want to do it before the new school board (is elected), at least give the public time to respond," said Gunning, referencing the November elections for four seats on the five person board.

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