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Sat
27
Apr
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High flying at Mud Fest

An aerial show, well above the muck and mud, was on display Saturday at the second annual Ouray County Mud Fest.

Photo by Sheridan Block

Fri
26
Apr
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Ouray County Mud Fest schedule

Fri., Apr. 26: Mud Jam, 4-8 p.m., Ouray Community Center, $5 adults, kids free, David Starr Band
Sat, Apr. 27: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ouray County Fairgrounds, $10 adults, $5 kids
◦    9:00 a.m.: Driver's Meeting
◦    9:15 a.m.: Pledge of Allegiance
◦    9:20 a.m.: National Anthem
◦    9:25 a.m.: Introduction of Special Guests
◦    9:30 a.m.: Start of Family Activities
◦    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: 4x4 Mud Runs and Obstacle Course Events
◦    12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Warrior Promotions Motorcycle Exhibition

Sun., Apr. 28: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Ouray County Fairgrounds, $10 adults, $5 kids
◦    8:00 a.m.: Mud Fest 5K, $25 entry, Ridgway Town Park start
◦    9:00 a.m.: RockWorx Buggy Exhibition
◦    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: 4x4 Competition Finals and Alpine Offroad Truck Pull
◦    4:00 p.m.: Award Presentations

Sun
21
Apr
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Ridgway: Ribbon Cutting

Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce president Alan Todd (far left) and Town of Ridgway Mayor John Clark (left) were among those in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Acme Healing Center and their Old West Fruit Stand's grand opening celebration on Saturday. Owner Chris Sanchez is pictured next to his wife, the event's ribbon cutter, Beverly Sanchez. Acme General Manager David Niccum along with Acme Crested Butte's store manager Stephanie Cantu (far right) look on. The dispensary is currently open for medical marijuana card holders only, and the Old West Fruit Stand will carry fresh fruits and vegetables from now until next winter for all. Inside, honeys, jams and other products made throughout the Western Slope are available, as well as art work sold on consignment.

Plaindealer photo by Mary Pat Haddock

Sat
20
Apr
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Ouray School takes 1st Place in Knowledge Bowl

(Left to right) Eric Fagrelius and his State Knowledge Bowl Champions Jessica Neehaus, Nicholas Pieper, Daniel Degenhardt, Patrick Link, Julia Vann and Sam Rondinelli pose with their trophy. After two days of competing in Colorado Springs, the Ouray School team was welcomed home Friday night with a parade down Main Street, led by the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department. This is Ouray's fifth consecutive year at the state competition but the first time the school took first place.

Plaindealer photos by Sheridan Block

 

Below: Celebrating the victory and the hardware!

Wed
10
Apr
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Mud Fest Cartoon

Sun
07
Apr
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Second annual Ouray County Mud Fest to be bigger and better

by Sheridan Block

sheridan@ouraynews.com
As temperatures warm up and the snow melts, mud season returns to foil any attempts at spring cleaning. But rather than throwing down mops in frustrated defeat, Ouray County will embrace the muck once again at Mud Fest 2013.
The Ouray County Chamber Resort Association and Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual event at the Ouray County Fairgrounds on April 26-28.
“(The purpose is) bringing our communities together and our regional visitors together to celebrate mud and play, because we have plenty of it,” said OCRA president Tamara Gulde.

Sun
07
Apr
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Council to review police department improvements before any further changes

by Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com
Following a discussion of the KRW assessment of the Ouray Police Department, the council approved a work session with the department to discuss ideas and review budgets before making any changes.
Council member Michael Underwood said that it was the responsibility of the council to hold a work session to discuss ideas and how the changes might affect the department and citizens.
The report was presented at the Mar. 18 meeting by Fred Rainguet, a partner with KRW, and offered several suggestions for improvement, including changes in schedules and additional staff.

Sun
07
Apr
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Volunteers needed for Log Hill mock evacuation

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

The Log Hill Fire Department is holding a drop-in open house Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A pumper, ladder truck, tender, brush truck and other equipment used by firefighters will be on view for kids of all ages to inspect. Fire department representatives will be available to answer questions about fire safety, defensible space, county medical services, evacuation planning and more.
Around midmorning the department will conduct a mock evacuation drill, with the fire station serving as the mock evacuation center. Twenty to 30 mesa residents are needed to serve as volunteer evacuees.

Sun
07
Apr
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RAMs

Ridgway Area Mountain Biking School students celebrate their ascent.
Courtesy photo

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