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19
May
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Ice Park purchase finalized

by Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com

On Friday, May 11, at 2 p.m. the culmination of years of work finally arrived. The City of Ouray and the United States Forest Service signed papers that finalized Ouray’s purchase of the patch of land in the Uncompahgre National Forest that makes up over 20 acres of the Ice Park.
If the wind hadn’t been howling outside the office of Jeanne Boots at Land Title Gaurantee Company in Ridgway, the collective sigh of relief of those gathered would have been audible throughout most of Ouray County.

Wed
09
May
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Angie Henn passes away at age 94

by Caleb Stento
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Late Friday night or early Saturday morning Angie Henn passed away in her sleep at the age of 94. Henn was a stalwart pillar in the local community and her presence will be greatly missed by family and friends.  
Over the years she made quite the impact on our little community, through friendships made and in serving as a role model for others. Following are thoughts from Victoria Caldwell and Nancy Rule, who considered Henn both a friend and mentor.
“She had many, many friends and everyone loved her,” said Nancy Rule.  “When I was president of the Woman’s Club of Ouray (WCO) she was very supportive. She was my mentor.”

Wed
09
May
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May brings spring showcase to Ouray

by Caleb Stento
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According to Melissa Cervone, 2nd grade teacher and coordinator of the 4th Annual Ouray School Spring Showcase, the show is an opportunity to share with parents and the community what students have been working on throughout the year.
This year’s lineup has been revealed! On May 15 from 3:30-6 p.m. you can experience the young author fair, the art show, spring concert and other showcases. From 3:30-4 p.m. students from elementary and middle school will have readings of books they have written. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. the multi purpose room will host music performances. The fun-packed evening even includes a free pizza dinner from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. So, put on your happy face, bring your cameras and prepare to be dazzled at this one-of-a-kind event!

Wed
09
May
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09
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Resident comes forward with another UFO sighting

Jessi Marlatt

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Another Ouray County resident has come forward, stating she saw a strange light in the sky in late April. Coleen McElroy, 52, told the Plaindealer that she saw a strange light from her home on Highway 550 near Dexter Creek around the same time as the sighting reported by the Plaindealer last week.
"I too saw a UFO...,” she wrote in an email. “What happened is, I have been watching the skies a lot this year due to the planets moving around so much. One night, I was looking out of the window and just south of Whitehouse was a huge bright round light. I though it was a planet, even though it seemed to be much bigger and brighter than the planets I have become used to seeing, and it seemed to be lower in the sky.”

Thu
26
Apr
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Accountability Climate Survey Report

The following is the Accountability Climate Survey Report

Ridgway Schools

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Wed
25
Apr
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Home business use allows cabinet shop north of Ouray

by Beecher Threatt
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Last week the Ouray Area Joint Planning Board recommended approval of a special use permit application for a home business to operate in the Valley Zone, despite protests from neighbors. The only dissenting vote was cast by county planning commissioner Bob Luttrell.
Reluctant to recommend the permit, the planning board nevertheless did not have an avenue in the land use code to deny the application. Applicant Chad Baillie met all conditions for operating a cabinet-making shop on his property at 17185 U.S. Highway 550, south of the intersection of County Road 23 and Highway 550.

Tue
24
Apr
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Sat
21
Apr
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What was that smell?

by Caleb Stento
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If you noticed a foul odor in the air last Wednesday, you aren’t alone. Many residents in the Ridgway area did. The olfactory senses of staff and guests at Orvis Hot Springs were particularly bombarded.
The stink was coming from Orvis neighbor, Amerigas. On Wednesday, an extraordinarily windy day, Amerigas chose to ‘purge’ a few of their old propane tanks. According to Cheryl Roberts, Ouray County Public Health Director, the purging process involves burning off propane from old tanks in order to make disposal a safer process.

Thu
12
Apr
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Sunshine Laws in the dark

On March 22, we printed a story regarding an audit that had been conducted on the Ridgway Schools Food Service program. The audit found the district was not in compliance with a regulation requiring documentation of the tracking of temperatures, quantity and weights of ingredients throughout each day of the year.

The Plaindealer reported that the fine for this infraction, according to Ridgway Schools Superintendent Cheryl Gomez, was nearly $12,000. The Plaindealer also reported that audit findings resulted in the state withholding the reimbursement of funds for free and reduced lunches, over $7,000. Together, we reported, the total fines were in the $18,000 range.

These penalties were reported as heard at the monthly school board meeting the night of March 15. We also reported that the district planned to appeal a portion of these fines.

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