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Thu
08
Nov
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Historic hotel and restaurant will reopen

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
Although specifics of the timing are unclear, the Bon Ton Restaurant and St. Elmo Hotel will re-open, according to Sandy Lingenfelter. Sandy and her husband, Dan, are owners of the hotel and restaurant, which are historical parts of Ouray’s community.
The Lingenfelters had entered into a lease to purchase agreement with Tim Tucker and Tyler Hill. On Monday, Oct. 29, Tucker and Hill closed the doors, citing a loss of backing from investors as a reason behind the closing.
Employees were given a couple of days notice of the closure. Tucker and Hill said that they sold some of their personal belongings to settle up with employees, but that some back pay is still owed.

Tue
06
Nov
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PADGETT, BATCHELDER WINNERS

Last updated: 12.19 a.m.

FINAL COUNTY COMMISSIONER RESULTS ARE IN

 

ELECTION 2012

DISTRICT 3 OURAY COUNTY COMMISSIONER

DON BATCHELDER (R)                           PAT WILLITS (I)

TOTAL VOTES:     1,545                         TOTAL VOTES:  1,490

Sun
07
Oct
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Red Mountain Ditch Update

By Caleb Stento

caleb@ouraynews.com

On Sept. 27 the United States Forest Service (USFS) approved an amendment to the existing operating and management plan for the Red Mountain Ditch that would allow rehabilitation work to begin.
The City of Ouray has been looking to augment its water supply by purchasing water rights from Red Mountain Ditch for some time. A contract for purchase has been drawn up, but there are several caveats that need to be addressed before the purchase is finalized.

Sun
07
Oct
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Ouray County: Driver apprehended after hit and run

Jessi Marlatt

jessi@ouraynews.com

The driver of a vehicle involved with a hit and run accident in Silverton on Sept. 27 was apprehended in Ouray County at U.S. Highway 550 mile marker 104.3 around 8 p.m. that same day.
“Silverton aired a report of a possible hit and run in San Juan County,” said Ridgway Marshal David “Scotty” Scott. According to Scott, the vehicle, a silver Chevy Silverado with New Mexico plates, was identified by Ridgway Deputy Marshal Jeff Hunt and Ouray County Deputy Sheriff Jeremiah Franklin.
The male driver, Kenneth Small, 40, of Aztec, N.M., was arrested by the sheriff's office with assistance from the marshal's department.
Franklin charged Small with driving under the influence and transported him to the Montrose County Jail. He was also issued a citation for failure to notify police of an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.

Sun
07
Oct
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Ouray County: Colorado District 59 debate

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Women in Support of Education (WISE) hosted a debate in the Ouray Community Center on Tuesday evening between District 59 State House incumbent J. Paul Brown (R) and challenger Mike McLachlan (D). Moderator Nancy Wolkin asked questions submitted by audience members and kept candidates to time limits.
The candidates come from different backgrounds. Brown is a rancher in Ignacio and has served as a county commissioner and school board member. McLachlan was raised in a military family and after an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps earned a law degree. He practices in Durango. Both candidates have raised families and believe that District 59 is the most beautiful in the state.
Candidates on common sense

Sun
07
Oct
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OURAY COUNTY: Soaker safety the goal in lower speed limit; Nursing assistance to schools hits snag

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com

After a public hearing on Tuesday, sans public, the Board of County Commissioners granted a request by Terese Seal, manager of Orvis Hot Springs, to lower the speed limit on a section of County Road 3 from 25 to 15 mph. The original request was to cover one quarter mile, from the intersection with U.S. 550 past Orvis Hot Springs, where soakers and campers compete with traffic.
"It's getting kind of dangerous down there as people go whizzing by," Seal told commissioners.
Commissioner Lynn Padgett asked if the one-quarter mile point went to the north fence line or the south side of the propane tank yard. Seal said going to the south side would be ideal, because of the overflow parking location, but she did not know where the one-quarter mile point would be.

Sun
07
Oct
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BIRDS OF OURAY COUNTY: The Black Swift

Ouray's special bird: the black swift

By Sue Hirshman with
Kent Nelson
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I always knew that Ouray was a special place, and when I discovered the Black Swift it became even more special. This species is one of the last North American birds described to science, in 1857. Nearly a half-century passed before the first nest was found in 1901. Could they be called the most elusive bird on earth? One of the reasons it took so long to learn about this bird is where they hide their nests and young. In most areas of the west and northwest mountains the nests are in caves, in and around waterfalls where one has to hike, bush-whack, and then rappel down sheer cliffs in canyons. No easy job!
In one exception, “Box Canyon” is known as Colorado’s largest nesting colony and the most accessible viewing opportunity, which has gained world attention as an Important Birding Area.

Sat
29
Sep
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Ouray has a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist

By Caleb Stento

caleb@ouraynews.com
Ouray High School student Patrick Link has the distinction of being a National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) semi-finalist.
It's an enormous achievement, and the competition at this level is just as big. As Ouray’s Superintendent/Principal Scott Pankow related, this could have a big impact on Link’s future.

Sat
29
Sep
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Gunn’s engineering report under review

Jessi Marlatt

jessi@ouraynews.com

Ouray County received a revised engineering report to close the tire landfill on the property of Laurence “Butch” Gunn on Monday, Sept. 24. According to Marti Whitmore, Ouray County attorney, the revised report is still lacking justifications and has not addressed the question of sufficiency. Does it span enough area, will it last 100 years and will the materials be strong enough are a few of the questions left unanswered.
In a conference call among all participating agencies,

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