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Sat
12
Jan
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Ouray Ice Fest in full gear

Sun, slips, summits, snow and single-digit temperatures filled the Ice Park in Ouray Saturday.

(Photos by Caleb Stento)

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Tue
08
Jan
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Ridgway's Sherbino meets challenge

Plaindealer Staff Report

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The Ridgway Chautauqua Society, operators of the Sherbino Theater, have announced that their goal of raising $25,000 by the end of 2012 has been met and exceeded. A Ridgway resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, will provide $25,000 in matching funds, for a total of $50,000 raised in the 60-day fundraising period. The funds will help the Sherbino Theater complete its renovation plans and continue on its path toward the purchase of Ridgway’s Community Theater.
Pat Willits, Chair of the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, said, “Thanks to everyone
who donated. It has been truly a community–wide effort. Meeting this recent challenge/match gives us the financial wherewithal to take more giant steps towards completing the

Tue
08
Jan
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Ice Fest Events

18th Annual Ouray Ice Festival:

Jan. 10-13, 2013

Schedule of Events

Public welcome at all events!

Thursday, Jan. 10
Main Street Theater: (630 Main St.) 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; presentation by Sam Elias; Beer provided by Colorado Boy Brewery of Ridgway; $15
Beaumont Grill: (505 Main St.) 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; join us at the Historic Beaumont Hotel for the Annual Ouray Ice Festival Kick-off Party, hosted by the American Alpine Club; beer, food and prizes; FREE!

Tue
08
Jan
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It's Ice Fest time in Ouray!

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Sun
23
Dec
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Town of Ridgway: Local doc builds new practice

by Mary Pat Haddock
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When Dr. David Sherwood first saw Ridgway while backpacking across the state in 1988, he looked out over the valley and thought, “this is it.” When Sherwood was offered the opportunity a few years later to practice medicine in Ridgway, he describes the decision as “a no brainer.” Sherwood now says he “can’t imagine practicing medicine anywhere else.”

Sherwood is in the process of opening his own private practice in the Ridgway Pharmacy building. He had been discussing the potential benefits of the move with his wife and Ridgway Pharmacy owner, Donna Sherwood, for some time. When Dale Yocum, the last of Sherwood’s original Mountain Medical Center co-workers, left the center, Sherwood decided it was time to begin conversations about moving along as well. All concerned parties agreed it was in their mutual best interest to make the move sooner rather than later, he said.

Sun
23
Dec
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Ouray City Council approves OCRA’s 2013 contract

By Caleb Stento
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On Monday evening, without hesitation, Ouray City Council unanimously approved entering into a marketing contract with the Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) for 2013.
One specific request in the contract between OCRA and the city is that OCRA focus their efforts on expanding year-round tourism, with special emphasis on the shoulder seasons. In 2012 OCRA made great strides toward meeting this request with the introduction of the wildly successful Mud Fest.

Sun
23
Dec
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Ouray Chamber Resort Association welcomes new board members

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
At the Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) board of directors meeting on Tuesday morning a warm welcome was given to the board’s two newest members, Heather Clark and Michelle Hanes.
Clark is owner/operator of the Goldbelt Bar and Grill and the Ouray Laundromat. She has lived in Ouray for over 30 years and has spent about five months as an interim board member and chair for the board’s Restaurant Committee. “In this time, I have begun to understand OCRA's mission regarding economic growth and marketing of our beautiful community,” said Clark. “I am excited to continue to support OCRA, its mission, and members, by contributing my time and effort in expanding our local economy.”

Sun
23
Dec
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Soccer field project wins GOCO grant

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Special to the Plaindealer
The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded the Town of Ridgway, working with the Ridgway School District, a $45,000 GOCO/Lottery grant to renovate the Ridgway Secondary School's soccer field.

Sun
23
Dec
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Ouray County Cabinet shop permit in Valley Zone approved

by Beecher Threatt

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After a tense, acrimonious public hearing on Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners approved a special use permit for operation of a home business cabinet shop in the Valley Zone. Chad and Ashley Baillie will now apply for a building permit to construct a shop on their residential property on U.S. Highway 550, just south of County Road 23.
Commissioners made clear the SUP is for use of the property only, not for the building. Home businesses (as opposed to home occupations, a different category) are not a use by right in the Valley Zone. According to land use department staff, the use meets all requirements of the land use code, and staff and the Ouray Area Joint Planning Board recommended approval of the SUP, with conditions. The planning board consists of the five Ouray County Planning Commission members and three City of Ouray appointees.

Sun
23
Dec
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Ouray Mountain Rescue Team elects new skipper

By Caleb Stento
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It's been two years since Mike McLeod was elected and accepted the role of captain of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team (OMRT). Now that his term as skipper is up, another very capable team member has been elected to take his place—Tim Pasek.
MacLeod has been on the OMRT for about six years and, after serving out his two-year term, is ready to turn in his clipboard and “put my helmet back on and do whatever it takes to get a rescue done,” MacLeod stated. “My role is pretty straight forward. I get to go back to being just a regular old rank and file member.”
The official hand-off date isn’t until Jan. 1, but Pasek said he’s now fully into the transition and doing “about 90 percent of the stuff.”

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