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Sat
29
Sep
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Land Use Code woes continue

By Beecher Threatt
by beecher@ouraynews.com
On Tuesday the Board of County Commissioners revisited its list of land use priorities and heard how one shortcoming in the current code is affecting an applicant for a special use permit.
At their meeting two weeks ago commissioners reviewed a resolution listing land use code priorities for the Ouray County Planning Commission to address. This week, looking at a draft resolution from that conversation, Commission Chair Mike Fedel questioned why changes to Section 9, Visual Impact, was so low at number five on the list, as he thought they had agreed it would be near the top.
"We have got to get this (Section 9) done," Fedel said. "There is turmoil out in the field."

Sat
22
Sep
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A trip up Yankee Boy Basin 2012

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Thu
20
Sep
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2012 Ouray County Hunting Guide

Take aim on Ouray County and its surrounding mountains for the best hunting experience of the season. Inside, you'll find a guide to successful hunting along with the businesses and services that can help you bag a trophy.

Click on the image below, and enjoy the hunt!

Fri
14
Sep
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Was it a bird, a plane, or a missile test?

By Caleb Stento

caleb@ouraynews.com

No, the Martians are not coming. At least they didn’t come Thursday morning when a spectacular celestial event was witnessed in many locations throughout the southwestern portion of the United States.

The show was put on by a trio of missiles launched during a test. An unarmed Juno missile was launched from Ft. Wingate in New Mexico and two PAC 3 (Patriot Advanced Capabilities) missiles were subsequently launched from the White Sands Missile Range test facility to intercept it. The two bases are just over two-hundred miles apart, as the crow flies. Conditions were just right and the contrail from the Juno formed a brilliantly lit, twisting cloud-like formation.  The event prompted a flood of calls and e-mails to local and national authorities wondering what they had just witnessed.

Fri
07
Sep
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Imogene Pass Run turns 39: City clerk set for 24th run

Plaindealer Staff Report
The 39th Annual Imogene Pass Run is set to run on Sept. 8 with over 1500 registered participants. The race's long history and the quality of both the course and race organization have made it a benchmark for high altitude trail runs. With a strong following of runners from the four corner states, the race also attracts runners from 30 U.S. states, as well as international runners. “This year we sold out in only nine hours,” said race director John Jett. “Internet registrations were through the roof with a sellout on the first day.”

Thu
30
Aug
Thu
30
Aug
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A game entirely his own Local boy wins Player of the Year from US Kids Golf Denver tour

Jessi Marlatt

Jessi@ouraynews.com
Connor Alvarez picked up a set of plastic golf clubs at the age of two and began swinging. This summer, he won six of the seven tournaments he entered with the US Golf Kids Denver Summer Local Tour and received the Player of the Year Trophy in the six and under category at Flat Irons Golf Course in Boulder on Aug. 7. This qualifies him for the World Championship to be held in North Carolina in August 2013 and the European Championship in Scotland next May.
“We decided when he first started that he had this magnificent little swing and we decided not to mess with it,” said Chris Alvarez, Connor’s father. Connor has never received coaching and is completely self-taught. “He watches golf on TV and tries things that the golfers do,” said Alvarez.

Thu
30
Aug
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A boy and his steer

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
Learning skills that have real life application can be challenging for any youth, but for those that succeed the results can be far reaching. Assisting youths in learning these life skills is what the 4-H program is all about.
With the upcoming Labor Day Ouray County Fair and Rodeo, it’s time for another crop of 4-H members to show their hard work and effort over the past year(s).
One local youth, Tracy Orvis, a fifth generation Ouray County rancher, will be putting some of his hard work on display at the fair. A particularly impressive specimen is his steer, Buddy.

Thu
23
Aug
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Hickenlooper appoints Willits

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Ouray County will swear in the newest county commissioner, Pat Willits, at the regular Board of County Commissioners meeting on Sept. 4. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Willits to serve as Ouray County’s District 3 Commissioner, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Heidi Albritton on Aug. 14.
“I am honored and thrilled that the governor selected me to fill this position and also mindful of the citizens of Ouray County that I do not yet have a voter mandate. My role on the BOCC is to continue in Heidi (Albritton)’s footsteps as being a consensus builder in the middle,” Willits told the Plaindealer.

Thu
23
Aug
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Ouray’s 2011 audit is favorable

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
During the citizens' communication portion of Monday’s city council meeting, Pete Blair of Blair and Associates presented council with the 2011 Audit Report. Overall, the message was positive. One highlight was the 2011 General Fund actual ending balance of $735,000, compared with the budgeted $553,000 and the 2010 total of $659,000. Additionally, efforts to pay down the Parks Fund deficit seem to be paying off.

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