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20
Feb
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FAIRWAY PINES Lot density reduction not recommended Lipton not seeking re-appointment

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Ouray County Planning Commission recommended disapproval of an application to reduce density requirements on two lots in Fairway Pines at its meeting Tuesday night. The application now moves to the Board of County Commissioners for final action.
The application by landowner Mark Main seeks to reduce allowable density from four residential units per lot to one unit by amending the final plat for Filing 1 of Fairway Pines. The two lots, 3.7 and 3.6 acres respectively, are immediately east of the old Fairway Pines clubhouse, near the intersection of Ponderosa Drive and County Road 1.

Thu
20
Feb
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COLORADO/OURAY COUNTY High avalanche season prompts caution

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Backcountry adventurers across the state are encouraged to take caution when exploring the wilderness during this particularly active avalanche season.
Last Wednesday, Feb. 12, Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center released a statement urging Coloradans to heed warnings of high avalanche danger in many parts of the backcountry.
“We understand Coloradans’ love for the outdoors in all seasons. We want to encourage backcountry travelers to pay close attention to warnings from the Avalanche Information Center,” said Hickenlooper. “Conditions in the backcountry this winter are dangerous and exercising common sense caution can prevent tragedy.”

Thu
20
Feb
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COLORADO Fed guidelines unclear for banking with marijuana

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

On Feb. 14 the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department released guidelines for banks to do business with state-licensed marijuana vendors.
According to the memo, the Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued the guidelines to clarify expectations for how financial institutions can provide services to pot retailers in a way that complies with federal and state law enforcement priorities.
Last August, Deputy Attorney General James Cole released the "Cole Memo" detailing "priorities" for marijuana enforcement, which included the prevention of distribution to minors, revenue going toward criminal organizations, driving under the influence and transferring of the drug across state lines, among others.

Fri
14
Feb
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CITY OF OURAY Cabin Fever Day an excuse for outdoor winter fun

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Grab your skis, snowboards and sleds and get ready for a day of fun in the snow with Ouray’s Cabin Fever Day next Saturday, Feb. 22.
Cabin Fever Day is a family-fun weekend event held at Lee’s Ski Hill, at 3rd Avenue and 4th Street, which has been hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee for many years. Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy a day in the snow with a variety of competitions and activities.
“It’s really just an excuse to play outside on the Ski Hill,” said PARC member Shawn Kitchens.

Fri
14
Feb
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OURAY COUNTY BOCC approves changes to HUTF map and report

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Ouray County is set to submit its annual report to the state for the Highway Users Tax Fund as the Board of County Commissioners approved changes to county maps and data tables.
After tedious hours spent reviewing each road within the county, Geographic Information System specialist Jeff Bockes presented the updated information to the board on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Many changes were made to the data and Bockes said it was difficult to characterize each and every road. Overall, he said, the majority of changes were to try to make the map more usable for its intended purpose in a way that will allow people to read and make sense of the information.
"This is a 200 percent improvement of what this was," said Bockes.

Fri
14
Feb
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Axel Charrette Day

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

This Saturday, the town of Ridgway will celebrate Axel Charrette Day, including a plaque dedication and short bike ride at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park at noon.
Feb. 15 would have been Axel Charrette's third birthday.
"We've been so grateful for the outpouring of support," commented Randy Charrette, Axel's father.
On behalf of the family, he expressed his gratitude toward the town for everything that has been done to help since his son's death last February.
A memorial ride of a different nature will take place on Aug. 30 to benefit the Axel Project, a non-profit organization created by the family to introduce children and families to bicycling.

Fri
14
Feb
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OURAY COUNTY Visual Impact "low hanging fruit" addressed

By Bill Tiedje

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During a work session on Feb. 6, the Board of County Commissioners made its first attempt to clean and reorganize minor, uncontroversial errors and changes, deemed "low hanging fruit," to the current staff-written draft of suggested changes to the county's Visual Impact regulations.
The draft is based in part on the county planning commission's version (rejected by the BOCC on Nov. 6) but does not include additional roads.
Despite their best efforts, a few issues arose as "higher hanging fruit," causing the commissioners to delay discussion on controversial matters.
Commissioner Don Batchelder brought up the draft's inclusion of blending for all buildings in visual impact corridors, noting it was an "emotionally controversial" topic during the public hearing in November.

Wed
29
Jan
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CITY OF OURAY Research reveals citizen communication preference

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Ouray citizens are too busy to attend city council meetings and would prefer to receive information through the newspapers or in their e-mails. That’s what Community Development Coordinator Ann Morgenthaler found in her Citizen Communication Survey conducted in mid-October as part of her final project to complete her masters degree.
The two-page questionnaire was designed to determine how citizens would like to receive communication and provide feedback to the city while helping the city work on efforts to better engage citizens in the future. Morgenthaler presented her findings to the city council and interested community members during a work session on Monday, Jan. 27.

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