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Dec
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Downtown infrastructure bond question added to April ballot

Dec. 18 meeting to explore use of capital improvements fund
By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

By signing a letter of commitment to the Colorado Department of Transportation regarding the Highway 62 and downtown infrastructure project, Ridgway Town Council agreed to add a $2 million bond question for the paving and infrastructure project to the April 1, 2014 municipal ballot.
During its Dec. 11 regular meeting, the council also passed a resolution stating it would commit to a reevaluation of the allocation of capital improvements expenditures in the general fund due to the realization that some of those funds may be reserved to potentially support the RAMP project in the future.

Fri
06
Dec
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OURAY COUNTY MSHA releases official fatalgram for Revenue accident

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Fri
06
Dec
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OURAY COUNTY Miners help with ongoing investigation

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

As the Mining Safety and Health Administration continues its investigation into the fatal Nov. 17 accident at the Revenue Virginius mine, some of mine’s employees have returned to the site to offer their assistance.
Investigation crews were onsite this week and according to Star Mine Operations project manager Rory Williams some miners have taken up work to help with the process.
“One hundred percent of our employees have been offered work to make additional income for the holiday season,” Williams told the Plaindealer on Thursday. “If they choose not to come, that’s their own choice.”

 

Fri
06
Dec
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OURAY COUNTY Sneffels Challenge returning to hut system

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Pending USFS permit approval, the San Juan Hut Systems' Sneffels Challenge race will reunite Nordic skiers for a 26-mile trek across the Dallas Trail from County Road 9 to the City of Ouray on Feb. 8.
A variation of the Sneffels Half Loop, this year's event will avoid wilderness areas, starting on County Road 9/West Dallas Creek and merging onto the Dallas Trail at the south end of County Road 9 in Box Factory Park.

Fri
06
Dec
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OURAY COUNTY A Christmas Carol radio performance returns to the Wright this weekend

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Get into the Christmas spirit this weekend with two live radio performances of "A Christmas Carol" at the Wright Opera House.
Presented by the Ouray County Players, this will be the second time the show has been hosted at the Wright since 2007.
The Ouray County Players' radio adaptation of Charles Dickens’ popular novella was created by director Mike Hockersmith in 1999. Having been inspired after seeing another live radio performance, Hockersmith used aspects of the original story, the 1937 radio play and various other radio versions to create a revamped version of the Christmas tale. Nearly 100 hours of work was put into drafting a script and combining original sound effects and musical cues to make the hour-long radio production.

Mon
02
Dec
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CITY OF OURAY Medical facility to close office

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

After five years of treatment and service in the city, Dr. David Olson will be closing up shop at the Ouray Family Medicine office on Main Street.
"It's been enjoyable and we've worked really hard to make it succeed," said Olson.
With care provided by Dr. Olson and his wife, Shirley Olson, Family Nurse Practitioner, services ranged from health care services to medical spa services to residents in the county. The Olsons also operate Pavilion Family Medicine in Montrose, which has been open for a little under two years.
Olson cited that business in Ouray hasn't been enough to keep an office operating on Main Street. On average, the family practice will see up to 15 patients a week in the city, while in Montrose the practice will see at least 15 patients a day.

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02
Dec
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Council considers use of capital improvement funds on infrastructure project

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Following a public meeting on Nov. 18, Ridgway Town Council discussed alternate funding options to reduce the property tax burden of the proposed Highway 62 and downtown infrastructure improvement project, including use of a percentage of the town's 0.6 percent Capital Improvement Program.
During the Nov. 20 work session, council members directed town staff to estimate potential bond repayment costs with a 20, 30 or 40 percent contribution of CIP funds.

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Mon
02
Dec
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OURAY COUNTY Sharing the spirit of the holidays

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

For 29 years, Ouray County Cares has provided gifts, food and clothing to individuals and families in need over the holiday season and this year is no different.
Angel Trees, with wish lists for children and families in need, are now in place in the Ridgway and Ouray schools, the Ridgway Library and the Ridgway and Ouray branches of Citizens State Bank.
Interested benefactors can pick up the gift requests at any of these locations and are asked to return unwrapped gifts to the tree locations no later than Monday, Dec. 16.
Committee Member Stephanie West said 45 - 50 families, all in Ouray County, were helped by the program during last year's holiday season.

Sat
23
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RIDGWAY Chainsaw artist carves impression

Thu
21
Nov
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COLORADO CPW moves to ban drones for hunting

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

During its November meeting in Lamar, Colo., the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission considered a ban on the use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, in addition to considering other regulations including adoption of 2014 fishing regulations.
In discussion of the proposed ban on the use of drones for scouting or hunting wildlife, CPW staff explained that use of this technology violates the principles of fair chase and fair opportunity.
While the federal Airborne Hunting Act already prohibits

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