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OURAY COUNTY Hearing reveals rift in county

First appeared in Ouray County Plaindealer on Aug. 15, 2013
by Beecher Threatt and Bill Tiedje

After 12 hours over three nights of passionate speeches for and against the proposed visual impact amendments, the Board of County Commissioners closed the verbal public comment period Tuesday night. Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 20 at 5 p.m., and the public hearing was continued to Sept. 24*, when commissioners will begin their deliberations.
The six week delay is to give the board clerk time to transcribe minutes of the marathon public comment sessions and to give commissioners time to absorb the voluminous record that includes the planning commission's report and materials from its work sessions, minutes of the planning commission public hearing, staff reports and public comment.

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OURAY COUNTY Visual Impact public comment continues

First appeared on www.ouraynews.com on Aug. 9
By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Visual Impact Regulations hearings will continue on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the 4-H building after another evening of spirited public comment on Aug. 8.
New perspectives on several subjects arose during the second night of VIR public meetings including testimony of past experiences with VIRs in Ouray County, VIR effects on property values, views on affordable and luxury housing as well as accounts from ranchers and a local trail group.

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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Ridgway Liquors may reopen in December

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Ridgway Liquors may be reopening under new ownership as early as December of this year, pending approval of its liquor license by Town Council.
The new owner, Kim Chamberlain of Placerville, is leasing the building from its original owner and plans to remodel the interior while leaving the historic exterior much the same.
Approval of another liquor license by town council on Jan. 11, 2012 came amid controversy, heated debate and circulations of petitions for and against the new store, San Juan Wine and Spirits, that eventually became Ridgway's third liquor establishment.

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WESTERN SLOPE EAGLE-Net looks for funding to complete project next year

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

The controversial EAGLE-Net Alliance broadband project will need more money before it is completed by the end of 2014.
During a special hearing with the Colorado Legislative Audit Committee last month, EAGLE-Net president Mike Ryan explained that the project, awarded a $100.6 million federal stimulus grant in 2010, will need another $17 million to $25 million.
Following an inspection in late April, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which presides over the broadband initiative, found that EAGLE-Net will need at least an additional $15 million in private funding to continue through next year.

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MONTROSE Hospice organization near goal for new clinical facility

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

HopeWest is mounting a push to finish raising its goal of $3,000,000 to build a clinical services facility in Montrose that will serve residents of Ouray and eastern Montrose counties in need of hospice and community outreach services. With just $500,000 to go, the group is confident the proposed facility will soon be a reality.

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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Silver at the Great American Beer Fest

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The Colorado Boy Brewing Company brought home a silver medal for its Irish Red Ale at the prestigious 2013 Great American Beer Festival held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on Oct. 10, 11 and 12.
"I think the Red is a good beer now," commented Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery Owner Tom Hennessey.
"Now we will be trying to tweak it and make it better," Hennessey remarked. Hennessy said the festival inspired competition among brewing peers.
Over 600 breweries competed in the three day festival, with over 10,000 people attending each day.
"It was a wild time," said Colorado Boy brewer Elliot Bell.

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OURAY COLORADO IS OPEN FOR HUNTING

DENVER - Colorado is open for fall hunting with more than 23 million acres of public land that are not affected by the federal government shutdown.

"Colorado is known worldwide for its pristine hunting and fishing areas,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "Some federal refuges are closed here and in other states, but Colorado has elk licenses available and hunters are welcome this fall to hunt on other public land."

Colorado is the only state that offers over-the-counter rifle bull elk license for resident and non-resident hunters. The licenses are valid in more than 90 game management units during the second or third rifle seasons. The second rifle season runs Oct. 19 - 27 and third rifle season is Nov. 2 - 10.

[ To view the Ouray County Hunting Guide, click here. ]

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