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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.

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Ouray Chamber Resort Association welcomes new board members

By Caleb Stento
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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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Ouray power outage due to underground line failure

By Caleb Stento
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Saturday at approximately 2:00 a.m. a power outage occurred that affected about 60 accounts in disparate parts of the city of Ouray including businesses and private residences. The crew dispatched from San Miguel Power Association’s (SMPA) Ridgway office worked straight through the wee hours of the wintery morning and was able to restore power just before the noon hour on Saturday. According to Terry Daley, engineering and operations manager for SMPA, the cause was failure of an underground power line.

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Ouray County 2012 Woman of the Year named

by Mary Pat Haddock
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At their Dec. 18 Christmas program, the Woman’s Club of Ouray County named Mary Ellen (M-E) Spirek 2012 Woman of the Year. Nancy Rule wrote the poem which was read to introduce Spirek. Early stanzas described Spirek’s character:
“What we know of this female powerhouse will fill many lines from here,
The passion and perseverance she shows, to make her ever so dear.”
Spirek’s contributions to Second Chance, the Elks Club, Christmas Eve Santa visits and bathroom remodels were highlighted next. The final stanza described Spirek’s current community endeavors.

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Getting a piece of the action

Debra Finch (left), of the Colorado Lotto, presents the Ridgway Conoco with a $5,000 commission check for selling last week's jackpot winning Lotto ticket. Manager Kelly Kuboske (middle) and accountant Karie Stanley (right) are pictured accepting the check on behalf of the store.

Plaindealer photo by Mary Pat Haddock

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Plans change during attempt to reopen Ouray's Bon Ton

By Beecher Threatt
Ouray residents Chris and Taryn Lee and Tim Eihausen are planning to reopen one of Ouray’s landmark restaurants, the Bon Ton. To raise capital for the endeavor they have been promoting a fundraiser dinner to be held at the Bon Ton on the evening of Dec. 13.
On the afternoon of Dec. 4 they were informed by the health inspector that the restaurant did not pass inspection, so plans for the fundraiser are in limbo. No changes had been made as yet to the restaurant, since the October departure of Tim Tucker and Tyler Hill, who had run it since last December. Tucker and Hill cited a lack of backing from investors as the reason for closing.

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