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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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OURAY SCHOOL Board considers vocational program contract

by Beecher Threatt

The Ouray School Board began Monday's meeting with a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday's Revenue-Virginius mine accident. Board member Kentee Pasek also thanked first responders and those working inside the mine. Board chair Mike Fedel thanked superintendent/principal Scott Pankow for providing a bus and driving families of the deceased.
High school counselor Rick Williams presented details of a program that would benefit students who will not be

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OURAY COUNTY Lack of crew adds to road troubles

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Along with funding woes, the Ouray County Road and Bridge department continues to struggle as a lack of crew is making operations even more difficult.
During Monday morning’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, Road Supervisor Chris Miller and assistant Dan Fossey reported that the department is suffering without additional personnel.
The crew has three open positions, two of which are seasonal. Currently, Road and Bridge is made up of six equipment operators, not including Miller or Fossey. With some members out on vacation and another on medical leave, Miller reported that

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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Goats on trial

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

During Ridgway Municipal Court held on Nov. 14, Judge David Westfall presiding, Janet Smith of Ridgway plead not guilty to charges of keeping livestock in town and creating a nuisance.
Smith said her goats were in an agricultural area not accessible by automobile and were grazing overgrown coyote willows.
Summonses for the violations were issued on Sept. 14 at 1:55 p.m. at the 100 block of Sherman Street.
Both municipal violations carry a $300 fine as well as the possibility for confinement or impoundment fees.

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CITY OF OURAY Missing woman found dead

 

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Media Release from the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety Regarding Ouray Mine

Media Release from Colorado Department of Natural Resources

The Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety (DRMS) will be cooperating with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration in MSHA’s investigation of the mine accident near Ouray.

DRMS regulates environmental impacts at the mine. Mine safety and enforcement is under the jurisdiction of MSHA.

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OURAY COUNTY Two dead following mining accident Sunday

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OURAY COUNTY Names of two deceased miners released

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OURAY COUNTY Coroner confirms 2 miners dead at Revenue-Virginius Mine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Ouray County, Colorado    3:00 pm
At approximately 7:20 a.m. this morning, the Ouray County sheriff received a call from 911 dispatch that there was an incident at the Revenue Virginius mine requiring response. The Sheriff’s office, along with Ouray Fire District, and Ouray County EMS responded.    At this time, we can report that 20 people were taken to various hospitals in the region.   We do not have any updated information about the condition of those 20 miners, nor identities of those miners, but some have been treated and released. A rescue was initiated for two miners who remained underground. Unfortunately, they have both been confirmed as fatalities at the site by the County Coroner. Their identities have not been confirmed pending notification of family members. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is involved and on-site.

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OURAY COUNTY 2 Miners confirmed dead after morning accident at Revenue-Virginius Mine

By Sheridan Block

sheridan@ouraynews.com

Two miners have now been confirmed dead by Ouray County attorney and press contact Marti Whitmore. The names of the victims have not been released and are pending family notification. At 3:45 p.m., Whitmore confirmed that the miners were the two reported to have been trapped underground. Twenty other employees were transported to regional hospitals. All but two patients have been treated an released, she said.

The Revenue-Virginius mine is a silver, lead, zinc, copper and gold mine operated by Star Mine Operations, a division of Silver Star Resources based in Denver. The mine is located about eight miles south of Ouray. The deposit consists of high grade narrow mesothermal quartz veins.

Earlier Ouray County Press Release

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