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Sun
23
Mar
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The Gadsden Times: stories related to Ridgway plane crash

Publisher's note: these stories were shared with the Ouray County Plaindealer courtesy of The Gadsden Times, Gadsden, Ala., Greg Bailey, associate editor. greg.bailey@gadsdentimes.comwww.gadsdentimes.com

Sun
23
Mar
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Memorial service held for Ridgway plane crash victims; search crews continue efforts

Related story: The Gadsden Times

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Sun
23
Mar
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Memorial service set for Ridgway plane crash victims

By Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com

According to the Gadsden Times, a memorial service and candlelight vigil will be held tonight in Gadsden, Ala., for the five victims, two of whom are elementary school age. No names have been officially released at this time.

Sun
23
Mar
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RIDGWAY search boats along shoreline of Ridgway Reservoir

Search crews patrolled the shores Sunday morning looking for signs of the single-engine Socata TBM700 that went down in the Ridgway Reservoir Saturday afternoon. The plane, which originated from Gadsden, Ala. and stopped over in Bartlesville, Okla., was en route to Montrose.

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Sat
22
Mar
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Plane crash press release 8:00 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Search and rescue operations in Ridgway Reservoir ceased for the night at approximately 7:00 pm.   Recovery operations will resume in the morning.  The plane crashed about 90 feet from shore in 60-90 feet of water.  There are believed to be no survivors, but no victims have been recovered as of this evening.    It is believed that five (5) people were on board, and the plane was en route from Bartlesville, Okla. to Montrose, about 25 miles north of Ridgway Reservoir. No identities of those on board have been released at this time, pending notification of next of kin.

The plane was registered to a corporation in Alabama. The Ouray County sheriff expects to have a dive team and additional resources on Sunday to finish recovery operations and any necessary clean up of spilled fuel or debris.  Colorado State Parks has closed the campground and day facilities temporarily, pending completion of the recovery efforts.

Sat
22
Mar
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Airplane goes down in Ridgway Reservoir

MEMORIAL SERVICE SET IN GADSDEN, ALA. FOR SUNDAY EVENING

Related Video: Recovery boat searches shoreline Sunday morning, Mar. 23

Related Photos: Search crews in boats along shoreline Sunday morning, Mar. 23

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Wed
19
Mar
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RIDGWAY SCHOOL The wait continues

Photo by Beecher Threatt • beecher@ouraynews.com

Parents, students and teachers wait while Ridgway School Board discusses contract renewal for secondary principal Jim Bob Hobbs. After two hours of public comment the board is going on its third hour of executive session. About 50 people remained at 10:30 p.m.

Wed
19
Mar
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CITY OF OURAY Smiley wins Skimo championships

by Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Fast is better. That’s the motto for former Ouray resident and reigning ski mountaineering national champion Janelle Smiley.
Last weekend, Mar. 15-16, Smiley competed at the U.S. Ski Mountaineering National Championships in Crested Butte. The race called for nearly 5,000 feet of climbing up Crested Butte mountain, reaching nine transition points before racing back down to the finish line at the base of the mountain.
Smiley was able to maintain her national champion status in the women’s individual race, taking first place with a total time of 2:21:01. Also participating in the women’s team race, she and partner Lyndsay Meyer finished in second at 2:09:09.

Wed
19
Mar
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OURAY COUNTY Fairgrounds council recommends contractor for new grandstands


Arena repairs are added to the mix

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
The county Fairgrounds Advisory Council decided Monday night to recommend Southern Bleachers, Inc., of Graham, Tex., as contractor for the new grandstands. The Board of County Commissioners will make the final decision among three contractors who bid on the project.
County Administrator Connie Hunt told the FAC she will convey their recommendation to the BOCC at its meeting on Tuesday. Hunt said she will ask permission for staff to begin discussions with Southern next week and work toward signing a contract. A volunteer “subgroup” of the FAC will join the discussions.

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