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09
Nov
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Ouray City Council says no to Alpenhof settlement

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
In a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Ouray City Council decided to reject a proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed by Alpenhof, LLC, in a four to one vote with Councilman Richard Kersen the lone dissenter. City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli and City Attorney Kathryn Sellars had signed off on the settlement, pending acceptance by the council.

Thu
08
Nov
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Ouray County: Lynn Padgett re-elected as Ouray County Commissioner

by Mary Pat Haddock
marypat@ouraynews.com

While Jack Flowers (R) was "prepared to work hard to find common sense solutions to the problems ahead," the voters of Ouray County chose to re-elect their District 1 County Commissioner, Lynn Padgett (D). Padgett won the race with 1655 votes to Flowers' 1512. Voting for county commissioners is county-wide, although candidates must live in the district.

Thu
08
Nov
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Ouray County: Batchelder wins in close one

By Caleb Stento

caleb@ouraynews.com
In the closest of county commissioner races, Don Batchelder eked out a win over incumbent Patrick Willits by a margin of 55 votes in the District 3 race.
"I am honored to again have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Ouray County," Batchelder told the Plaindealer. "I would like to thank all those that supported me. And, I would like to reiterate the position that I’ve always held, that as commissioner I will represent all the citizens of Ouray County, and not just those that supported me."

Thu
08
Nov
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McLachlan wins 59th District seat

By Caleb Stento

caleb@ouraynews.com

Mike McLachlan pulled out the win in a tightly contested race for Colorado House District 59 over incumbent J Paul Brown. District 59 encompasses Archuleta, Gunnison, Ouray, La Plata and Hinsdale counties. The unofficial vote total was 20,761 to 20,053.
According to McLachlan the three biggest issues facing his constituents are “ensuring the economic future of our families, investing in our future by ensuring a world-class education system and protecting our water and the environment of our district."

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Thu
08
Nov
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Tipton to remain in House

 

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com
Third Congressional District Representative Scott Tipton (R) held onto the seat he won two years ago, winning a second term in Congress. Tipton's Democratic Party challenger Sal Pace kept up with Tipton in the fundraising race but fell short with voters 54 percent to 41 percent, with 18 of 28 counties reporting at press time.
Ouray County, one of the 28 counties in the massive district, voted 1,528 to 1,434 for Tipton.
During the campaign, Pace emphasized his ability to work across the aisle, citing his successes as Democratic leader in the Colorado House of Representatives.

Thu
08
Nov
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New Log Hill covenants in place

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynew.com
Loghill Village Units II and IV have new covenants as of Oct. 31, when revisions were recorded in the county clerk's office. Owners of 61.4 percent of the value of properties in Unit II voted to adopt revised covenants. In Unit IV, 74.1 percent of property value owners voted yes.
A group of volunteers spent hundreds of hours revising the covenants, the homeowners' association held public hearings and took comments and then the revisions were put to a vote in each unit. One of the main goals was to prevent another "Verizon-type tower" in the subdivisions. The revisions restrict antennae and towers to 30 feet in height and commercial antennae are banned.
Anther provision limits fencing for horses or llamas to 20 percent of property area, and fencing must be approved by the Architectural Control Committee.

Thu
08
Nov
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Historic hotel and restaurant will reopen

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
Although specifics of the timing are unclear, the Bon Ton Restaurant and St. Elmo Hotel will re-open, according to Sandy Lingenfelter. Sandy and her husband, Dan, are owners of the hotel and restaurant, which are historical parts of Ouray’s community.
The Lingenfelters had entered into a lease to purchase agreement with Tim Tucker and Tyler Hill. On Monday, Oct. 29, Tucker and Hill closed the doors, citing a loss of backing from investors as a reason behind the closing.
Employees were given a couple of days notice of the closure. Tucker and Hill said that they sold some of their personal belongings to settle up with employees, but that some back pay is still owed.

Tue
06
Nov
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PADGETT, BATCHELDER WINNERS

Last updated: 12.19 a.m.

FINAL COUNTY COMMISSIONER RESULTS ARE IN

 

ELECTION 2012

DISTRICT 3 OURAY COUNTY COMMISSIONER

DON BATCHELDER (R)                           PAT WILLITS (I)

TOTAL VOTES:     1,545                         TOTAL VOTES:  1,490

Sun
07
Oct
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Red Mountain Ditch Update

By Caleb Stento

caleb@ouraynews.com

On Sept. 27 the United States Forest Service (USFS) approved an amendment to the existing operating and management plan for the Red Mountain Ditch that would allow rehabilitation work to begin.
The City of Ouray has been looking to augment its water supply by purchasing water rights from Red Mountain Ditch for some time. A contract for purchase has been drawn up, but there are several caveats that need to be addressed before the purchase is finalized.

Sun
07
Oct
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Ouray County: Driver apprehended after hit and run

Jessi Marlatt

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The driver of a vehicle involved with a hit and run accident in Silverton on Sept. 27 was apprehended in Ouray County at U.S. Highway 550 mile marker 104.3 around 8 p.m. that same day.
“Silverton aired a report of a possible hit and run in San Juan County,” said Ridgway Marshal David “Scotty” Scott. According to Scott, the vehicle, a silver Chevy Silverado with New Mexico plates, was identified by Ridgway Deputy Marshal Jeff Hunt and Ouray County Deputy Sheriff Jeremiah Franklin.
The male driver, Kenneth Small, 40, of Aztec, N.M., was arrested by the sheriff's office with assistance from the marshal's department.
Franklin charged Small with driving under the influence and transported him to the Montrose County Jail. He was also issued a citation for failure to notify police of an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.

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