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30
Aug
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A boy and his steer

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
Learning skills that have real life application can be challenging for any youth, but for those that succeed the results can be far reaching. Assisting youths in learning these life skills is what the 4-H program is all about.
With the upcoming Labor Day Ouray County Fair and Rodeo, it’s time for another crop of 4-H members to show their hard work and effort over the past year(s).
One local youth, Tracy Orvis, a fifth generation Ouray County rancher, will be putting some of his hard work on display at the fair. A particularly impressive specimen is his steer, Buddy.

Thu
23
Aug
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Hickenlooper appoints Willits

Plaindealer Staff Report

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Ouray County will swear in the newest county commissioner, Pat Willits, at the regular Board of County Commissioners meeting on Sept. 4. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Willits to serve as Ouray County’s District 3 Commissioner, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Heidi Albritton on Aug. 14.
“I am honored and thrilled that the governor selected me to fill this position and also mindful of the citizens of Ouray County that I do not yet have a voter mandate. My role on the BOCC is to continue in Heidi (Albritton)’s footsteps as being a consensus builder in the middle,” Willits told the Plaindealer.

Thu
23
Aug
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Ouray’s 2011 audit is favorable

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
During the citizens' communication portion of Monday’s city council meeting, Pete Blair of Blair and Associates presented council with the 2011 Audit Report. Overall, the message was positive. One highlight was the 2011 General Fund actual ending balance of $735,000, compared with the budgeted $553,000 and the 2010 total of $659,000. Additionally, efforts to pay down the Parks Fund deficit seem to be paying off.

Thu
23
Aug
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Ouray County Labor Day Rodeo

Schedule of Events
Sunday Sept. 2 (Family Day—family of four admitted for $20)
1 p.m. Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Sanctioned Rodeo. Exact times of the various events will be available the day of the rodeo
Ouray County hosts extra events for locals to participate in. Steer Packing, Rescue Race, Stick Races and a new event call Ribbon Roping will all take place between the Sunday CPRA events.
9 p.m. Fireman’s Dance

Thu
23
Aug
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Excitement building as start of school approaches

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
It’s time to ring in another school year. Preparations are well under way in the Ouray School District. The excitement was palpable in Ouray Superintendent/Principal Scott Pankow's voice, as he talked about staff additions and new course offerings. He can’t wait to get the year started.

Fri
03
Aug
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Former Ouray County Herald columnist releases cookbook

By Bob Cox
courtesy Mountain Valley News
She is a product of a loving family that is deeply engrained in the history of Colorado.
She was born in Cripple Creek, the sixth of 15 children. Her family lived in nearby Victor. Her parents, Arthur Vincent Bielz, Sr. and Anna Lillian Beery Bielz, spent their entire lives in the famous gold mining district.
“I learned to cook at an early age. At age 13, I was employed by a local family to cook their meals. I was later employed at a restaurant,” says Peggy Cox.

Fri
03
Aug
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Tires issue keeps floating along

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By Jessi Marlatt and Beecher Threatt

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Fri
03
Aug
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Opinion

Fri
03
Aug
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Beware of bears

by Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
The City of Ouray is reminding everyone to be on their best bear behavior. Best practices include garbage management, harvesting fruit trees and not using meat-based food in bird feeders. According to City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli, Colorado Parks and Wildlife did catch and relocate one bear last week. The Ouray Police Department estimates that there are as many as five other bears still coming into town. One of these bears has apparently been shot and wounded, so it would pay to be especially cautious. “We are working with CPW to find a solution,” Rondinelli stated.

Fri
03
Aug
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Volleyball gets underway

Plaindealer Staff Report

Ouray High School's new girls' volleyball coach, CJ Rabinowitz, will hold a mandatory parent/player/team meeting on Aug. 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Ouray School gym. Official high school volleyball practices begin Monday Aug. 13 at 6 p.m.

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