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CITY OF OURAY Brats, brews and a Jeep too

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Hold on to your lederhosen, Ouray will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest celebration and the 49th Annual Jeep Raffle this weekend.
Brews, brats and polka dancing will take over the Ouray Community Center and 6th Avenue on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. The evening festivities will include door prizes, a traditional German costume contest, a stein hoisting competition and live music performed throughout the evening by returning favorites the Austrian Connection.

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05
Oct
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RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Amendment 66 funding much less for Ridgway than originally reported

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Despite voting at their Sept. 12 work session to support the passage of Amendment 66, the state school finance act, the Ridgway School Board had yet to hear from state representatives as to the actual change in revenue Ridgway schools would experience if the ballot measure passes this fall.
On Sept. 12, Superintendent Cheryl Gomez stated in an e-mail to community members as well as to the school board that Amendment 66 would result in an increase of roughly $700,000 for the district; however, Gomez retracted that number in an e-mail the following day, saying, "The outcome for our district is not as I described."

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OURAY SCHOOL School board neither supports nor opposes finance bill initiative

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

While still struggling to see the benefits of Colorado's school finance reform measure, the Ouray School District's Board of Education decided to take no action on the bill's proposed tax amendment.
Amendment 66, formerly known as Initiative 22, enacts Senate Bill 213 and will go to voters in November. The proposed amendment offers to raise approximately $1 billion a year in new revenues for K-12 education through an increase in the state's income tax rate.
Currently, Colorado citizens pay 4.63 percent in income tax. The initiative proposes a two-tiered system that would raise the tax to five percent for all income earned up to $75,000 and to 5.9 percent for all income earned above $75,000.

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OURAY COUNTY Hay crop delayed by continuous rains

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Months of unseasonably wet weather have delayed this year's hay crop for many Ouray County ranchers still rebounding from extremely dry weather last year.
Waiting for a break in the rainy conditions, many ranchers noted the surprising amount of moisture that the county received late this summer.
"It's just about the worst I've ever seen," said Wolf Ranch Manager John Jackson, who has worked on area ranches all his life.
Jackson described the need for several consecutive days of dry weather in order to cut, rake and bale hay that was of good quality.

Sat
21
Sep
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Colorado Grand makes a pit stop in Ridgway

Colorado Grand, an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction, stopped in Ridgway at the True Grit Café Thursday morning, revving up a crowd from across the county.

Photos by Bill Tiedje

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High School Journalism pages

Click on a links below to see our local Journalism students' weekly newspaper pages for Ouray School's Trojan Tribune and Ridgway School's Demon Beat.

Demon Beat Sept. 19, 2013

Trojan Tribune Sept. 19, 2013

Demon Beat Sept. 26, 2013

Trojan Tribune Sept. 26, 2013

Demon Beat Oct. 17, 2013

Trojan Tribune Oct. 17, 2013

Sat
21
Sep
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TOWN OF RIDGWAY Council hears project updates and budget requests

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The connection of EAGLE-Net broadband service to Ridgway was one of many project updates heard by Ridgway Town Council during its regular meeting on Sept. 11.
EAGLE-Net representative Pat Swonger welcomed Ridgway "into the Digital Age," as he described EAGLE-Net's fiber optic infrastructure project bringing Internet access speeds over one gigabit to the county.
Swonger explained EAGLE-Net was created by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and is a Colorado intergovernmental entity which operates a cost-sharing cooperative to deliver quality "middle mile" broadband service.
Swonger said he was aware of two or three Internet service providers that were "more than just interested" to distribute the new faster Internet capabilities to residents. EAGLE-Net is essentially the

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21
Sep
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COLORADO/OURAY COUNTY Brophy makes gubernatorial pitch in county

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

As part of his statewide gubernatorial tour, state Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) stopped at the Cimarron Cafe in Ridgway on Saturday for breakfast and conversation with hopeful supporters.
In his pitch explaining why he believes he should be Colorado's next governor, Brophy touched on a variety of issues that hit close to home, including fighting wildfires with more water drop aircrafts, developing the state's natural gas and resources, and opposing future gun control legislation.
He said that the people of Colorado deserve better than what Gov. John Hickenlooper has done during his term. He contended that Hickenlooper has shown a lack of leadership and deceived voters when he claimed to be a ...

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11
Sep
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OURAY Diamond W Wranglers round up special guest for annual concert

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Paying musical homage to Southwest Colorado's rich heritage, the world famous Diamond W Wranglers return to Ouray for another Western music weekend.
For the group's fourth appearance in the area, they've wrangled along good friend and fellow musician Rex Allen, Jr., to make a special guest appearance for next weekend's concert series.
Ouray locals John and Virginia Ast have been good friends with the Wranglers since their days in Wichita, Kan. After moving to Ouray, the couple invited the group to come out and perform almost annually. The Wranglers first appearance was in 2008, and they returned again in 2009 and 2011.

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