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Fri
11
Dec

LWCF fate in Congress uncertain

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The fate of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been up in the air since its expiration by law on Sept. 30.

Thu
10
Dec

OURAY COUNTY 2016 viewed as trial year


Lynn Padgett, commissioner, speaks about the budget as Ben Tisdel, commissioner, and Don Batchelder, chair, look over their notes. Padgett said that that 2016 is a "bridge to the future" as far as the budget goes. Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2016 budget Tuesday morning with the disclaimer that 2016 should be considered a “trial year” by the public and employees.

Mon
07
Dec

OURAY SCHOOL New board elects officers

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

After new members were sworn in Tuesday night, the Ouray School Board elected Kentee Pasek as president and Don Mort as vice president.


Jim Link was appointed secretary and Sandy Kern was appointed treasurer.
Outgoing president Jerry Hellman expressed his appreciation of the board and community, saying his service on the board since 2007 has been a pleasure. Hellman served as president the last two years.
Chris Hinkson, who stepped in to fill a vacancy created a year ago by Jane Ross’s resignation, was also recognized.
Pasek took the oath of office, having run unopposed for the seat she has held since...

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Fri
04
Dec

OURAY COUNTY County governments conditionally sign on to Region 10 broadband project

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The three governmental entities in the county have agreed to sign memoranda of understanding to support a grant application by Region 10 for improving broadband service.

Thu
03
Dec

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Sentence possible in Charrette case in February

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com
Approaching three years, the Axel Charrette case is still being worked through the Mexican judicial system.


Randy Charrette, Axel’s father, recently received an update from the U.S. Consulate in Mexico.
According to Charrette, the district attorney has asked for the maximum sentence allowed for the crimes committed against his son.
A timeframe of 60 to 90 days was recently given to the judge for case analysis and sentencing determinations.
If this limit is reached, which isn’t uncommon, the consulate said there should be a sentence in February.
However, it is expected the verdict will be accompanied by appeals that will extend the final sentencing date.
Axel Charrette, the 2-year-old son of Randy and Jen Charrette of Ridgway, was killed in Mexico by his babysitter’s ex-boyfriend Feb. 28.

Fri
27
Nov

OURAY SCHOOLS Lady Trojans aim to surprise with aggressive defense

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Craig Kaminsky, head girls basketball coach at Ouray, probably doesn’t find too many connections between the game of basketball and his career of computer programming.

Fri
27
Nov

RIDGWAY SCHOOL Boys basketball hopes to honor gym banners

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Beginning his coaching career at Ridgway in 1964, Steve Hill, boys head basketball coach, has been the driving force behind more than a couple of the pennants hanging in the secondary school gym.

Thu
26
Nov

OURAY COUNTY Master plan and wildfire up for planning commission

By Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

The county is overdue for a review of its land use master plan, which was last updated in 2001. Planning commissioners last week set a work session for Jan. 5 to hear from consultants regarding proposals and costs for assisting the county with a review next year.


The commission also made plans to tackle revision of the wildfire mitigation section of the land use code, the top priority for the commission, as fixed by a recent Board of County Commissioners resolution.
At least three planning commissioners will attend a West Region Wildfire Council meeting on Dec. 8 in Montrose. On Jan. 19, WRWC will make a presentation to the commission.
In revising the wildfire mitigation section...

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Wed
25
Nov

Duce back on slopes for US team

By Alan Todd
atodd@ouraynews.com

Ouray native Heidi Jo Duce is hitting the slopes again for the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding national team.


Duce, 25, who now resides in Winter Park and whose Paralympics career spans to 2013, has won multiple medals throughout her career.
This year she is part of a 21-person team that is in the beginning of its competitive season, with the first snowboard world cup held this past weekend, Nov. 18-20, in Landgraaf, Netherlands. Duce placed...

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Wed
25
Nov

OURAY COUNTY State patrol investigating fatality on Red Mountain Pass

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of a one-person fatality on Red Mountain Pass after a car went off the road and down the embankment.


The body of the driver, Yongsheng Liu, 37, was recovered about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. Liu was the only person in the vehicle.
Investigating trooper Matt Lubbes said...

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