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Thu
28
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Animal service agreement finally signed

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


After several months, the 2016 animal shelter management and service agreement between the county and Second Chance Humane Society was signed by both parties at last Tuesday’s special Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Thu
28
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Mock accident makes impact on students

From left: Adam Kunz, Ouray fire captain; John Robinson, Ridgway fire deputy chief; and, Lynn Ransleben, Ridgway fire lieutenant, work on extricating a “victim” from the van. The mock accident gave Ridgway Fire Department further practice in extrication, for which they have been training.


Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


A mottled and mangled truck rested on a similarly junked van. Empty and crushed beer cans were scattered around the scene. Shouts of worry and confusion erupted from the truck, exclamations that soon turned to cries for help.

Sun
24
Apr

Traffic accidents on the rise

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released its annual description of motor vehicle crashes in Colorado for 2014. Traffic accidents from 2010 to 2014 are covered in the report.
The report states Colorado has lower motor vehicle fatality rates compared to the nation as a whole, but the number of fatalities is increasing. For Ouray County, this statement is true.
In 2014 Ouray County had two traffic fatalities and two serious injuries in traffic crashes. The vehicles involved in the fatal crashes were a motorcycle and a truck, with one of them involving a driver under the influence of alcohol.
Crashes in Ouray County with serious injuries have decreased by 36 percent since 2010. In 2010 the county saw 12 serious accidents, three in 2011, nine in 2012 and two in 2013. In 2010 there was one fatal accident. There were no fatal accidents in Ouray County from 2011-2013.

Sat
23
Apr

"Dancing Down the Yellow Brick Road"

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


A classic tale of adventure and friendship will come to life with Weehawken Dance's "Dancing Down the Yellow Brick Road" on April 30 and May 1. The tale of the Wizard of Oz is portrayed through dance with contemporary music hand picked by artistic director Natasha Pyeatte.
A cast of about 150, mostly kids, aging from three to adult make up the cast, and they will perform dancing styles from ballet to hip hop during the production.
Kids and parents from Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose pull together for the production. Pyeatte said it takes the entire community to make the show a success, and in the end the hard work bonds the kids to one another.

Sat
23
Apr

New restaurant moving into town

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


City council on Monday approved a liquor license request for a new restaurant and bar moving into Ouray on the north end of town.
Council also learned Ouray Police Department arranged a community meeting with Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials for May 11 at 7 p.m. in the community center. This will be a time to discuss CPW’s role with bear safety in the city and develop a community-wide plan to address the issue.
Two Rascals Brewing Tacos and Taps owner Teresa Leonardi said they will serve Two Rascals beer, but the establishment is separate from Two Rascals Brewing in Montrose.
Two Rascals will be located at 920 Main St., in the three buildings that used to house a coffee shop, deli and retail space.
Kat Papenbrock, Ouray Chamber Resort Association executive director, said she hopes Two Rascals will help pull foot traffic up Main Street.

Fri
22
Apr

More funds to fuel pool project

Thu
21
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Alaimo apprehended in Pennsylvania

Joseph Alaimo, 50, was apphrended in Point Township, Pennsylvania April 4 on charges of sexual assault and possession of a controlled substance. Alaimo is the former proprietor of Trail Town Still in Ridgway, a practicing veterinarian and writes a monthly science column for the Plaindealer.

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


A former resident and business owner in the town of Ridgway was arrested April 4 by U.S. Marshals in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania on charges of sexual assault and drug possession.


The arrest stems from a warrant issued by the Ridgway Marshal’s office March 29 charging Joseph Alaimo, 50, with sexual assault and possession of a controlled substance in Ridgway.
The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force was called in to assist in Alaimo’s apprehension on the 200 block of Point Township Drive in Point Township, Pennsylvania, after the suspect could not be located in Ouray County. He was then handed to Northumberland County officials for judicial proceedings.
Alaimo was the former...

Tue
19
Apr
Mon
18
Apr

OURAY COUNTY 
Governor signs off on OHV bill

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The latest version of the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle bill, HB16-1030, became the most successful when it was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday.
The bill, which was introduced last January, allows OHV operators to directly cross a roadway, including a state highway, at an at-grade crossing.
In addition, the acting governing body in an area gains the ability to regulate OHVs on public lands, waters and properties under its jurisdiction, including streets and highways within its boundaries.
The bill also clears the acting body from being inconsistent or in conflict with Colorado statutes, which  prevented counties from applying for certain grants.
The bill was sponsored by J. Paul Brown (R-Ignacio).
 

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