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Thu
31
Mar

CITY OF OURAY State trooper slides off Red Mountain Pass

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

A Colorado State Patrol trooper is uninjured after his patrol car slid off Red Mountain Pass at milepost 82 on US 550.

Sergeant Chad Martin was on duty at the time of accident, according to Nate Reid, CSP public information officer.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident. Joshua Lewis, CSP public information officer, said that inclement weather and road conditions were the cause of the vehicle sliding off the roadway.

The pass was closed during recovery of Martin's vehicle by a tow truck. Lewis was unsure ohow Martin himself was recovered.

Ouray County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene. A Silverton ambulance was paged but called off due to the trooper's good condition.

Thu
31
Mar

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Planning commission chair arrested

Brian Scranton, 40-year-old Ridgway resident, was arrested last Thursday on charges of sexual assault. Scranton is the Planning and Zoning Commission chair in Ridgway.

File photo

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Brian Scranton, Ridgway resident and chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, was arrested last Thursday on charges of sexual assault as a Class 3 felony.

Sat
26
Mar

Empowerment on wheels

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Lady bikers will thunder through Ouray this summer for the first Steel Horse Sisterhood Women's Motorcycle Summit June 7-9. The Summit is a three day motorcycle challenge designed to bring women riders together to compete as well as to hone their skills riding along the Million Dollar Highway.
Joan Krenning, founder of the Steel Horse Sisterhood, said the Summit Challenge will be the first of its kind. In the challenge, women are given a map and a clue book and set loose in the mountains surrounding Ouray to discover as many of the checkpoints as they can and earn prizes.
“It's going to be kind of like the Amazing Race," Krenning said.
Some of the checkpoints are straightforward and some are coded in riddles. Checkpoints are completed when the competitors post a photo of themselves at the checkpoint on Instagram.

Sat
26
Mar

OURAY SCHOOL 
Revised graduation ceremony policy considered

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ouray School Board considered a policy revision on Monday that could directly impact seniors hoping to walk across the stage in May.

Fri
25
Mar

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS
 Decision made on student search policy

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

After a few months of deliberation and information gathering, Ridgway school board took a vote on the student searches and arrests policy that was heavily discussed at a work session early this year.


Steve Smith, superintendent, presented two versions of the policy revision to the board for consideration. The board selected the second version as their choice by a vote of 3-2.
The board also further discussed a possible break in February being inserted into next year’s district calendar.
The difference between the two versions of Smith’s policy revision came down to whether principals should be required to attempt to contact parents before a student is interviewed about a possible criminal matter.
Bart Skalla, board member, wasn’t present at the initial discussion but wanted to hear directly from the two principals what their stance was.

Thu
24
Mar

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Communication is key for ACC

Jody Randall of American Civil Constructors outlines specifics in the already-begun RAMP project. Randall is one half of the communication team that the public can contact throughout construction.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Residents and the public met the team they will be cooperating with throughout the summer while the RAMP Up! Ridgway project is underway.

Wed
23
Mar

Council remembers fallen officer

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


City Council took a moment of silence at the beginning of the meeting on Monday in memory of Ouray Police Sergeant Scott Mills.
"The work we have to do this evening pales in comparison to the loss that we're all dealing with," Pam Larson, mayor, said.
City offices took the day off on Tuesday to attend funeral services in Montrose for the fallen officer. Council extended its sympathies to the police department, city staff and the community for the loss.
Glenn Boyd, council member, said every hotel room in Montrose was booked Monday night by people planning to attend the funeral. A procession of police, fire and emergency vehicles escorted Mills’ family to Grace Community Church on Tuesday morning.

Fri
18
Mar

Beetle kill trees alone can't be blamed for wildfires

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Trees killed by beetles don't necessarily make wildfires more severe, one fire ecologist told the West Region Wildfire Council on Thursday.
Robbie Andrus is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He spent four years working in fire and forest ecology to discover how wildfires change when they burn through beetle killed forests.
"That's a really important question, how does fire behavior change," Andrus said. "From a homeowner perspective how does it burn around homes? Ecologically, how does it affect the eco system long term?"

Wed
16
Mar

Body found in Panoramic Heights

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

A body found in the Panoramic Heights subdivision on Sunday evening has been identified as 50-year-old Darryl Hemphill.
According to Ouray County Coroner Colleen Hollenbeck, the cause of death is still uncertain.
"At this time it does not look like there was foul play," she said...

 

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Wed
16
Mar

OURAY COUNTY
 Cultivation license plows past public concern

Matt Boison, owner of Colorado Cultivators, LLC, presents his application for marijuana cultivation on Sage Road. Boison and his partner, Kevin Pankey, were given the thumbs up to operate by the BOCC Tuesday.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Matt Boison and Kevin Pankey will soon join the group of entrepreneurs growing marijuana in Ouray County since 2013.

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