In early June, Camp Bird mine temporarily shut down operations, letting go of 15 employees as a result. Representatives of the mine stated the closure would last for 39 days as "unexpected delays underground" caused a financial impact for Caldera Mineral Resources, the company operating the mine. The delays forced the company to step back and gather funds before figuring out its next steps to resume operations.
Ouray County will begin accepting bids for removal and proper disposal of partially-buried tires located on Lawrence "Butch" Gunn's property upon receiving a $10,000 deposit from Gunn for the county's services in administering the grant and cleanup process; however, the timeline for cleanup is uncertain. The Board of County Commissioners entered into an agreement with Gunn on July 23 to apply for a Waste Tire Cleanup Program grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
U.S. Army Cadet Corporal Laura Hanshaw pictured at her graduation from U.S. Army Cadet Ranger School in Kentucky. Hanshaw will be attending New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell this school year. Courtesy photo.
The historic Ouray Hotel, located at 303 6th Ave., sold for $600,000 at Thursday afternoon's auction.
Despite the auctioneer's efforts to coax bidders to go higher, the bid was sold at $600,000 from an online bidder with the username Wildforce. Representatives for Williams & Williams at the auction site could not provide any details on the bidder's identity or location.
Rooted in the heart of Ouray, the historic Ouray Hotel could have new owners and possibly a new purpose by the end of the month. Located at 303 6th Ave., the long-standing Stanislawski-Hess Building will be auctioned off with help from Tulsa-based real estate auctioning company Williams and Williams. The global auction will be held July 25, attracting bidders onsite and online.
Ridgway Town Council oversaw the first reading of an ordinance that would amend town marijuana regulations to include zoning and a cap on the number of marijuana store licenses in order to be consistent with 2013 state marijuana legislation, during its regular meeting on July 10. Ordinance No. 05-2013 would also prohibit grow co-ops, use of compressed gases in residential settings and commercial storage of marijuana off licensed premises. The town would not issue local retail marijuana licenses; however, the ordinance would direct the town manager to process and review state retail marijuana licenses for compliance with town ordinances.
Ouray's back-and-forth debate on retail marijuana came to a temporary end on Monday when city council decided to move forward with a short-term moratorium. With the deadline quickly approaching for potential retailers to begin applying for licenses at a local level, Monday's meeting was the last possible meeting for discussion on the highly sensitive subject. City council had three options to choose: to draft regulations, to let voters decide or to ban marijuana facilities altogether.