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21
Apr
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What was that smell?

by Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com

If you noticed a foul odor in the air last Wednesday, you aren’t alone. Many residents in the Ridgway area did. The olfactory senses of staff and guests at Orvis Hot Springs were particularly bombarded.
The stink was coming from Orvis neighbor, Amerigas. On Wednesday, an extraordinarily windy day, Amerigas chose to ‘purge’ a few of their old propane tanks. According to Cheryl Roberts, Ouray County Public Health Director, the purging process involves burning off propane from old tanks in order to make disposal a safer process.

Thu
12
Apr
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Sunshine Laws in the dark

On March 22, we printed a story regarding an audit that had been conducted on the Ridgway Schools Food Service program. The audit found the district was not in compliance with a regulation requiring documentation of the tracking of temperatures, quantity and weights of ingredients throughout each day of the year.

The Plaindealer reported that the fine for this infraction, according to Ridgway Schools Superintendent Cheryl Gomez, was nearly $12,000. The Plaindealer also reported that audit findings resulted in the state withholding the reimbursement of funds for free and reduced lunches, over $7,000. Together, we reported, the total fines were in the $18,000 range.

These penalties were reported as heard at the monthly school board meeting the night of March 15. We also reported that the district planned to appeal a portion of these fines.

Thu
12
Apr
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SMPA Calls for Board Nominations in Districts One and Four

SMPA Calls for Board Nominations in Districts One and Four

San Miguel Power Association, Inc. (SMPA) will hold elections for the districts one and four board positions at their Annual Meeting on June 14. The Annual Meeting will be held at the co-op’s office in Nucla, 170 W. 10th Ave. District one includes Nucla, Naturita, Uravan, Paradox, Redvale, Basin and Slick Rock. District four includes Colona northwest of Ouray County Road 1B, Log Hill west of Ouray County Road 1 and 1A, rural Telluride north of Highway 145, and the Town of Telluride northwest of Townsend and Colorado Ave., northwest of Tomboy and West Colorado and north of Black Bear Road and Mahoney Drive. San Miguel Power is now accepting nomination petitions for these two districts.

Thu
12
Apr
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Petition drive for unaffiliated District 59 candidate begins

Plaindealer Staff Report
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Durango resident Jaime McMillan has embarked on his quest to gather 400 registered voters' signatures to gain a spot on the Colorado House District 59 ballot in November.
McMillan said he will go directly to voters from Gunnison to La Plata County to discuss important issues in town halls. He plans to deliver petitions on June 4 to the Colorado Secretary of State as required by Colorado election law.

Thu
12
Apr
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Divide Ranch developers get extension to file final plat Golf course development on the market

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Shortly before granting a five-year extension of Divide Ranch and Club's preliminary development plan and Planned Unit Development agreement, the Board of County Commissioners learned that the 677-acre property is for sale. The developers/owners are Heritage Inn and Suites of Kansas City, Inc. and H.T. Heritage Inn of Erie, LLC.
Commissioner Lynn Padgett was reluctant to grant the extension without conditions; however, she voted for the extension with the other two commissioners. A sale to another developer was one scenario she was worried about.

Fri
30
Mar
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Unaffiliated candidate seeks District 59 seat

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
Durango resident Jaime McMillan will run for the state House District 59 seat as an unaffiliated candidate, if he can gather 400 signatures of registered voters — Republican, Democrat or Unaffiliated — between Apr. 9 and June 4 to gain a place on the November general election ballot.
"It's not a big challenge to get 400 signatures, but we have to do it correctly," McMillan said in an interview. The Secretary of State's office has approved his petition form, and he plans to deliver the signed petitions well before the June 4 deadline.

Fri
23
Mar
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Noll and Weaver honored at state level

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CHANGE PAYS OFF

By Jessi Marlatt

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Ridgway High School senior Jess Weaver took third place in the state speech competition held at Fort Collins High School last weekend. Weaver competed against 36 students in the Dramatic Interpretation event.
This year’s competition was a new challenge for Weaver, he said, because in the past he has competed in the comedy categories. “I didn’t know how intense the competition could be,” he said, but he wanted to broaden his acting skills.

Fri
23
Mar
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Winter home of the Black Swift revealed

Special to the Plaindealer

By Sue Hirschman

I usually like to write and feature a bird for the month that has been seen in that particular month. It's fun to write about a bird returning from its migration, a bird that is not often seen or a bird that is out of its territory.
Even though the Black Swifts have not returned to Ouray County from their migration I had to write about this amazing bird. I have been observing and yes, keeping records of our “Box Canyon Black Swifts Breeding Phenology” since 1996. Many times I have thought and wondered where do these birds fly to for their winter home? That is probably the most asked question from tourists and other people that visit Box Canyon. This question was brought to the attention of three other people that have the expertise, knowledge and equipment to solve this mystery.

Fri
23
Mar
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Assessor planning for chief deputy's retirement

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

On Tuesday the Board of County Commissioners voted to allow County Assessor Susie Mayfield to hire a new staff member well ahead of her Chief Deputy's retirement in 2013. Mayfield told commissioners that new employees in her office must go through an extensive training and education process, including classes for licensing as an assessor.

Fri
23
Mar
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BOCC votes to support permit application for pack trips on Dallas Trail

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Commissioner Lynn Padgett reported to the other county commissioners on Tuesday that she had met with San Juan Hut System owner Joe Ryan regarding his four-year quest to obtain a U.S. Forest Service permit to run pack trips on Dallas Trail.
The BOCC had decided last month not to write a letter of support for Ryan, but Padgett's meeting changed their minds. She related that the USFS had objected to Ryan's subcontractor for the pack trips, Fence Poste, allegedly because of an incident years ago. Ryan submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the USFS regarding the incident.

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