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Sun
21
Feb

OURAY COUNTY
 Wine and Whiskers returns for ninth year

A model embraces the high energy tumbling around the room at the Second Chance Humane Society Wine and Whiskers event. According to Kelly Goodin, SCHS executive director, the fashion show is one of the event's biggest draws.

Photo courtesy of Kaycee Clark

By Dalton Carver


dalton@ouraynews.com




The annual Wine and Whiskers fundraising event, hosted by Second Chance Humane Society, is definitely more than its name implies.  

Sat
20
Feb

OURAY COUNTY
: A trek through new communication regulations

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The Ouray County Planning Commission convened Tuesday evening to refine the new Land Use Code section regarding “communications.”

Fri
19
Feb

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Aerodynamic stall, spin forced down aircraft

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

The National Travel Safety board indicated that the Socata aircraft that crashed into the Ridgway Reservoir March 2014 was most likely caused an inadvertent aerodynamic stall and spin in its probable cause report released Feb. 17.

This report is a follow-up to the factual report on the incident, which was released Jan. 29.

The small aircraft out of Gasden, Alabama was piloted by Jimmy Hill, 48. Also aboard the plane were Katrina Barksdale, 40;  Xander Barksdale, 8; Kobe Barksdale, 11; and Seth McDuffie, 14. There were no survivors upon impact.

According to the report, the aircraft was initially cleared for approach by the air traffic controller at Montrose Regional Airport.

Fri
19
Feb

Ouray girls win a David and Goliath battle

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ouray girls’ basketball team defeated Dolores, a 2A team, in overtime on Friday night. The girls were down to four players during overtime due to foul-outs, but they were still able to defeat the larger team.
"This was one of our best girls’ games in many years," Craig Kaminsky, coach, said.
Ouray lost to Dolores by 27 points the last time the two met on Jan. 16. Ouray was ready for the challenge this time and planned to handle the pressure by stepping up their defense.
“It was pretty amazing, we had a two point lead at the half and they were just working their tails off," Kaminsky said. "Dolores came back and pushed ahead in the final moments of the fourth quarter."

Fri
19
Feb

OURAY COUNTY
 Steps taken toward animal control agreement

Audience members also had the opportunity to sit in the upper floor of the Colona Roadhouse during Tuesday's BOCC regular meeting. The aerial view gave a different perspective on the county session.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Despite progress made by county commissioners in finalizing an animal control agreement between the county and Second Chance Humane Society, the issue was pushed to a future agenda during Tuesday morning’s regular meeting.

Fri
19
Feb

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Community garden given green thumbs up

Heather Zeilman, development director of Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans, addresses a pivotal issue in Ouray County — affordable housing. The main topic was the Critical Home Repair program, which required some fund appropriation from town council last Wednesday evening.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The Ridgway Community Garden was given the green light to grow at Green Street Park by town council last Wednesday evening.


The next three years of the project were laid out by Agnieszka Przeszlowska, who represented the project group that functions as a non-profit, although they aren’t incorporated.
In addition to cultivating the garden in the northwest corner of Green Street Park, RCG will act as stewards for the entirety of the space.
RCG has been working  through the process with the town parks committee, Trails and Open Space Committee, Jen Coates, town administrator and Joanne Fagan, public works director, to determine what requirements must be met to make the garden a reality.
The build-out procedure was presented to the council in three phases, the first of which took up most of the presentation.

Thu
18
Feb

Skier-triggered avalanche clogs pass

A snow plow clears the heavily compacted snow on Red Mountain Pass after a skier-triggered avalanche.

Courtesy photo

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Backcountry skiers triggered an avalanche that closed Red Mountain Pass Saturday afternoon. The avalanche hit US 550 eight miles north of Silverton. The skiers were above US 550 in an area known as Eagle avalanche path.
According to Colorado Avalanche Information Center, two of the skiers were caught and carried in the avalanche, but they were not buried. The skiers’ conditions are unknown.
Snow deposited on the road was 12-15 feet deep and 350 feet wide.
According to Nancy Shanks, CDOT public relations manager, US 550 closed around 12:30 p.m., opened to single lane traffic at 7:14 p.m. and opened completely around 9 p.m.
Shanks said normally when CDOT triggers avalanches they can be cleared quickly because triggered avalanches roll over the road and do not compact onto the roadway, but this avalanche was different.

Thu
18
Feb

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Concerns from downtown business owners resurface

Ed Folga, owner of Willowcreek Floral, presents questions created by the Ridgway Historic Business District Concerned Merchants Group to town council last Wednesday evening. The majority of the discussion focused on the potential for a marketing plan for Ridgway businesses during the RAMP project.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Apprehensive business owners presented a handful of questions to town council last Wednesday regarding the RAMP Up! Ridgway project. However, councilors and town staff argued those queries already had public answers.

Wed
17
Feb

Mountain lion left prey in park

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

A deer carcass found on the softball field in Fellin Park Wednesday morning is speculated to be the work of a mountain lion.
The mountain lion was not spotted, but Justin Perry, Ouray Police Chief, said the appearance of the attack is consistent with mountain lion kills. He said the Ouray area has had attacks like this one in the past.
"It's not an uncommon thing in this area," Perry said. "There are mountain lions that are located in the surrounding area and it's not unusual."
Perry requests that anyone who sees a mountain lion call 911 immediately.
"We want to make sure those sightings are reported so we can contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife so they are aware of the situation," Perry said.
Public works disposed of the carcass on Red Mountain Pass, per CPW’s request.

Sun
14
Feb

Knowledge Bowl team outsmarts the competition

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ouray High School Knowledge Bowl team added another win to its collection after placing first at the match in Ridgway on Monday. The Ouray Middle School team placed third, and the Ridgway Middle School team placed second. The Ridgway High School team did not place.
The Ouray High School team has its eye on the state championship on March 14 and 15 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The team is only one match away from the state competition, and so far they are undefeated for the season. The next match for Ouray and Ridgway is the league championship on Feb. 22 in Ouray.
Ouray team coach Eric Fagrelius said the team hopes to defend its 2015 first place title by speeding up its draw to answer questions before the rest of the competition.

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