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Tue
13
May

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Siefken appointed as RSS principal


Several concerned parents and community members attended the Ridgway School Board meeting on May 12. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje
 
On Monday night, Ridgway School Board Chair Roger Sagal announced that science teacher Chuck Siefken had been appointed acting principal of Ridgway Secondary School.
Mon
12
May

CITY OF OURAY: Businesses worry as rock scale work again closes Red Mountain Pass

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Extended road closure of US 550 on Red Mountain Pass is expected to continue through the month of May as the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Midwest Rockfall continue rock scaling efforts above the highway. As a result of the daily closures throughout the week, local Ouray business owners are worried that the negative impacts of the complete shutdown earlier this year will return just before the busy summer season begins.

Sun
11
May

OURAY COUNTY State waste tire law updated


A flash flood that occurred on July 26, 2011, washed these tires, plus hundreds more, down the Uncomphagre River. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment determined the tires were improperly disposed of on property owned by Laurence "Butch" Gunn. Plaindealer file photo

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

As the county waits for state approval of its tire cleanup project on the property of Laurence “Butch” Gunn, a bill updating the state's waste tire program has passed the Colorado House and Senate.

Fri
09
May

OURAY COUNTY The history of "The Ouray Water Gap"


The "Ouray Water Gap" includes the upper Uncompahgre River Valley as it runs north from Ridgway, including Ridgway Reservoir. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Before a reservoir and a highway filled the high-banked valley where the Uncompahgre River flows north from Ridgway, the "Ouray Water Gap" was home to a self-reliant group of farmers, road builders and entrepreneurs.

Fri
09
May

COLORADO: School finance bills headed to Hickenlooper

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Just at the end of the legislative session this week, the House and Senate passed two bills that would funnel funds back into K-12 resources after cuts during the recent recession.

Thu
08
May

OURAY COUNTY BOCC gives staff go-ahead on Ridgway Fire proposal

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

After a lengthy discussion on Tuesday, the Board of Ouray County Commissioners directed County Attorney Marti Whitmore to begin drafting a potential intergovernmental agreement with the Ridgway Fire District regarding shared use of the fire district's new facility.

Thu
08
May

CITY OF OURAY: Citizens encouraged to protect trees from fir beetles

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

The warm, dry months of summer are only a few weeks away and with that, the threat of hungry bark beetles looms over Ouray’s dwindling number of fir trees. As bark beetles prepare their search for new host trees in the city’s forests, citizens are encouraged to take action against these destructive insects.

Tue
06
May

CITY OF OURAY: Loans available for businesses impacted by Red Mountain Pass closure

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

When rockslides shut down Red Mountain Pass for nearly a month in January, businesses in Ouray and Silverton received an economic blow. Now that the pass is temporarily closed again during the weeks of May, businesses fear another period of financial adversity.

 

Mon
05
May

COLORADO: Concerns with Public Trust run deeper than clean water

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

In an attempt to protect Colorado’s natural resources, the Public Trust Initiative is again trying to make waves and earn its spot on ballots this year. While the initiative aims to secure protection for the state’s precious resources — particularly water — many local ranchers and water users are vehemently against the proposed measure.

Fri
02
May

OURAY COUNTY HOA changes in Colorado

 

By Bill Tiedje

bill@ouraynews.com

 

Presenting information on new state requirements for homeowners' associations in Colorado, Gary Kujawski, HOA Information Officer with the Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA), spoke to HOA residents, board members and managers during an educational session held in Ridgway on April 25.

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