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Fri
08
Apr

Plans for paving CR 1 move forward

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


County Road 1 is a notoriously nasty stretch of gravel road from Colona to Log Hill Village. A few years ago a group of citizens on Log Hill formed a committee to find the best solution for improving the road. They called themselves the Citizens Action Committee.
The CAC brought the issue before the county road committee, a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The road committee and the BOCC told CAC there are not enough county funds to pave CR 1, and it is unlikely citizens in all of Ouray County will vote to raise taxes to cover the project. The approximate cost for the project is $3.5 million. The county has applied for federal funds for the project several times and been turned down.

Thu
07
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Charges filed against Scranton

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Charges have been filed against Brian Scranton, Ridgway resident and town planning commission chair.

As of of Wednesday, the charges were released by the district attorney's office as one count of sexual assault as a Class 3 felony and one count of sexual assault as a Class 4 felony.

Scranton will appear at the Ouray County Courthouse May 5 at 9 a.m. for appearance on bond and return of filing of charges. 

The planning and zoning chair was arrested March 24 and is represented by Roger Sagal. 

Sagal said that Scranton denies any allegations of wrongdoing. 

Thu
07
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Stryker selected for fire department renovations

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Fire Protection District board of directors checked off another item on its to-do list last week with its selection of Stryker & Company, Inc., as contractor for the upcoming firehouse renovation project.


Cristy Orvis, RFD board member, said contract negotiations with Stryker are going forward as soon as possible.
The board also interviewed Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc., for the project.
The contractor selection was made possible by the Department of Local Affairs recently signing off on the fire district’s grant proposal for improvements to the fire house.
Stryker will be working with the fire district to include additions such as an EMS bay, two bunk rooms, a new meeting room and a suit-up zone. A new roof is also in the works for the structure behind town hall on Railroad Street.
 

Thu
07
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Court date set for Demid

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

A court date has been set for Robert Demid, 78-year-old Ridgway resident involved in a fatal March 14 truck-motorcycle collision on US 550.


According to the district attorney’s office, Demid will appear at the Ouray County Courthouse on April 21 at 9 a.m. on charges of Careless Driving Causing Death, a Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense.
Sergeant Scott Mills of the Ouray Police Department was killed in the March 14 accident.
Demid could receive a minimum sentence of 10 days in jail, a $300 fine or both. The maximum for the misdemeanor is one year in jail, a $1000 fine or both. Probation is another option in lieu of jail time.

Thu
07
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Austin only new face elected to town council

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

All three of the current council members that ran for election this season will be keeping their seats.


On Tuesday, John Clark, mayor, and council members Nick Williams and Candida Gold received enough votes to serve another term for the Town of Ridgway.
Clark, who ran unopposed, received 70 votes of the 74 cast. Gold and Williams received 66 and 59 respectively.
Gold and Williams will be serving their first official terms, as they had been appointed to fill the vacated seats of Jason Gunning and Bo Nerlin.
Newcomer Robb Austin, who received 50 votes, will be filling the more recently vacated council seat of Rick Weaver.
Forrest Bault, youngest of the four council candidates, received 25 votes.
Clark, Gold, Williams and Austin will take their seats at this month’s regular town council meeting on April 13.

Sun
03
Apr

ColoradoCare on the ballot

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


An option to create truly universal healthcare will be on the ballot in November as a Colorado constitutional amendment.
ColoradoCare, or Amendment 69, is a resident-owned, non-governmental health care financing system paid for by a 3.33 percent income tax increase for employees, a 6.67 percent increase for employers and a 10 percent tax increase for non-payroll income from self-employment, interest, dividends, capital gains, Social Security, pensions and other sources, up to $450,000 of income for couples filing jointly.
If the measure passes, Colorado will be the first state to provide universal healthcare.

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.

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