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Thu
26
May

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 New club scores success in spring season

From left: Connor Alvarez, Porter Waggoner, Levi Iversen, Michael Messer Benjamin Taylor, Bridger Anderson, Brayden Brown, Jack Sitlington and Vincent Schierenberg ended their spring soccer season 11-4-1. The new Ridgway Ouray United Raptors are looking forward to summer tournaments and expanding their club next fall.

Courtesy photo

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Even with branching out and starting their own club this season, the Ridgway Raptors Under-10 boys have continued to find success on the soccer pitch.

Thu
26
May

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Historic railcar returns home

The Rio Grande Southern 252 passenger car was hauled into Ridgway Monday morning from Monte Vista. The car is one of only two surviving passenger coaches that ran out of Ridgway.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Commuters may have seen a strange sight at the Ridgway Railroad museum Monday morning. A 12-ton piece of Ridgway railroad history was out of its traditional element — suspended in midair.

Sat
21
May

Ribs on menu at Hot Springs Pool

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com



The Hot Springs Pool gained a new food vendor after City Council signed a lease agreement with Rib City Grill during the meeting on Monday night.
Tyler Jones is owner of Rib City Grill in Montrose and he also owns a mobile unit to sell his barbecue. He said his menu for the pool will be ribs, sandwiches, sides and ice cream.
Jones said he will smoke all his meats in Montrose at the restaurant's main location.
"The plan is to just blow pork smoke across the pool; I think it will work well," he said.  
Jones hopes to be open by Memorial Day weekend. Rib City Grill will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to around 9 p.m., depending on how busy the pool is.

Fri
20
May

Tree mitigation will cause hiking closures

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Tree mitigation work is underway around Ouray. Loggers contracted by the city have begun working on the County Road 361 and Box Canyon area and will continue around Cascade Falls next week.
The Cascade Falls area was scheduled to be completed last week, but because of equipment failure the mitigation will take place on May 25 and 26. The perimeter trail will be closed during this time between the Visitor Center and Amphitheater Campground Road. Signs posted on the trail will inform hikers of the closure.
Beginning May 25 the road from the Ice Park to Box Canyon will also be closed. Traffic on 3rd Avenue leading into Box Canyon will be down to one way. Box Canyon Falls will remain open.

Fri
13
May

Residents raise concerns about new tax

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Citizens attempting to chip seal County Road 1 faced several rounds of opposition from residents at the informational meeting in Colona on Thursday. This meeting was more one-sided against the proposition than the meeting in Ridgway last Tuesday to discuss the same issue.
A group of residents who live in the CR 1 area formed a Citizens Action Committee to explore the possibility of creating a Public Improvement District with authority to levy and collect property taxes from CR 1 residents. The proposed PID would cover residents on CR 1 from Yucca Drive on the south end of CR 1 to Asters Lane on the north end.
Ouray County unsuccessfully applied for a TIGER grant four times to fund improving the road. The CAC decided they must take responsibility for paving the troubled road into their own hands.

Thu
12
May

Relay team sets record

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ouray County boys relay team set a school record in the 800 meter relay on Saturday in Pagosa Springs. Relay members are Martin Torres, Nate Fedel, Joey Fedel and Ravi Inmon. They set the record with an 8:47.56 time and finished third in the race.
The former record was set by Kyle Schoenebaum, Eli Lane, Scott Fedel and Nakoa Martinez in 2009 with a time of 8:49.64.
The boys will run again on Saturday at Cedaredge High School.

Thu
12
May

OURAY COUNTY 
Community trust vehicle conceptualized

Mick Graff, Ouray County representative for Western Colorado Community Foundation, and Sue Hillhouse, former Ouray County representative for WCCF, present information about the organization at last week's community trust meeting at Ridgway Community Center. Telluride Foundation also provided some potential pathways for Ouray County to create its own community trust vehicle.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Community members and nonprofit organizations got the opportunity to contemplate creating a community trust organization for Ouray County last Wednesday at Ridgway Community Center.

Thu
12
May

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Chamber director resigns

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Gale Ingram has stepped down from her position as Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce director as of last Monday.

Thu
12
May

Peters puts name into county commission race

John Peters, county planning commissioner, announces his intent to run for county commissioner in District 1 last Thursday at Taco del Gnar. Peters, unaffiliated, will run against Democratic candidate Amy McBride. Either McBride or Peters will replace the vacancy resulting in Lynn Padgett, Board of County Commissioners chair, stepping down due to term limits.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

District 1 received a new county commissioner candidate last Thursday. John Peters, Ouray County Planning Commission member, announced his campaign challenging Democratic candidate Amy McBride in front of friends and supporters at Taco del Gnar.

Wed
11
May

Blasting to begin on RMP

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Blasting began in the construction area of Red Mountain Pass on Wednesday.
For about two and a half weeks travelers can expect delays of about 30 minutes, the Colorado Department of Transportation said in a statement. Blasting is expected to take place from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during this time.
The blasting is part of construction on retaining walls at mile markers 79.5 to 79.4, nine miles north of Silverton.
When blasting is completed wait times will shorten, but US 550 will still be limited to single-lane, alternating traffic 24 hours a day. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers or portable traffic signals and work hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. During non-work hours delays will be about 6 minutes.

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