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Fri
25
Mar

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS
 Decision made on student search policy

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

After a few months of deliberation and information gathering, Ridgway school board took a vote on the student searches and arrests policy that was heavily discussed at a work session early this year.


Steve Smith, superintendent, presented two versions of the policy revision to the board for consideration. The board selected the second version as their choice by a vote of 3-2.
The board also further discussed a possible break in February being inserted into next year’s district calendar.
The difference between the two versions of Smith’s policy revision came down to whether principals should be required to attempt to contact parents before a student is interviewed about a possible criminal matter.
Bart Skalla, board member, wasn’t present at the initial discussion but wanted to hear directly from the two principals what their stance was.

Thu
24
Mar

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Communication is key for ACC

Jody Randall of American Civil Constructors outlines specifics in the already-begun RAMP project. Randall is one half of the communication team that the public can contact throughout construction.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Residents and the public met the team they will be cooperating with throughout the summer while the RAMP Up! Ridgway project is underway.

Wed
23
Mar

Council remembers fallen officer

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


City Council took a moment of silence at the beginning of the meeting on Monday in memory of Ouray Police Sergeant Scott Mills.
"The work we have to do this evening pales in comparison to the loss that we're all dealing with," Pam Larson, mayor, said.
City offices took the day off on Tuesday to attend funeral services in Montrose for the fallen officer. Council extended its sympathies to the police department, city staff and the community for the loss.
Glenn Boyd, council member, said every hotel room in Montrose was booked Monday night by people planning to attend the funeral. A procession of police, fire and emergency vehicles escorted Mills’ family to Grace Community Church on Tuesday morning.

Fri
18
Mar

Beetle kill trees alone can't be blamed for wildfires

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Trees killed by beetles don't necessarily make wildfires more severe, one fire ecologist told the West Region Wildfire Council on Thursday.
Robbie Andrus is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He spent four years working in fire and forest ecology to discover how wildfires change when they burn through beetle killed forests.
"That's a really important question, how does fire behavior change," Andrus said. "From a homeowner perspective how does it burn around homes? Ecologically, how does it affect the eco system long term?"

Wed
16
Mar

Body found in Panoramic Heights

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

A body found in the Panoramic Heights subdivision on Sunday evening has been identified as 50-year-old Darryl Hemphill.
According to Ouray County Coroner Colleen Hollenbeck, the cause of death is still uncertain.
"At this time it does not look like there was foul play," she said...

 

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Wed
16
Mar

OURAY COUNTY
 Cultivation license plows past public concern

Matt Boison, owner of Colorado Cultivators, LLC, presents his application for marijuana cultivation on Sage Road. Boison and his partner, Kevin Pankey, were given the thumbs up to operate by the BOCC Tuesday.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Matt Boison and Kevin Pankey will soon join the group of entrepreneurs growing marijuana in Ouray County since 2013.

Mon
14
Mar
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Ouray police officer dies in motorcycle accident

Ofc. Scott Mills of the Ouray Police Department was killed Monday afternoon, Mar. 14, in a motorcycle accident on U.S. Hwy. 550 between the Town of Ridgway and the City of Ouray. Mills, 51, had been on the force since Jan. 24, 2014.

The City of Ouray Police Department confirmed this afternoon that one of its officers was killed today in an accident on U.S. Highway 550 between the Town of Ridgway and the City of Ouray, according to Marti Whitmore, acting public information officer, City of Ouray.  The officer has been identified as Scott Mills, age 51.  He was off-duty at the time of the accident and was driving his motorcycle when a truck collided with him.  The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause and details of the accident.  
Mills joined the force on Jan. 24, 2014.

Mon
14
Mar

BREAKING: Accident on US 550 closes route to Ouray

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

A two-vehicle collision has prompted emergency services to block off the entirety of US 550 a bit past Orvis Hot Springs. According to Ruth Stewart, county paramedic, there is one fatality. Updates to come. 

Sun
13
Mar

Council honors Hot Springs pool employee

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The Ouray City Council honored Donette Arrington during the council meeting Monday night for her 16 years of service at the Hot Springs Pool. Arrington led the Hot Springs staff, taught hundreds of Ouray children how to swim and provided CPR and First Aid training. More than 1.5 million people have visited the Ouray Hot Springs Pool during Arrington's time of service, and during that time she counted over $250,000 in quarters from lockers and power washed the bottom of the pool more than 50 times.
Council honored Arrington by proclaiming March 11, 2016 as Donette Arrington Appreciation Day.  

Sat
12
Mar

Trojans win first round of state tournament, lose second

The Trojans are still in the state tournament, but they lost the chance at winning the first place title this year. The boys defeated Rocky Mountain Lutheran 71-54 on Thursday and moved on to the semi-finals to face Fleming on Friday. 
Fleming defeated Ouray by two points, ending the game at 49-51. The Trojans move into the consolation bracket and play Holly today at 5 p.m. for the chance to claim the third place title. 
The Plaindealer will have additional updates after the game this evening. 

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