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Noll and Weaver honored at state level

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CHANGE PAYS OFF

By Jessi Marlatt

jessi@ouraynews.com
Ridgway High School senior Jess Weaver took third place in the state speech competition held at Fort Collins High School last weekend. Weaver competed against 36 students in the Dramatic Interpretation event.
This year’s competition was a new challenge for Weaver, he said, because in the past he has competed in the comedy categories. “I didn’t know how intense the competition could be,” he said, but he wanted to broaden his acting skills.

Fri
23
Mar
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Winter home of the Black Swift revealed

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By Sue Hirschman

I usually like to write and feature a bird for the month that has been seen in that particular month. It's fun to write about a bird returning from its migration, a bird that is not often seen or a bird that is out of its territory.
Even though the Black Swifts have not returned to Ouray County from their migration I had to write about this amazing bird. I have been observing and yes, keeping records of our “Box Canyon Black Swifts Breeding Phenology” since 1996. Many times I have thought and wondered where do these birds fly to for their winter home? That is probably the most asked question from tourists and other people that visit Box Canyon. This question was brought to the attention of three other people that have the expertise, knowledge and equipment to solve this mystery.

Fri
23
Mar
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Assessor planning for chief deputy's retirement

by Beecher Threatt
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On Tuesday the Board of County Commissioners voted to allow County Assessor Susie Mayfield to hire a new staff member well ahead of her Chief Deputy's retirement in 2013. Mayfield told commissioners that new employees in her office must go through an extensive training and education process, including classes for licensing as an assessor.

Fri
23
Mar
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BOCC votes to support permit application for pack trips on Dallas Trail

by Beecher Threatt
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Commissioner Lynn Padgett reported to the other county commissioners on Tuesday that she had met with San Juan Hut System owner Joe Ryan regarding his four-year quest to obtain a U.S. Forest Service permit to run pack trips on Dallas Trail.
The BOCC had decided last month not to write a letter of support for Ryan, but Padgett's meeting changed their minds. She related that the USFS had objected to Ryan's subcontractor for the pack trips, Fence Poste, allegedly because of an incident years ago. Ryan submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the USFS regarding the incident.

Mon
12
Mar
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Half Loop Race a success

Photo by Alan Todd.

Brian Smith, right, Gunnison, and Scott Simmons of Durango won first and second place, respectively,  this weekend in the Sneffels Half Loop cross country ski race. Over 40 racers started at 6:30 a.m. Saturday above Telluride at the Last Dollar Hut Trailhead and finished around noon at County Road 5 near Elk Meadows. Locals Janelle Smiley (who grew up in Ouray County) and Baker Bent, finished 4th and 9th, respectively.

The Sneffels Half Loop is sponsored by San Juan Huts Systems.

The remainder of the top nine finishers, in order, were:

Thu
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Mar
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Plans for billion dollar information superhighway announced New fiber optic lines partially close Durango-Montrose gap

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Government officials and community and school leaders across the Western Slope are praising the release to the public last week of a state-wide EAGLE-Net system map. New fiber optic infrastructure from Durango to Silverton and another short fiber optic span connecting Ouray to Ridgway was especially welcomed. 
“Thanks to EAGLE-Net, we now only need 21 miles of fiber optic line from Ouray to Silverton to complete a 'Billion Dollar Information Superhighway' for improved telecom services for the entire Western Slope,” said Greg Swanson of Operation Linkup, a regional telecom advocacy organization.  When completed, the fiber optic line is expected to have more than a billion dollar impact on future regional economic development, according to Swanson.

Fri
24
Feb
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Compassion Weekend rolling around again

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The second annual Compassion Weekend will be held this year on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. Last summer found volunteers going out into the community painting houses, building fences, weeding gardens, putting up siding, building porches, fixing plumbing and much more. Things that homeowners could not do themselves were done by others who simply wanted to help and give back.
This year will bring more of the same. If you need help or know of someone who does, or would like to volunteer, please give either Donna Whiskeman (729-0273) or Mary Cockle (729-2271) a call and they will be sure you get the necessary paperwork.   

Thu
09
Feb
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Ridgway town team proves its triviality

by Beecher Threatt
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In a repeat performance, Team Minutiae Men took home the 2012 Trivia Bowl Trophy on Tuesday night at the San Miguel Power Association and Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation fundraiser. With a flurry of correct answers in the waning minutes, team members Rick Weaver, John Clark and Eric Johnson, representing the Town of Ridgway (all town councilors) came from behind by knowing that Connecticut is the Nutmeg State and the Missouri is the longest river in the U.S.
"We always considered ourselves trivial people and tonight we proved it," Weaver said.
The event raised $4,637 for the foundation.
In the final round, The A Team from Ouray High School came in...

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