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Fri
06
Nov

OURAY COUNTY: TIGER unsuccessful for CR 1 funding

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

It’s been weeks of waiting, the county hoping for good news regarding the results of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (also known as TIGER VII) grant, which would supply funding for desperately needed road improvements on County Road 1. On Oct. 29, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced recipients of the competitive award and unfortunately, the county’s efforts were unsuccessful this time around.

Thu
05
Nov

OURAY COUNTY: Contributions or payments for Second Chance?

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

If you're confused by the contentious debates between the City of Ouray and Second Chance Humane Society, you're not alone.

Thu
05
Nov

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS: Board declares two seat vacancies Tuesday evening

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Tuesday evening’s short special session of the Ridgway School Board was to announce two vacant seats on the board since no one qualified to be on the Nov. 3 ballot.


The two-year seats of Roger Sagal, president, and Laura Thomas, board member, were officially declared vacant by the board. With no currently eligible candidates, the board will employ other methods to fill the seats.
“We have one letter that has been submitted. I’m hoping to get two more,” said Steve Smith, interim superintendent. “We’ve also gotten a call from somebody that has voiced interest. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
The deadline for showing interest in becoming a board member is...

 

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Thu
05
Nov

CITY OF OURAY: Internet outage on Saturday

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

An eight hour Internet outage is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, beginning at 7 a.m. as CenturyLink conducts repairs on its fiber line in Ouray.
During the outage, Internet services from all providers will be unavailable for residents and businesses within the 325 prefix (Ouray). Business owners are advised to plan ahead as credit card scanners connected through the Internet will be affected.
While Internet will be down from anywhere between eight and 12 hours, citizens will still be able to use their cell phones. Land line use will be limited and only 24 lines will be able to connect at once. Emergency 911 calls can still be made through cell phones and available land lines.

Tue
03
Nov

ELECTION RESULTS: Tax increases succeed, term limits fail

Mon
02
Nov

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: OCHA Guidelines garner extensive discourse

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

A detailed discussion of Ouray County Housing Authority’s Affordable Housing Guidelines dominated the majority of Tuesday evening’s Ridgway Planning Commission session.



The seven community members in attendance also heard a review on parking requirements for daycare facilities and a conversation on 2016 Planning Commission and 5-Year Plan priorities.
The OCHA board started developing county-wide guidelines in 2013 to aid in the development and administration of deed-restricted properties, according to an April 23 OCHA memo.
Deed-restricted sales and rentals were to generally follow this framework in order to find multi-jurisdictional approval, allowing local governments to develop and revise based on the requirements of their specific region.
The guidelines were presented to the planning commission Tuesday evening in hopes of...

Fri
30
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Town budget priorities stable for 2016

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com


At the town of Ridgway's Budget Open House on Sept. 24, town council members and staff shared details about ongoing town projects and solicited community input for the town's budget priorities in 2016.
The Town of Ridgway's 2016 budget has not been drafted yet, but Ridgway Mayor John Clark said it is not likely there will be major changes in the town's budget priorities this year.
Clark said the town will predominantly focus on completing the downtown paving and infrastructure project for a number of years.
"That's what we heard from the public," Clark said.
In December 2013, council voted to commit a large portion (50 percent or $50,000 whichever is greater) of the town's Capital Improvements Plan 0.6 percent sales tax to the downtown streetscape project during a hotly debated public meeting.

Fri
30
Oct

OURAY COUNTY: All ballots must be received by Nov. 3

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

In case you haven't read the information enclosed in your ballot that was mailed to you from Michelle Nauer, county clerk, here are some guidelines to ensure that your vote counts this election.

Fri
30
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Planning commission considering 2016 priorities

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Ridgway Planning Commission mulled over priorities for 2016 after quickly dispatching an agreement to allow construction of parking spaces for condominiums on Sherman Street.
Town Manager Jen Coates asked commissioners to come up with priorities they would like Ridgway Town Council to assign them for review next year.
By far the most important issue among commissioners was affordable housing. They wondered about a way to incentivize construction of affordable housing and whether a needs assessment would be helpful.
Coates said the town is asking Ouray County Housing Authority to look at a 2011 assessment and see if it needs to be revised and updated.
Chair Brian Scranton suggested the commission consider...

Fri
30
Oct

CITY OF OURAY: Contract negotiations point toward progress with Second Chance

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Despite the thick tension and false accusations that bubbled during last week’s face off between city council and Second Chance Humane Society, reconciliation could be within reach following a review of service agreement Monday afternoon, Oct. 26.

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