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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. 

Sat
12
Mar

Commissioners support Good Samaritans

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The Board of County Commissioners voiced support for “Good Samaritan” efforts to clean up mines during Tuesday's meeting. Commissioners signed a resolution stating they support legislation that will limit the liability of volunteers who help clean up polluted water discharged from abandoned mines.
As the law stands, anyone can be held responsible for environmental damage caused when they begin clean up work. This is a barrier for many would-be volunteers. The BOCC stated its support for "the goal of allowing voluntary efforts by 'Good Samaritans' to proceed without fear of legal liability."
Ouray County on the big screen
The BBC network has requested access to Camp Bird Road to shoot scenes for a documentary called "Mountains,” to air in summer 2017.

Thu
10
Mar

Trojans going to state with brains and brawn

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ouray Varsity Boy's basketball team and the Knowledge Bowl team are both headed to state.
The Trojans secured a spot in the state basketball tournament with a 69-40 win over the Flagler High School Panthers on Saturday. The Region 1 1A playoff game was at Glenwood Springs High School.
The 20-2 Trojans prevailed in an emotionally-charged battle with the 7-14 Panthers.
The game was close throughout the first half. Ouray's signature strategy is to rely on fast runs down the center for easy lay-ups, but the majority didn't hit home in the first half. The buzzer sounded at the half with the Trojans holding onto a tenuous 29-21 lead.
The Trojans pulled ahead in the third quarter and went into the final quarter up 48 to 33. Lincoln Sackman led the turnaround with hard drives and three point shots.

Sat
05
Mar
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Trojans advance to state tournament with win

The Ouray Trojan boys basketball team defeated the Flagler Panthers Saturday in Glenwood Springs, 69 to 40, in the Region 1 1A playoff action. This is the Trojans second regional title in a row, as they move on to the state tournament in Loveland next week. See this week's Plaindealer for game details and tournament schedules.

Sat
05
Mar
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Local artist McCullough dies

Michael Timothy McCullough, 64, passed away peacefully in his Ridgway, Colorado home on March 3, 2016, with family and loved ones at his side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
McCullough was born September 24, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of seven children born to Winifred Smith and James McCullough. He graduated from Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio in 1969 and went on to study art at Florida State University.
Mostly self-taught, McCullough had a true passion for art, and he shared it with his community. He moved to Ridgway in 1972 and worked as a builder for nearly 40 years, paying for his "art habit," as he said.
McCullough built portions of the Cascade and Portland Creek flumes in Ouray and poured the concrete vault that houses Ouray County records in the courthouse.
But it was his artwork that grew in demand over the years.

Fri
04
Mar

Neighbors plan to welcome snowbirds

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Safe Neighborhoods group has created a tentative plan to welcome back summer residents when the weather warms up for good.
The Safe Neighborhoods group began as a neighborhood watch group facilitated by Ouray police sergeant Scott Mills. Mills said the amount of crime in Ouray has fallen over the past few years, and attendance at meetings has also declined.
"People don't have burning issues or problems, that's why they don't come out," Mills said.
So the group decided to change strategies and focus on community involvement instead of just crime prevention. One way to increase involvement is by welcoming input from the residents that live in Ouray during the summer and leave in the winter. The group agreed these "snowbirds" are a part of the community even when they are absent because their neighbors help maintain the safety of their vacant homes.

Sat
27
Feb

Marionettes to perform the art of life

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The show coming to the Wright Opera House on March 13 is unlike any other show that has graced the stage in Ouray. The Cashore Marionettes will perform touching scenes from everyday life set to classical music. The show has no words, and the entire performance is orchestrated by one man, Joseph Cashore.
Cashore has been designing and manipulating marionettes for 30 years. In fact, he created all the marionettes for his show.
"The artistic quality is just incredible," Sue Hillhouse, president of Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, said. "He has characters that can move their eyebrows, animals can wiggle their ears and babies will wiggle their toes."
Hillhouse said she was fascinated with marionettes on TV programs like the Ed Sullivan Show growing up. To see them on stage as an adult will be a treat.

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