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Fri
05
Jun

OURAY COUNTY: Cooperative water efforts get backing from Roundtable

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

It's a promising sign for local water users that the Gunnison Basin Roundtable unanimously approved recommendations to award grant funding for a countywide water engineering analysis, which would help entities understand water issues and look toward future solutions for the Upper Uncompahgre Basin.

On Tuesday, County Attorney and representative to the Roundtable Marti Whitmore said the group showed "very strong support" for the unifying effort and will forward recommendations to the Colorado Water Conservation Board to approve a total of $50,000 in funding for the project ($25,000 from the statewide fund and $25,000 from the basin's fund in water reserve account set aside by CWCB). The CWCB will not make a decision until its meeting in Montrose in September, which Whitmore plans to attend to represent the project.

Fri
05
Jun

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Playground project breaks ground


Students, staff and community supporters joined the groundbreaking ceremonies at Ridgway Elementary School playground on June 1. The playground renovations, including a new zipline, climbing wall and ADA sidewalk, are scheduled to be completed in time for the start of school this fall. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

On Monday, June 1, friends, supporters and staff of Ridgway Elementary School gathered for an official groundbreaking ceremony for renovations to the school's playground.

Thu
04
Jun

OURAY COUNTY: Military helicopter used in Sneffels rescue


A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk lowers Ouray Mountain Rescue Team Member Cory Jackson on Tuesday to rescue two skiers on the north face of Mount Sneffels at 12,600 feet, at the bottom of the Snake Couloir. Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Ouray Mountain Rescue Team completed another successful rescue mission on Mt. Sneffels on Tuesday, thanks to the help of a National Guard helicopter.

Thu
04
Jun

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Learn to play pickleball


Pickleball is played with a large solid paddle and a perforated plastic ball. The rapidly growing sport is a mix of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The skillful and social sport of pickleball is growing in popularity across the country, and a local group of enthusiasts has started a pickleball club in Ridgway for casual and competitive play.

Wed
03
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: Summer concert opener to be anything but Quiet


Quiet Company Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

After months of quiet winter calm, things are about to heat up and get loud in town as the Mountain Air Music Series kicks off with beating drums and bouncy guitar licks. Headlining the first installment of the summer concert sets is Austin, Texas-based award-winning rock band Quiet Company.

Mon
01
Jun

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Board debates salary schedule surge


Ridgway School Board members Greg Lawler, Roger Sagal, Bart Skalla and Laura Thomas reviewed budget projections for a salary schedule increase during their regular meeting on May 27. The 2015-2016 Ridgway School District budget includes a 5.8 percent increase in total salary for certified teaching staff; but, the board is considering an additional increase to match teacher compensation in the Ouray School District. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway School Board discussed increasing the total staff salary schedule by 11.7 percent next school year to match the Ouray School District salary formula, during its regular meeting on May 26.

Sun
31
May

CITY OF OURAY: Main Street blooms with donations

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

May showers might seem endless now, but June flowers are just around the corner. For a seventh year, the Ouray Beautification Committee will bring life and color to Main Street with bright bouquets lined up along the sidewalks.

Sat
30
May

COLORADO Overcharged homeowners get restitution

Special to the Plaindealer
plaindealer@ouraynews.com


Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced this week that her office has sent out more than 20,000 checks to homeowners who were improperly charged false and inflated foreclosure costs by foreclosure law firm Aronowitz & Mecklenburg, LLP.

Fri
29
May

OURAY COUNTY Transmountain diversion discussion limited by legal realities

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Despite differences of opinion over how to interpret aspects of the Colorado Water Plan, including the "seven points" framework on transmountain diversions, local water experts explain that water law in the state has not changed.

Thu
28
May

OURAY COUNTY: Snow delays Jeep road schedule

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Late spring storms may be necessary, but they are putting a damper on the Jeeping season. Consistent snow storms have made plowing Jeep roads useless for the county's Road and Bridge Department, and as a result only one trail was open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

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