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16
Apr

WESTERN SLOPE: Freedom Fest an opportunity to educate and celebrate

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Cannabis consumers and activists have much to celebrate this Sunday, April 20, as the infamous pot smokers' holiday will be the first in the era of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado. To celebrate the historic occasion, the first annual Western Slope Freedom Fest will hold a three day celebration of cannabis, music and voters' newly gained freedoms.

Wed
16
Apr

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS: Elementary playground remodel finds GOCO, community support

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Last Wednesday, the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded $100,000 to Ridgway Schools for renovation of the elementary school playground.

Wed
16
Apr

WESTERN SLOPE: Landowner preference program changing

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Colorado landowners' eligibility for big game hunting tags and use of those tags will change this summer as Colorado Parks and Wildlife implements new regulations for its landowner preference program.
To receive a landowner hunting tag voucher under the new regulations, landowners must provide habitat, support year-round or substantial populations, or provide proof of game damage for the particular game animal for which they are applying to hunt.
Sale of landowner vouchers, which can be exchanged for hunting tags, is also expressly prohibited in the new regulations, and transfers of these vouchers can only take place directly from landowners or land managers to hunters.
In western Colorado, the percentage of landowner tags that are distributed will also change.

Wed
16
Apr

CITY OF OURAY: Community policing program to rely on citizen involvement

Citizen Margaret Henderson talks with Police Chief Justin Perry and Officer Justin Crandall

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Ouray’s year-long police department overhaul continues to make progress as the department looks to implement its new “community policing” program.

Sun
13
Apr
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Alpenglow Arts Alliance discussion

On Wednesday, Apr. 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., the Ouray Community Development Committee will present a discussion by the newly formed Alpenglow Arts Alliance. The topic of the discussion will be to learn how each of these Organizations designs their event schedule to offer programs geared towards the changing seasonal market of Ouray County.

The presentation will take place in the Ouray Community Center, Sixth Avenue, Ouray.

Tue
08
Apr
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COLORADO Telecoms package pushes broadband expansion

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Efforts to expand broadband development in rural areas of Colorado are finally being pushed forward by the state legislature as a five-bill telecommunications package passed through a House committee last Tuesday.
On March 26, a bipartisan package of bills aiming to modernize telecommunication regulations, expand rural broadband and protect public safety passed the Business, Labor, Economic and Workforce Development Committee.
"We've taken a first step today to a major upgrade for Colorado's telecommunications network," said Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) in a release on Tuesday. "These bills will bring benefits to all Colorado consumers, but I'm especially pleased that this package will give our rural neighbors the significant economic and social benefits of broadband access."

Tue
08
Apr
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CITY OF OURAY Wright renovations making progress in short time frame

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Crinkled strips of brown paper cover the windows and locked doors of the Wright Opera House. Despite being closed since early February, the 125-year-old venue is still bustling with activity as contractors and volunteers move to and fro, lugging in boards and tools and hauling out walls and sawdust.
Stepping inside the construction zone, one sees many obvious changes have been made to the main floor alone, including a newly installed elevator shaft, allowing access to the basement as well as the theater, and a winding staircase, adding an elegant and aesthetic appeal. Other improvements include additional restrooms, which are ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) compliant, as well as an internal staircase leading to the basement, providing more functionality for the space.

Tue
08
Apr
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RIDGWAY Tailwater fisheries kick off early spring fishing action

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

On overcast, cloudy spring days in southwest Colorado, the lull of terrestrial life is suddenly contrasted by the awakening of the region's fishing spots.
Beneath the surface, trout species respond to warmer temperatures and increased stream flows to savor a diet of aquatic insects that begin to hatch under cloudy skies.
"The days when people say, 'Oh, it's crappy I don't want to go out' — those are the days to go out," said Matt McCannel, a fly fishing guide with RIGS Adventure Co.

Thu
03
Apr
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RSB questioned on open meetings

by Bill Tiedje
 
Calling for greater openness in the decision-making process, Ridgway citizen Brian Donivan cited misconduct by the Ridgway School Board in use of executive sessions, hiring protocol and open meetings law violations during the public input portion of the board's regular meeting on Mar. 27. In a formal letter to the board, Donivan listed five specific items that he requested the school board address immediately.
 
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03
Apr
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Tailwater fisheries kick off

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