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Wed
06
Jan

Ice climber falls

An ice climber fell Tuesday while climbing a route called Skylight near Senator Gulch on County Road 361.
Dale Remsberg is a guide for San Juan Mountain Guides. According to Remsberg's Facebook page he got hit by something from above and fell 40 feet. He was airlifted to Montrose and is now in stable condition.
According to Junior Mattivi, Ouray County Sheriff, Remsberg was leading a group when he fell. He was tied in and still on the line, so the group was able to lower him to the ground.
"It was right alongside the road so it wasn't a tough rescue; we were able to drive right to him," Mattivi said. "Because of his condition we went ahead and called the helicopter for precautionary purposes."

Mon
04
Jan

J Paul Brown pushing for improvements in District 59

By Tori Sheets

State house representative for District 59, J Paul Brown, is ready for the opening of the Colorado General Assembly on Jan. 13, and he has a few bills to bring to the table this time around.
Brown said his number one priority is water storage on the South Platte River.
"There is a lot of water being wasted out of state....

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Mon
04
Jan

OURAY COUNTY
 No marijuana grow ops submitted yet for 2016

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

No new marijuana grow operations have been submitted to the Land Use department for next year, according to Mark Castrodale, county planner.

Sat
02
Jan

Poetry on the menu for students

By Tori Sheets

Ouray and Ridgway students will try their hands at poetry when a special guest comes to the county next week. The visiting poet, J Diego Frey, is the first guest speaker in a program dubbed "poet-in-the-schools."
Frey teaches writing programs and leads poetry workshops for middle-schoolers in the Denver area. Beth Paulson, co-director of the Open Bard Poetry Series, helped bring Frey from his Denver home to the mountains of western Colorado.
"I happened to have met JD Frey last summer in Denver in a gathering of poets and found out that he does work in the schools there on the front range," Paulson said. "So later I contacted him to see if he would do that work for us. We did have the idea that we would like to get more young people involved in writing and performing their poems.
“He is very witty and he's got a good track record of...

 

Sat
02
Jan

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Fire district aims to answer DOLA next week

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Fire District board of directors plans to formally respond to the Department of Local Affairs in the next week with answers the board formulated in last week’s meeting, according to Charles Mueller, interim chair.

Back in April, the RFD arranged financing for construction of a new headquarters on Hunter Parkway to the tune of $2.8 million.
This included a $1.2 million lease agreement with NBH Bank and a $900,000 award from DOLA.
It was stated in the original agreement that NBH and DOLA would require 100 percent collateral for the bonding of the new project.
However, as discussion on the project went on, it was determined by the fire board last May that costs for the new location were out of reach.
As a result, the RFD voted unanimously to...

Fri
01
Jan

OURAY COUNTY
 SMPA seeks to hire green-minded general manager

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

San Miguel Power Association is hoping to continue its eco-friendly focus in a new general manager, according to Jim Link, interim GM.

Kevin Ritter, former SMPA GM, has stepped down from the executive position of the electric co-operative, effective Dec. 31. In the meantime, Link has stepped in to shoulder the GM duties until a new hire is selected.
With the retirement announcement, a band of SMPA members penned a petition in November to remind the power company to keep its focus on renewable energy. Residents and businesses who get electricity from SMPA are referred to as ‘members’ of the co-op.
There are currently 212 supporters of the petition that is posted on change.org.
Ritter’s green efforts were well-received by SMPA participants and should be continued in his replacement, according to a statement from Robyn Cascade, co-op member.

Fri
01
Jan

Snowstorms, beetle kill and Christmas can't halt Ice Park opening weekend

Ice climbers enjoy the fresh ice on opening weekend at Ouray Ice Park.
Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ice Park welcomed climbers Christmas weekend despite the snowy conditions. The park is open, but not all areas are accessible just yet. According to Mark MacLeod, president of the Ice Park board of directors, the turnout for the opening weekend was tremendous.

Thu
31
Dec

CITY OF OURAY
 Library catalog system to be streamlined

By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

New Year’s resolutions are an end of year staple. Some involve health, some involve learning and some involve teaching. However, if yours involves reading, Ouray Public Library has a new library catalog system to assist you with your shiny, new resolution.

Thu
31
Dec

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Alive Fitness keeps spin sessions breathing

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

It’s five in the morning. You drag yourself out of bed and brave the morning cold to fit a workout into your busy schedule. You’re not in the best of moods, but then you walk into the front door of Alive Fitness.

 

You’re greeted by other cold friends with the same goal of getting a good workout motivated by good music.

When Jasmine Oeinck, Alive Fitness owner, first purchased the spin bikes, this was the ideal situation she had in mind.

Mon
28
Dec

CITY OF OURAY
 Swords sing at community center

From left: Lezah Saunders faces off against Hunter Maclennan in last Wednesday’s fencing tournament at the Ouray Community Center. Maclennan fenced his way to first place by the end of the evening.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

The sound of swords and shuffling feet could be heard at the Ouray Community Center last Wednesday evening.

Fencers of all ages took to the blade to see where their skills stacked up against each other.
In the end, it was a 12-year-old, Hunter Maclennan, who took the gold medal.
Subsequent hardware winners were Emmalee Taylor and Jason Matesevac with silver and Charlie Hinchey and Alec Bridges with bronze.
The tournament was the culmination of a fall season coached by John Kissingford, fencing veteran and English teacher at Ouray High School.
Kissingford, who has fenced for nearly 35 years, has an illustrious resumé when it comes to the sport.

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