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Sun
11
Jan
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Post-holiday hangover of an andropausal male

Warning: At the risk of being labeled “Mr. Grinch,” I'm about to take a leak on the annual guilt-induced, corporate-shakedown madness known as "The Holidays." I held off ’til after Christ's big birthday bash in hopes of escaping eternal damnation, hell’s fire, and/or a lightning bolt.
My inner Grinch appears suddenly, right out of the Walmart blue, while standing in a stalled checkout lane of glazed-faced shoppers. The line stalled due to an elderly penny-pinching coupon-clipper who decided that the busiest shopping day of the year would be a good time to save a buck forty. This is the kind of stuff that happens when a cynic is suckered into the shortest line, and it corroborates Murphy’s Law that even the best-laid battle plan cannot survive contact with the enemy.

Sat
10
Jan
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Not even Oprah can fly

I promise I won't write about our new dog each week. In fact, he won't get much more ink, unless we have a famous headline that reads "Man bites dog," or something sensational like that.
And the only reason I'm writing about him today is he did something pretty sensational the other day.
A lot of folks around Ouray County have dogs. Don't believe me? Just hang out at either post office for an hour, Hartwell or Fellin parks, your favorite trail or even the bank where they're known to have a treat or two handy for a four-legged customer. You'll run out of fingers and toes counting pups for just an hour or so at just about any location.
One weekly visitor to the Plaindealer carries dog biscuits in the breast pocket of his coat as he makes his rounds.
Kind of like the Pied Piper of pooches, you might say.
I'm sure all these dogs around the county at some point have performed the sensational, at least in their owners' eyes.

Fri
09
Jan
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Passing of the gavel

Dear Editor,
As outgoing president of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA), I am reflecting on the last three years serving on the board, two years as president and one as vice president. Lots of amazing successes have occurred here in Ouray during that time period. I believe the results came from a team approach of not only the OCRA board of directors but especially of the excellent staff led by an outstanding Executive Director, Katherina (Kat) Papenbrock. Accomplishments include listening to our community and bringing new events to town.
OCRA created new events with the intent of handing the event planning and implementation off to other entities within a three year period. The Mountain Air Music Series was created, perfected, and now has a new entity bringing weekly free concerts to Ouray in June, 4th of July and Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew & Music Fest.

Wed
07
Jan
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Editorial Cartoon

Wed
07
Jan
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Decorative spirit

Dear Editor,

I wish to thank the persons responsible for the beautiful decorations placed around the "Welcome to Ouray" sign on Hwy. 550. Every Christmas season I look forward to being blessed by them.
To me, they reflect the Christmas Spirit of Ouray in honoring the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. May this Spirit  prevail throughout the New Year and always.

Dodie Dreshsler
Ouray

Mon
08
Dec
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It's a no-brainer

Sun
07
Dec
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Making kids happy

Dear Editor,
We appreciate your printing the Operation Christmas Child photo of the kids with the shoeboxes . . . front page no less!!!    I’m sure it made all the kids happy to see their photos in the paper. I was told that Grand Junction collected 8,001 shoeboxes from all the relay centers on the Western Slope this year. Truly amazing!!!

Ed and Jill von Delden
Ridgway

Sun
07
Dec
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Effort has failed

Dear Editor,
With the recent vote by the Ouray County Planning Commission to oppose adding more county roads subject to Visual Impact Regulations as part of Section 9 of Ouray County’s Land Use Code, I was left uneasy, if not incredulous.
Uneasy, because after seven years of exhaustive time and grinding effort, the one item with which this entire process began, ‘seeking more regulatory protection for residential development on patented mining claims in the south alpine zone’, has failed.
‘The intent of the Alpine Zone is to preserve the natural beauty, wildlife habitat, and recreational, historic and archeological values of high altitude areas and manage the County’s natural resources in a manner that is both environmentally sound and protects private property rights….’ Ouray County Land Use Code, Section 3.4A.

Sun
07
Dec
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Preserving vistas

Dear Editor,
Dear neighbors: Help - it is time for us to speak up in support of the magnificent beauty of our county and alpine areas. Our Visual Impact Regulations, in place and working well (since 19??), preserving the unique and awesome vistas we all enjoy, are in serious danger of being gutted. Once gone, pristine cannot ever be recovered.
What has happened? Well, the VIRs, especially Section 9, the heart of these protections, have been rewritten in a well intentioned but ultimately misguided attempt to “simplify” them, leaving a Section 9 that is much more subjective, greatly weakened and, if applied to existing corridors, removes the current protections enjoyed by residents in these corridors, potentially lowering their property values as well as putting our unique vistas at risk.

Sun
07
Dec
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Let's not waste our time

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