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Response regarding short-term rentals

Dear Editor,

In response to “Short Term Rental Regulations Hashed Out” of May 19-25, I wish to commend our neighbors for their efforts to promote our area through the use of their homes and Bed and Breakfasts (B&B’s). They have attracted the attention of the traveling public by their personal hospitality, choices of accommodations and décor. Through their hard work these entrepreneurs have become ambassadors for Ouray County. They are inviting these special guests to visit the sights of interest, restaurants, entertainment, and markets. These visitors undoubtedly spend many dollars, and perhaps extra days, in our area. This of course generates much additional revenue to businesses and tax revenue for the county.

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26
Jun
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Letters from Ridgway: 1891

In keeping with last week's theme of reprinting some of the history that's lying around this ink-stained office, I ran across the following, one of a series of letters. The letters were written in 1891 by John C. Bachelder to his brother Millard and sister Lida. The letters were subsequently given to the late Roger Henn of Ouray, by Glen Bachelder, grandson of Millard. John Bachelder had been a conductor with the Kalamazoo and South Haven, Michigan, and struck out on his own for the Colorado frontier, landing in Ridgway. The following are two of those letters, reprinted from a 1991 The Ridgway Sun centennial edition:

Ridgway
April 2, 1891

My Dear Brother,

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26
Jun
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Paving CR 1 is for convenience of few

Dear Editor,
After evaluating the pros and cons of the proposed paving of County Road 1, I have come to the conclusion there is only reason to do so and that is "for the convenience of a few"!
Those "few" don't want to be inconvenienced by driving down Log Hill through Ridgway. But if convenience is the prime mover in your life, why did you move here from the city in the first place? It is not a matter of  convenience to live in a rural setting, period. It is a choice we make to live with less convenience in exchange for less traffic, fewer people and more of nature and the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Let's not be so quick to try and change what we moved here for in the first place!
Respectfully,
Gary Matney
Log Hill

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26
Jun
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Be healthy and save the planet! Buy this amazing product…

What is healthy? It's title of a recent article in The Economist, for starters. It's a fair question.
The definition of "healthy" is not only a puzzle for biomedical science to solve, but also a kind of game played for high stakes. The game requires a referee because science provides no clear answer and scientists who do this kind of research – often for companies with skin in the game – can't agree. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration wields the whistle.
Money is important in life, but good health trumps even the almighty dollar. Unless, of course, you own a company that sells products with the word "healthy" on the package – like a panoply of products in the supermarket these days.

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26
Jun
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A bit of history in Ouray County

It's that time of year that we receive a whole bunch of press releases from our friends at Colorado Parks and Wildlife related to wildlife. Don't feed the bears. Birds don't need bird feeders. Leave baby animals alone.
It's a good bet that if your actions are designed to help or assist wildlife, then you're really not helping at all.
If you want to feed the locals, go shopping or dining or stay a few nights. It is we two-legged locals that have the most difficulty surviving Colorado winters!

Feel like you're going forward and backward this week? Well, it won't last past Sunday. The palindrome will be over, like the movie Groundhog Day, except this week gets to the end and goes back to the beginning. It started on Friday (6/10/16), continued on to Saturday (6/11/16), and on through this coming Sunday (6/19/16). The madness will all stop this Monday (6/20/16).

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26
Jun
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Land exchange a bad idea

Dear Editor,
I was interested to see the Plaindealer article regarding the land exchange of the Thistledown properties, giving Rockbiter Corp. ownership of Forest Service land along Canyon Creek. The Forest Supervisor for the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest, Mr. Scott Armentrout, is quoted as saying, “It is desirable … (for administration and management reasons) … to effect this ownership change.”
Obviously Supervisor Armentrout does not live anywhere in the vicinity of these properties. Perhaps if Rockbiter would install a zip line, challenge course, or host mine tours on pristine, once-public property down the road from Mr. Armentrout’s house, as Rockbiter suggests doing on the Thistledown properties, he might have a different opinion as to the desirability of the land exchange.

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26
Jun
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A pernicious blend of ignorance and overconfidence

I’m sure Mark Twain had men in mind when he said, “Success is oft born out of ignorance and confidence.” Well whadayaknow, two things I just happen to excel at. Thus it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a dumbass Geezer-Guy on Medicare is drawn to stunts like trying to ride his mountain bike from Lovely Ouray to Yankee Boy Basin. This kind of irrational, hormone-driven arrogance likely explains why women live longer than men.
I was seized by this lunatic ambition a couple of years ago during a recurrent bout of mental illness commonly referred to as Spring Fever. Its source is always the languid, drop-by-drop thaw of a winter’s-worth of dirty “white plague” from the upper reaches of my San Juan Mountain playground. Symptoms include pacing, fidgeting, moodiness and watching reruns of “Ellen” and “Dr Phil.”

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Jun
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My two cents on CR 1

         LETTER TO THE EDITOR
 
Dear Editor,
Regarding the paving of CR1, I would to throw my two cents into the discussion.
I’ve heard of lot of comments on why we shouldn’t go forward with this project. I’ll make it perfectly clear that while I respect everyone’s right to their opinion, I am in disagreement with those opinions.
I’ve lived on the mesa for 17 years and I’ve waited all those years to have the shortest route to Montrose paved. Personally, I’m sick and tired of the washboard conditions that often exist. I’m tired of washing my vehicle knowing that the next time I go into Montrose it’ll be dust-covered at best and a muddy mess (often with Mag Chloride) at worst.
I’ve been told….”Just go around through Ridgway.” The fact is, I don’t want to and don’t think I should have to.

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Jun
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I love Ouray

Dear Editor,
Today I received the May 5-11, 2016, issue of the Ouray County Plaindealer and noted with interest the information on the Atlas Mine in Don Carlton's "Ouray Sketchbook."
I am interested in the Atlas Mine because of family involvement. On December 4, 1920, my father-in-law, Harry Wagner, invested $11,338, at one dollar per share, in the mine. My late husband did not know whether his father ever received any return on his investment. I attach a photocopy of the share certificate, with its raised seal.
Harry's connection with Ouray dated to the 1890s through his wife, Lura. She had visited Ouray as part of her father's traveling theater group, the Williams Gem Comedy Company. As a child, she starred with her parents in the popular melodramas of the period. In fact, I first learned about Ouray from a memoir written by my mother-in-law in which she describes her family's travels.

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Jun
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Addressing Alpine Zone regulations

Dear Editor,
By Resolution 2016-018, the Board of County Commissioners has referred to the Planning Commission the issue of potential regulations addressing residential development on patented mining claims and mill sites in Ouray County at or above an elevation of 9500 feet. The BOCC asked the Planning Commission to make its recommendations by August 1, 2016. The Resolution outlines the process to be followed and raises 18 specific questions to be answered.
The Planning Commission’s proposed schedule is: June 7 5-8 p.m. review first nine questions; June 15 1-4 p.m. review remaining nine questions; June 21 6-8 p.m. staff to propose changes to the Land Use Code which will incorporate PC responses to the 18 questions; July 19 7 p.m. PC will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes and will deliberate and make a recommendation to the BOCC.

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