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Sat
06
Dec
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Threats to protections

Dear Editor,
For the past five years, there has been a major debate in our county about the visual impact regulations that are so appreciated for the beauty they have preserved.
It’s a long and complicated story but here’s the bottom line. The (Ouray County) Planning Commission traded a number of desirable protections along our major view corridors in an effort to increase the number of protected roads.
In the end, the compromises remained and no new roads were added, leaving the rest of the county unchanged but threatening the protections now in place. To put it gently, this is a compromise the Planning Commission never contemplated.
This is very bad. Now, everyone living in the protected areas (along highways 550 and 62, County Road 1 and other beautiful areas) will have the rug pulled out and face an uncertain future if the proposal before the County Commissioners passes.

Wed
03
Dec
Wed
03
Dec
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Making myself a more balanced rider

When I was in college I never pulled all nighters. Many of my friends did in cramming for an exam, but I just wasn’t able to stay up all night studying. I also didn’t think it was very valuable. Sure, you fill your head full of facts, regurgitate them for the exam the next day and then promptly forget them. That’s usually the way it goes.
On Friday, while on my way to Montrose and the Black Friday sale at Murdoch’s, I was listening to NPR. The program was on ways of studying in order to retain the knowledge, and not just for a test. They were discussing “blocking” and “interleaving,” a term I had never heard.

Wed
03
Dec
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Trust in three simple words

When trust and faith intersect, you can bet you're ready for just about anything.
My son, Ross, the budding pilot, wanted to take me flying Friday at the airport at which he trains in Provo, Utah. My publishing partner, his mother, is a bit more discriminate in her desire to be aloft. You can't much blame her, really. The Diamond DA40 two-seater would be eclipsed by a Volkswagen Beetle with a long tail pipe.
When I helped Ross lock down the heavy, clear bubble that enclosed our cockpit, it didn't occur to me to question him about what we just witnessed.
A four-seater Piper raced down the runway before us, lifted, then bounced and seemingly caught itself and righted before rising away. I asked Ross if he had seen the bounce, and Ross made some comment about how the pilot probably just pulled his nose up too quickly for a second. Happens all the time.

Fri
14
Nov
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Social Security: The funding of Second Childhoods

This report comes to you from “The Road,” as Bobbie and I chase Ms Autumn south and west across the climatically and recreationally gifted state of Utah on a prolonged immersion amongst flaming red rocks and cavernous canyons — trying to extend summer, suntans and, who knows, maybe even Life itself.
We are like giddy children playing hide-n-seek…testing the outer limits grip of Vibram soles and bike tires on mounds of strawberry soft-serve sandstone. When it’s too hot, we go underground to bag a shady slot canyon — wade chilled potholes and surmount choke-stone obstacles that threaten progress — if not well-being — stopping just short of pulling an “Aron Ralston.”

Wed
12
Nov
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Cartoon

Wed
05
Nov
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Posting prompt reporting

Dear Editor,

Thank you for posting the results of the VIR hearing of last Thursday evening on your website on Saturday; though I'm not sure but it may have been posted on Friday.
This was a meeting I was unable to attend and I am grateful to have been able to
read good coverage just two evenings after the event.
So often the papers wait a little longer for posting on the website but because this was an important meeting, you provided a report that the public could read at the earliest opportunity.

Kind regards,

Christopher Pike
Ridgway

Wed
05
Nov
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Taking exception to characterization

Dear Editor,
Last week, county residents debated extending visual impact regulations to additional roads. The Ouray Trail Group (OTG) participated — in spite of our representative being harassed by others in attendance — but came away disappointed when one county planning commission member described our group as “small and unrepresentative.” Our 100-plus members take vigorous exception to that put-down, confident that our 28-year history of preserving trails, historic structures and irreplaceable lands in the alpine endear us to the great majority of residents and visitors who travel into our mountains.

Thu
30
Oct
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Rob Pudim's Cartoon

Thu
30
Oct
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What a day near Ouray!

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