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Thu
14
Jan
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Chances are goo that...

Does your chance to win the $1.5 gajillion Powerball increase with every ticket you buy with a new set of numbers?
According to the Powerball website, winning the grand prize and assuring yourself of becoming everyone's favorite aunt or uncle is one in 292,201,338.
Frankly, I don't understand the math. I have recently read "experts" tell it both ways. One camp says each ticket holds the astronomical odds of one in 292 million, and no matter how many different sets of numbers you have, those odds don't change per ticket.
Other "experts" say with each ticket you buy with different numbers comes a division of the odds.
One of our readers who can balance a checkbook while chewing gum can probably tell me which theory is true.
All I know is if you don't buy a ticket, your chances are zip. If you buy one, your chances are…well...

Fri
13
Nov
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Which is it?

Dear Editor,

For about a month I have heard the Hub-Bub about second chance. As a donor
of many clothes, much furniture and attendee of their fundraisers, I want to
know the truth.

1. Ms. Kelly Goodin has stated and she has been quoted in the paper as
saying that the City of Ouray is the only entity (San Miguel, Telluride,
Ridgway and Ouray County) that does not have a contract with Second Chance
and that Second Chance will not change the agreement just for the City of
Ouray. However in this week’s article the Plaindealer writes that the only
agreement that Second Chance has is with Ouray County.  Which is it?

2. Ms. Goodin and Ms. Elizabeth Kirwin are both quoted as saying that the
City owes $10,400 in back invoices to Second Chance. However in your article
this week you quoted Ms. Goodin as saying “I have made it clear from the

Fri
13
Nov
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The saturation point

The Marijuana Industry Group, formed in 2010 to help promote Colorado's medical marijuana industry and patients, and which has since extended its promotion of all things to do with legal marijuana in our state, this week congratulated the City and County of Denver for extending a moratorium on new business licenses for two years.
Last one in shut the door.
MIG’s executive director, Michael Elliott, said that much to the glee of those businesses already operating in the industry in Denver and Denver County, that enough is enough — for now. "The marijuana industry has helped spark an economic boom in Denver," Elliott wrote, "but at this point it appears the number of businesses is in line with market demand."
In contrast to what Bob Dylan sang, evidently not everyone "must get stoned."

Fri
13
Nov
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Adventure begins at the end of comfort zones

Canyonlands, Utah — Needles District: Readers of this column should know by now, if it’s October, Bobbie and I are in Somewhere, Utah. Our initial camp was delightful and quiet, a back-road boondock on a hilltop mound of burgundy slick-rock. It afforded shimmering mirage-like panoramas of unfathomable canyons, improbably carved by water, wind and eons of time I struggle to comprehend.

Thu
22
Oct
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A wing and a haltere

To some people the best part of fall is the color. To a distiller the best part of fall is when the fruit flies go away. This has been a rough year for fruit flies and I am over them. It is well into the fall season and I am still battling the little buggers.

Thu
22
Oct
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The mysterious envelope

I can easily say of the never-ending task of cleaning the garage that it is, well, never-ending. But occasionally a surprise or two pops up.
The other day I was looking for my birth certificate. I tried all the usual places - you know, places where it should be but wouldn't be because those places would make too much sense.
File cabinet? Nope.
Sock drawer? It wouldn't be there, would it?
My box of stuff in the basement? Can't believe it wasn't there.
Oh, oh, oh. I know. In the trunk I've been carting around for years.
Let's see…an old pair of shorts that I evidently stole from some skinny guy years ago. A coin collection that I've never seen. Chinese coins? No telling where those came from.
There are my old concert ticket stubs. I saw Jethro Tull three times? I can only remember seeing them once, which is probably why I saw them three times.

Thu
01
Oct
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Blue suits me just fine

Beecher and I had been in a bit of a quandary recently. We couldn't figure out who gets to drive the Jeep home from Oktoberfest when we win it this year.
But, all's well. We now realize that we won't get to drive our new Jeep home Saturday night. We'll need to go fill out all sorts of paperwork at the Ouray Chamber a few days afterward. Then we can fight over - er, decide - who gets to drive the Jeep home.
Of course, my brother in Phoenix just texted me. He has a different plan. He says that when he wins the Jeep, we can drive it home and do our best to keep mice and such out of it. Then he'll come up in a few days, stay, fly fish, then take his new Jeep back to Phoenix. He tells me he'll look good in blue.

Thu
01
Oct
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Fall colors of the horse kind

Fall is in the air and the colors are just gorgeous. Did you know that the leaves are not the only colors changing as the weather gets colder? Four of my handsome “boys” are also working on a change of hue.
Yes, it’s true my horses change colors too. I have three buckskin and one liver chestnut colored hors- es. The buckskins, typically, change to a darker shade of tan. The white pieces that emerge during the “summer change” drop out and are replaced by an almost copper color. Their undercoat (winter hair) starts to appear about the same time that the aspens turn gold.

Thu
17
Sep
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Municipal Day in Ouray

The Ouray City Council would like to invite all the citizens of Ouray and the surrounding community to join us for Ouray Municipal Day on Friday, Sept. 18, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  
There will be an open house at all the City facilities so come by City Hall for a tour and get an opportunity to meet the City staff and learn about each of the departments.  We also want to have the chance to hear from the public about how we are doing, what things are going well and what we can improve upon. The Fire Department will be serving free hotdogs and hamburgers, the Police Department will be doing an auction of unclaimed bikes and there will be heavy equipment from Public Works and other City vehicles available for people to see and learn about. The City committees will also be there to talk about what they do and to welcome anyone that is interested in joining.

Thu
17
Sep
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A tale of two countries Columbus didn’t discover

Fact #1: When Columbus is reputed to have discovered America, the people we call Indians or Native Americans constituted 100% of the population of the Americas; today, they are a tiny minority accounting for just 1.68% of all Americans according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

Fact #2: Columbus didn’t discover America. Here’s what he “discovered”:

“During four separate trips that started with the one in 1492, Columbus landed on various Caribbean islands that are now the Bahamas as well as the island later called Hispaniola. He also explored the Central and South American coasts. But he didn’t reach North America, which, of course, was already inhabited by Native Americans, and he never thought he had found a new continent.” (Valerie Strauss, “Christopher Columbus,” The Washington Post, Oct. 14, 2013.)

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