With the approval of the new marijuana ordinance, marijuana cultivators could be using fewer indoor operations and placing their focus on outdoor grows.

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by Dalton Carver dalton@ouraynews.com Several changes to the methods for growing marijuana in Ouray County are on the way, after a Board of County Commissioners approval of a revised marijuana ordinance the afternoon of July 11 at the Ouray Community Center. The draft includes provisions... + continue reading

Fairway Pines resident Barry Zane and Divide Ranch and Club (pictured above) recently offered a donation of 325,000 gallons of water over a three-year period to Ouray County for use on county road maintenance and dust control.

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by Dalton Carver dalton@ouraynews.com If all goes according to plan, Ouray County will soon have a new water source for road maintenance, courtesy of Fairway Pines resident Barry Zane and Divide Ranch and Club in Ridgway. Zane and representatives from the club on Log Hill recently... + continue reading

A rock slide covered the shelf road on County Road 18 about a mile and a half east of US 550. An assessment by DOWL, an environmental services consulting firm in Montrose, determined that the rock above the slide was so loose that it would threaten the safety of crews working to clear the road unless scaling was done beforehand.

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By Mary Menz news@ouraynews.com A rock slide that closed a portion of Engineer Pass was cleared and the road officially opened the the first weekend in July. A scaling effort was required uphill from the slide and took three days to complete, after which Ouray road and bridge employees... + continue reading

As part of his presentation to county commissioners, Chris Hawkins, land use planning consultant at Alpine Planning in Ridgway, displayed different signs around the county in comparison with the proposed sign dimensions restrictions in Colona.

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by Dalton Carver dalton@ouraynews.com After several work sessions revising Section 8 of the Ouray County Land Use Code at the planning commission level, county sign regulations are following a familiar path at the Board of County Commissioners level. The public hearing considering the... + continue reading

Park manager Kirstin Copeland points to Dakota Terraces, one of three campgrounds at Ridgway State Park. The Dakota Terraces section has 79 year round camping spots and three yurts.
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by Mary Menz news@ouraynews.com Summer is in full swing and shows no sign of slowing down anywhere in the county, according to the Ouray Chamber Resort Association and the state park. “We are actually turning people away on the weekends,” said Kirstin Copeland, park manager at... + continue reading

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by Alan Todd

Ouray city officials and the city's leadership team gathered Tuesday in a work session to discuss the initial steps in the process of hiring a new city administrator.
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Ouray City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli submitted his resignation at Monday's city council meeting. After 13 years serving the city in his current position, Rondinelli announced he has accepted a position with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs southwest office. Rondinelli will work... + continue reading

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I am writing to follow up on comments I made at the Ouray City Council meeting on Monday, May 15, 2017 regarding language in the Planning Commission’s recommendation and draft ordinance that... + continue reading