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Thu
18
Oct

Row and spiral eaters

There I was, sitting with Beecher and my sister, Annie, at the dinner table. Terrific entrée accented by some Olathe sweet corn.
Nothing says diversity at the dinner table like observing how everyone eats an ear of corn. Annie goes round and round, from end to end, like a blade on a piece of wood turned on a lathe. Beecher goes round the big end just a bit, then switches to the across method, like a typewriter. I start on the left, go across to the right and repeat, 100 percent typewriter method.
There's no telling why people would go round and round and round. Or partially around and then across. The corn-shaped little dish that holds the butter is flat. And when you put the cob down, if it is uneven in any way - one side with kernels, one without - then it can tip and and part of the cob without kernels will soak in the butter.
As long as you have complete rows, you can always soak the remaining corn in butter without soaking the bare cob.

Thu
18
Oct

Swimming bears and turning 60 in dog years

The county commissioners decided to hold more meetings before making a decision about winter use, plowing and access rights on County Road 5 and about a proposed trail system for county roads 5, 7 and 9. At this rate, the county commissioners might make a decision by the time the snow melts in April.

Thu
18
Oct

Uphill climb for trail group

The Ouray Trail Group faces an uphill climb this month. The Ouray Ranger District set a Sept. 1 deadline to remove the staircase OTG erected on the west end of Box Canyon Park or face having the ORD remove the staircase and recycle it. There didn't seem to be any "ifs, ands or buts" when it came to this directive. The staircase was funded by an anonymous donor to the tune of $30,000-plus.
We reported last week that in May the acting district ranger, Sabrina Flores, was in attendance for a field trip to the staircase with City of Ouray officials, representatives of a private landowner and a county commissioner.
No members of the Ouray Trail Group, which puts in 5,000 hours a year maintaining one of the best, if not the best, local trail system in the state, was invited along on this field trip. The trip was to designed to give Flores the lay of the land and help her make a determination on the future of the staircase.

Thu
18
Oct

Ouray council owns the Chamber issue now

From 2012 to 2014, I served on the Ridgway Chamber's board of directors. The last year, perhaps because it was my turn, I was elected president. Six of those nine months were the most stressful, sleepless nights of tossing and turning I've had since moving back to my home state in 2010.
The reason? Money. The chamber had none. In fact, the chamber was in arrears. As an organization, we were in the hole for the first nine months, so much so that I tossed and turned most nights wondering if I was going to have to be the one to tell our members that their money was gone.
This was before the the town raised the lodging and occupancy tax, in 2015, which nearly tripled the amount of money flowing into the chamber's coffers.

Thu
18
Oct

Wishing on the City fountains

I'm sure, what with water restrictions in both municipalities, that no one would water their lawn, or the sidewalk, or the street on a Monday or off days. Right?

The funny thing about watering those sidewalks and streets is they just don't get any greener.

I saw someone in Ouray watering the Uncompahgre River last week from the east side of the city. It's an interesting technique. First, water the sidewalk and street until they are saturated. This should take about three seconds. Then, watch as the water runs downhill all the way to the river. There you have it — you're a self-made water replenishment system. Maybe the city should adopt this system. It could water the pool parking lot with pool discharge water and watch it run off into the river, skipping this whole tedious business of getting approval from CDPHE.

Sat
22
Sep

“Reds Under the Beds” and schoolteachers in the streets

The headline in The New York Times (April 26, 2018) read, “Teachers in Arizona and Colorado Walk Out Over Education Funding.” The story opened with news of a walkout that caused hundred of public schools in Arizona to shut down and “turned the streets of Downtown Phoenix into seas of crimson….”
Teachers, students and sympathizers wearing red T-shirts and chanting “Red for ED” marched to the State Capitol.
Red for Ed! For those of us old enough to remember Joseph McCarthy and catchy Cold War slogans like “Better dead than red,” such a chant issuing from street demonstrations in Denver and Phoenix seems farfetched.
FAKE NEWS!
I lived in Phoenix. My first job was in Phoenix. Teaching.
Oh sure, antiwar and civil rights demonstrations happened on college campuses back in the day, but they DO NOT happen in Arizona in this day and age. Or Colorado.
Do they?

Sat
22
Sep

Access is what it's all about

We don't kid ourselves around the ol' newspaper about the tenuous nature of legal notices being required to be published with us.
Government entities are required to publish notices in the dominant medium serving that area. In return, newspapers offer a vehicle of transparency for the public, a verification that governments are doing what they are supposed to do. Likewise, many court-related orders require legal notice postings in the newspaper. You'll find an example of that in the "Summons by Publication" on page 14 in this issue.

Sat
22
Sep

Turning 141 this week

Like an odometer tracking the historic mileage of Ouray County, we just rolled over to our 141st year this week. The Silverton Standard and the Miner is two years older, being the oldest operating business on the Western Slope.
The paper has been through a lot, including several name changes and an ownership duo who, according to former owner/publisher Joyce Jorgensen, drank and argued frequently until one torched the newspaper office out of vengeance on the other.
One of the original owners, Henry Ripley, established the Ouray Times with his brother, William, printing the first edition June 16, 1877, just one year after the city of Ouray was incorporated. A train of six wagons brought the type and press from Cañon City, which also happened to be the first press in Colorado Territory, having been used to print the Cherry Creek Pioneer in Denver City, among other first papers in Colorado communities.

Sat
22
Sep

There they go again!

Well, they did it again. That lisp of a leaflet just 11 miles west of us as the crow flies, but worlds away using any measurement of ethics, lifted our work again.
It took a paragraph from the story we ran last week about the Ridgway School Board hiring a new superintendent. That would be our story, our work.
You'll recall just a few months ago they used the collective work of our reporting on local court cases involving sexual abuse as the basis for one of their probing, in-depth rehashed looks into Ouray County.
Never mind that not a soul from that pilfering periodical set foot in court for any of the local, high-profile cases. Somehow the background and history of those cases just flowed from their pages like a prison break when the warden wasn't looking.
They don't need to be here to impress our work upon its readers.

Sat
22
Sep

Developing a flashy personality

This month finds our family celebrating a wonderful birthday. It’s not the kids..not the grandkids..not the Cowboy…it’s Wiley’s first birthday.
Wiley is my colt. Steve bought him for me last July as a weanling (horse under the age of 1). We have had him at home since November. He is a joy to behold. I have never raised a horse from weanling. It is an experience I have always wanted to be a part of but never had the chance. I am loving every minute of it. He changes daily and his muscle structure is a wonder to look at. As Steve puts it, “he’s a well built son of a **tch.”

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