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Managing county assets

Dear Editor,
Thank you for the opportunity to write this letter to the editor in order to provide information regarding the Ouray County Courthouse. To begin, the Board of County Commissioners has certain statutory responsibilities, as set forth in C.R.S. 30-11-107, to build and keep in repair county buildings, to care for county property and the management of the business and concerns of the county. Further, the board has the authority to provide for the preservation of the culture, historic and architectural history within the county and to expend moneys for the maintenance of historic structures and properties.

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07
Aug
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Love the paper, missing the bird pictures

Dear Editor,
Just to compliment and communicate with you and your staff.
First, I’ve recently “come home” to SW Colorado, and have been so impressed with your weekly paper. Detailed news of local happenings with USEFUL information for those of us who can’t/don’t go to various county and city meetings but like to know what’s going on and why. Especially the “why.”
Second, the monthly articles on birds, with the list of birds sighted in the county, has been very, very helpful to me. It has confirmed some suspected sightings (can I really expect to see that bird here? yes!) as I refresh my memory of birding in this area. I look forward to that article every month.
However, I noticed the past two columns have not included a photo of the featured bird. I miss those, and hope they’ll return soon. Even though I may be familiar with the bird, the photo always complemented the article. It’s how I first noticed the column when I was scanning the paper.

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07
Aug
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Thanks for the funding

Dear Editor,

I was happy to see the article about the Ouray County Performing Arts
Guild scholarships in the June 15 Plaindealer. I would like to publicly thank
the guild for partly funding my trip to the Colorado Mesa University Band
Camp. Without it I would not have been able to go to the camp and learn and
experience the things that I did. The camp was great and gave me a hands on
opportunity of being in a real band. Because I went to the camp I feel more
confident in my music and feel like I can pitch my thoughts in music class
now. I hope people will support the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
because they contribute to the education of students like me. Sincerely,

Canyon Ishikawa
Ridgway

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07
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Leaving Paris Climate Accord

Dear Editor,
Leaving the Paris Climate Accord diminished America. We have relinquished our leadership role in combating the most serious environmental, economic and social problem confronting planet Earth. Human-caused increases in CO2 and methane are well documented, and if not controlled have the potential to disrupt global food production, displace millions who live in coastal population centers, and produce unprecedented human population movements.  
Climate change threatens future generations of humans and all the other species that we depend on. The United States of America cannot exist isolated from the rest of the world community. "America First" is an obsolete agenda that is incompatible in the interconnected world of today.  
Patsy Miller
Ridgway

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07
Aug
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Thoughtful attention to expenses

Dear Editor,
Kudos to Charles Carson for his enlightenment of comparisons among Ouray County infrastructures. His courthouse recommendations show thoughtful thinking as to a more reasonable attention to expenses. How can a $3,000,000 renovation take priority over some of our absolutely horrible roads. Dust and pot holes contribute to health problems and damages to automobiles. Those who don’t use unpaved county roads are probably not familiar with the problems caused by regular use of them that folks who live on them must deal with.
Several years ago, in 2005, residents along the midwestern portion of County Road 24 formed an extensive, volunteer research committee to examine costs and possibilities of paving that area. That included owners in Pleasant Point, Pleasant Hills, Penn Crest, Windfall, Last Stand Road, Catamount, Pleasant Valley Vista and Lazy Dog subdivisions, as well as those directly on 24.

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07
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Unexpected camping

Dear Editor,
Re: “I unexpectedly had a heart attack eight years ago. I can't ever remember having to unexpectedly go camping.”
Possibly if we did take a few more “unexpected” camping trips, we would have a few less unexpected heart attacks. Just saying…
Carl Mackey
Boulder

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07
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A critical decision

Dear Editor,
In the next two weeks, the Ouray School Board will be making a critical decision that I believe will be a real “game changer” in this community. The 2017–18 school budget will have ramifications for jobs, curriculum quality and the presence or absence of financial reserves. The School Board is in a thankless position and nobody need envy the responsibility it holds in making this decision.
The School Board budget, however, is not the only key decision we face as a community as it pertains to our school. The other is the prospect of passing an MLO (mil levy override) in November to properly fund the school given the untenable budgetary cuts handed down by state laws. These are independent decisions, but they are tightly coupled.

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07
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Inhabiting a separate parallel universe

Dear Editor,

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07
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Thanks for mining conference

Dear Editor,
I’m writing to express my thanks to the organizers of the San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference held in Ouray May 23-25. It was a very worthwhile event. Even without a background in science, engineering or mining, each of the conference presenters helped me gain a better appreciation of what is being done and what can be done to clean up the many legacy mines in Ouray County.
I also want to thank the management and employees of Ouray Silver Mines for allowing us to tour their mill and mine at the Revenue-Virginius Mine. It was fascinating. OSM’s community outreach is a case study on how to do it right.
 
Kevin Kennedy
Loghill Mesa
 

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What may lead to the erosion of Ouray’s Historic District

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 would seemingly sanction the use of intermodal shipping containers as residences or permissible as a building material. I was particularly disappointed because of the Planning Commission’s and Council’s apparent lack of knowledge and concern about Ouray’s National Historic District and the significant benefits and recognition it provides the community. In fact only five individuals, including my wife and myself, out of nearly 50 present, indicated that they were members of the Ouray County Historical Society.
The issue of Historic Preservation in both the City and County of Ouray goes back at least 35 years and perhaps more.

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