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Fri
08
Sep

Courthouse funding measure to be on ballot

Courthouse

November's ballot will feature a question on county courthouse renovation.


by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com


County commissioners voted unanimously to ask voters to approve a county sales tax increase from 2 percent to 2.55 percent for up to 20 years to fund renovation and restoration of the courthouse. The decision came during a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 6.

Thu
07
Sep

Ouray County Planning Commission unclear on its high alpine role


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Mon
28
Aug

Elementary earns honorable mention from Colorado Succeeds


by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


Last week, Ouray Elementary School earned an honorable mention from Colorado Succeeds for Transformational Impact in an Elementary School. The Colorado Succeeds Prize is “a celebration of Colorado’s educators,” said Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, an honorary host of the inaugural event that is a partnership between the Colorado Succeeds organization, mindSpark Learning and 9News/KUSA Denver.
There are three finalists and two honorable mentions for each category: elementary, middle school, high school and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The finalist in each category will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize on Oct. 1.
The 18-member selection committee includes Colorado educators, government officials and business leaders. Gov. John Hickenlooper and former governors Bill Ritter and Bill Owens also serve as honorary hosts of the event.

Sun
27
Aug

School board prepares for new school year


by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


Last Wednesday’s combined work session and regular board meeting was a short one, because most of the discussions took place during the board’s retreat on Aug. 9. Topics addressed help kick off the new school year, which starts Aug. 28.
Superintendent Steve Smith started the discussion by sharing a list of proposed budget revisions including supplies for grades 3-5 (+$1200), certificates and new color-coded name tags to recognize years of service (+$1000), funds to bring Rep. Barbara McLachlan to both schools on Sept. 11 ($1200), funding for a part-time paraprofessional (+$20,000) and eliminating a line item for elementary band instrument repairs (-$1100).
Smith also shared with the board specifications and a quote for...


 

Sun
27
Aug

Second Chance Humane Society granted 10-year special use permit


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Second Chance Humane Society will operate out of Angel Ridge Ranch in Ridgway for another 10 years, after an unprecedented special use permit approval by the Board of County Commissioners at its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22. A second approval also came down from the BOCC Tuesday, including some additions to Second Chance’s shelter property on County Road 10.
Second Chance Humane Society, which currently has an animal control services agreement with Ouray County, has been operating for about 23 years in the county. In 2016, Second Chance rescued 450 pets, 49 of those received from the county.
Instead of the typical two-year special use permit re-approval, Second Chance proposed a...

Sun
27
Aug

Commissioners request communication regarding Camp Bird mine project


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Sat
26
Aug


Leonardi set for plea hearing


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Sat
26
Aug

School board reviews MLO committee’s informational brochure

MLO brochure

The Ouray School District board of education reviewed and edited a draft version of an informational brochure developed by The Ouray Vote Yes on the MLO Committee, at its Aug. 17 work session.

Plaindealer photo by Mary Menz


by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


The Ouray School District’s board of education held its monthly work session Aug. 17. The primary topic on the agenda was a line-by-line review of the Vote Yes on the School Mill Levy Override brochure and a review of the official language that will be on the Nov. 7 ballot.
The brochure, presented by Jeremy Hellman, treasurer of The Ouray Vote Yes on the MLO Committee, is a multi-fold handbill created by the committee to...

 

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Fri
25
Aug

Fairgrounds department set for restructure


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


 

The Board of County Commissioners received recommendations from county staff at its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22 to look at a restructure of the fairgrounds department. The biggest change suggested by staff was to reduce the department’s staffing from three employees to two. The changes would commence following the retirement of Susan Long, fairgrounds manager, in mid-September.
County Administrator Connie Hunt also detailed...

 

Fri
25
Aug

Highgraders Holiday at new Ouray Miner’s Park this weekend

Highgrader's Holiday

Highgraders Holiday co-organizer Steve Martinez drills a test hole into a San Juan Tuff boulder using a 125-pound jack leg. The jack leg drilling contest requires competitors to drive a three-foot length of steel into two numbered squares on two different boulders. The event takes place this weekend in Ouray.

Courtesy photo


by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


Imagine holding a carbon steel stake straight while your partner swings an eight to 12-pound sledge hammer to drive it into the rock being drilled. The hole needs to be deep enough to hold a stick of dynamite, so it takes multiple swings to drive different lengths of stake into the rock. The one swinging the hammer is the “driller.” The one holding the stake is the “shaker,” for good reason. Both require nerves of steel, because one wrong move and the contest is over for them.
The double-jack event is just one of the mining skills competitions at this weekend’s Highgraders Holiday.
The competitions take place...


 

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