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Sat
23
Mar

Student trip to Panama in plans for next spring break


by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com


Markus Van Meter gave Ouray School Board members an idea of what students will do on a spring break trip to Panama in 2020 at the board’s meeting on Monday. Van Meter recently returned from Panama where he got to experience firsthand an “abbreviated version of what students would do.”
Van Meter is the director of the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.
Next year, incoming freshmen will take a six-day trip. They will study with Smithsonian scientists at a research center that Van Meter said was once a military base the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency used for spying on Russian submarines.
Students will have a day of snorkeling to collect data followed by hands-on experience in the lab and classroom research on how the wetlands and economy of the region are affected by the canal.

Sat
23
Mar

Ridgway school board optimistic about kindergarten funding


by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com


After having their hopes dashed with the failure of Amendment 73 last year, which would have raised funds for Colorado schools, Ridgway School Board members had that optimistic tone again last Thursday evening as they discussed member Tim Taplin’s recent trip to a legislative conference and Gov. Jared Polis’ proposal to fund full-day kindergarten.
Taplin told other members of the board about work being done in the state legislature to come up with more funding for education.
Superintendent Susan Lacy asked Taplin if he felt “a sense of optimism around the full-day kindergarten funding” while at the conference and he said he did. She said she believes it will happen, too.
“There’s a ton of support behind it. Almost every school district thinks its a good idea,” Taplin said.

Fri
22
Mar

Red Mountain Pass OPEN


Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com


The Colorado Deparment of Transportation announced Friday morning that US 550 Red Mountain Pass is officially open to the public. The pass was closed for more than two weeks, beginning March 3.

As the snow continues Friday, motorists should observe safe driving practices and be aware of CDOT equipment continuing to work on the pass to keep it safe and passable. CDOT also warns the public that conditions could change and that dangers on the road could continue.

Fri
22
Mar

New council members, new compensation


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Fri
22
Mar

CDOT working around the clock to clear Red Mountain Pass

An aerial view of the Riverside snow shed as CDOT continues south clearing snow. CDOT is working around the clock to get the pass cleared, but it may be another few weeks before it opens.

Photo courtesy of CDOT


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Thu
21
Mar

Knowledge Bowl teams lead in state competitions

Ouray High School Knowledge Bowl team won first place in the state 1A competition. Team members are, left to right, Ry Gulde, Colin Sills, Cooper Rondinelli, Rock Gibbs, Joy Vann and Georgia Pieper. The team was coached by Jen Ballard and Aimee Vann.

Courtesy photo

Ridgway finished second in the 2A state Knowledge Bowl tournament in Fort Collins this week. Team members are, left to right, Anza Connaughton, Colby Taplin, Finn Doherty and Sean Taplin. The team coach is Ryan Magee.

Courtesy photo


Plaindealer Staff Report
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Ouray and Ridgway high school Knowledge Bowl teams ended their seasons on a high note last weekend in Fort Collins. The Trojans took first place in the state 1A competition, bringing home gold for the last five years out of six.

The Demons also found success in the postseason, claiming second place in the 2A state tournament. Congrats on your successful seasons, Ouray County Knowledge Bowl competitors!

Thu
21
Mar

Gov. Polis visits Ridgway to talk education, healthcare

Gov. Jared Polis answered questions and spoke on education and healthcare at Ridgway Town Hall Saturday afternoon. Also participating was House District 59 Rep. Barbara McLachlan (left).

Plaindealer photo by Carolina King


by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com


At least 75 people packed into Ridgway’s Town Hall to hear from Gov. Jared Polis on a beautiful Saturday afternoon last week. The stop in Ridgway was part of a tour around the state to take questions and promote his plans for early childhood education and healthcare in Colorado.
State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, who represents Ouray County as part of District 59, and State Rep. Julie McCluskie of District 61 came with the governor and participated in the discussion. Polis answered ten questions from the audience, with the representatives frequently giving their input.

Thu
21
Mar

County Road 17 rockslide repairs won’t come cheap

Repairs for a massive rockslide on County Road 17 may cost up to $400,000, according to current estimates. The road remains closed as Black Hills Energy works to continue gas service to Ouray.

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Thu
21
Mar

Log Hill residents not backing down from perceived threat of ‘Pot Hill’


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Thu
21
Mar

Ouray business owners upset over county threat to increase taxes

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