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Mon
19
Jun

Deceased hiker recovered from Gilpin Peak

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

A lone male hiker’s body was recovered from Gilpin Peak by Ouray Mountain Rescue Team on the morning of June 19. The hiker had been reported missing on June 18.

A search team from the sheriff’s office, OMRT members and a helicopter crew searched Mt. Sneffels on Sunday because it was believed he was hiking there. 

OMRT located the hiker Monday on Gilpin Peak.

 

The hiker was a 58 or 59-year-old male with a Colorado driver’s license. His name has not been released as next of kin have not been notified.

Sat
17
Jun

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: 
Animal ordinance amendments introduced


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After more than nine months’ worth of discussion and a failed introduction in May, an amendment to Ridgway’s animal ordinance expanding the dog leash boundaries and requiring dog owners to carry a leash and waste bag was re-introduced at the June town council meeting Wednesday, June 7. The amendment succeeded with a vote of 4-2.
The amendment, which will be in front of council again in July for final approval, expands...

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Fri
16
Jun

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
: Town staff to look at lowering speed limit


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After a discussion following up on a series of public comments from the May meeting, Ridgway town council directed staff to begin looking at lowering the speed limit within Ridgway from 20 miles per hour to 15.
Town Manager Jen Coates informed council the topic had been discussed significantly in 2010-2011 during formation of the town master plan, when council said that 15 miles per hour was “just too slow.” However, she noted, the decision by that council wasn’t a unanimous one.
“This is one of those topics similar to dogs and short term rentals that tends to surface every now and then,” she said.
The traffic flow plan, created and implemented by,,,

Thu
15
Jun

OURAY COUNTY
: Marijuana ordinance moves to second reading


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After two continuations and several tweaks, the proposed new marijuana ordinance was moved forward to the second reading stage by the Board of County Commissioners during a regular meeting at the Ouray County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 13.
The 17-page draft includes provisions allowing outdoor grow operations and marijuana testing laboratories and facilities in Ouray County. The draft ordinance was introduced in April and continued twice to May 16 and June 13.
Tuesday’s draft rectifies...

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Fri
26
May

OURAY COUNTY
: New flag array to be dedicated Memorial Day

The flagpoles donated by Ouray County Cattlemen's Association are being installed for the Memorial Day dedication ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Center on Monday.

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The Ouray County 4H Center and Fairgrounds will soon have a new way to honor those who have served the country, courtesy of the Ouray County Cattlemen’s Association.
An array of three flag poles and a plaque honoring Ouray County veterans will be dedicated during a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 29 at the 4H Center, starting at 10 a.m.
The array will sit in the middle of the fairgrounds parking lot, just inside the entrance. The poles will carry...

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Fri
26
May

OURAY COUNTY
: Courthouse task force considers renovation options


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Following up on its first meeting May 4, the Courthouse Renovation Citizen’s Task Force met again Tuesday evening in the Ouray County courtroom to discuss options for the courthouse renovation project being considered by the county, including a possible administration building constructed as an alternative to focusing funding on just the courthouse itself.
So far in the proceedings, the project is estimated to cost the county about...

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Thu
25
May

WESTERN SLOPE: 
Leonardi case bound over to district court


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After a court appearance on Thursday, May 18, Ouray County resident Daniel Leonardi’s case will next be in front of 7th Judicial District Judge Keri Yoder in Montrose District Court on June 26 at 2:30 p.m.
At that appearance, Leonardi will again be...

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Thu
25
May

OURAY COUNTY
: Spirit Fest 2017 to feature Native American culture

Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk will be the keynote speaker for this year's Spirit Fest. She's scheduled to speak at the Sherbino the evening of June 2.

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The third annual Spirit Fest, scheduled for June 2, 3 and 4, is headed to Ouray County in just a couple of weeks and will have plenty for the spiritually-minded to experience this year, including a focus on Native American spiritual culture and dedication of a newly installed Peace Pole in Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.
Spirit Fest got its start in 2015 after event organizer Becky Kent found...

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Mon
22
May

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Dog ordinance dies in introduction

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

After several months of council, community and town staff back-and-forth on possible changes to municipal code sections dealing with dogs and leash law boundaries, council decided by a vote of 4-2 not to introduce the ordinance. It was scheduled for first reading at the council meeting on May 10.
The ordinance changes presented Wednesday included...

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Fri
19
May

OURAY COUNTY 
Outdoor marijuana cultivation yet to take root

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Representatives from local marijuana cultivation operations expected to hear updated input on the possibility of outdoor grows within Ouray County at the regular Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, May 16. However, both the commissioners and cultivators learned about information county land use staff had discovered in the previous 24 hours that became a factor in pushing the conversation to June. Despite the recent discovery, county staff indicated the conflict could be easily resolved.
The agenda item was a...

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