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Thu
20
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
: RAMP restart scheduled for April 24

American Civil Constructors project manager Chris Harz answers questions from Ridgway residents and business owners at the RAMP Up! Ridgway project outreach meeting at the Ridgway Community Center Monday, April 17. The project is scheduled to start again April 24.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After completing nearly 65 percent of the RAMP Up! Ridgway project last summer, American Civil Constructors has returned to finish construction work throughout town. ACC representatives informed the Ridgway public that this year’s remaining labor will be less impactful on residents and businesses, during an outreach meeting at the Ridgway Community Center Monday, April 17.

Scope of work
This summer’s work will have ACC working on three concurrent projects.
The downtown section of work, scheduled to start April 24, will include installation of...

Fri
14
Apr

OURAY COUNTY: 
Water sub-district creation possible with time, citizen vote

County Attorney Marti Whitmore (far right) presents information concerning a potential sub-district of the Colorado River District that would include Ouray County, during a Board of County Commissioners work session Tuesday afternoon at the Ouray County Courthouse.
 

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Ouray County and several area water user stakeholders could become part of a sub-district of the Colorado River District, allowing for the ability to raise funds needed to build out local water rights. However, if the sub-district route is taken, it would only be after a few years and a citizens’ vote that it would become reality.
This information was presented to county commissioners at an April 11 Board of County Commissioners work session by County Attorney Marti Whitmore. The sub-district creation became possible after legislation passed last year.
The sub-district would allow for...

Thu
13
Apr

WESTERN SLOPE: Ridgway Schools custodian arrested in sting operation


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Thu
13
Apr

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
: New sculpture joins PARC’s visual collection

Chuck Christy, creator of the sculpture sitting at the intersection of Charles Street and Lena Street, stands next to his work. Christy described the piece as a nail collage including some stonework. Christy is under contract with Public Art Ridgway Colorado to keep the sculpture in Ridgway for a year. Christy’s work is for sale and has been to other regional municipalities, including Montrose and Grand Junction.
 

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Anyone who’s passed by the intersection of Lena and Charles streets recently may have noticed a strange rock tree that’s sprouted on the sidewalk. Upon closer inspection, one discovers a stimulating art piece that has become part of Public Art Ridgway Colorado’s collection.
The sculpture, which has also been featured in Grand Junction and Montrose, made its way to Ridgway via creator Chuck Christy. The Delta resident has been involved with...

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Tue
11
Apr

Red Mountain Pass to close Thursday morning

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

US 550, Red Mountain Pass will be closed Thursday, April 13 for much of the morning. The full road closure will be enforced at 7:30 am until approximately noon, from mile point (MP) 92, two miles south of Ouray, to MP 87, Ironton. Mountain maintenance personnel with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be conducting testing of avalanche control equipment with crews on the ground and by helicopter. This is a follow up operation from one week ago, April 5.

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Mon
20
Mar

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS
 Norwood commits to Colorado Mesa University

Ridgway senior Ara Norwood prepares to serve at a volleyball game in 2015, where the Lady Demons traveled to the state tournament. Norwood, with several successful volleyball seasons under her belt, recently committed to the Colorado Mesa University volleyball team.
 

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Ara Norwood, following in the footsteps of her former teammate and Ridgway Secondary School graduate Kaitlyn Rutherford, recently signed on for a career in college volleyball. However, Norwood has decided to take a different path than Rutherford did and attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Considering her performances on the volleyball and basketball courts, it’s not surprising Norwood is taking the next step in athletics.
As a dual-sport athlete in the 2016-2017 school year, Norwood earned accolades for both sports.
Last season, she was named...

Fri
17
Mar

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Dog ordinance to be introduced in April


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Continuing the months-long saga of a dog ordinance discussion, the Ridgway Town Council was presented with four options to consider for inclusion in an ordinance planned to be introduced at the April council meeting. The options, crafted by a group of community members involved with the dog discussion, were featured at the town council meeting Wednesday, March 8.
The community group, which met about three times since the January council meeting, created three mandatory leash boundary town maps to be considered by council. The first is the least restrictive option, with most of the historic residential and business zones of town designated as leash mandatory. The first option also includes the entirety of Solar Ranches and considers the northern portion of Historic Residential, but leaves the athletic fields a leash-free zone.
The second option is...

Thu
16
Mar

OURAY SCHOOL
 Trojans finish eighth in state

Ouray senior Brendon Olin (24) gets his fingers on the ball at the tip-off of the Longmont Christian consolation semifinal at the 1A state basketball tournament in Denver March 10. The Warriors defeated the Trojans 58-47.
 

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The Ouray High School Trojans journeyed to Greeley last weekend for their second straight state basketball tournament appearance, but things didn’t go as well as the regional and district tournaments did in the weeks previous.
The Trojans opened their state campaign March 9 against the top-seeded Holly Wildcats, the team that defeated Ouray last season at state. The undefeated Wildcats...

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Tue
14
Mar

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Scott stepping down from marshal position


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Mon
13
Mar

WESTERN SLOPE 
CFLRP funding uncertain after 2019

Tony Cheng, director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, opens the annual Uncompahgre Plateau Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project at the Holiday Inn in Montrose, Monday, March 6.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

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