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Mon
09
Jan

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 ‘Village at Ridgway’ plan moves forward


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Another residential development sketch plan was approved by the Ridgway Planning Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 3, to move forward on a planned unit development aimed at tackling the affordable housing problem in the county.


Originally presented at the Aug. 30 planning commission meeting, the project known as The Village at Ridgway includes 25 units in 22 buildings on five parcels located east of Redcliff Drive on the east side of US 550. The development would be used for long term rentals only. The property is owned by Ridgway Land Company and Rob Hunter.
Local applicant, Joe Nelson, said there is also a possibility for...

Fri
06
Jan

OURAY COUNTY 
Inspired by father, Boyd completes paramedic journey

Glenn Boyd stands with his paramedic certification in Ouray. Boyd spent several hours studying, testing and practicing to achieve his dream of being a paramedic. He joins four other paramedics in Ouray County.

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


After hours of studying, testing and preparation, a Ouray emergency medical technician has completed his journey to becoming a paramedic. For Glenn Boyd, it’s been a dream since he was 13 years old.


Boyd wears many hats around Ouray County, including emergency manager, Ouray city council member and until late December, an EMT intermediate.
Since 2009, Boyd has ridden with the Ouray County emergency response services. As he starts the New Year, Boyd takes on a new role and joins...

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Thu
05
Jan
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Red Mountain Pass closed overnight

Red Mountain Pass US 550 will be closed overnight, Thursday, Jan. 5 through Friday, Jan. 6 due to avalanche concerns. Earlier in the day, Coal Bank Pass, Molas Pass, Lizard Head Pass, Monarch Pass and Wolf Creek Pass were closed at varying times as state crews worked on avalanche mitigation. Check http://www.cotrip.org/map.htm for updates on road conditions.

Thu
05
Jan

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Saddle up for San Juan Skijoring this weekend

Richard Weber, skijoring competitor, races down the Silverton track at the competition in 2015. Weber hopes to recreate the success the annual Silverton skijoring event brings in each year.

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by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


After months of anticipation since it was announced last February, skijoring will saddle up and ski into the Ouray County Fairgrounds in Ridgway Jan. 7-8. Organizer Richard Weber says it could turn out even better than everyone expects.


Skijoring is the unique sport of a horse and rider pulling a skier at breakneck speeds around a snow track. The track is often different shapes and skiers are required to go over jumps and sometimes collect rings on their runs.
Weber has heard all kinds of talk about the Ridgway-hosted competition recently.
While in Lakeside, Montana for a skijoring competition this past weekend, he talked with event competitors who said...

Mon
26
Dec

OURAY COUNTY
 Nonprofit gives where they live year round

From left: Ouray County Cares volunteers and staff members Phyllis Ward, Anise Herod, Vonnie Kuijvenhoven and Annabelle Tarzewski stand by some of the packaged gifts and items to be donated to various needy community members this holiday season. More than 60 volunteers helped OCC package the items Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 at the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver
 


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Ouray and Ridgway community members gathered at the 4-H Event Center on Thursday and Friday last week to prepare food and gifts as part of the annual Ouray County Cares donations to families in need throughout the county. However, the holidays aren’t the only time Ouray County Cares is in action.



For 41 years, Ouray County Cares has spearheaded a donation program in which community members can select paper angels on Christmas trees located around the county and buy something a needy family or individual has requested. After the anonymous requests are filled...

Fri
23
Dec

Snow amendment gets dumped

by Tori Sheets

tori@ouraynews.com

 

Residents living near the snow storage area at Cascade Catchment Basin are up to their necks in snow. They attended the Ouray Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday to express opposition to a proposal that would change the times the city can dump snow into the basin. Commissioners rejected the proposal to allow city staff to dump snow in the area at any time on any day. 

In 2003 the planning commission approved a conditional use permit to allow city staff to unload snow in the basin area by Fellin Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. However, staff seemed to have forgotten about the time restrictions... 

 

Fri
23
Dec

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Draft dog ordinance meets resistance


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Town council is back to square one with proposed animal ordinance changes after hearing public comment from a resident with a background in animal control, a former mayor of Ridgway and others during its regular session Wednesday, Dec. 14.


Town Manager Jen Coates presented a draft ordinance based on the discussion at October’s town council meeting. Council members wanted the draft to include a town-wide leash law and a limit on how many dogs were allowed per household. They also wanted to see a two-strike rule, meaning if a dog was involved in a violent incident twice, it would be put down.
Dan Rider, a Ridgway resident, was among many members of the public that attended Wednesday’s meeting. Rider said he has 12 and a half years of experience as an animal control officer and...

Wed
21
Dec

Red Mountain Pass back open

by Tori Sheets

tori@ouraynews.com

 

An avalanche clogged Red Mountain Pass on Friday at about 7 p.m., and Colorado Department of Transportation closed the highway to traffic for about two days. 

According to a press release from CDOT the avalanche covered about a 200 foot stretch of the road. Crews were not able to clear the slide immediately so the pass was closed. 

The pass reopened Sunday around noon.

Ouray received a whopping 21.9 inches of snow during the weekend storm and Ridgway received 13.9 inches.

According to the National Weather Service, Ouray County could receive more snow on Thursday as well as on Saturday and on Christmas Day. Travelers can get up to date road conditions at cotrip.org. 

Fri
16
Dec
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High avalanche danger

COLORADO AVALANCHE CENTER

Dec. 16 and Dec. 17

Aspen
Gunnison
Grand Mesa
Northern San Juan
Southern San Juan

A strong winter storm will push through Colorado today and tonight. The avalanche danger will quickly increase as a rapid load is added to the snowpack. Human triggered avalanches are very likely. If triggered, these avalanches will be large enough to kill you. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

Mon
05
Dec

OURAY COUNTY 
Chorus calling on audience to be part of performance

David Vickers (front of room) directs the Ouray County Chorus during rehearsal. The chorus will perform its holiday concert at the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway on Dec. 11 starting at 4 p.m.

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By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The Ouray County Chorus is excited to welcome a robust audience ready to take part in a musical experience, “A Handel Christmas With Friends,” at the 4-H Event Center on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.

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