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Thu
12
May

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Chamber director resigns

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Gale Ingram has stepped down from her position as Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce director as of last Monday.

Thu
12
May

Peters puts name into county commission race

John Peters, county planning commissioner, announces his intent to run for county commissioner in District 1 last Thursday at Taco del Gnar. Peters, unaffiliated, will run against Democratic candidate Amy McBride. Either McBride or Peters will replace the vacancy resulting in Lynn Padgett, Board of County Commissioners chair, stepping down due to term limits.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

District 1 received a new county commissioner candidate last Thursday. John Peters, Ouray County Planning Commission member, announced his campaign challenging Democratic candidate Amy McBride in front of friends and supporters at Taco del Gnar.

Wed
11
May

Blasting to begin on RMP

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Blasting began in the construction area of Red Mountain Pass on Wednesday.
For about two and a half weeks travelers can expect delays of about 30 minutes, the Colorado Department of Transportation said in a statement. Blasting is expected to take place from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during this time.
The blasting is part of construction on retaining walls at mile markers 79.5 to 79.4, nine miles north of Silverton.
When blasting is completed wait times will shorten, but US 550 will still be limited to single-lane, alternating traffic 24 hours a day. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers or portable traffic signals and work hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. During non-work hours delays will be about 6 minutes.

Sun
08
May

No smooth solution for rough roads

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Rough roads in Ouray County are an issue that seems to have no end in sight, but a few roads do have hope for improvement. The county Road Committee met Monday afternoon to discuss what county staff is doing to improve roads and what improvements are left to be accomplished. The main issue the committee faces is lack of funds to properly maintain all of the 300 miles of roads in the county.
Mike Water, a resident on CR 5, said his road has come to a critical point and residents are upset. He said many times cars drive on the left side of the road and there is an accident waiting to happen.
"It's getting to the point where it's starting to destroy our vehicles, and it hurts property values when the road gets to a certain point," he said.

Fri
06
May

Buses, bears and beautification

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

 

Fri
06
May

OURAY COUNTY
 Formal charges to be filed against Alaimo

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Formal charges are to be filed against Joseph Alaimo, 50-year-old former Ridgway resident, by Seth Ryan, Montrose deputy district attorney, by May 12.

Wed
04
May

Citizens asked to foot bill

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Now that a group of citizens on County Road 1 have proposed raising property taxes to fund chip sealing of the troubled road, residents have rallied on both sides of the issue. More than 50 people attended a town hall meeting in Ridgway on Tuesday to learn the specifics of what the Citizen Action Committee is trying to do to improve the road.
Two years ago, a few residents on CR 1 decided the county would never have the funds or receive enough grants to cover the cost of paving the road, and they formed the CAC. Members Dick Kreutzen, Gary Bennett and Pete Whiskeman comprised the panel to present information and take questions during the meeting.
CAC’s goal is to form a Public Improvement District on Log Hill with authority to levy and collect property taxes that would go toward CR 1 improvements.

Mon
02
May

UNCOMPAHGRE BASIN 
April 1 runoff predictions still below average

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Ouray County water users can expect a slightly below average volume of water runoff inflow into Ridgway Reservoir through July.

Thu
28
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Animal service agreement finally signed

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


After several months, the 2016 animal shelter management and service agreement between the county and Second Chance Humane Society was signed by both parties at last Tuesday’s special Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Thu
28
Apr

OURAY COUNTY
 Mock accident makes impact on students

From left: Adam Kunz, Ouray fire captain; John Robinson, Ridgway fire deputy chief; and, Lynn Ransleben, Ridgway fire lieutenant, work on extricating a “victim” from the van. The mock accident gave Ridgway Fire Department further practice in extrication, for which they have been training.


Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


A mottled and mangled truck rested on a similarly junked van. Empty and crushed beer cans were scattered around the scene. Shouts of worry and confusion erupted from the truck, exclamations that soon turned to cries for help.

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