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Duckett's Market framed by snow and blue sky

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Local agency wins awards

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History of the Revenue Mine

by Don Paulson, Curator
Ouray County Historical Society

The Star Mining Company has recently reopened the Revenue Mine, one of the largest and most historic mines in Ouray County.  The history of this mine begins with the 1876 platting of the Virginius Lode by William Feland. The Virginius is located about eight miles west of Ouray at over 12,000 feet in Governor Basin. The Virginius changed hands several times over the next few years until it was sold in 1880 to Albert E. Reynolds and John H. Maugham for $100,000, quite a princely sum for the time. Reynolds had been a sutler (a civilian seller of goods to military forces in the field) in Indian Territory, an operator of Indian trading posts and the owner of a large cattle ranch in Texas.

Fri
22
Feb
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OCPC prepares for Visual Impact public comments

By Alan Todd
atodd@ouraynews.com

The Ouray County Planning Commission honed its procedures Tuesday evening for its upcoming public hearing on Visual Impact Regulations, to be held Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center in Ridgway.
Sign up for public comments will be held at the beginning of the Feb. 26 meeting. Public comments will conclude that evening unless there are more than the allotted time allows. The OCPC will cut off the public comment segment of the meeting at 10:00 p.m. that night and will continue them on Mar. 21 if necessary.

Fri
22
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Council okays geothermal study for pool

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
A proposal by a city committee to authorize $19,600 for a geothermal study met stiff opposition from city council Tuesday night, but in the end council approved the request on a four to one vote.
Since October, the Hot Springs Pool Capital Improvement Committee has met weekly. The bottom line, said chair Tamara Gulde, is "how much hot water do we have and how do we get it to the pool." Discussion with council during a work session and at the end of the regular council meeting centered on the current pipeline and data regarding temperatures and flows.

Wed
06
Feb
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History of Visual Impact, Part III: 2000-2013

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com

This is the third part in a three-part series examining the history of visual impact. This part summarizes 2000-2013.
As the county gears up for another in its infinite list of hearings on visual impact regulations, the Plaindealer looks back at the history of visual impact in Ouray County. We have studied Plaindealer electronic and hard copy story files, minutes of past Board of County Commissioners and Ouray County Planning Commission meetings, BOCC resolutions and Land Use Department files. The BOCC has land use jurisdiction in the entire county, outside the municipal boundaries of Ouray and Ridgway. Two weeks ago we summarized 1971-86. Last week we looked at the years 1993-99. This week we conclude with 2000-2013.

 

Wed
06
Feb
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Threatt: Obligations of BOCC to Section 9

At the Jan. 17 county planning commission meeting, Commissioner Randy Parker was saying a 2010 Board of County Commissioners resolution gave the OCPC 12 specific areas to address in revising visual impact regulations, and he felt the OCPC should explain to the BOCC how each one was completed.
"But this is a different BOCC," Commissioner Tim Currin said.
"Yes, but they didn't change the resolution," Chair Ken Lipton countered.
So there you have it. It's out in the open, stated in a public meeting—it's a different BOCC. The sentiment first appeared in a letter Currin wrote to the BOCC in October, along with alternate planning commissioner John Baskfield. The letter stated their opinion that neither the current BOCC nor the succeeding one would support the draft Section 9 advocated by the majority of the OCPC.

Sat
02
Feb
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Versatile banjoist to play Wright

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Two-time Juno-winning banjoist and Canadian Folk Music’s Artist of 2012 Jayme Stone performs his "Room of Wonders" concert at the Wright Opera House in Ouray at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Stone's music is inspired by folk traditions from around the world. "Room of Wonders," his latest album,  explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America.

The repertoire includes a movement from Bach’s French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stone’s lush, edgy originals. The concert is presented by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild with funding from the Telluride Foundation.

Sat
02
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Sonoran Institute meeing

By Mary Pat Haddock

marypat@ouraynews.com
Housing consumers want more choices and convenient access to amenities, according to several studies cited by a speaker in Ridgway on Jan. 23 and 24. Clark Anderson, director of the Western Colorado Legacy Program of the Sonoran Institute, gave a fascinating presentation on housing trends nationwide and in the southwest.
Ridgway Town Manager Jen Coates invited Anderson to the county after hearing him speak last year. At a dinner Wednesday night with elected and appointed officials and department heads from the county's three governmental entities, and also at a meeting for community members on Thursday, Anderson presented a comprehensive summary of housing trends. Speaking about the dinner, he said, "I got to see local governments coming together. Not many areas of the state do that. You are fortunate to have some forward thinking leaders."

Sat
02
Feb
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History of Visual Impact Part II: 1993-1999

by Beecher Threatt

beecher@ouraynews.com
This is the second in a three-part series examining the history of visual impact. This part summarizes 1993-99.
As the county gears up for another in its infinite list of hearings on visual impact regulations, the Plaindealer looks back at the history of visual impact in Ouray County. We have studied Plaindealer electronic and hard copy story files, minutes of past Board of County Commissioners and Ouray County Planning Commission meetings, BOCC resolutions and Land Use Department files. The BOCC has land use jurisdiction in the entire county, outside the municipal boundaries of Ouray and Ridgway.

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