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Jun
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Fireworks won’t go off but a show will go on

by Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
With the outlook on our flammable conditions not improving, the Ouray County Sheriff’s Department and the Ouray Fire Department have officially cancelled the fireworks and flare parade portions of the July Fourth celebration in Ouray.
“This was not a easy decision for any of us, but I think it is the right decision considering what the rest of the state is going through,” Sheriff Mattivi said in an email to the Plaindealer.
In a last minute effort to provide a substitute form of entertainment, the Ouray Chamber Resort Association has procured a fantastic and well known musical act to perform a concert in Fellin Park that will be free to attend. Mike Gwinn and the North Folk Flyers will take the stage at 4:00 p.m. and play until 7:00 p.m.

Wed
13
Jun
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Mountain Air is a big hit

by Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
The inaugural night of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series was a smash hit. Attendees came from near and far, comprised of old and young.
Throughout the evening people enjoyed the cold brews and delicious food. Hundreds of lawn chairs and blankets were filled with smiling people.
Monica Moran, the Mountain Air Music Series event chairperson for the Ouray Chamber Resort Association, said, “The turnout exceeded our expectations. Everything went extremely smoothly. The vendors were really happy with how busy they were.”

Wed
13
Jun
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Countywide Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect

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On June 1 the Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution at a noticed, special meeting, to implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions and Limited Fire Ban within the unincorporated areas of Ouray County, effective at 6 a.m. on June 11. The action was based on a recommendation by Sheriff Junior Mattivi and will remain in effect until June 30 or as otherwise modified, rescinded or extended by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners.  The following are prohibited during the restriction:  

Wed
13
Jun
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Opdahls honored by WCCF

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In honor of its 15th anniversary year, the Western Colorado Community Foundation is celebrating local philanthropy across the seven counties they serve and honoring people who have a “heart of gold.”  
Susie and Jim Opdahl were honored at a special reception at the Secret Garden on June 13, attended by about 75, many local philanthropists themselves with a “heart of gold.”

Wed
13
Jun
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West Region Wildfire Council recognized for wildfire prevention efforts

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The National Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Program Committee has selected the West Region Wildfire Council (WRWC) to receive a Smokey Bear Award Certificate for their service to wildfire prevention. Their selection of WRWC for this award is based on the organization's leadership in promoting wildfire mitigation and prevention education in Community Wildfire Protection Plans across the region they serve.

Wed
13
Jun
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High altitude gardening experts share their secrets

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Three accomplished horticulturists will share their knowledge and solutions to the challenges of high altitude gardening at a panel discussion Thursday, June 21 at the Ridgway Town Hall.
"Unlocking the Secrets of High Altitude Gardening” is presented by the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council (ROCC) as part of an ongoing series of “ROCC Talks” on topics of interest to the community. The panelists’ presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. following coffee and cookies at 6:30 p.m. in the community room. The event is free to the public.

Wed
13
Jun
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Taste of Ouray is sweet

by Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
The Taste of Ouray certainly lived up to expectations; people came, they saw, they ate, taste buds were pleased.
The Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) provided an estimate that over 500 people came through the Ouray Community Center last Wednesday night. In addition to the partakers, local vendors had a strong turnout.
Heidi Pankow, OCRA Marketing Director, said, “We have so many amazing restaurants and caterers for such a small town. And, they go out of their way to provide an amazing tasting experience for locals and visitors. People come up to us before and after the event and tell us it’s their favorite event and look forward to it every single year.”

Sun
10
Jun
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Stitching in the San Juans

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com
Little-known fact: for over 25 years, members of a chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America have been making an annual sojourn to Ouray for rejuvenating and a little shopping. Their rejuvenation comes from stitching to their hearts' content in the heart of the San Juans.
They call it stitching therapy. For three days the women stitch, shop, stitch, soak, stitch, sip, stitch and snack.
The Desert West Chapter of the national guild is headquartered in Grand Junction, but its members also hail from Glenwood Springs, Cedaredge, Delta and other Western Slope communities. About 20 were in Ouray Apr. 20-22, staying at the Victorian Inn, owned by Jan and Brian Lisk.
On Saturday morning most of the group set up shop in the inn's cozy sunroom. All day long, stitching and...

Sat
19
May
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The Labyrinth Movement comes to Ouray County

By Caleb Stento
caleb@ouraynews.com
Ouray County has its very own medieval labyrinth. As of Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m., the labyrinth gets its official dedication and will be open to all. Any who wish to come are invited to attend the dedication at 2490 County Road 17. Once open, there will be no set hours of operation as one never knows when they will feel the need to embark on a meditative walk.

Sat
19
May
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Crystal Lake gets a dam makeover

by Caleb Stento
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The Crystal Lake Dam and surrounding area will spend a portion of summertime closed to the public, while the dam receives much needed repairs and a few upgrades.
According to Jan Fenner of the United States Forest Service (USFS), the repairs will begin sometime in mid-July and hopefully come to a completion in approximately four weeks. At the very outside, repairs will be completed by October.

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