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Wed
05
Jun

Council to consider freezing business water rates

By Erin McIntyre
erin@ouraynews.com

Wed
05
Jun

Sandbag stations set up in Ouray as flood precaution

Potential for flood conditions during runoff due to high snowpack levels and the possibility of a quick warming of temperatures, has led the City of Ouray to order sandbags for placement along Oak Street to guard against rising levels of the Uncompahgre River. Some sections of the river are close to housing, including a mobile home park, townhomes and condos at the south end of town.

Plaindealer photo by Erin McIntyre

By Mike Wiggins and Erin McIntyre
mike@ouraynews.com
erin@ouraynews.com

Wed
05
Jun

Record water predicted for basin

By Erin McIntyre and Carolina Brown
erin@ouraynews.com
news@ouraynews.com

Mon
27
May

Money slides in for Ouray school playground

By Carolina Brown
news@ouraynews.com

After receiving more than $120,000 in funding for a new playground through grants and local donations, the Ouray School District found out last week that it will receive the biggest award yet: a grant of $290,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation.
“This district does not know how lucky we are to have Nicole and Danika bringing in over $400,000 to our district. We will finally have a playground that matches our wonderful instruction inside the building,” Superintendent Scott Pankow said, referring to Danika Gilbert, grant writer and project manager, and school board Vice President Nicole Skoloda.

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Mon
27
May

Board OKs additional paramedic, talks merger

By Carolina Brown and Erin McIntyre
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erin@ouraynews.com

Mon
27
May

Short-term rental regulations adopted in Ouray

By Mike Wiggins
mike@ouraynews.com

Mon
27
May

Realtors: Road name a dead end

The Colorado Association of Realtors is asking Ouray County to help change the name of Dead Realtor Lane. The private road was named decades ago and county officials say the landowners with addresses on the lane would need to agree on changing the name.

Plaindealer photo by Erin McIntyre

By Erin McIntyre
erin@ouraynews.com

Mon
27
May

After five-year hiatus, Ridgway community garden sprouts

Ridgway Mayor Pro Tem Eric Johnson, right, cuts the ceremonial ribbon during Saturday's celebration of the opening of the Ridgway Community Garden as garden steering committee chairman Kurt Jacobsen, left, looks on.

Plaindealer photo by Mike Wiggins

by Mike Wiggins
mike@ouraynews.com

Tue
21
May

Suspect sought in burglary case, has ties to Ridgway

Authorities are looking for this man in connection with the burglaries of two businesses in Sawpit and Placerville early Monday morning.

Photo courtesy of San Miguel County Sheriff's Office

A suspect involved in two early-morning burglaries is believed to have headed toward Ridgway and to have stolen license plates from the parking lot of a local hotel.
Interim Ridgway Marshal Shane Schmalz confirmed deputies are looking for a man believed to be responsible for burglaries in Placerville and Sawpit early Monday morning. The businesses, the Sawpit Mercantile and M&M Mercantile, were hit within minutes of each other. They’re located within five miles of each other on Colorado Highway 145.
The burglaries, which happened just before 2 a.m., involved a white male, believed to be around 30 years old, who is unshaven, has a stocky build and stands 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall. He may go by the name Mikey and was last seen wearing a sweatshirt over a long white shirt, possibly a restaurant uniform.

Sat
18
May

County road dollars drained

By Carolina King

news@ouraynews.com

The man in charge of keeping up Ouray County's roads says he's spent nearly all of his maintenance budget with seven months left in the year.

"This year alone, I'm already at 90 percent of my budget for maintenance cost and I'm in May. I have an aging fleet that is dying, and can't keep up currently," the usually quiet Road and Bridge Supervisor Steven Calkins told the Board of County Commissioners at a May 8 work session.

The work session was scheduled for commissioners and staff to further discuss a ballot initiative asking voters to approve additional taxes to fund county road maintenance and improvements.

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