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Thu
31
Jan

Interim pool manager out in curious turn of events


by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


On Monday Ouray City Council ratified termination of a professional services contract for interim pool manager, a contract that had been approved just six days before but had not yet been signed by the mayor. Council members did not discuss the motion for ratification, nor did they allow public comment.
Council also fired City Administrator Katie Sickles on Monday. See story on page 1.
City Resource Director Rick Noll said on Friday he will manage the pool until a permanent manager is hired.
A tortuous series of events began with...

Thu
31
Jan

The story goes on, and on: Looking deeper at the lives impacted by the rise of Ridgway Reservoir

Everett Hess, Jr. grew up on the Cookie Tree Ranch property six miles north of Ridgway. The property is now at the bottom of Ridgway Reservoir, along with many other old, small ranch sites. The barn and the home were saved from the water and have since been relocated.

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Inspired by the reemergence of history at Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison County, the Plaindealer was interested to know what may sleep beneath the pool of our local water reserve, Ridgway Reservoir. This story, focusing on two families that were directly impacted by the reservoir’s construction, is the final installment of the series that revisits the reservoir’s impact and history on Ouray County.

Thu
31
Jan

Sickles fired for "no cause"

Katie Sickles was fired from her position as Ouray city administrator on Monday. She had been in the position in an official capacity since January 2018. The council voted unanimously to terminate Sickles for no cause, effective immediately.

Plaindealer photo by Alan Todd


by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


Ouray City Council voted unanimously Monday night to fire City Administrator Katie Sickles for no cause, effective immediately. The ‘no cause’ stipulation means Sickles will receive severance pay of three months salary as specified in her contract.
Police Chief Justin Perry was named interim city administrator.
With no public discussion among council members and no public comment allowed, the crowd of about 30 people at the special meeting was left wondering the reasons for Sickles’ dismissal.
Council members met in executive session with City Attorney Carol Viner for an hour prior to the vote.
“We get no explanation at all?” someone in the audience asked.
“That’s what...

Thu
31
Jan

CR5 landowners sue county for access to properties


by Carolina King and Beecher Threatt
news@ouraynews.com
beecher@ouraynews.com


Ten Upper County Road 5 property owners filed suit against the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 25, following years of attempts at reconciling their right to property access versus recreationists’ claims to historical use of the road for winter sports and access to the national forest boundary.
The landowners requested a temporary restraining order and injunction against the county to allow full road snowplowing to their properties, but on Monday the parties stipulated to an agreement that mirrors the last winter maintenance agreement, executed in 2017.
The agreement allows one plaintiff...

Fri
25
Jan

Ice Park to hear alternatives to using city’s potable water


by Carolina King    
news@ouraynews.com

Fri
25
Jan

Housing committee discusses efforts of city and town


by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com

Fri
25
Jan

New sheriff introduced to agencies, procedures

Lance FitzGerald, new Ouray County sheriff, particpated in a joint meeting with the Board of County Commissioners last Wednesday. Several topics were discussed, including interaction with Victim Advocate Services and interagency cooperation.

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by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com


The Board of County Commissioners met Wednesday in a work session with newly sworn-in sheriff Lance Fitzgerald to discuss how elected officials will work together to ensure smooth coordination between each other and among all agencies that provide services and administrative functions in the county. The meeting included a warning regarding training for the revamped Victim Advocate Services.
The meeting centered on how the former sheriff worked with other agencies, including the board, and how elected officials and agencies will work to ensure that smooth relationship of cooperation will continue with the new sheriff.

Fri
25
Jan

Snowfall on pace to make dent in drought conditions


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Thu
24
Jan

Riding on wings of winter weather, Ice Fest returns this weekend

An ice climber competes at last year's Ice Fest.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Mon
21
Jan

County planning commission to meet with construction stakeholders


by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com

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