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Fri
11
Aug
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Community mourns passing of Fedel

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Beloved Ouray resident Joan Fedel passed away in the early morning of Monday, Aug. 7. She was 95.
Hundreds of friends posted tributes on social media in honor of the longtime teacher’s strength of character and open heart. Granddaughter Kentee Larson Pasek’s Facebook page was deluged with an outpouring of condolences.
The family arranged hospice care for Fedel in her home in April, Pasek said, and she was able to stay...

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Tue
08
Aug

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Rendezvous brings world-class art to town

Ridgway firefighter Mary Reinhardt drives a tractor train at the Ridgway Rendezvous last year. The train transported kids and parents around the park and through the various art exhibits.

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by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


Ranked nearly as high as the prestigious and long-running Cherry Creek and Crested Butte annual arts festivals, Ridgway Rendezvous is a must-attend festival for professional artists nationwide. In historic rendezvous custom, the public looks forward to mingling in Ridgway each August with artists selling their wares, just as trappers and hunters mixed with buyers annually in the early 19th century.
“A juried festival ensures that we have high quality art represented here every year. We’ve been told by several artists that this is one of their top grossing shows, so we know it’s well-received by the buying public in Ouray County,” said Ashley King-Grambley, executive director for Weehawken Creative Arts Centers.
Weehawken is the organizer and promoter of the festival.
The 33rd Annual Ridgway Rendezvous on Aug. 11-12 features...

Tue
08
Aug

OURAY COUNTY: 
Camp Bird mine work may impact Jeep businesses


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


A deal is in the works for a private company to purchase the non-water rights part of Camp Bird Mine, but that agreement could include some area clean-up by both the company and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Martin Mccomb, an EPA on-scene coordinator, updated the Board of County Commissioners on the situation during its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 1 and fielded questions from the public.
Mccomb presented the EPA’s work plan, pending the purchase approval through a bankruptcy settlement, at Tuesday’s meeting. The plan concerns...

Mon
07
Aug
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Hiking on high… a fun way to get in shape for summer

If you are like me—a little kid with 67 birthdays—then you believe Einstein was spot on when he said, “Play is the highest form of research.” And how fortunate are we to have the “lab” in our own backyard?

It’s been a long winter; we are sooo ready to get outside and play in the mountains. But alas, they are waist deep in snow. Take heart my spring-fevered friends, I’m about to share some high altitude options for May and June that do not involve packing skis or waddling around on snowshoes. 

Mon
07
Aug

WESTERN SLOPE
: Love, Leonardi cases continue


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After court appearances last Thursday and Monday, two men arrested as part of a sex sting operation will see their cases continue for further plea negotiations. The case of Nicholas Love, who appeared July 27, will continue on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. and Daniel Leonardi will appear again Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.
Leonardi, a 33-year-old Ouray County resident, was arrested March 30 for...

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Sun
06
Aug
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Serving fresh and familiar fare at the Coachlight

Chris and Taryn Lee are poised to put a fresh look on the historic Coachlight Restaurant and Tavern in Ouray, Colorado.
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by Alan Todd
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Sun
06
Aug

OURAY COUNTY: 
Long to retire as fairgrounds manager


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After nearly 12 years overseeing events and improvements to the Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Event Center, Susan Long will retire as the fairgrounds manager in September. However, she wants to cap off her career with an upcoming special event – the 100-year anniversary of the Ouray County Rodeo and Fair.
Arriving in early 2006, Long has been involved with ongoing improvements to the fairgrounds, including a new arena and grandstands.
Looking back on her tenure as the fairgrounds manager, Long said, “It’s time.
It’s time for me to step down and let somebody else take the fairgrounds and event center to the next stage,” she said Tuesday morning. “It’s been a really good experience in my life and I treasure it, but it’s time for me to retire.”

Long planned to retire about two years ago, but the Board of County Commissioners...

Sun
06
Aug

OURAY COUNTY: 
High alpine regs may return to planning commission


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


An increased yurt presence in the high alpine zone may trigger a revision in one of the land use code’s newest sections and a revisit to the planning commission for changes. In addition, the county attorney recently indicated the high alpine residential development code section may need to be revisited to plug some legal holes.
County land use staff informed the Board of County Commissioners of the growing issue at its regular meeting Aug. 1 at the Ouray County Courthouse.
Prior to the approval of Section 24 in October 2016, the Ouray County Land Use Department was...

Sat
05
Aug

CITY OF OURAY: Award-winning art displayed at 57th annual show

Mikayla Hirt, age 5 and a kindergartener at Ouray School when she created this art in the spring, stands in front of “Peace Dove,” which was awarded the first place ribbon for the Student age 4-12 category.

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by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


Winning entries in the 2017 Artists’ Alpine Holiday fine arts show were displayed at its opening exhibition for artists last Friday at the Ouray Community Center. The 57th annual art show, presented by Ouray County Arts Association, had nearly 250 entries in the juried section of the show, with at least another 50 in the non-juried section.
Montrose artist Rick Sprankle won...

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Sat
05
Aug

OURAY COUNTY: Planning commission outlines wildfire mitigation code revisions in work session

Wildfire mitigation and creating defensible space between structures and the landscape is best completed before a wildland fire creates concern for personal property.

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By Mary Menz
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At its monthly work session Tuesday evening, the Ouray County Planning Commission met to outline suggested revisions to Section 16 of the Land Use Code, titled Wildfire Mitigation.
During the session, planning commission chairwoman Sheelagh Williams led the discussion to...

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