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Fri
04
Aug

OURAY COUNTY: Group forms to advocate for issues not supported by CCI


by Beecher Threatt and Alan Todd
beecher@ouraynews.com
atodd@ouraynews.com

Fri
04
Aug

OURAY COUNTY: County Road 7 fire still under investigation


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Last week, a fire consumed a structure on County Road 7 and resulted in the death of one county resident. According to the Ouray County Sheriff's Department, the situation is still being investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Details, including the cause of the blaze, will be released when the investigation report is complete.
The fire, which was called in the evening of July 24, resulted in the death of Terry Adams, a county resident and San Miguel County employee. The Ridgway, Ouray and Log Hill fire departments responded to the blaze, which had almost consumed the structure upon their arrival.

Fri
04
Aug

WESTERN SLOPE: 
Forest plan about three years out from final form

County Commissioner Ben Tisdel (left) and Ouray District Ranger Tammy Randall-Parker kick off the GMUG forest plan revision open house at the 4H Center the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Many Ouray County residents took advantage of the opportunity to make their voices heard as U.S. Forest Service representatives from the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests were on hand for comment the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the 4H Event Center. Ridgway was one of the first stops in the forest service’s tour of the Western Slope to inform the public that changes to the GMUG’s forest plan are incoming.
Similarly to a county’s comprehensive master plan, the GMUG’s forest plan provides...

Fri
04
Aug

OURAY COUNTY
: Trial reset for Alaimo case


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After a roller coaster of plea negotiations and deferral denials, the Joseph Alaimo case has been reset for trial and is scheduled to begin Oct. 10 in Montrose. The trial could run through Oct. 14.
Alaimo, a former Ouray County business owner and veterinarian, is charged with second degree assault-drugging a victim; sexual assault-victim incapable of appraising conditions; sexual assault on a helpless victim and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance. Alaimo was arrested in April 2016.
The trial date was set during...

Mon
31
Jul

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Chipeta seeks to purchase Cottonwood Park section


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


At a joint work session meeting the evening of July 25, the Ridgway planning commission and town council decided a sale of town property probably isn't in the municipality's best interests but would be considered with a worthy trade.
Jack Young, owner of the Chipeta Solar Springs Resort in Ridgway, approached the council and commission to request a purchase, lease or trade of the eastern-most portion of Cottonwood Park. The third of an acre of town land sits directly north of the resort, adjacent to the Chipeta.
Young wants to purchase the property to...

Sun
30
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: Resolution honoring Paris Climate Agreement stalls


by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


An attempt to have the Board of County Commissioners adopt a resolution “declaring Ouray County’s commitment to honor and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement goals” did not get to the motion stage at Tuesday’s meeting. Pushback from two members of the public and two commissioners made for a tense, nearly hour-long discussion that resulted in Commissioner Ben Tisdel opting to indefinitely postpone consideration of the resolution he presented.
County resident John Kuijvenhoven questioned...

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Sat
29
Jul

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Bear encounters prompt education effort

Bears climb trees to sleep uninterrupted or to escape danger, such as when people make noise to scare them away from their trash. They retreat in due time.

Courtesy photo


by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


The black bear—which can sport many colors in the yellow, brown and black spectrum—has an acute sense of smell. Keeping capped toothpaste in your tent is a no-no, an open garage door is an invitation to raid the freezer and an unlocked trash can spells M-E-S-S every time it is left on the street unattended. Unfortunately, a bear that becomes habituated to human garbage or food can become a “problem bear.”
During the past month, there have been at least...

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Fri
28
Jul

OURAY COUNTY
: Judge rejects plea agreement in Alaimo case


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Fri
28
Jul

CITY OF OURAY: The Tempest on stage at the Wright Opera House this weekend

These magical creatures and local talent posed for a photo during a costume check for The Tempest, playing at the Wright Opera House July 28-31. Back row, left to right: Mica Hart, Morgan Clark and Abbie Link. Front: Natasha and Ariel Hessler.

Courtesy photo


by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


Who can resist a story of shipwreck and magic with themes of romance, remorse, revenge and redemption? These timeless themes of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will play themselves out on the stage of the Wright Opera House July 28-31.
Directed by John Kissingford of the relatively new UpstART Theater That Moves, this action-packed production of “The Tempest” promises...

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Fri
28
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: Leading veterans toward healing


by Alan Todd
atodd@ouraynews.com


A local non-profit organization will take a small group of veterans and family members of veterans on the inaugural Walking off the War, a support walk through the San Juan Hut System.
The organization, LEADSServes, founded by Anne Hilleman of Ridgway, will host approximately eight veterans and family members of veterans in a five-day traverse across the Sneffels range beginning Aug. 1. This is a pilot trip for the organization and will...

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