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Fri
26
Apr

Preschool tuition increased for next school year

by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com

Ouray School Board voted Monday night to approve an increase in preschool tuition from $410 per month for the full-day program to $500 per month. The increase still keeps Ouray Preschool at the lowest cost in the area. Ridgway School Board voted last month to increase its preschool tuition from $500 to $640 per month.
Rebecca Hazen, preschool lead teacher, said, “It seems to fit in with the trend that is happening in the county.” She said the increase will help make ends meet for the program and support “our amazing kiddos.”
Elementary Principal Kenneth Nelson said the increase reflects the fact that there are two highly qualified teachers on staff at the preschool and the general cost of running the program has increased.

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Fri
26
Apr

Sewer trouble bubbles again in Ouray

Sewage backed up into the bathroom of the Timber Ridge Lodge's largest guest room on the night of April 18. Lodge co-owner Brian Duckles said it could be six to eight weeks before the room is available again.

Photo courtesy Brian Duckles

By Mike Wiggins
mike@ouraynews.com

Fri
26
Apr

For town custodian, retirement is a clean sweep

Jacquie Mace sweeps catkins from the sidewalk in front of Ridgway Town Hall once more as she finishes up cleaning for the day. After almost 30 years of providing janitorial services, she's retiring.

Plaindealer photo by Erin McIntyre

By Erin McIntyre
erin@ouraynews.com

Fri
26
Apr

Twin Peaks Lodge inches closer to expansion

By Mike Wiggins

mike@ouraynews.com

Fri
19
Apr

Voyager Youth Program gains a permanent home

Lisa Thomason, executive director of Voyager Youth Program, and Ridgway Mayor John Clark cut the ribbon at a ceremony celebrating the permanent home of the Voyager Youth Program at 280 N. Cora St., Ridgway. At center, Danelle Hughes Norman (left), program manager, and Alex Durham, prevention coordinator, hold plaques honoring Victoria Hearst, whose donation, among others, allowed Voyager to purchase the building.

Plaindealer photo by Carolina King

by Carolina King

news@ouraynews.com

Voyager Youth Program now has a permanent home thanks to a major donation from local resident Victoria Hearst, as well as other community contributions.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Hearst, though not present, was honored with a personalized plaque as well as a plaque that will be affixed to the building. ... To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.

Fri
19
Apr

Conditions unlikely for major fire season, experts say

by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com

Thanks to extra moisture this winter, spring forecasts are for a less fearsome fire season for the state as a whole and particularly for the San Juans. Some of that moisture, in fact, kept Bureau of Land Management Fire Meteorologist Tim Mathewson from making the trip across the mountains to give his presentation on the fire season outlook to the West Region Wildfire Council in person last Thursday. He conducted the thorough outlook via phone and slideshow.
While most are optimistic about this winter’s heavy snows, Mathewson cautioned that a large snowpack in itself ... To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.

Fri
19
Apr

City stays within ranks to hire administrator

By Mike Wiggins
mike@ouraynews.com

The search for the next Ouray city administrator is staying in-house.
City Council members unanimously agreed Monday to field only internal applicants for the city's top executive post. Applications are due to City Attorney Carol Viner by April 26. The council will review applications on April 29 and could make a decision on the next city administrator at its first meeting in May.
Former Police Chief Justin Perry has been serving as the interim city administrator since the council fired Katie Sickles without cause on Jan. 28.
Mayor Pam Larson said after Monday's meeting the council decided not to advertise the job outside city hall ... To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.

Fri
19
Apr

Sheriff noncommital about enforcing new gun control law

By Mike Wiggins
mike@ouraynews.com

Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald won't commit to enforcing a new state law designed to temporarily remove firearms from people deemed at high risk of harming themselves or others, saying he wants to research the issue further.
"I guess you could say I don't want to say yay or nay on it," he said in an interview this week.
Gov. Jared Polis on April 12 signed House Bill 1177, known as the extreme risk protection order bill. It allows law enforcement, a family member or a household member to ask a judge ... To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.

Fri
19
Apr

Marshal cites differences, leaves position

By Erin McIntyre
erin@ouraynews.com

Ridgway’s town marshal has left her position to become a patrol deputy with another agency, citing differences with the town manager in her vision for the department.
Marshal Tammy Stroup left her position April 12 and deputy Shane Schmalz will lead the department as interim marshal, Town Manager Jennifer Coates told town council last week.
Stroup, who was hired as marshal in May 2017, had a background in ... To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.

Thu
04
Apr
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New owners of Plaindealer passionate about community journalism

Erin McIntyre and Mike Wiggins purchased the Ouray County Plaindealer Thursday from Alan Todd and Beecher Threatt.

 

 

 

by Alan Todd

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