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Fri
28
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: Repairs anticipated on county roads 361 and 17

Debris from heavy rains broke a retaining wall on County Road 361 near Senator Gulch, separating it from the metal beams that hold it together. The road is safe for now, but the wall will have to undergo repair later this year, according to Steven Calkins, county road and bridge superintendent.

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by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


Significant mudslides and floods on County Road 361 last week will require major repair, Road Superintendent Steven Calkins told county commissioners on Tuesday.
“It almost completely destroyed our culvert (in the Senator Gulch area),” Calkins said. “A metal retaining wall holds the culvert structure in place, and material came down, pushed the wall out and busted the beams that hold it together.”
The road is safe to drive on for now, he added. Repairs will be made after...

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Thu
27
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: County attorney leaving

Marti Whitmore, county attorney, tendered her resignation and will accept a position with Montrose County.


by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


Marti Whitmore has tendered her resignation as Ouray County Attorney and has accepted the position of Montrose County Attorney.
“It was a hard decision; I love it here,” Whitmore said on Wednesday.
Whitmore and her husband, Jim, will continue to reside in Ouray County, to take an active part in volunteer activities and to maintain their friendships here.
“We will still be residents of the county, property owners, taxpayers and voters,” she said. “I will continue to volunteer for Ouray County as representative to the Colorado River District and on other water planning efforts.”
Whitmore was a leader in...

Thu
27
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: Fire consumes structure on County Road 7

The chimney was all that was left standing from a fire that consumed a residence on County Road 7 Monday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


A fire the evening of July 24 completely consumed a residence on County Road 7, resulting in one fatality and an ongoing investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Terry Adams, the resident of the CR 7 home, died in the incident, according to Ouray County Coroner Colleen Hollenbeck. Adams was employed by San Miguel County. Hollenbeck said next of kin have been notified and an autopsy report will be available in the near future.
Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire called in just after...

Sat
22
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: 
Joint planning board recommends 10-year special use permit for Second Chance


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


With its special use permit expiring this year, Second Chance Humane Society approached the Ridgway Area Joint Planning Board Tuesday, July 18, for renewal and continued operation of the shelter property on County Road 10.
In addition to requesting a 10-year permit extension, the nonprofit organization proposed new structures, programs and an increased dog maximum that would align with state regulations.
Falling into the Town of Ridgway’s area of influence, the application was considered by the joint planning board, which consists of the Ouray County Planning Commission and Ridgway representatives Rod Fitzhugh and Rick Weaver.
Second Chance wants to add...

Sat
22
Jul

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: 
River overlay zone considered


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


A new ordinance would create a river overlay zone for the Uncompahgre River flowing through Ridgway if adopted by town council.
The proposed ordinance was not formally introduced at the council meeting on Wednesday, July 12, due to members of the public requesting more time to look it over and making the point the ordinance could take away property rights near the river.
The river overlay zone would be 100 feet either from the river bank or from the surveyed floodplain, whichever is greater.
Confined to town boundaries, the river overlay zone would apply to...

Fri
21
Jul

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
: Lower speed limit discussion hits roadblock

At its July 12 meeting, Ridgway Town Council decided now isn't the best time to discuss a change in speed limit from 20 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour. The stretch of Clinton Street pictured is one of the main areas in town where speeding and disregard for stop signs have been observed.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


With RAMP Up! Ridgway project construction finishing and the Ridgway Marshal’s Office restructuring, town council members agreed now isn’t the time to lower speed limits to 15 miles per hour. Council decided at the July 12 meeting to table the issue until construction is complete and local law enforcement is shored up.
At the June meeting, council members agreed lowering the speed limit from 20 miles per hour was an avenue that should be pursued. However, after input from...

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Fri
21
Jul

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: 
Leash law boundary expanded with council approval

Council member Ellen Hunter (left) and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Communications Director Tanya Ishikawa hold up a mural created during the 2017 Riverfest celebrating its tenth year. The mural was presented at the July 12 council meeting, which also featured a final approval to the animal ordinance discussion.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After almost a year of discussion, formation of a community group and a failed introduction of an ordinance, Ridgway Town Council adopted an amendment to the animal ordinance at the July 12 council meeting, and it will go into effect in fewer than 30 days. The amendment passed 4-2, with council members Erica Young and Robb Austin voting against.
The amendment expands the town’s leash law from Amelia to Railroad and from Moffat Street to the area encompassing Charles, Frederick and Otto streets. Essentially, the boundary stretches over the built-out sections of Ridgway.
The Uncompahgre River Trail, Rollans Park and the athletic fields will remain...

Tue
18
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: 
Outdoor grows will sprout with ordinance approval

With the approval of the new marijuana ordinance, marijuana cultivators could be using fewer indoor operations and placing their focus on outdoor grows.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Several changes to the methods for growing marijuana in Ouray County are on the way, after a Board of County Commissioners approval of a revised marijuana ordinance the afternoon of July 11 at the Ouray Community Center.
The draft includes provisions allowing for outdoor grow operations and marijuana testing laboratories and facilities in Ouray County. It was introduced April 25 and continued twice, to May 16 and June 13.
Following up on the June discussion, which was primarily focused on...

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Mon
17
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: 
Divide Ranch, Zane offer irrigation water for road maintenance

Fairway Pines resident Barry Zane and Divide Ranch and Club (pictured above) recently offered a donation of 325,000 gallons of water over a three-year period to Ouray County for use on county road maintenance and dust control.

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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


If all goes according to plan, Ouray County will soon have a new water source for road maintenance, courtesy of Fairway Pines resident Barry Zane and Divide Ranch and Club in Ridgway. Zane and representatives from the club on Log Hill recently approached County Commissioner John Peters to make the offer.
Peters met with Divide Ranch representatives on Wednesday, July 5, and the county was offered up to 325,000 gallons of water, available for a three-year period, for $10. The agreement could be renewed after three years and the amount would be available in total for the three years.
The agreement was presented during last week’s meeting with Divide Ranch, but Peters said it would probably need some “massaging” before being accepted by the Board of County Commissioners. Following the meeting with Divide Ranch, Peters presented the offer to...

Mon
17
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: Engineer Pass scaling project completed; road open

A rock slide covered the shelf road on County Road 18 about a mile and a half east of US 550. An assessment by DOWL, an environmental services consulting firm in Montrose, determined that the rock above the slide was so loose that it would threaten the safety of crews working to clear the road unless scaling was done beforehand.

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By Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


A rock slide that closed a portion of Engineer Pass was cleared and the road officially opened the the first weekend in July. A scaling effort was required uphill from the slide and took three days to complete, after which Ouray road and bridge employees moved in with equipment to move the remaining rock from the shelf road.
According to County Administrator Connie Hunt, the scaling project cost...

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