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Thu
04
Jun

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Learn to play pickleball

Pickleball is played with a large solid paddle and a perforated plastic ball. The rapidly growing sport is a mix of tennis, ping-pong and badminton.
Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The skillful and social sport of pickleball is growing in popularity across the country, and a local group of enthusiasts has started a pickleball club in Ridgway for casual and competitive play.

Wed
03
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: Summer concert opener to be anything but Quiet

Quiet Company
Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

After months of quiet winter calm, things are about to heat up and get loud in town as the Mountain Air Music Series kicks off with beating drums and bouncy guitar licks. Headlining the first installment of the summer concert sets is Austin, Texas-based award-winning rock band Quiet Company.

Mon
01
Jun

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Board debates salary schedule surge

Ridgway School Board members Greg Lawler, Roger Sagal, Bart Skalla and Laura Thomas reviewed budget projections for a salary schedule increase during their regular meeting on May 27. The 2015-2016 Ridgway School District budget includes a 5.8 percent increase in total salary for certified teaching staff; but, the board is considering an additional increase to match teacher compensation in the Ouray School District.

Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway School Board discussed increasing the total staff salary schedule by 11.7 percent next school year to match the Ouray School District salary formula, during its regular meeting on May 26.

Sun
31
May

CITY OF OURAY: Main Street blooms with donations

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

May showers might seem endless now, but June flowers are just around the corner. For a seventh year, the Ouray Beautification Committee will bring life and color to Main Street with bright bouquets lined up along the sidewalks.

Sat
30
May

COLORADO Overcharged homeowners get restitution

Special to the Plaindealer
plaindealer@ouraynews.com


Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced this week that her office has sent out more than 20,000 checks to homeowners who were improperly charged false and inflated foreclosure costs by foreclosure law firm Aronowitz & Mecklenburg, LLP.

Fri
29
May

OURAY COUNTY Transmountain diversion discussion limited by legal realities

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Despite differences of opinion over how to interpret aspects of the Colorado Water Plan, including the "seven points" framework on transmountain diversions, local water experts explain that water law in the state has not changed.

Thu
28
May

OURAY COUNTY: Snow delays Jeep road schedule

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Late spring storms may be necessary, but they are putting a damper on the Jeeping season. Consistent snow storms have made plowing Jeep roads useless for the county's Road and Bridge Department, and as a result only one trail was open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Thu
28
May

OURAY COUNTY: Injured hiker rescued on Blue Lakes trail

OMRT members worked through a snow storm to safely retrieve a injured hiker on Blue Lakes trail.
Courtesy photo by Tim Pasek

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Ice cold and wet, the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team trekked over the frozen landscape on the Blue Lake Trail off County Road 7 on Saturday evening.

Thu
28
May

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Railroad workdays offer hands-on history experience

By Bill Tiedje

bill@ouraynews.com

If you're the type of person who dreams of steam engines chugging across the San Juans over narrow gauge track, the upcoming Ridgway Railroad Museum Restoration Week, from June 1 to 5, will give you a chance to help bring back that iconic time in Ouray County history.

Fri
22
May

WESTERN SLOPE: Trends point to an average fire season

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

It was a dry early spring that had many Coloradans worried about the outlook for the upcoming wildfire season; however, thanks to recent storms, things are beginning to look a little more normal.

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