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Mon
17
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: 
Sign regulation effort again collides with Colona needs

As part of his presentation to county commissioners, Chris Hawkins, land use planning consultant at Alpine Planning in Ridgway, displayed different signs around the county in comparison with the proposed sign dimensions restrictions in Colona.

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After several work sessions revising Section 8 of the Ouray County Land Use Code at the planning commission level, county sign regulations are following a familiar path at the Board of County Commissioners level. The public hearing considering the revised code section was continued on Tuesday, July 11.
With the comment period still open, the public has until July 25 to submit opinions on the subject.
Prefacing the conversation, County Planning Director Mark Castrodale and County Attorney Marti Whitmore detailed...

Mon
10
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: Ridgway State Park on track for another banner year

Park manager Kirstin Copeland points to Dakota Terraces, one of three campgrounds at Ridgway State Park. The Dakota Terraces section has 79 year round camping spots and three yurts.
Plaindealer photo by Mary Menz


by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


Summer is in full swing and shows no sign of slowing down anywhere in the county, according to the Ouray Chamber Resort Association and the state park.
“We are actually turning people away on the weekends,” said Kirstin Copeland, park manager at Ridgway State Park. “We have 283 sites and they are booked every Thursday through Monday for the summer. We really only have first come, first served camping on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“Our full hookup sites are booked for the entire summer. And our campers are not exactly roughing it. We have showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities,” shared Copeland about the amenities at RSP.
Copeland said the park surpassed...

Fri
07
Jul

OURAY COUNTY
: US 550 designated as priority by CDOT

A victim of the fatality accident on US 550 June 18 is airlifted to Grand Junction for serious injuries.

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


New information from the Colorado State Patrol reveals that driving under the influence of drugs could have impacted the fatality accident on US 550 in mid-June, adding to the number of accidents and fatalities that occurred on the highway between Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose.
In response, that stretch of US 550 has been identified as a...

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Thu
06
Jul

CITY OF OURAY: Rondinelli resigns city post

City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli takes notes during Monday's city council meeting, in which he tendered his resignation to council. Rondinelli is leaving city post after 13 years to work for Colorado's Department of Local Affairs southwest office. His resignation is effective Aug. 3.
Plaindealer photo by Alan Todd

Thu
06
Jul

COLORADO: Electric enclosures won’t impact declining bee populations

A bumblebee rests on a native blanket flower (Gaillardia pinnatifida) at Ridgway State Park.

Plaindealer photo by Mary Menz


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


With backyard beekeeping becoming more popular around the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently released a video on how to protect your hives from wildlife and pests using an electric enclosure. However, these suggestions are targeted at hobbyists and won’t have any real impact on the overall decline of the bee population.
CPW doesn’t keep statistics, but the number of inquiries received on how to protect hobby hives is...

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Wed
05
Jul

CITY OF OURAY: 
Veteran water fighters find victory once more

Water fight competitor Richard Weber (left) looks over at his father on the side of the arena giving signals. Although Weber and partner LiErin Wilson took a beating for much of the fight, the duo made some adjustments and came out on top against opponents Brittany and Adam Kunz.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The traditional Ouray water fights ended with some familiar faces in the winner’s circle this year, with three teams replicating their success from previous years and another returning from hiatus to victory.
One of the biggest victories of the day was earned by Senior Men’s Division competitors Chris Scott and Jude Martinez, a duo that has won their division...

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Mon
03
Jul
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Rondinelli resigns from city

Ouray City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli submitted his resignation at Monday's city council meeting. After 13 years serving the city in his current position, Rondinelli announced he has accepted a position with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs southwest office. Rondinelli will work out of the Durango office located on the campus of Fort Lewis College, and will continue to reside in Ouray. He said being able to continue to reside in Ouray is "one of the best parts of this new position."
Check this week's Ouray County Plaindealer for more details.
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Mon
19
Jun

Deceased hiker recovered from Gilpin Peak

by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

A lone male hiker’s body was recovered from Gilpin Peak by Ouray Mountain Rescue Team on the morning of June 19. The hiker had been reported missing on June 18.

A search team from the sheriff’s office, OMRT members and a helicopter crew searched Mt. Sneffels on Sunday because it was believed he was hiking there. 

OMRT located the hiker Monday on Gilpin Peak.

 

The hiker was a 58 or 59-year-old male with a Colorado driver’s license. His name has not been released as next of kin have not been notified.

Sat
17
Jun

TOWN OF RIDGWAY: 
Animal ordinance amendments introduced


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After more than nine months’ worth of discussion and a failed introduction in May, an amendment to Ridgway’s animal ordinance expanding the dog leash boundaries and requiring dog owners to carry a leash and waste bag was re-introduced at the June town council meeting Wednesday, June 7. The amendment succeeded with a vote of 4-2.
The amendment, which will be in front of council again in July for final approval, expands...

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Fri
16
Jun

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
: Town staff to look at lowering speed limit


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After a discussion following up on a series of public comments from the May meeting, Ridgway town council directed staff to begin looking at lowering the speed limit within Ridgway from 20 miles per hour to 15.
Town Manager Jen Coates informed council the topic had been discussed significantly in 2010-2011 during formation of the town master plan, when council said that 15 miles per hour was “just too slow.” However, she noted, the decision by that council wasn’t a unanimous one.
“This is one of those topics similar to dogs and short term rentals that tends to surface every now and then,” she said.
The traffic flow plan, created and implemented by,,,

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