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Thu
17
Nov

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 RACC requests funding from 2017 lodging taxes

Carol Garard (far right), newly appointed Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, speaks to the Ridgway Town Council at its regular meeting the evening of Nov. 9. Garard and several chamber board members were presenting the RACC 2016 activities summary and requesting receipt of 2017 lodging tax funds.
 

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


After hearing a 2016 summary report from the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce at the town council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, council members want to see a more detailed accounting of the chamber’s expenditures from lodging tax monies.


Up to September, the chamber reported having received $31,647 in lodging tax funding and is expected to receive about $42,000 by year’s end.
Thus far the chamber has spent about...

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Mon
07
Nov

OURAY COUNTY
 Revised communication tower code section recommended

From left: County planning director Mark Castrodale and county planning commissioners Sheelagh Williams, Craig Jackman and Randy Parker look over the communication tower and facility proposed land use code section at the Ouray County Planning Commission regular meeting Nov. 1. Following land use staff’s recommendation, the OCPC recommended Section 23 for approval by the Board of County Commissioners.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The Ouray County Planning Commission recommended a second draft of the proposed communication tower code section at an audience-less public hearing on Nov. 1 at the county land use office in Ridgway.
The recommendation came without much discussion, aside from a few language and definition tweaks throughout the Section 23 document.
With Board of County Commissioners approval, Section 23 will...

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Fri
04
Nov

OURAY COUNTY: Scranton case moves forward

Brian Scranton


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


A Ouray County judge found evidence presented by a prosecutor the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 27 to be substantial enough to move forward with the Brian Scranton sexual assault case.

In Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Assistant District Attorney Seth Ryan had to...

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Fri
04
Nov

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS
 Demons wrap up soccer season with playoff loss

From left: Ridgway soccer players Kikito Meraz, Jimmy Saville and Gannon Rikkers walk through the tunnel Ridgway Secondary School students created Thursday, Oct. 27 to send the Demons off to the state playoffs. Despite having their best season in six years, the Demons fell to Colorado Springs Christian 0-7 in their Oct. 28 match-up.
 

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver
 


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Following up a victory over the number-one-ranked team in the Intermountain Soccer League, the Ridgway Demons fell hard Oct. 28 to Colorado Springs Christian in the first round of state playoffs, 0-7.
Despite the lopsided loss, head coach Trevor Peterson said the Demons were the better team when considering overall technical play.
“In terms of our soccer play, I thought we were actually a little bit better, but we didn’t have the physical ability to match up one on one with them,” said Peterson.
Peterson described Ridgway’s Colorado Springs opponents as...

Thu
03
Nov

OURAY COUNTY: 
Split vote results in CR 5 plowing agreement renewal

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Hearing significant public comment on last year’s County Road 5 winter maintenance agreement over the last two regular sessions, the Board of County Commissioners renewed CR 5 property owner Craig Morrison’s private plowing contract with the county at its regular meeting at the Ouray Community Center Nov. 1. However, not all commissioners gave the renewal a thumbs up.
Commissioner Lynn Padgett voted...

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Thu
27
Oct

Commissioners plow through complaints for CR 5

by Tori Sheets

tori@ouraynews.com

A winter road maintenance agreement for a portion of County Road 5 sparked controversy during Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting. The agreement is between the county and Craig Morrison, a resident on CR 5, for snow removal on a .9 mile section of the road from the intersection of CR 5 and 5A to Hidden Meadows Lane. 

Plowing will allow Morrison access to his property. In the past, the county has not plowed that section of CR 5.

Other residents and recreational users on the road said they are not happy with how the road was maintained last year, and they do not want to see the same agreement put in place this year. 

Thu
27
Oct

Cross country boys continue on to state

by Tori Sheets

tori@ouraynews.com

 

The cross country and volleyball seasons are approaching the finish line for the year. 

The Ouray-Silverton-Ridgway high school cross country team competed at regionals in Delta on Oct. 21 and the boys took third place. Team members Evan Vann, Cooper Rondinelli, Evan Alsup, Zach Briggs, Wyatt Gober, Blaze Braford-Lefavbre and

Fri
21
Oct

WESTERN SLOPE
 Bark beetles not only threat to western trees

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The bark beetle epidemic continues to spread its influence across Western Colorado, but it’s not the only pest that has taken to attacking forests. Regional tree mortality rates have also been affected by annosus root disease and the western spruce budworm.


Although a different variety of beetle goes after each tree, many are remaining active. Douglas fir and spruce beetles especially are continuing to have an impact. According to Todd Gardiner, United States Forest Service silviculturist, the region will likely have to just let the beetles run their course.
However, Gardiner has noticed...

Thu
20
Oct

OURAY COUNTY 
Code subsection redraft not enough to convince commissioners


UPDATE: The BOCC came to a decision on High Alpine residential regulations Wednesday (Oct. 19) afternoon. See the related story here or the Plaindealer's Facebook page, facebook.com/ouraynews.


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Despite language crafted by county staff addressing a potential conflict within the Land Use Code with a Section 24 adoption, the Board of County Commissioners wasn’t ready to adopt the proposed high alpine development regulations at the fourth continuation of a public hearing Monday, Oct. 17.
In the second continuation of the public hearing on Sept. 22, the board reached consensus on...

Thu
20
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Education not enough for dog concerns


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


At its Oct. 12 regular meeting, Ridgway Town Council directed staff to draft a town-wide leash law to be considered at its December meeting.


The issue was originally brought to council in September by a group of citizens concerned that the problem of off-leash and uncontrolled dogs is growing. Discussion continued at last week’s meeting, with council members clarifying their opinions.
Surprised that the town code allowed for several strikes against a vicious dog, council member Ellen Hunter suggested...

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