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Thu
07
Feb

Pay structure set for Perry as interim administrator

Ouray Police Officer Gary Ray was appointed interim police chief in Ouray Monday, as Ouray Police Chief Justin Perry slides over to become interim city administrator. Ray has been with the force since July 2016.

Plaindealer photo by Alan Todd

Sat
02
Feb

Contributions to courthouse and fairgrounds eligible for tax credit


by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com

Fri
01
Feb

Courthouse renovation work begins Feb. 1


by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com

Fri
01
Feb

New internships for highschoolers


by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com

Fri
01
Feb

Mt. Sneffels Board has vacancies


by Carolina King
news@ouraynews.com

Thu
31
Jan

Ouray statebound after taking top spot in Knowledge Bowl regional

From left: Ry Gould, Joy Vann, Colin Sills, Cooper Rondinelli and Georgia Pieper took home first place from the Knowledge Bowl regional competition in Bayfield last weekend. Their first place win earns them a berth at the state championship in March.

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From left: Coach Ryan Magee, Sean Taplin, Anza Connaughton, Colby Taplin, Noah Newman and Emma Wallin celebrate their second place Knowledge Bowl trophy earned at last Saturday’s regional competition in Bayfield. There’s a chance Ridgway may make it into the state competition in March, but that won’t be confirmed until mid-February.

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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Thu
31
Jan

Interim pool manager out in curious turn of events


by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


On Monday Ouray City Council ratified termination of a professional services contract for interim pool manager, a contract that had been approved just six days before but had not yet been signed by the mayor. Council members did not discuss the motion for ratification, nor did they allow public comment.
Council also fired City Administrator Katie Sickles on Monday. See story on page 1.
City Resource Director Rick Noll said on Friday he will manage the pool until a permanent manager is hired.
A tortuous series of events began with...

Thu
31
Jan

The story goes on, and on: Looking deeper at the lives impacted by the rise of Ridgway Reservoir

Everett Hess, Jr. grew up on the Cookie Tree Ranch property six miles north of Ridgway. The property is now at the bottom of Ridgway Reservoir, along with many other old, small ranch sites. The barn and the home were saved from the water and have since been relocated.

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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Inspired by the reemergence of history at Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison County, the Plaindealer was interested to know what may sleep beneath the pool of our local water reserve, Ridgway Reservoir. This story, focusing on two families that were directly impacted by the reservoir’s construction, is the final installment of the series that revisits the reservoir’s impact and history on Ouray County.

Thu
31
Jan

Sickles fired for "no cause"

Katie Sickles was fired from her position as Ouray city administrator on Monday. She had been in the position in an official capacity since January 2018. The council voted unanimously to terminate Sickles for no cause, effective immediately.

Plaindealer photo by Alan Todd


by Beecher Threatt
beecher@ouraynews.com


Ouray City Council voted unanimously Monday night to fire City Administrator Katie Sickles for no cause, effective immediately. The ‘no cause’ stipulation means Sickles will receive severance pay of three months salary as specified in her contract.
Police Chief Justin Perry was named interim city administrator.
With no public discussion among council members and no public comment allowed, the crowd of about 30 people at the special meeting was left wondering the reasons for Sickles’ dismissal.
Council members met in executive session with City Attorney Carol Viner for an hour prior to the vote.
“We get no explanation at all?” someone in the audience asked.
“That’s what...

Thu
31
Jan

CR5 landowners sue county for access to properties


by Carolina King and Beecher Threatt
news@ouraynews.com
beecher@ouraynews.com


Ten Upper County Road 5 property owners filed suit against the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 25, following years of attempts at reconciling their right to property access versus recreationists’ claims to historical use of the road for winter sports and access to the national forest boundary.
The landowners requested a temporary restraining order and injunction against the county to allow full road snowplowing to their properties, but on Monday the parties stipulated to an agreement that mirrors the last winter maintenance agreement, executed in 2017.
The agreement allows one plaintiff...

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