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Fri
14
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Sherbino to showcase Men of Ridgway


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The Sherbino has a unique show in store, featuring dancing, drinks, a silent auction and a man parade. On Oct. 15, the ‘Men of Ridgway’ will show off their dancing and fashion sense during the MAD (Man parade, Auction and Dance party) Men fundraiser event at the Sherbino Theater.


“We were trying to gear it more toward ladies, because there aren’t a lot of ladies’ nights in Ridgway, but it’s for anybody that wants to come,” said Jasmine Oeinck, Sherbino programs director.
In addition, the event will feature...

Fri
14
Oct

OURAY COUNTY 
US 550 safety improvements years away


By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


After receiving letters from Montrose and Ouray counties concerning vehicular safety on US 550, Colorado Department of Transportation officials say they see a need for improvements and safety adjustments to the highway.


According to Lisa Schwantes, Region 5 communications manager, CDOT has been working closely with the Gunnison Valley Transportation Planning Region, which includes the southwest region of Colorado.
Schwantes said CDOT has pinpointed...

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Thu
13
Oct

Jeep Raffle: Last minute entry is winning play

Chris Bateman (left) knew his girlfriend Kayla Marot (right) needed a new vehicle, so he bought Jeep Raffle tickets online the night before the drawing — and won. The couple picked up their prize Thursday morning (Oct. 13) at the Ouray Visitor's Center.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Alan Todd
atodd@ouraynews.com

Who says waiting until the last minute doesn't pay off?
Chris Bateman, 33, of Mancos, Colorado, didn't purchase his Ouray Jeep Raffle tickets this summer with the swarms over Fourth of July weekend. Nor did he purchase them on a trip to Ouray to soak in the Hot Springs Pool in late spring.
No, Bateman and his girlfriend needed a new vehicle soon, so he did what anyone in need does — he took action when action was needed. Bateman spent $100 the night before Saturday's drawing for the 52nd Jeep Raffle, purchasing 35 tickets online.
Turns out, Bateman is quite the problem-solver.
"I've never won anything to this magnitude," he said. "I might have won a raffle for a gift basket."

Thu
13
Oct

OURAY COUNTY
 Commissioners hash out code conundrum

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


A significantly reduced audience attended the Board of County Commissioners’ third public hearing continuation on high alpine development regulations the evening of Oct. 6, mostly involving discussion on structure size and high alpine elevation line. However, attendees haven’t heard the final word on the issue.


The Ouray County Planning Commission had recommended a base structure size...

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Thu
13
Oct

TOWN OF RIDGWAY
 Sales tax revenue goes beyond 2016 projection

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Despite downtown improvement construction and roads being closed throughout the summer, the town will exceed anticipated sales tax revenues for 2016. Jen Coates, town manager, informed the town council of the increase at a budget work session on Thursday, Oct. 6.


The town budgeted a sales tax revenue figure of $650,000 for 2016 but estimates a year-end figure of $730,000, a 12 percent increase from what was anticipated.
In addition, Coates said, a conservatively projected sales tax for 2017 will...

Thu
06
Oct

OURAY COUNTY
: Candidates: County problems boil down to budget

A large crowd gathered to ask questions at the county commissioner forum Sept. 28 at the Ridgway Community Center. The forum was sponsored by Ridgway Ouray Community Council and featured questions from the Ouray County community to commissioner candidates.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The public pinpointed affordable housing and county road maintenance as critical concerns for November’s county commissioner election at a recent question and answer forum. The event was hosted by the Ridgway Ouray Community Council at the Ridgway Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 28.


All four commissioner candidates attended the forum and answered the public’s questions, alternating the opportunity to respond first.
John Peters and Amy McBride, running for the District 1 seat, will replace the term-limited current Board of County Commissioners chair, Lynn Padgett. Don Batchelder, incumbent, and Ellen Hunter, Ridgway Town councilor, will vie for the District 3 position.
 

Wed
05
Oct

OURAY COUNTY: 
CDOT equipment falls 80 feet, damages road

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


A Colorado Department of Transportation roto miller fell 80 feet down an embankment near Bear Creek the afternoon of Sept. 21. The incident caused the road to be closed for several hours near mile marker 91. No one was injured.


The pass reopened around 7:46 p.m., only to close again at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The 73,000-pound roto miller dropped during a routine milling and patching operation, according to CDOT Region 5 communications manager Lisa Schwantes. The equipment damaged the road shoulder, which is being addressed by CDOT this week.

Fri
30
Sep

OURAY COUNTY 
Buck scheduled to enter plea Nov. 10


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The District Attorney’s Office had a specific request for Ridgway resident and former assistant fire chief Travis Buck at his arraignment appearance on a charge of sexual assault with a 10-year age difference, at the Ouray County Courthouse the morning of Sept. 22.

Thu
29
Sep

OURAY COUNTY 
Minimum acreage selected for high alpine development

County Commissioner Ben Tisdel (center, with microphone) speaks during the Board of County Commissioners deliberation at the high alpine residential development hearing at the 4-H Event Center on Thursday, Sept. 22. The hearing, which had been continued from Sept. 13, was continued again to Oct. 6.
 

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver
 


By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Strongly considering previous public comment, the Board of County Commissioners selected 35 acres as the parcel minimum for high alpine residential development on patented mining claims and mill sites above 9,480 feet. The board reached consensus at the Sept. 22 public hearing continuation at the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway.

Mon
26
Sep

OURAY COUNTY
 Realtors present $1000 check to Voyager

From left: Danelle Hughes Norman, Voyager program director; Modene Gaulke, Montrose Association of Realtors CEO; Lisa Thomason, Voyager executive director; and Judi Snelling, Montrose Association of Realtors chair, hold the $1,000 check presented to Voyager Youth Program on the morning of Sept. 19. The money was a result of a MAR gambling night fundraising event earlier in September.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver
 


By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Some local youth will have new opportunities to enroll in Voyager Youth Program thanks to a recent donation from the Montrose Association of Realtors.

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