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Fri
17
Feb

OWN OF RIDGWAY 
Council waives fees for Ride the Rockies event

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

Town council approved support of the Ride the Rockies event that will run through Ridgway this summer, at its regular meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8, but one member was initially hesitant to approve waiving fees associated with the cycling race.
Council voted unanimously to...

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Thu
16
Feb

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
EV charging station coming at no cost to Ridgway

by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com

A free electric vehicle (EV) charging station is coming to Ridgway and the town will not incur upfront costs due to a grant opportunity provided by the state and San Miguel Power Association.
Town council approved accepting the grant opportunity at its regular meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8.
The grant funding, lowering the cost of an EV station by 80 percent, is available throughout the state and is provided by...

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Fri
10
Feb

Questionnaire - Ouray County Housing Authority – 5 Year Plan

The first step in creating affordable housing solutions is find out what exactly affordable housing means for Ouray County. The Ouray County Housing Advisory Committee sent a questionnaire to the Ouray City Council, Board of County Commissioners and Ridgway Town Council to gain input on what each community needs. 

The Ouray City Council answered the questionnaire on Jan. 17. The council's consensus answers follow.

1. What are your goals for Affordable/Attainable Housing?

In 2017 Council will determining the needs of the community and defining goals.

2. What do you believe is needed to achieve your goals?

__ a) rental housing

__ b) ownership

_x_ c) both

3. What are you willing to do to attract affordable housing development?

Explore incentive programs and other possibilities.

4. What is not acceptable, i.e. modular, mobile homes, tiny homes, etc.?

The City would consider the possibility of Code changes.

Fri
10
Feb

OURAY COUNTY Ridgway and Ouray share hosting duties for Ride the Rockies

Ride the Rockies made a stop in Ouray in 2010. This year Ridgway will be an official stop and Ouray will host riders who want to stay in its hotel rooms.

Plaindealer file photo


by Dalton Carver & Tori Sheets
dalton@ouraynews.com
tori@ouraynews.com


Ride the Rockies, a seven-day bicycle tour with 2,000 riders cycling through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, will make a stop in Ridgway on June 14. The route will begin in Alamosa on June 11 and travel through Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ridgway, Montrose and Gunnison, ending in Salida on June 18.
As a hosting community, the town can expect to see about 2,500 people coming to town for the event.  A total of 2,000 riders will pass through on the afternoon and evening of June 14 and many of them will stay overnight in Ridgway or Ouray. The riders also have support groups following them so the visitor numbers could be even higher.
Ridgway will be...

Thu
09
Feb

OURAY COUNTY
 Penumbral lunar eclipse best viewed in Ridgway

A penumbral eclipse will occur the evening of Friday, Feb. 10 and will be most noticeable in Ridgway.

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Sky-watchers will have the opportunity to view a penumbral lunar eclipse the evening of Friday, Feb. 10, and local viewers will be better off watching the astral event in Ridgway.
A penumbral lunar eclipse, often mistaken for a normal full moon, occurs when the moon passes through the outermost part of Earth’s shadow, resulting in darkening around the edges of the moon. This time, the northwest edge of the moon will be shaded.
During the eclipse, the Earth will...

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Sun
05
Feb

Ride the Rockies stopping in Ridgway

Ride the Rockies will make a stop in Ridgway on June 14. Ride the Rockies is a seven day bicycle tour with 2,000 riders cycling through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The route will begin in Alamosa on June 11 and travel through Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ridgway, Montrose, Gunnison and end in Salida on June 18.

The ride also made a stop in Ouray in June 2010. 

Thu
02
Feb

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS
 Secondary school math curriculum to be recalculated

Laura Thomas, Ridgway School Board president, presents district business manager Colleen Love with a recognition of her work during the recent district auditing process. Steve Smith, superintendent, said Love has been an excellent fiscal manager and an essential member of the administrative team. Love was recognized during the Jan. 25 school board meeting.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


The secondary school implemented a math program known as Eureka two years ago, but it doesn’t seem to be the right fit for Ridgway. Superintendent Steve Smith informed the school board he and secondary school principal Jeremy Voytko are looking for a replacement program, at the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Ridgway Elementary School.
Smith said secondary teachers have had a problem...

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Thu
26
Jan

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS: 
Students experience ‘deep’ trip to nation’s capital

A group of 22 Ridgway Secondary School students recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to witness the presidential inauguration. While they were there, the students also participated in the Women's March and visited various museums and memorials.

Courtesy photo


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


A group of Ridgway Secondary School students recently had the opportunity to take a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., to witness Donald Trump become the 45th president of the United States. The 22 students, chaperoned by secondary school teachers Craig Spearman and Kurtis Shelton, experienced more than they predicted.


Secondary school students Bailey Gilliam, Cassidy Bolane and Raven Hopgood attended the trip with many of their peers. All three experienced the trip in different ways, but all said it made an impact on the way they view their country and its history.
Squeezing into one week trips to museums, memorials, the inauguration and the women’s march, the trio said...

Wed
25
Jan

Red Mountain Pass still closed after initial shut down on Monday

Red Mountain Pass continues to be closed after initially shutting down Monday evening due to inclement weather. According to CDOT, the closure includes all three mountain passes: Red Mountain, Molas and Coal Bank, from Cascade, just north of Purgatory Ski Resort, to the town of Ouray. The adverse weather and high avalanche danger have created unsafe driving conditions for the traveling public. You can check current weather conditions by dialing 511, 303-639-1111, or visiting www.COtrip.org.

Sat
14
Jan
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US 550 Red Mt.-Molas-Coal Bank Passes: CLOSED Overnight

Jan. 14, 2017

CO 145 Lizard Head Pass: OPEN
US 550 Red Mt.-Molas-Coal Bank Passes: CLOSED Overnight
 
SW COLORADO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has opened CO 145 Lizard Head Pass between Telluride and Rico. Crews were able to successfully conduct avalanche control operations this afternoon. The pass was closed since 7:00 a.m. and opened at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Tyler Carlson, CDOT maintenance patrol foreman said Lizard Head received well over a foot of snow overnight, “The heavy snow was a concern because several avalanche paths were coming down naturally. We could not have vehicles driving through the pass under these conditions. We’re confident we were able to trigger any additional slides. We then cleared the road and corridor of snow as quickly as possible.”

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