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Wed
12
Jun

Plenty of hardy plants flourishing in this chilly, wet spring

By Karen Risch

Wed
12
Jun

Here's to our 142nd birthday — and to taking risks

by Mike Wiggins

Mon
27
May

I wish we had elves, but instead we have deadlines

By Erin McIntyre

Sat
11
May

Come for the history, stay for the community

by Mike Wiggins

mike@ouraynews.com

Fri
26
Apr

The best friend we never met

By Alan Todd

Mon
22
Apr

Sowing the seeds of change

by Erin McIntyre

erin@ouraynews.com

Fri
01
Feb

If there was good cause, someone should have said so

Who's to blame next?
No telling.
In fact, we don't know who's to blame now, though there are plenty of folks in Ouray looking for answers after the city council unanimously voted to fire City Administrator Katie Sickles Monday night.
Sickles, who was hired a year ago almost to the day after a three-month trial run as interim administrator, may never know why she was released. Council voted to fire her without cause, which means they get to keep their reasons to themselves, and Sickles gets to keep a severance package.
Sickles certainly has the right, you would think, to refuse the severance and sue the city for wrongful termination. But since she's on a two-week vacation, we can't ask her intent at the moment.
I'm not going to speculate why the council fired her, though I've heard plenty of theories already.
All the theories I've heard so far put the blame squarely on Sickles and Sickles alone.

Thu
17
Jan

Death is hard enough as it is

Nothing like a funeral to tear a family apart.
My family may be the outlier. I'm doubting it, though. This sort of thing probably goes on in a good number of families.
Before my mom passed, the seven of us siblings revealed ourselves in actions and inactions regarding our care for her. The players in this sibling dramedy became defined:
The Giver: the sibling who sacrificed everything personal including job, lifestyle and personal time to care for my mom.
The Taker: the one who decided that since my mom was incapacitated, she wouldn't need this or that, so he took things from her house.
The Doer: the one who was always on call, took care of emergencies and details such as financial decisions.
The Avoider: the one who was in position to be on call and help, but avoided anything that would remotely cause him to be involved.

Thu
17
Jan

Dusting off the political jokes

Ah, election week. Where the hanging chad meets the Russian saboteur.
Or something like that.
Lots of things to vote on. To raise or not to raise taxes, taxes, taxes. That is the question.
There are incumbents trying to explain themselves, challengers trying to explain the incumbents and the dreaded unopposed who don't have to explain anything at all.
There are groups that have driven you nuts, groups that will drive you to the polls and groups that will just steer clear of any polls whatsoever.
No matter what the issue or the race, you can bet that about half the people who vote will be disappointed, and about half the people who vote will be smug.
Smugness and disappointment come with a price.
This year's Colorado election season, according to National Public Radio, has totaled $186 million for ads, campaign staff and consultants so far, surpassing the last record-setting election in 2014 by $35 million.

Fri
26
Oct

First man on Moon landed here

Thanks to all our readers and friends for the emails and phone calls expressing your sentiments regarding my column last week. Very much appreciated.

Need a Jeep? You're in luck. This year's winner of the annual Ouray Jeep Raffle is selling the grand prize, as was posted on social media. No price given, but you can bet she at least wants to cover the taxes.

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