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06
Nov

There’s no substitute for laziness

If you've missed any of our reporting over the last year or so as it relates specifically to recent sexual assault cases in Ouray County, no worries. A local neighboring publication, printed weekly and tossed hither and thither, took the liberty of lifting our work and ever so gently massaging it into their own last week.
But Alan, you say, you reprint snippets from the Gunnison, Lake City, Silverton and Montrose papers. And you've been known to reprint entire stories from a few of these publications.
Oh, so true, our ever watchful reader. We have a working relationship with these papers and willingly trade back and forth. When we reference other area papers, we use it to augment our own work, not as the roux for our gumbo. And when we reprint entire stories, we reprint entire stories. No changes. No trying to make it look like our own. Full attribution and permission.

Mon
06
Nov

Senior citizens at the pool do not matter

Dear Editor,
This is the second letter I have written on this matter. The first letter I  wrote was on the Hot Springs Pool and Fitness Center web site. I have not received a response so I definitely feel that SENIOR CITIZEN LIVES DO NOT MATTER. Why? When the pool reopened after the Labor Day closing the open hours were advertised as 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (No difference from before the closure last year except the pool is closed on Monday.)

Mon
06
Nov

Thanks for the patience

Dear Editor,
All of us, the Ouray Ice Park Board (OIPI), city representatives and many community members, have been pondering, working or waiting to see what strategy may be taken for the operation of the Ouray Ice Park and Ouray Ice Festival for the upcoming season and near future. For a variety of reasons, the process has been neither timely nor ideal, and we would like to convey our appreciation for the community’s patience and ongoing faith in our involvement in this process.
Our board has had many recent meetings and we remain positive that there is a current strategic solution. While some may be curious how we got to this point, we feel it is most important to focus on solutions and to put the past behind us in order to move forward swiftly and correctly.  

Mon
06
Nov

Ice Park not the spot for ferrata

Dear Editor,

Mon
06
Nov

The man who invented nature—a postmodern parable

Ecocide: “the extensive damage to…ecosystem(s) of a given territory…to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished.”
  ~Wikipedia

Mon
06
Nov

On transitions and numbered days

So deep into August I can almost feel September’s cool breath upon my neck. Children are headed back to school where they belong, ruing the loss of summer and freedom as they gaze out classroom windows. Moms and Dads fair worse in work ruts, pondering with puppy-love fondness a recent vacation to Lovely Ouray, grieving the funeral procession of the 50 abysmal weeks that stands between them and a return to paradise. Ouranians know the days of summer are numbered when they can find a parking spot on Main Street.

Mon
06
Nov

Jumping clear out of his trailer

When Winifred Colby of Montrose fell ill while attending the last day of the Highgraders Holiday a few Sundays ago in Ouray, she was later most distraught about not being able to find out who won the events. She was helped to her car, she said, by Ouray resident, mining veteran and firefighter Steve Martinez and made her way home.
This week, she called me to get a copy of the paper with the results, insisting to pay for it.
Winifred — I'll use her first name because I can't imagine she's ever met a stranger — is 80 years old and told me that she can't remember what she had for breakfast, but she remembers long-ago details as crisply as a fall day.
Her father, Bud Wood, was a firefighter in Pueblo. He was also a war-time trainer, and one of his tasks was to teach Western Slope firefighters how to handle Japanese incendiary bombs.
"They flew them here on balloons, you know," Winifred told me.
No, I didn't know.

Mon
06
Nov

Interesting story on weather

Dear Editor,
Thank you for the interesting weather story on page 1 of last week's Plaindealer: "Summer precipitation said to be 'just average'” by Mary Menz. It was great to see recognition for State Climatologist Nolan Doeskin, who started CoCoRaHS in 1998. Before that, the official NWS stations, located in cities and towns around the country, reported precipitation. Nolan's innovative new network gathered rain and snow data from rural areas like Log Hill and other neighborhoods of Colorado that weren’t included in the NWS data.

Mon
06
Nov

Capitol critics could benefit from real-world perspective

Dear Editor,

Mon
06
Nov

MEDDLINGITIS

Dear Editor,
I attended the meeting on the proposed UROD (Uncompahgre River Overlay District) and felt like I was in second grade being herded around by a professional facilitator. By the time I left in frustration, no questions of substance had been answered and no one’s objections had been addressed.

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