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Time to pack up…and go home

Summer is most assuredly in full swing. The heat around here has been a little much for me. I don’t know what you do to cool off...there are many options, I know.
Around here there is the Ouray Pool (in its new beauty) or the state park with the lake. Both are great ideas. For me and mine, we “head for the mountains”; more directly, we head for the cabin on the ranch at the base of the San Juan Mountain range. It is easily 15 degrees cooler, secluded and out of phone range (for the most part). I have visions of Nana and Appa (names the grandkids have given us) sitting on the wood porch with a trusty rifle setting comfortably at our side and two perfectly behaved cattle dogs laying at our feet. The scene in my head is classic and very Norman Rockwell like. A blissful thought, indeed. I have made my decision...we are going to the cabin to cool off. All that I have to do is “pack up.”

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Sucking mega-bits through a straw

In 2016, over 1,000 billion gigabytes of data were exchanged worldwide. That sounds like a lot.
At the same time, 35 million Americans didn't, and still don't, have access to 25 megabits per second broadband.
The upload speed at my house (and office) is 0.69 Mbps, and the download speed is 5.04 Mbps. That's not a lot.
We've all followed the efforts and roadblocks to getting high speed broadband to rural Colorado in recent years—to anywhere not off an I-25 or I-70 exit.
We're still waiting.
In March, Gov. Hickenlooper announced that Anthony Neal-Graves would head Colorado's Broadband Office. Graves was put in charge of driving the state's broadband strategy. In the announcement, the governor's office stated that seven in 10 people in rural Colorado have access to broadband, and the state wants to raise the rural level to 85 percent by the end of 2018 and achieve 100 percent for all of Colorado by 2020.

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Managing county assets

Dear Editor,
Thank you for the opportunity to write this letter to the editor in order to provide information regarding the Ouray County Courthouse. To begin, the Board of County Commissioners has certain statutory responsibilities, as set forth in C.R.S. 30-11-107, to build and keep in repair county buildings, to care for county property and the management of the business and concerns of the county. Further, the board has the authority to provide for the preservation of the culture, historic and architectural history within the county and to expend moneys for the maintenance of historic structures and properties.

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Love the paper, missing the bird pictures

Dear Editor,
Just to compliment and communicate with you and your staff.
First, I’ve recently “come home” to SW Colorado, and have been so impressed with your weekly paper. Detailed news of local happenings with USEFUL information for those of us who can’t/don’t go to various county and city meetings but like to know what’s going on and why. Especially the “why.”
Second, the monthly articles on birds, with the list of birds sighted in the county, has been very, very helpful to me. It has confirmed some suspected sightings (can I really expect to see that bird here? yes!) as I refresh my memory of birding in this area. I look forward to that article every month.
However, I noticed the past two columns have not included a photo of the featured bird. I miss those, and hope they’ll return soon. Even though I may be familiar with the bird, the photo always complemented the article. It’s how I first noticed the column when I was scanning the paper.

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Thanks for the funding

Dear Editor,

I was happy to see the article about the Ouray County Performing Arts
Guild scholarships in the June 15 Plaindealer. I would like to publicly thank
the guild for partly funding my trip to the Colorado Mesa University Band
Camp. Without it I would not have been able to go to the camp and learn and
experience the things that I did. The camp was great and gave me a hands on
opportunity of being in a real band. Because I went to the camp I feel more
confident in my music and feel like I can pitch my thoughts in music class
now. I hope people will support the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
because they contribute to the education of students like me. Sincerely,

Canyon Ishikawa
Ridgway

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad <Wolf> Bear?

Europe, the birthplace of the "Little Red Riding Hood" legend and the Big Bad Wolf, is now home to twice as many wolves as the contiguous United States, a new study finds, despite being half the size and more than twice as densely populated.
National Geographic, Dec. 19, 2014        

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Living on the right side of the street

Talked to long-time Ouray resident Bud Zanett this week. He was recalling that this month marks the 99th anniversary of Rosa and John Zanett's arrival in Ouray. They were his grandparents,
John came to the states in 1910 and Rosa in 1912, and the two were married in Ohio and came to Ouray lured of mining.
The couple lived on 2nd Street, and back then options were limited as to where you could live. Those of Italian descent - not the rich folks - weren't "allowed" to live on the east side of Ouray.
Bud said it caused quite a stir when one of his relatives purchased the house next to the courthouse in the 1930s.

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Leaving Paris Climate Accord

Dear Editor,
Leaving the Paris Climate Accord diminished America. We have relinquished our leadership role in combating the most serious environmental, economic and social problem confronting planet Earth. Human-caused increases in CO2 and methane are well documented, and if not controlled have the potential to disrupt global food production, displace millions who live in coastal population centers, and produce unprecedented human population movements.  
Climate change threatens future generations of humans and all the other species that we depend on. The United States of America cannot exist isolated from the rest of the world community. "America First" is an obsolete agenda that is incompatible in the interconnected world of today.  
Patsy Miller
Ridgway

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Thoughtful attention to expenses

Dear Editor,
Kudos to Charles Carson for his enlightenment of comparisons among Ouray County infrastructures. His courthouse recommendations show thoughtful thinking as to a more reasonable attention to expenses. How can a $3,000,000 renovation take priority over some of our absolutely horrible roads. Dust and pot holes contribute to health problems and damages to automobiles. Those who don’t use unpaved county roads are probably not familiar with the problems caused by regular use of them that folks who live on them must deal with.
Several years ago, in 2005, residents along the midwestern portion of County Road 24 formed an extensive, volunteer research committee to examine costs and possibilities of paving that area. That included owners in Pleasant Point, Pleasant Hills, Penn Crest, Windfall, Last Stand Road, Catamount, Pleasant Valley Vista and Lazy Dog subdivisions, as well as those directly on 24.

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Unexpected camping

Dear Editor,
Re: “I unexpectedly had a heart attack eight years ago. I can't ever remember having to unexpectedly go camping.”
Possibly if we did take a few more “unexpected” camping trips, we would have a few less unexpected heart attacks. Just saying…
Carl Mackey
Boulder

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