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Couples who fly together...

Beecher and I actually left the state last week, together, on the same trip. Which meant for a brief period in time we didn't think about ink and paper.
That brief period, for me, was when we turned the corner in the Salt Lake City airport and there, past the ramp leading down to Terminal B were 2,000 of our soon-to-be closest friends.
"That's the flu waiting to happen," I popped off to my travel partner.
They say a joke is best when it is dipped in truth, and the truth hit us about three hours after our return home. It was not pretty.
If only the other 48 passengers on the plane from Salt Lake City to Grand Junction knew how lucky they were not to have had to share in our stomach flu fun.
There was another discussion we had in the airport. We were trying to list things you don't see in airports anymore.
For instance, remember the long lines of pay phones, or clusters of them? Even private phone booths? Gone.

Fri
09
Feb
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Love is in the air

February is the month of Valentines and Love is in the Air, or so “they” say. I don’t know who “they” are but “they” are obviously not involved with a cowboy. The activity that is brewing in the air around our home is prepping for calving season and complaining about the lack of snow. Both are topics that don’t bring strong loving feelings from me.

Fri
09
Feb
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Energy of immigrants enhance nation

Dear Editor,
My grandfather came over from Italy in the late 1890s. Southern Italy at
that time was a “s@#% hole country.” He was a carpenter and kindled a
thriving construction business. Whenever I see Hispanics working in
construction, I imagine my grandfather and his men speaking Italian rather
than Spanish, doing almost exactly the same thing. When my Italian ancestors
first came here, they would rent the attic of someone’s house because they
couldn’t afford a house of their own. Slowly they made money, had
families and helped build the United States that we know today. The Irish
did the same, as did the Chinese, Japanese, Germans and Scandinavians.
Before them were the migrations of English, Dutch and French, as well as the
swells of African slaves. Roughly 10-20 thousand years before them, Native
Americans arrived from East Asia. Our ancestors were all immigrants, most of

Fri
09
Feb
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Ignoring due process

Dear Editor,
In last week's Plaindealer John Kissingford made a compelling and passionate statement regarding sexual crimes in the county, understandable concern for safety in our community and a plea for public discussion on how the current national social climate has reached into our county. I share and strongly support his thoughts on these disturbing issues.

Fri
09
Feb
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Let's be heard

Dear Editor,
Sexual crimes have been crowding our county’s dockets: one man charged with drugging women to rape them, another with grooming a teen-ager into a sexual relationship, another with involvement in child pornography. And at the end of this month, a case of rape.
All four of these men charged concurrently in our tiny county. These are the cases that have made it to trial, which all statistics on the subject suggest represents a tip of the iceberg.
I am chilled by that fact.
I love living in this town where it is impossible to be anonymous, in this county where we’re all neighbors. We know each other and we care about our community, and while we will often disagree on means, we all want the same thing: a safe and welcoming community.
A community that has no tolerance for these kinds of crimes.
Daily headlines are teaching us that such crimes are normal in our country, in our world. It is hard to accept that they are normal here too.

Fri
09
Feb
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Thankful to people in Ouray County

Dear Editor,
I am so thankful to be a part of Ouray County. The people that decorate the "Welcome to Ouray" sign on US 550 each year create a joy when entering our city.
The merchants and others who decorate Ouray create such a beautiful and festive atmosphere to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The beautiful lighted displays of the nativity scene on the hill overlooking US 550 on County Road 14 was such a blessing.
Thank you for the exquisite fireworks display on New Year's. They were extraordinary. We appreciate and love Ouray and our county.

Dodie Merritt Drechsler
Ouray

Fri
09
Feb
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Headlines: Shakespeare’s ghost stalks Colorado town

It’s the last day of 2017. New Year’s Eve. Another year is slipping away. Most of my life I’ve regretted the passing of another year. Not so much this year.

I awoke this morning with no thoughts of C.S. Lewis’s White Witch of Narnia. No thoughts of hopelessness and despair.

Blue skies. Cold sun. Frost on the windows. Snow on the ground. A good day to hunker down by the fireplace, read a good book and recover from too much of a good thing. 

Becky and I have been on the post-Christmas party circuit. Three parties in as many nights. We’re not party animals. Not by a long stretch. And this morning, I’m really not in a party mood.

Fri
09
Feb
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My struggle with holiday addictions…food for thought

I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved “The Holidays” are behind us. It’s depressing, how every freaking New Year I must embark on the wretched process of detox from a six-week steady diet of sugar, lard and beer. Resolutions and promises to maintain a healthy diet over “The Holidays” shatter like a dropped chocolate chip cookie, usually right after dinner on Thanksgiving Day (another piece of pecan pie, Mark?)
Birthdays and other one-day holiday food fests are easier handled. I can have a couple brats, eat some cake and ice cream, then get back on “the wagon of restraint.” But the mass junk-food gluttony of “The Holidays” now stretches from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day…maybe even to Super Bowl Sunday, thanks to college bowl games and NFL playoffs. Ah, the temptation of wings, pizza and beer is too much.

Fri
09
Feb
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Predictions for Ouray County for 2018

Every year publications pull together a "year in review." We published one the first year we were here, perhaps the second, but haven't done one since. Reasons: everyone does it; it’s “easy” filler; and, we wonder how interesting it is to readers.
This year, we thought it would be more interesting to prognosticate on the year to come for Ouray County. Below, in our order of importance, are our predictions as to what will be the top issues and solutions to come for 2018. Have a different opinion? Send us your prognostications in a letter to the editor (under 500 words) to atodd@ouraynews.com.

Fri
09
Feb
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Becoming a translator of Cowboy talk

I was very young when I married my high school sweetheart. I was living in a smaller Southern California city, my father was on the city council and a Los Angeles County Sheriff, and my boyfriend was from the "wrong" side of town. So, as most young women do, I knew he was the One. The issues between us were huge: respect for the law was a big one and the fact that his family refused to speak English was the other. I found my younger self face to face with a genuine language barrier. I worked hard...I studied Spanish...I practiced speaking Spanish in the mirror...and I learned Spanish so well that I spoke with his family better than he did.

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