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May
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What may lead to the erosion of Ouray’s Historic District

I am writing to follow up on comments I made at the Ouray City Council meeting on Monday, May 15, 2017 regarding language in the Planning Commission’s recommendation and draft ordinance that would seemingly sanction the use of intermodal shipping containers as residences or permissible as a building material. I was particularly disappointed because of the Planning Commission’s and Council’s apparent lack of knowledge and concern about Ouray’s National Historic District and the significant benefits and recognition it provides the community. In fact only five individuals, including my wife and myself, out of nearly 50 present, indicated that they were members of the Ouray County Historical Society.
The issue of Historic Preservation in both the City and County of Ouray goes back at least 35 years and perhaps more.

Thu
18
May
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Let’s put the polite back into politics

Fair warning: what follows contains the word “politics.” It’s about the word, more than the thing. It’s not about gun control or abortion or immigration or Obamacare or any of the other issues that divide and distract us. Rather, it’s about something Aristotle called the “golden mean” by which he meant the middle ground between two extremes.
Words like “politics” and “civil” are familiar to all of us. They were also familiar to the ancient Athenians and Romans and have roots in Greek and Latin. Both these words represent ideals that we have incorporated into our concept of good government and that the Founding Fathers enshrined in the Constitution.

Thu
18
May
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Saving energy and money

Dear Editor,
One of the most cost effective government programs is the Energy Star Program administered by the EPA. President Trump has called for eliminating this program in his budget! This program benefits commercial businesses and residential homeowners to the tune of billions of dollars each year.  In addition it is a tremendous benefit to our environment.
The average home owner spends $2060 annually on energy bills for a single family home. If a homeowner purchases Energy Star appliances and LED light bulbs along with added insulation, weather stripping windows and doors, lowering the temperature of their home and hot water heater, that amount could be cut in half! My wife and I recently purchased a home in Ridgway and had an energy audit done. This cost us nothing because San Miguel Power Company paid for it. Thanks to the infrared equipment we discovered some leaks which we have since taken care of.  

Thu
18
May
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Some facts about sexual assault

Last month was national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, not that folks in Ouray County need an occasion lately to raise awareness of the topic.
We have five current sexual assault cases connected with Ouray County, each at various points of progress in the court system.
A plea has been submitted in one, with the court’s acceptance and sentencing still to come. Two others await trial and/or possible pleas, as well. Yet two others, which didn't occur in the county but are alleged to have been committed by Ouray County residents, are just beginning the legal process.
Three of these cases are alleged violations against minors. All of the accused/convicted are men.
I had a conversation with one of the alleged victims last week. What do you say, other than if it's true, you hope for justice and healing? I can never understand what the victim of sexual assault goes through.

Thu
18
May
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Rekindling the Bro-mance

“We aren't getting any younger,” as the saying goes, and, well, you never know, right? What better time to reconnect with my older brother, Dan…knock a few cobwebs off our sibling rivalry face-to-face, old man to old man.
Sacrifice is born of such things. Reconnecting involves breaking my preference to abstain from venturing east of the Rockies, not to mention, wedging myself into a child-sized seat on some cheapskate airline. ’Tis true: I’m a tad spoiled living here in my lovely mountain home.

Thu
18
May
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Road touch-up appreciated

Dear Editor,
Thank you to Road and Bridge’s Steve Calkins and his team for the excellent job done repairing cracks on the paved roads in Log Hill Village and the County Road 1 ascent.
After enduring years of deterioration on our paved roads, and feeling our complaints and concerns were being ignored, the current crack sealing work, along with other recent observable initiatives by the Road and Bridge team, does bring hope that the county is making progress in determining the best allocation and use of its funds and resources.   

Thu
18
May
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Marijuana stink

Dear Editor,
A lot of time has been spent by citizens of Ouray County to minimize the impact of development on the natural beauty of the local area. I find that (aside from the admiring scenery relatively free of the scars of human activity) one of the simple joys of living here is walking outside and breathing the crisp clear air.

Thu
18
May
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Satisfied with shortcuts?

Dear Editor,
Anyone who attended the recent Ouray School Board meeting was surely as baffled as I was when we read the accounting in last week's issue of the Plaindealer. Not that there wasn't accuracy in the figure amounts and educational programs discussed, but the results of the decisions made weren't clearly indicated to the reporter who, like the audience, lacked the transparency of a copy of budget figures under discussion. So I feel compelled to offer a clarification so the public will have a better understanding of the budget process which started in November and has considerably affected morale among the school staff.

Thu
18
May
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Whee do we stand financially?

Dear Editor,
The community needs to know where the Ouray School stands financially in real numbers and real terms due to a major fallout from state funding. The Ouray School Board meeting on 4/24/17 was supposed to address the possibility of adding $138,000 from the school’s reserves into the budget. Whereas it was reported that four out of five members voted on adding $104,000 back in the budget, the reality is that they approved $23,042. The fifth board member with the dissenting vote was trying to add the full amount to keep the school running at full strength. I respect all those involved and greatly appreciate their efforts, but I continue to have concerns.
The budget numbers fluctuated at an alarming rate throughout the meeting. I don’t feel everyone was on the same page. The confusion was evident.  

Thu
18
May
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Memories will be so thick

It wasn't an unnatural thought at first, as Beecher and I were led through the ongoing construction Friday at Ouray's Hot Springs Pool by City Resources Director Rick Noll, that seeing adults soaking and kids splashing where we walked could be a long way off.
But then, you hear the steadfast assuredness in Rick's voice as he answers the question many are asking: "Will it be ready on time?"
Quickly, and without hesitation, Noll said the pool will be open May 27.
Just days earlier, Ouray City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli told me the same thing. They're not repeating the company line. This is an edict that the contractor understands and that those at the city believe.
Looking past the extension cords, buckets, enough piping to reroute the Uncompahgre River and scores of other construction material and tools, you see the shape of what's to come, and you know this is going to be an amazing attraction when completed.

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