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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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A critical decision

Dear Editor,
In the next two weeks, the Ouray School Board will be making a critical decision that I believe will be a real “game changer” in this community. The 2017–18 school budget will have ramifications for jobs, curriculum quality and the presence or absence of financial reserves. The School Board is in a thankless position and nobody need envy the responsibility it holds in making this decision.
The School Board budget, however, is not the only key decision we face as a community as it pertains to our school. The other is the prospect of passing an MLO (mil levy override) in November to properly fund the school given the untenable budgetary cuts handed down by state laws. These are independent decisions, but they are tightly coupled.

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Hiking on high… a fun way to get in shape for summer

If you are like me—a little kid with 67 birthdays—then you believe Einstein was spot on when he said, “Play is the highest form of research.” And how fortunate are we to have the “lab” in our own backyard?

It’s been a long winter; we are sooo ready to get outside and play in the mountains. But alas, they are waist deep in snow. Take heart my spring-fevered friends, I’m about to share some high altitude options for May and June that do not involve packing skis or waddling around on snowshoes. 

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Inhabiting a separate parallel universe

Dear Editor,

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Thanks for mining conference

Dear Editor,
I’m writing to express my thanks to the organizers of the San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference held in Ouray May 23-25. It was a very worthwhile event. Even without a background in science, engineering or mining, each of the conference presenters helped me gain a better appreciation of what is being done and what can be done to clean up the many legacy mines in Ouray County.
I also want to thank the management and employees of Ouray Silver Mines for allowing us to tour their mill and mine at the Revenue-Virginius Mine. It was fascinating. OSM’s community outreach is a case study on how to do it right.
 
Kevin Kennedy
Loghill Mesa
 

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Ouray Hot Springs Pool is open

The Ouray Hot Springs Pool opened Saturday a few hours later than scheduled, but after nine months what did a little more anticipation matter?
Evidently, it didn't. I was there at 10:00 a.m. when it was scheduled to open, and when I came back at noon the same people, and then some, were waiting for the doors to open.
We know there's still work to be done, but swimming and soaking had to be done this Memorial Day weekend. The new design has five distinct pools, but the majority were closed. On Saturday only one pool was open. On Sunday and Monday just two were open.
There's so much more water to come. And soon.
In the meantime, how did this weekend stack up compared to Memorial Day weekend last year?
This year, 1,945 visitors dipped their toes in the pool. Last year, 3,081 ushered in the summer's first official weekend at the pool.

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