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06
Nov

A glowing tribute

Dear Editor,
You did it again, BIG TIME!
Your article on Joan Fedel was truly a tribute to a wonderful lady. I am sure that her family is glowing. You described her
as if you had been in town FOREVER! Great job,
Carolyne Kelly

Ouray

Mon
06
Nov

Kosmikophobia, or your ticker?

I was told this week a big, fat, hairy rumor. Maybe rumor is too harsh. Let's call it a belief — that there have been grizzly sightings up on Owl Creek Pass.
Not grizzled, as in older vacationers with silvery beards. We're talking the 600-lb. variety of ursus arctos horribilis, brown bear, Kodiak bear. You get the idea. Something that requires a lot of berries...and a few more vacationers...than our beloved black bear.
I immediately said Sasquatch had a bet- ter chance of being spotted up there than a grizzly, but I was looked at like I'm some sort of transplant with an accent.
For the record, I'm not a transplant, but I do have a slight accent.
I referred again to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, clawing at the issue to find out if they are hiding this whole covert grizzly operation from the public, just as one of their sister government agencies is keeping the facts of UFOs from us.

Mon
06
Nov

Filling “the holes in our hearts” with memorable experiences instead of “stuff”

One must take inspiration and relief where I find it these days. For me it’s mostly outdoors in nature, my antidote to “The Sultan” and “Sheeple” who continue to invent new ways to disappoint. I was recently heartened by an essay, “The Hole in our Hearts,” by fellow blogger and wonderer, Juliet—a millennial half my age with an “old soul” beyond her years.
The essay begins with a tone-setting quote from Thoreau, “...for my greatest skill has been to want but little.” Gosh, almost sounds un-American today, enough to have “Wall Streeters” sitting on the windowsills in their “Ivory Palaces.”
I was burning a little midnight oil the night after consuming Juliet’s thought provoking essay—nose buried in Krakauer's "Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains,"—trying to read myself through a bout of insomnia brought on by the CBS Evening News. I

Mon
06
Nov

Taxes in support of partisanship

Dear Editor,
The email chain provided by CCAT does in fact list (County Commissioner) Ben Tisdel as having pledged 'about $2,000' to the organization (CCAT), it also contains some rather bizarre emails, and statements by Ben. I suppose we could ask Ben to think back, and possibly correct the record regarding the pledge, but I'm not really interested in that aspect of his poli- tics, and I'm not looking to embarrass him further. I would much rather take the opportunity to dial the rhetoric down a lit- tle.
Ben is obviously free to conduct his politics locally, regionally and otherwise, that's of no concern to me whatsoever. I also don't think that he should feel embar- rassed when it is suggested that he partici- pates in controversial political, or social groups. I'm absolutely fine with his pas- sion, and his enthusiasm.

Mon
06
Nov

Fuzzy-headed gibberish

Dear Editor,
Kudos to the Board of County Commissioners for indefinitely tabling con- sideration of a resolution to honor and uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Accord (although deduct kudos for pur- portedly taking an hour to so decide). Our President is moving our nation in a differ- ent direction and federalism works best when everybody down the line gets the memo. But if anyone has actually read the Paris Accord (putting aside that it allows any nation to withdraw from it after three years and it’s already going on two years old), there is a perfectly legitimate reason to ignore it – it’s chock full of fuzzy-head- ed gibberish. Case in point, Section 5 of Article 7, the precise provision that informs us how to “honor” and “uphold” the Accord’s “adaptation goal” when the Ice Park prematurely closes because it gets too hot too soon, which reads as follows:

Mon
07
Aug
atodd's picture

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.”

Mon
07
Aug
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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.

Mon
07
Aug
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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.

Mon
07
Aug
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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.

Mon
07
Aug
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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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