Feature Coverage

Q&A with commissioner candidate John Peters

Editor’s note: These answers have been edited for length and clarity, and in some instances have been paraphrased. Age: 61 Party affiliation: Unaffiliated Years lived in Ouray County: Since 1995 Profession: Landscape architect Why do you want to serve as county commissioner in District 1? Peters cited his background in land-use planning, dealing with complex issues and his experience over the past four years as well as his time on the planning commission as attributes he’d like to continue bringing to the position if he’s re-elected.

Q&A with commissioner candidate Lynn Padgett

Editor’s note: These answers have been edited for length and clarity, and in some instances have been paraphrased. Age: 49 Party affiliation: Democrat Years lived in Ouray County: Since 1999 Profession: Government affairs and natural resources director for San Miguel County Why do you want to serve as county commissioner in District 1? Being a county commissioner was my favorite job ever.

The winter of arts’ discontent

The tiny ballerinas, dressed in their wings and halos, should be in the midst of rehearsals in Ridgway for The Nutcracker, the popular annual holiday production that always packs the Montrose Pavilion. It should be a time for gingerbread house workshops and office Christmas party rentals.

MORE TREATS, LESS TRICKS

The young — and young at heart —turned out en masse to trick-or-treat on Main Street in Ouray on Saturday. Buoyed by unusually warm weather, dozens of costumed characters wandered from store to store. The Ouray Elks Lodge used PVC pipe to create a socially distanced “candy shoot” for kids, while O’Toys sponsored a costume contest.

Final leg of Perimeter Trail done

A nearly 15-year project to entirely encircle Ouray with a hiking trail is now complete after a local volunteer organization fin ished the last section this month. Members of the Ouray Trail Group, along with city officials and representatives of the U.S.

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT

Ashley King-Grambley gets a flu shot from Dr. Joel Gates on Oct. 16 during the Ouray County Public Health Agency's drive-through vaccination clinic. Local health officials provided the clinic for free to those without insurance to encourage high participation in influenza vaccination. According to Health Department Director Tanner Kingery l40 vaccinations were administered. Health care experts are urging everyone to get a flu vaccine now to build immunity for flu season during the pandemic. Photo by Koen Lichtenbelt - special to the Plaindealer

Virus doesn’t scare off Halloween plans

After many ca ncellations and disruptions due to the COVID-19 virus this year, children and adults can take heart that Halloween events are happening in Ouray County. Both Ouray and Ridgway elementary schools will allow students to come to school in a costume on Oct. 30.

Q&A with commissioner candidate Jake Niece

Editor’s note: These answers have been edited for length and clarity, and in some instances have been paraphrased. Age: 34 Party affiliation: Democrat Years lived in Ouray County: Since 2017 Profession: Energy auditor and program manager for EcoAction Partners Why do you want to serve as county commissioner in District 3? I spent the last three and a half years working for EcoAction Partners, the nonprofit, and spent a lot of time really working on climate change issues and trying to do my part here in southwest Colorado to draw down the climate impacts that we have for day to day operations.