Feature Coverage

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.

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.

CALENDAR & EVENTS

THURSDAY, OCT. 8 PUBLIC FORUM: Forum with the four 2020 candidates for Ouray County Commissioners: Ned Bosworth, Jake Niece, Lynn Padgett and John Peters.

Chief Ouray: A leader caught in the middle

Most of us who live here know that the city and county were named for Chief Ouray. We’ve seen his photos along with his wife Chipeta. Maybe we’ve even visited the Ute Museum in Montrose or attended programs about our region’s history. There’s definitely more to Chief Ouray’s story if you look a little deeper Some of the accounts offer slightly differ ent facts, which makes it challenging for a lay historian.

How to hunt safely

Hunting accidents have declined rapidly since the passage of two laws in 1970. One law requires hunter education training for all hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1949. The other requires hunters to wear at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing above the waist--including a head covering visible from all directions.

High-altitude survival tips

Every year more than a few hunters must be rescued from the wilds and high country of Colorado. Hunters get trapped by snowstorms, injured in various types of accidents or simply get lost in the woods.

OURAY AND RIDGWAY CROSS COUNTRY

David Emory —Speical to the Ouray County Plaindealer Ouray School cross-country runner Cory Thomsen pushes uphill during the Sweitzer Lake Invitational near Delta on Sept. 25. Thomsen finished 12th out of 48 runners in the 5K run with a time of 19:26.