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Ex-sheriff suspected of DUI again

Former Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald was arrested for suspected driving under the influence again and is also facing prosecution in his last DUI case, after allegedly failing to complete the terms of a diversion program.

Report suggests forming economic development group, other steps

Months in the making the Economic Resiliency Plan commissioned by local officials advised improving communication with residents and businesses, forming a countywide economic development organization and proposed some outdoor dining and shopping solutions that failed to take off last summer.

AROUND THE REGION

GUNNISON Recent storms have helped the Gunnison Basin’s snowpack pull out of a nosedive, but longrange forecasts through the end of the winter remain dismal. This dry outlook has begun to worry Gunnison Valley producers who foresee water cuts and culling herds if the spring does not deliver wet weather.

Judge: Ridgway man violated court order, targeted brewpub

A Ridgway man has been found in violation of a restraining order prohibiting him from harassing or contacting a local brewpub, its owners employees, a county court judge decided this week After more than eight hours of testimony, evidence and arguments, Judge Kurt Beckenhauer said David Gottorff violated the protection order obtained by Colorado Boy after he allegedly retaliated against the establishment that banned him in 2019. Beckenhauer cited evidence including a surveillance video of Gottorff placing a modified Colorado Boy sticker on a liquor store beer cooler and his belief that Gottorff intended the protected parties to know what he was doing when he posted online negative comments about the brewpub and its associates.

City faces tough choices with drinking water

State health officials are expected to announce surface water has infiltrated the city of Ouray’s drinking water, a determination that will likely force the city to spend millions of dollars to more rigorously treat its water.

Employees rebuked for working too much

Ouray County’s public health director and emergency manager were disciplined and put on a performance improvement plan for working too many hours during the pandemic, according to records they provided to the Plaindealer after the county asked a judge to keep them private.

‘I feel like we’re making history’

Diane Todd seemed almost giddy as she took her seat inside the 4-H Center Saturday morning, smiling underneath the colorful neck gaiter pulled up over her nose. “I feel like we’re making history,” she said.