Opinion

OURAY COUNTY LOOKING BACK

YEARS AGO November 26,1970 - Dear Editor: Once again its winter in our beautiful town. Winter means snow and snow apparently spells trouble or at least causes problems.

Warm, dry November may linger into December

Its been a classic Colorado November here in Ouray, a true transition month: 17 warm, sunny and short days; six cloudy days with rain, snow and sleet; two blustery ones with 40 mph winds. On the warm and dry side, November 2020 has averaged 29-degree nights and 52-degree days, approximately 6-7 degrees above normal as of this Monday.

City can’t afford to forgo fees

Dear Editor: The citizens of Ouray have seen their water and sewer rates double in the past five years. The City Council would like to increase utility rates this year.

LOOKING BACK

50 YEARS AGO November 19,1970 - The Ouray Police Department received a report from the Highlander Center Monday morning that a specially dedicated United States flag, displayed on the laundromat’s wall, had been stolen. At the same time, the pop dispenser was attacked, but apparently only to do damage and not to break into the coin box.

Boebert fails to grasp CORE Act

Dear Editor: Apparently the very conservative Scott Tipton was not far enough to the right for the people of the 3rd Congressional District. The people elected Lauren Boebert, who is thoroughly unqualified and ran on freedom.

It’s clear: Masks needed in public to reduce virus spread

Dear Editor: Nov that the hospitals are nearly full, can we agree the everyone needs to be masked in public places? Just last week I was in the post office. There was a post office employee in the lobby with their mask not covering the nose, and the person opening the box near mine was mask-less.

LOOKING BACK

50 YEARS AGO November 12, 1970 - Called “the most intensive ecological study of its kind ever undertaken,” last week the Department of the Interior announced a new phase in the Bureau of Reclamation’s cloud seeding pilot project in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. A 4-year environmental study and monitoring program will be conducted by Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, and Fort Lewis College of Durango under an $881,000 contract.

Black Canyon train was an experiment in adventure

In the late 1880s, William Jackson Palmer and his Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG) West Railroad had big dreams of conquering the Rocky Mountains to tap into the wealth flowing in and out of the new mining districts. Railroad companies knew building tracks through the mountains would be challenging and expensive.