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Community pleased with in-person learning

Ridgway parents, staff, and to a lesser extent - students - are satisfied with this year’s in-person learning and the health and safety protocols the district has implemented, but there is less confidence in switching to online classes.

County considers control of Colona alleys, streets

Colona property owner Craig Jackman wants the county to relinquish control of certain streets and alleys in the unincorporated town. The Board of County Commissioners will meet in an executive session next month to discuss the possibility of relinquishing any claims the county may have to certain streets and alleys in Colona.

School board: Time to move on from playground landscaping dispute

The Ouray School Board will not offer another settlement to a landscaper who claims she wasn’t fairly compensated for work on the new playground last year. Former Ridgway resident Susan Maybach, who owns Earth Wind and Rock landscaping, threatened to sue the district for unpaid work in small-claims court after she filed a claim and rescinded it in 2019.

Agencies mull parking problems on Red Mountain

Ouray County is concerned about parking congestion on Red Mountain Pass, anticipating an even bigger demand from backcountry users this winter. Visitors flooded high country roads over the summer during the pandemic, and officials are anticipating a similar influx this winter from those seeking to socially distance and explore the outdoors.

AROUND THE REGION

GUNNISON A construction site slipup in the National Park Service’s Cimarron Campground severed Gunnison and Hinsdale counties’ only telecommunications connection for internet, phone and 911 on Nov. 12.

Virus survivors can have long-lasting symptoms

Eight months into the coronavirus pandemic, Colorado doctors and scientists have a growing study sample: tens of thousands of people in the state who have survived COVID-19. Their initial findings are beginning to trickle in, helping piece together the long-term effects of a virus that has killed more than 2,300 Coloradans and infected more than 200,000.

County reports third workplace outbreak

Two City of Ouray employees have tested positive for COVID-l9, marking the third workplace outbreak in the county this month. A woman in her 3os and a man in his 4os tested positive for the virus last week.

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.

Testing expands in region

Ouray County Public Health has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 testing, citing increased availability of tests for people without symptoms as case numbers in the county have surged. “We’re trying to loosen up our criteria now that we have more testing options,” Public Health Director Tanner Kingery said.