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County secures full-time nurse

Ouray County Public Health Director Tanner Kingery was pleased to report the hiring of a full-time nurse to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. The county has previously only had a nurse one day per week.

Options for school fixes to be unveiled

The firm hired to develop the Ridgway School District’s master plan to address infrastructure needs within the district’s two schools will unveil several options to the public during a web-based open house next month.

AROUND THE REGION

GUNNISON Discussions surrounding accessory dwelling units in Gunnison residential areas have dissolved following a report that found the city’s outdated infrastructure would be unable to accommodate increased density. The Planning and Zoning Commission has in recent weeks discussed an R-1 district on the south side of the City of Gunnison to include ADUs.

State mulls local virus mitigation plan

The state health department has amended its limits on personal gatherings for counties in the “safer at home” category, including Ouray County. Citing concerns about increased infection rates, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment amended its statewide public health order for counties currently in the “safer at home” phase of reopening.

Local judges up for retention on ballot

Ouray County voters will be able to vote on the possible retention of four local judges in the 7th Judicial District in this year’s election. Three district court judges and a county court judge are up for retention this year.

Audit finds gaps in school's virus protocols

The Ouray School District is working to improve in four areas after a COVID-19 safety audit found gaps in the school’s protective measures. The four areas of weakness found by auditing company H2 Manufacturing Solutions were in the building entrance, common areas, student signage and student and staff distancing.

Aided by snow, fire near Silverton fully contained

A wildfire burning west of Silverton was fully contained Tuesday, aided by this week’s winter storm that dropped a foot of snow in some areas of the San Juan Mountains. The Ice Fire had burned 596 acres as of Wednesday, a number that has held steady the last few days as strong winds and warm temperatures gave way to rain and snow.

A SILVER LINING FOR OURAY’S ECONOMY?

Local mine operator Ouray Silver Mines Inc. reached a milestone in its five-year quest to revive the historic Revenue Mine last week when its Canadian parent company, Aurcana Silver Corp., secured a $28 million debt-funding package to help launch the mine into production.

Election receiving record turnout

With less than a week to go before the election, Ouray County voters have returned ballots in record numbers. As of Wednesday morning, Ouray County’s elections office had received 2,814 ballots, a 64.4 percent turnout so far in the election.