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Woman injured by falling rock in ice park A woman was taken to Montrose Memorial Hospital last week after she was struck by a rock in the Ouray Ice Park. The woman was with a group that was climbing in the park when a rock fell from the north side of the Uncompahgre Gorge and struck her in the leg just before 2:30 p.m.

BUCKING THE PANDEMIC

As racers made their way down the course at the Ouray County Fairgrounds, the pounding of horses’ hooves and the yells of jockeys and skiers carried over the music played on speakers, with no crowd of cheering spectators to drown them out.

Health director pleads for help

Ouray County Public Health Director Tanner Kingery says he is in desperate need of help as the county vaccine program rolls out, so much that commissioners Jake Niece and Ben Tisdel stepped up to help answer phone calls and do whatever else is needed to alleviate his burden.

Attorney reappointed to River District

Ouray County will continue to have attorney Marti Whitmore represent its interest on the Colorado River Water Conservation District Board, despite attempts from some constituents to convince county commissioners departing their positions to leave the decision to those them.

For music classes, the beat goes on

As her students lined up in front of the truck carrying the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, Ouray School music teacher Karisa Hoover reminded them to keep their “arm space,” maintaining distance between them as they prepared to sing.

AROUND THE REGION

GUNNISON A lawsuit seeking to block grazing on public lands in the name of protecting Gunnison sage-grouse has caught the attention of cattlemen and conservationists in the Gunnison Valley. The Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based nonprofit, filed a petition in federal court on Dec.

Ouray boosts municipal fines

The way Ouray Mayor Greg Nelson tells the story — relayed to him by a shop owner — the tourist visiting Ouray from a big city shrugged off the parking ticket he had received here. It was no big deal — the fine cost him less than a hour’s worth of parking back at home.

NEWS BRIEFS

Habitat launches home repair program Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans has launched a new program that offers no-interest loans to help pay for home repair and maintenance projects. The program, funded through the Colorado Division of Housing, offers no-interest loans up to $24,999.

County exec receives positive review

Ouray County commissioners spent their last work session together giving County Administrator Connie Hunt her annual performance evaluation. Commissioners Don Batchelder and John Peters will leave their positions next week when Jake Niece and Lynn Padgett are sworn in.