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Virus puts housing dreams on hold

When the coronavirus pandemic struck this spring, Lisa and Cordell Balcombe lost their jobs and they saw their dream of homeownership slip further away. The Balcombes and their 8-year-old son, Hunter, were looking forward to this summer, when construction was expected to begin on the town’s first Habitat for Humanity project, a triplex in River Park.

Marijuana facility complaints continue

Ouray County commissioners fielded more complaints Tuesday about an oft-criticized marijuana grow facility on Log Hill Mesa, while also hearing concerns about a proposed retail marijuana store in Colona.

AROUND THE REGION

GUNNISON A Gunnison County Sheriff’s deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into his social media account. However in the initial hours of the investigation, Sheriff John Gallowich issued a statement suggesting the officer’s account had been hacked.

Sewage lawsuit may go to trial

A trial is scheduled for next year to determine whether the city of Ouray and a contractor are liable for the damage caused when raw sewage from a municipal sewer line backed up into the Timber last year.

Monsoon offers temporary relief

The monsoonal rains that soaked Ouray County the last two weeks provided a desperately needed respite from the hot, dry conditions that have dominated since the spring. But long-term relief from the drought that still grips southwestern Colorado isn’t in the cards — at least not yet.

NEWS BRIEFS

Identity of man found dead at reservoir remains unknown The identity of an 82-year-old Montrose County man who was found dead at Ridgway Reservoir on July 15 remains unknown. The Ouray County Coroner’s Office was scheduled to perform an autopsy on the man to determine the cause and manner of his death, but the results of that autopsy haven’t been made public yet.

Ouray School to offer learning choice

Ouray School students will be able to choose between in-person or fully online courses this fall, under a draft plan released this week outlining protocols for reopening the school. But the students who return to school will find things to be a little different this year.

State sinks pool variance request

More than a month after Ouray County asked the state for permission to allow increased capacity at pools, the state health department denied the request. The decision sunk hopes of allowing more than 5o swimmers at a time at local pools, including the popular Ouray Hot Springs.