Ouray County

WESTERN SLOPE Alpine Ranger program

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Following another successful year of the Alpine Ranger, supporters met at Silverton Town Hall on Tuesday to discuss how to build and maintain support as well as improve the program in the coming years.
What started as a four-county effort between Ouray, San Miguel, San Juan and Hinsdale counties has expanded to a growing partnership with public land agencies, state parks, backcountry clubs and rental and tour companies among many others.
The major topic of discussion was the issue of funding to continue to keep the program moving forward. The Alpine Rangers serve as "ambassadors" for the backcountry, promoting safe use of trails and vehicles along the Alpine Loop. However, in order to maintain itself, the program is seeking more funding to keep going.

City of Ouray police chief and officer resign

Ouray Police Chief Leo Rasmusson. Ouray County Plaindealer file photo.

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Ouray’s Police Chief Leo Rasmusson II and officer Tony Schmidt resigned from their positions on Tuesday.

Chief Rasmusson resigned on Tuesday while Officer Schmidt gave his notice on Monday to be effective next Wednesday, according to city administrator Patrick Rondinelli.

Their resignation follows a recent assessment of the department and a schedule change which police officers were not pleased with; however, the reason for either’s leave is not known. Neither Rasmusson nor Schmidt could be reached for comment before print.

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Getting a piece of the action

Debra Finch (left), of the Colorado Lotto, presents the Ridgway Conoco with a $5,000 commission check for selling last week's jackpot winning Lotto ticket. Manager Kelly Kuboske (middle) and accountant Karie Stanley (right) are pictured accepting the check on behalf of the store.

Plaindealer photo by Mary Pat Haddock

Ouray County venues strive to grow

The non-profit group Friends of the Wright Opera House (FWOH) continues to make headway on its goal of restoring the Wright to full operation and making it a community asset.

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Historical community gathering places like the Sherbino Theater are closing down across the nation, but the newly-formed Ridgway Chautauqua Society (RCS) is working toward purchasing the old theater in order to keep it open as a community asset under the name "The New Sherbino."

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Census: Rural areas ‘hard to count’

Ouray County’s rural population will be harder to count in next year’s Census than areas with home mail delivery, U.S. Census Bureau representatives said last week in a planning meeting.

County kept probe under wraps

Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald discovered shortly after promoting Richard Herman that his new undersheriff was under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Montrose, but the county didn’t place Herman

Poet’s Corner: Kate Kellogg

Editor’s note: The Ouray County Plaindealer is supporting Beth Paulson’s goal of making poetry more accessible to all during her tenure as poet laureate. Therefore, you’ll see poems regularly featured