Statewide News

 Ride the Rockies grant will favor cycling nonprofits

by Dalton Carver

The statewide bicycle event Ride the Rockies is rolling through Ridgway this summer, but it’s bringing more than just cycling action and economic opportunity to its host communities.
Each year, Ride the Rockies donates $5,000 to a nonprofit organization in each of its seven host communities.
For the 2017 race, running from June 10 to June 17, Ride the Rockies will give priority to...

Red Mountain Pass drivers get a short reprieve

The Colorado Department of Trasportation announced this morning that Red Mountain Pass will be open the rest of Thursday, Sept. 24 and all of Friday.

Weekday closures will resume on Monday at 8:30 a.m. CDOT reminds drivers that single-lane, alternating traffic is still in place at milepost 79 and 89 on Hwy. 550 just south of Ouray.

Resumed closure details for Monday are as follows:


CITY OF OURAY Medical facility to close office

By Sheridan Block

After five years of treatment and service in the city, Dr. David Olson will be closing up shop at the Ouray Family Medicine office on Main Street.
"It's been enjoyable and we've worked really hard to make it succeed," said Olson.
With care provided by Dr. Olson and his wife, Shirley Olson, Family Nurse Practitioner, services ranged from health care services to medical spa services to residents in the county. The Olsons also operate Pavilion Family Medicine in Montrose, which has been open for a little under two years.
Olson cited that business in Ouray hasn't been enough to keep an office operating on Main Street. On average, the family practice will see up to 15 patients a week in the city, while in Montrose the practice will see at least 15 patients a day.

OURAY COUNTY Coroner confirms 2 miners dead at Revenue-Virginius Mine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Ouray County, Colorado    3:00 pm
At approximately 7:20 a.m. this morning, the Ouray County sheriff received a call from 911 dispatch that there was an incident at the Revenue Virginius mine requiring response. The Sheriff’s office, along with Ouray Fire District, and Ouray County EMS responded.    At this time, we can report that 20 people were taken to various hospitals in the region.   We do not have any updated information about the condition of those 20 miners, nor identities of those miners, but some have been treated and released. A rescue was initiated for two miners who remained underground. Unfortunately, they have both been confirmed as fatalities at the site by the County Coroner. Their identities have not been confirmed pending notification of family members. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is involved and on-site.
As we have additional information, we will provide updates.    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who were involved in this tragic accident.

Compromise is the whole point

Dear Editor,
Tuesday’s forum regarding the Visual Impact Regulations was a reflection of the sad times our society is in today. The stellar concept gave both sides another chance to voice their views. I arrived in support of the measures and left feeling much the same. But, I did listen and learn and have a couple minor points that might be changed. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do as a Democracy? Isn’t voicing our differences in a calm and respectful way and then finding areas of compromise the whole point? Instead, I was shocked to hear people yelling “shut up” when an opinion different from theirs was expressed and shocked when people openly laughed and waved a handkerchief when their opponent got emotional over the rancor she sees in our community. I even heard a developer label the VIRs as borderline Communism! That really got the adrenaline pumping from the opponents. Really? You think some common rules around building standards aligns us with, say, North Korea?? These changes in the rules are not about religion, politics or elitism. Making them about these emotional issues is feeding fear and destroying our ability to be civil. That is a much bigger loss to our society than color choices.
I saw highly paid attorneys give lengthy PowerPoint presentations projecting all sorts of catastrophes, as if slides made them true! However, two of them, each speaking in opposition to the VIRs, argued diametrically opposed positions on growth and resulting demand for permits and expense to the county. They can't both be true, but, because they were negative, they got the crowd excited. Some used personal disputes with their HOA to prove we are headed down a slippery slope. No one forces you to buy in an HOA so accept responsibility for it if you do!
Here are my suggestions after openly listening:
1. If one house is 3000 sq. ft. and another is 1000 sq. ft., it isn’t fair to limit their expansion to 20 percent each. It seems more equitable to define a total footprint that is the same footage before a variance is required.
2 It should be clear that after a fire one can rebuild their home just as it was on the original foundation, even if it is in a VIR corridor and would not comply with the new standards. Not doing so might incur great expense.
The fact that these regulations do not affect existing structures because they are grandfathered in, seemed to be lost on many people. If that wasn’t the case, we should be up in arms. Trying to make people think their current homes or structures are threatened is just fear mongering to rile up as many people as possible.
Our society has now replaced fact with PowerPoint presentations and dialogue with fear mongering. The result is a bitterness that is more destructive than the goals of either side. It destroys our freedom to be civil neighbors, which, once gone, will be extremely difficult to recreate.
Barbara Steele
Pleasant Valley