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Thu
02
Jul
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Coordinators needed

Dear Editor,
Ouray County Cares sponsored by Ridgway Community Pride is looking for a few good people to coordinate the annual holiday program providing gifts, food and toys to families in need. This program is entirely volunteer driven, is well funded and gets extensive support from all areas of the community including individual volunteers, businesses and county entities.
Some of the existing coordinators have been involved for many years and, due to circumstances in their lives, will be unable to continue. All new coordinators will be mentored to insure a seamless transition. Ninety-five percent of the work occurs between October and December, so it is not a volunteer position requiring a lot of commitment throughout the year.

Thu
02
Jul
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A compassionate weekend

Dear Editor,
Twenty years ago we saw how special Ouray County was. This past weekend was another example of loving your neighbor by helping them. This is called Compassion Weekend. Ten hardworking people arrived at our house and proceeded to dig out the weeds underneath our trees and put mulch around them. Another group took bricks that we had and outlined the two flower gardens. Another group stacked all the firewood that was in a pile on the back of our property. These are jobs that my husband Dick and I could no longer do.
We are so appreciative to organizers Terry and Sabrina Butler and their whole crew of willing volunteers that have helped many people in our wonderful county.

Dick and M-E Spirek
Ridgway
 

Wed
25
Feb
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Privileged for the opportunity

Wed
25
Feb
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Somehow we all survived

Dear Editor,
We just wanted to endorse your observations and conclusions.
As you summed up:
“When I was a kid, I felt responsible for my own actions. These days, it’s someone else’s responsibility to watch out for our actions.”
Unregulated sledding?
At our local school playground, we watched as the rings were taken away (someone might fall),
the tether balls got removed (someone might get whacked) and activities like dodge ball
banned (someone might get hit).
Growing up used to include some well-remembered lessons learned from falling, getting whacked and hit.
Somehow, as you pointed out, we all survived.
We still ski (we’re in our 70s) and once in a while take a fall.
And we’re responsible for that – no one else.
 
Regards,
Craig and Lynn Dible
Sedona, Arizona
 

Wed
25
Feb
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A welcome donation

Dear Editor,
 
Kari Wage and Vonnie Kuijvenhoven recently donated a new television to the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department. The department relies on donations such as these to help offset some of its expenses. In this case, the television will enable the department to conduct training sessions at the fire house as well as view and analyze film from fire events. With limited resources and significant expenses, the OVFD appreciates and accepts all kinds of donations, so thank you, Kari and Vonnie, for thinking of the department and making this generous donation.

With thanks,
Trevor Latta
Chief, Ouray Fire Department

Fri
09
Jan
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Passing of the gavel

Dear Editor,
As outgoing president of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA), I am reflecting on the last three years serving on the board, two years as president and one as vice president. Lots of amazing successes have occurred here in Ouray during that time period. I believe the results came from a team approach of not only the OCRA board of directors but especially of the excellent staff led by an outstanding Executive Director, Katherina (Kat) Papenbrock. Accomplishments include listening to our community and bringing new events to town.
OCRA created new events with the intent of handing the event planning and implementation off to other entities within a three year period. The Mountain Air Music Series was created, perfected, and now has a new entity bringing weekly free concerts to Ouray in June, 4th of July and Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew & Music Fest.

Wed
07
Jan
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Decorative spirit

Dear Editor,

I wish to thank the persons responsible for the beautiful decorations placed around the "Welcome to Ouray" sign on Hwy. 550. Every Christmas season I look forward to being blessed by them.
To me, they reflect the Christmas Spirit of Ouray in honoring the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. May this Spirit  prevail throughout the New Year and always.

Dodie Dreshsler
Ouray

Mon
08
Dec
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It's a no-brainer

Sun
07
Dec
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Making kids happy

Dear Editor,
We appreciate your printing the Operation Christmas Child photo of the kids with the shoeboxes . . . front page no less!!!    I’m sure it made all the kids happy to see their photos in the paper. I was told that Grand Junction collected 8,001 shoeboxes from all the relay centers on the Western Slope this year. Truly amazing!!!

Ed and Jill von Delden
Ridgway

Sun
07
Dec
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Effort has failed

Dear Editor,
With the recent vote by the Ouray County Planning Commission to oppose adding more county roads subject to Visual Impact Regulations as part of Section 9 of Ouray County’s Land Use Code, I was left uneasy, if not incredulous.
Uneasy, because after seven years of exhaustive time and grinding effort, the one item with which this entire process began, ‘seeking more regulatory protection for residential development on patented mining claims in the south alpine zone’, has failed.
‘The intent of the Alpine Zone is to preserve the natural beauty, wildlife habitat, and recreational, historic and archeological values of high altitude areas and manage the County’s natural resources in a manner that is both environmentally sound and protects private property rights….’ Ouray County Land Use Code, Section 3.4A.

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