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22
Jun
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Food Pantry needs new home

Dear Editor,

As many of you know, the Food Pantry is looking for a new home. The former location had been donated to us and we are most grateful for the time spent there and the generosity of the owners. However, they had an opportunity to lease that building. Good for them in today’s economy. That location served as our home since the beginning of the pantry. Thank you.

At the moment, the pantry is closed (not good for those who need the supplemental food) and we are looking for another location here in Ridgway. There are a few possibilities, but nothing is definite. It would be wonderful if another community member would step up and offer us a location. In these tough economic times, it seems like there are many vacant buildings. If you know of anyone who might be able to help us, please call me at 729-1848. We would appreciate any leads.

Sat
22
Jun
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Event a special editon to town

Dear Editor,
I'm writing to congratulate and thank everyone involved in the first Ridgway Heritage Festival this past weekend. What an event! The parade, the Ranch Rodeo, dancing to Opal Moon, plus all the various activities in the park on Sunday, everything went smoothly and was enjoyed by many. Considering it was the inaugural event, it was so amazing to see it go off without a hitch. The highlights for me were the Ranch Rodeo on Saturday and the Native American dancers on Sunday. Great stuff, and so much fun!
Above all, it was really special to see both the original inhabitants of our beautiful valley, represented by Roland McCook of the Utes and his fellow Native American dancers, as well as the long time ranchers of the county, represented by the likes of the Webers, the Double RL, Wolf Cattle Company and many others, get their time in the spotlight. We all need to remember how important both groups are to the past and the future of this place we call home.

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Sat
22
Jun
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Premise of letter misleading

Dear Editor,
Two weeks ago, in a letter to the editor, I was confused by the ranchers' seeming dislike and non-support of the new Section 9 for no substantive reasons. This past week, Mr Wojciechowski responded on behalf of the local ranchers. This is a good thing. He was spot on identifying the problem; clearly "misleading puffery" and the "misinformed" are the problem. He went on to give us a lesson in these two problems; he submitted a letter that was both misleading and misinformed.
The premise of his letter was that ranching and mining in Ouray County were not exempt from Section 9; WRONG, they are exempt . Here is the rub. You have got to read it before you start talking about it, inventing words not found in the code and writing letters to the editor based on some idea in your head as opposed to facts.
Let's have a public discussion. Let's have one on Section 9. It is all right for us to disagree, but let's use facts and leave the assumptions behind.

Sat
22
Jun
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Letter added to confusion

Dear Editor,
Unfortunately, Mr. Wojciechowski’s recent letter does little to clarify alleged “misleading puffery” about Section 9 proposed revisions and, in fact, adds to any confusion or misunderstandings that may exist.
Mr. Wojciechowski’s letter alludes to my comment that “exemptions for ranchers are intended for existing structures, not for any new structures.” My comment at the public hearing was made in the context of a direct question about agricultural structures. The structures referred to in this context were barns, sheds, stackyards and other outbuildings. Agricultural structures (and mining outbuildings) such as just described, new or existing, are exempt unless located on an escarpment or ridgeline. This applies to new structures and roads just as it does in the current code.

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Sat
22
Jun
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Proposed exemption reads as it always has

Dear Editor,
Re: Richard Wojciechowski Letter to the Editor (“No Confusion on Section 9”)
Richard Wojciechowski is absolutely correct that Ouray’s citizens should carefully review the proposed changes to the Visual Impact Regulations and understand them. But did he? I don’t think so.
His letter makes it sound like there are radical, draconian changes planned that would gut the current VIR’s exemption for agricultural and mining structures. But, the proposed exemption reads exactly the same as that passed in 1997! There are NO CHANGES WHATSOEVER! Both exclude “Accessory structures, private roads and/or driveways used exclusively for agricultural or mining purposes, and not located on any escarpment or ridgeline.”

Fri
14
Jun
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Not confused over Section 9

Dear Editor,
We should sympathize with Mr. Tom McKenney, who states in his letter that he is confused as to why ranchers oppose the proposed Visual Impact regulation changes. The "virtues" he cites come straight from the misleading puffery about the changes, and he has been led to believe that ranchers are exempt from Section 9. Many others seem similarly misinformed.
As planning commission chairman (Ken) Lipton clarified at the March public hearing, exemptions for ranchers are intended for existing structures, not for any new structures. Further, the "ranch exemption" as well as the "mining exemption" apply only to accessory structures (not to primary structures) and roads used exclusively for agriculture or mining, thus they do not apply to primary residence or to an "accessory" house if that house is rented out or used by an outfitter, or to a private road that is also used for hunting access.

Fri
14
Jun
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Remembering a rancher

Dear Editor,
Mario Zadra, a Ouray county native son and legend in his own time, has quit this world for greener pastures.
I wanted his friends and neighbors to know that Mario died on  June 5, 2013 in his home in Montrose at the age of 97. Mario was one of the last of the few remaining of a dying breed.
He was a hard working self made rancher cut from the same cloth as his friend Marie Scott. He worked like a 40 year old all the way to 90, and thrived in spite of some overwhelming obstacles.
Mario was a man of surprising diversity and accomplishments, and the finest horseman I have ever met. This world will be a lesser place without him.
Mario’s funeral will be on Saturday, June 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Montrose Christian Church (2351 Sunnyside Rd.).
Please join us for a celebration of his long and wonderful life and a potluck after the services.

Sincerely,  
Susan Cora Maybach
Ridgway

Fri
14
Jun
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Keep those papers rolling

Dear Editor,

Again, look forward to another year of the Ouray/Ridgway 'noose' (hanging in there) paper. It beats my local printed media, which is dying by 'decrees'. Never 'bored' by the weekly wrangling of the BOCC (Belaboring Over Community Controversies). Your problems are rather miniscule compared to Tidewater area. You don't have to wake up to the news of someone being shot, stabbed or drug dealers running over victims in luxury SUVs and the like. Visual impact? Most of my experiences are in the arena of "aural impact." Four wheel boom-boxes rolling down the street and rattling windows for an entire block or more after 12 midnight! Thanks, and keep those papers rolling.

Cliff Cohu
Newport News, Va.

Fri
14
Jun
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Cemetery caretakes applauded

Dear Editor,
I would like to personally thank the caretakers of the Cedar Hill cemetery. The grounds have always looked beautiful for the past several years. I don't know the names of the couple that take such wonderful care of this important part of the county but they are to be commended. There must be some method that these folks could be remunerated for their efforts. They are probably not paid enough for the time that it takes to keep the grounds in such outstanding condition. Is there a way that monies could be raised to help compensate their salaries? Is there a cemetery board that oversees the operation that could assess a fee for the upkeep of the cemetery? I am sure that many families would gladly help with expenses if a method was available. I would like to hear from the cemetery board members in order to be part of the solution.
Kenneth Baumardner
Aztec, N.M.

Thu
06
Jun
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Coverage injustice to businesses

Dear Editor,
The article that appeared in the May 30-June 5, 2013, edition titled “Businesses give perspectives on Streetscape” and your Publisher’s Opinion piece on the subject (same edition) are an injustice to the 12 Ridgway business owners who met on May 23 in a desperate attempt to get the Streetscape committee to stop ignoring the concerns of most in the business community as expressed over the previous six months. This kind of reporting is a disservice to the community you serve.

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