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Fri
22
Feb
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Speaking up on visual impact

Dear Editor,
Having spent between $40,000 and $50,000 first mitigating and then presenting my case in court, I probably have a better right than anyone to speak about the Visual Impact Regulations.
The biggest lie that has persisted until now is that the county gave me a non-conforming Certificate of Occupancy. The county, at their attorney's suggestion did attempt to do so and in fact reported to the paper as such. As soon as I learned of their intentions, I demanded they follow the judges' ruling. He basically said that even if he didn't necessarily feel the house conformed to the VIR intent, the fact remained that the county had given me a building permit and I had built in reliance to that permit and the county must give me my Certificate of Occupancy.
The truth is that my house was a test case and the county didn't know themselves how to interpret their own regulation.

Fri
08
Feb
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OCPAG very thankful

Fri
08
Feb
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Global warming continues

Dear Editor,
Thank you, Mayor Risch, for your timely and important letter about climate change and our water supply in last week's Plaindealer. This subject receives far too little attention relative to the severe impacts on water already occurring, here and nationally.
I would add these few points to the Mayor’s excellent summary of the problem:
The increasing temperatures we now see so frequently (up to 30 degrees above normal) have moved us closer and closer to long-term drought conditions.
Warmer temperatures evaporate water from soil, diminishing the benefits when it does rain and adding moisture to the atmosphere. This gets worse each year.
The increased water vapor in the atmosphere (currently estimated at 15-20 percent, and rising), combines with more atmospheric heat and altered currents, creating dramatic, violent weather, as we are seeing (including extreme cold events).

Fri
08
Feb
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Thanks to the community

Dear Editor,
I want to express my thanks to everyone for the prayers, love, thoughts of comfort/concern, offers of help, flowers and food during this past week since my surgery. Recovery will be a long one, but can't wait to be planting flowers on Main Street with the Beautification Committee in May! Thank you for making us feel like family in just the two short years we have lived here in Ouray. We love it here and love our friends and neighbors!
Thank you!

Kima Buhler
Ouray

Fri
08
Feb
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Keep Alaimo coming

Dear Editor,
Hi, Alan, Deborah and David here from the KOA. Thank you for keeping up the Plaindealer! We look forward to seeing it in our mailbox each week as it helps us stay connected to home, and it often causes us to miss Ouray, Ridgway and friends. Joe's articles are some of my favorites, and this last one was just a hoot.  Even though I do not have a supply of robotic snakes stored for an emergency, I thought I might still have a couple of robotic fish to throw in the pond behind our home to monitor all of the runoff from our chemically laden beautiful golf course.  I've been way too busy contemplating the drone butterfly to take inventory, but I really need to take stock. See, that is how Joe's writings hit me. He has a style loaded with information to give us food for thought, and at the same time lots of laughter. Thank you, Joe, for the smiles and keep those great emails coming with Still news.  
Very sincerely,
Deborah Brunovsky
Ouray KOA

Sat
02
Feb
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Ouray French class gives thanks

Dear Editor,
On behalf of myself and my students, I would like to express gratitude to the entire community for the support the Ouray High School French Club received in their fundraiser at the Ice Festival two weeks ago. Numerous businesses in town donated the supplies and ingredients we needed to sell breakfast and lunch burritos at our concession tent, and many from the community swung by our tent to support our endeavors. Thanks to this, we were able to raise a significant amount of money that will go a long way toward funding the students' trip to Paris in March. For many of these students, this will be their first trip out of the country.

Sat
02
Feb
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Ridgway class lauded

Dear Editor,
Congratulations to the Ridgway High School Government Class that competed and did so well in the state competition on the United States Constitution. It is so important for all of us, but especially our young people, to understand the foundation of the greatest country that has ever been in history. I would encourage other schools to also get involved in this competition.

J. Paul Brown
Ignacio, Colo.

Thu
17
Jan
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OVFD earns deepest respect

Dear Editor,

A note of appreciation, admiration and respect.

In the very early morning hours of January 4, I received the call from our fire chief that a home under my management had caught fire. By the time that I was notified, the fire department had responded, extinguished the blaze and secured lodging for the frightened family that had occupied the home the evening of the event.

Thu
17
Jan
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Cartoon neglected responsibilities

Dear Editor,
Regarding the editorial cartoon for the Jan. 3 issue I was highly offended that anyone could think that the NRA or any rational person would want to have a shoot-out in a school full of children. That is not what the NRA's CEO said or suggested and to imply that he did is being totally dishonest. The piece obviously reflects the view that there should be more government control of gun ownership. Although a gun owner myself, I have had my differences with the NRA over the years. I own several guns for hunting and sport shooting, none of which are considered assault weapons as far as I know, but in the hands of a deranged person are capable of causing severe injury or even death to other people. The idea that the NRA and its members have no regard for human life and they own guns from having some sort of macho personality disorder is completely irresponsible.

Thu
17
Jan
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Object of Section 9 is focal point

Dear Editor,

“The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants.” Samuel Johnson. As it appears, a few of your readers decided to make me the object of their derision rather than focus on the serious issues surrounding proposed Land Use Code rewrites of Section 9 - Visual Impact Regulations by the planning commission.
I remain steadfast in my belief that it is not unusual to expect journalists to help its readership understand the issues and what is at stake enabling the public to make informed decisions. There will be those who will continue to change the subject, but it truly is a disservice to the readership looking for information regarding the long-awaited visual impact regulations and what it will mean to Ouray County property owners.

Susan Watson    
Ridgway

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