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Fri
24
Jun

Ouray tourism reached new heights in 2015

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Representatives from the Ouray Chamber Resort Association presented tourism highlights of 2015 during the city council meeting Monday night.
"From the tourism perspective, 2015 was quite the banner year for Ouray," Kat Papenbrock, OCRA executive director, said. "We had over $25 million spent by visitors in Ouray."
She said every single sector affected by tourism increased significantly. Lodging was up 17 percent from 2014, retail and gift sales were up 15 percent and restaurants and bars were up 13 percent. Campgrounds had a 34 percent growth and the only lodging category that decreased was short term vacation rentals.

Fri
24
Jun

OURAY COUNTY
 Anglers snag more than 1,000 bass

Chris Scott, right, of Ouray won the grand prize, a 15-foot fishing boat and trailer, at the smallmouth bass tournament June 4-12 at Ridgway State Park. Also pictured is Eric Gardunio, aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Montrose. Colorado Parks and Wildlife sponsored the tournament.

Courtesy photo
 


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Ouray resident Chris Scott won a 15-foot boat and trailer in the recent Colorado Parks and Wildlife smallmouth bass fishing tournament. Nearly 150 anglers participated.

Wed
22
Jun

Big band with a big sound ready to rock the park

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The headliner for the fourth Mountain Air Music Series concert will dance onto the stage Thursday night for an energetic show. The Night Owls will pack the stage with all 10 of their band members.
The funky, soulful band from Austin, Texas will make their first ever trip to Ouray to energize the crowd and get them up and dancing. Lead singer and songwriter Ryan Harkrider said The Night Owls were built for putting on big shows in big settings like Fellin Park.
"When our sound and noise and music can travel long distances it does a lot of things for us," he said. "We perform and dance and sing and we're out in the crowd. We love all that, we're at home in front of a lot of people."
Harkrider said his goal for Thursday's concert is to get the crowd dancing.  

Sat
18
Jun

Trust must be earned before roads can be improved

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


During a special meeting on Tuesday the county Road Committee met with citizens to discuss long-term plans for improving all county roads in Ouray. Plans range in cost from $5.4 million to $10.8 million over either a 10 or 15 year timeframe.
No matter what is done to improve the roads, the Road Committee and county staff were in agreement that they need more funds. This of course means raising property taxes, sales taxes or both.
The purpose of Tuesday's meeting was to begin developing a strategic plan before going to the Board of County Commissioners with recommendations. However, the BOCC is not the only place the Road Committee needs to gain approval.

Fri
17
Jun

Study discovers trillions of feet of natural gas

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The Western Slope is in the national spotlight after the U.S. Geological Survey determined the Mancos Shale in the Piceance Basin could hold the second largest natural gas resource in the country.
According to the survey published on June 8, the basin contains 66 trillion cubic feet of shale natural gas, 74 million barrels of shale oil and 45 million barrels of natural gas liquids. These estimates are based on undiscovered but recoverable resources.
The USGS assessed the basin in 2003 and discovered 1.6 trillion cubic feet of shale natural gas. After the initial assessment, more than 2,000 wells were drilled and completed in the area. The new assessment represents the largest ever increase in natural gas percentages discovered by a USGS study.

Fri
10
Jun

Ice Park looks for crowding solutions

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Ouray Ice Park Board of Directors and staff sat down with Ouray City Council on Tuesday night for a talk about the park's goals and outlook for future years.
Rachel Mueller, vice-president and secretary for OIPI, gave a rundown of the park's mission and strategic plan. One of the main issues the board is tackling is the over-crowding the park saw this last season.
"A lot of locals you talk to say they don't climb in the Ice Park anymore because it just doesn't have that cool vibe, that good energy, something's been lost," Mueller said. "I've heard that from a lot of places."
The park does have rules, but many visitors are not following them. For example, Mueller said, she has seen people set their ropes and leave them for long periods of time. People are camping out in spots, making it impossible for everyone to have a chance to climb.

Thu
09
Jun

Petition to chip seal CR 1 filed

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The Citizen's Action Committee to pave County Road 1 filed the completed petition package to create a Public Improvement District on Tuesday. According to Dick Kreutzen, CAC member, 310 voters signed the petition. Only 200 signatures were needed to bring the petition before the Board of County Commissioners.
The CAC formed two years ago by a few residents on CR 1 who decided the county would never have the funds or receive enough grants to cover the cost of paving the rough, pothole-covered road.
The goal of the CAC was to obtain 300 to 400 signatures on the petition to present to the Board of County Commissioners. The petition asks the BOCC to place the options of forming the Public Improvement District and creating a tax levy for residents and property owners along CR 1 on the November ballot.

Fri
03
Jun

One year, one million feet

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Markus Van Meter will ski 1,000,000 vertical feet over the course of the 2016-17 ski season for the first year of the Telluride Gravity Project. His goal is to raise one penny per foot to benefit Ouray school kids who don't have the chance to get involved with snow sports.
Van Meter does IT work at the Ouray School, and this year marks his 39th year skiing. So, he decided he would give back to the kids by setting up a GoFundMe account and connecting with corporate sponsors. Many kids who live in Ouray lack the resources to make it to Telluride to ski.
"Being so close to Telluride we have a lot of what I call 'ski hill heroes' out there that just rip the ski hill here in town but have no way of actually getting to Telluride," he said "I just think with that kind of a resource it's a shame that they don't."

Thu
02
Jun

Mountains of Ouray inspired headliner

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Thursday kicks off the Mountain Air Music Series in Fellin Park. The headliner is Humming House, a quintet from Nashville whose varied sounds range from folk, to Celtic to rockabilly.
Lead singer and songwriter Justin Wade Tam said the band has played in Ouray before, and the mountains made a memorable impression him. He wrote the song "Great Divide" after going on a cross country tour for the first time and stopping in Ouray.
"It was like, oh my god this is amazing out here, but then it was also the first time we were really doing it for a living," he said. "So it was kind of about taking that risk, about pursuing a creative career and what all that entails. In the chorus it talked about 'you just won't know unless you give it a shot, and what do you have to lose'."

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