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Fri
19
Aug

COLORADO
 New guidelines created to maintain scenic byways

Ridgway and Ouray are part of the San Juan Skyway, a nationally-designated scenic and historic byway.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


By Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Travelers of Colorado’s scenic byways have been treated to spectacular views and historic site exploration opportunities for years, but recent legislation has eliminated much of the grant funding for the maintenance, improvement and preservation of these scenic passages. A new set of guidelines outlined by the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission hopes to reignite the backing behind these roads.

Fri
12
Aug

WESTERN SLOPE
 Region 10 hires regional broadband director

Chris Kennedy is the new Region 10 regional broadband director.

Courtesy photo
 


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Region 10’s broadband efforts have a new, experienced face and Chris Kennedy is ready to bring an affordable and reliable product to the Western Slope.

Thu
11
Aug

OURAY COUNTY
 Top of the Pines ready to head in new direction


by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com


Having welcomed four new board members within the last year, Top of the Pines is ready to depart from its past and head in a new direction, with new projects and ideas.

Sat
30
Jul

No PID for CR 1

by Tori Sheets

tori@ouraynews.com

 

No public improvement district will be formed to chip seal County Road 1. On Tuesday during the conclusion of a public hearing, county commissioners voted 2-1 not to send the question of formation of a PID to voters in November. 

Commissioners Lynn Padgett and Ben Tisdel decided one of the requirements in the state statute governing PID formation had not been met. 

Commissioners were in agreement that the first three requirements of the statute had been met. Those are: were there a sufficient number of valid signatures on the petition, will chip sealing of CR 1 confer a general benefit on the district and is the cost of chip sealing going to be excessive compared to the value of all properties within the district. 

Sat
23
Jul

New officer joins the force

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


A new police officer took the oath of office during the city council meeting on Monday. Gary Ray worked in the Montrose County Sheriff's office for 20 years, and prior to living in Montrose he lived in California.
"He's got excellent experience and he's great with the community," Justin Perry, police chief, said. "He's been a SWAT member for 10 years, he's an instructor in various areas in law enforcement and it is just an honor to have him here with us today."
Ray moved to Ouray along with his wife, two kids and five foster kids. Members of the Ouray community policing groups attended the council meeting to welcome Ray.
In other business, council authorized the bonds for the Hot Springs Pool renovation project. Bonds will soon go on sale for $5,000 each. Mayor Pam Larson said the city will inform the public when they are available.

Fri
22
Jul

Public speaks out on CR 1 PID

Fri
22
Jul

TOWN OF RIDGWAY 
Still no signs east of US 550

Ridgway Lodge and Suites is restricted to an attached sign due to the plat restrictions on the east side of US 550. However, owner John Foy’s representative came before the council July 13 to request a more visible sign, whether it be a pole sign or monument sign. The town council denied Foy's request.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


Still no signs east of US 550

by Dalton Carver

dalton@ouraynews.com

Sat
16
Jul

Public hearing to continue for CR 1 PID

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The public hearing regarding formation of a public improvement district to levy taxes for chip sealing the unpaved portion of County Road 1 did not culminate in a decision by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.
The public comment period was continued to July 26 at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Event Center. Commissioners noted several citizens with an interest in the issue could not fit Tuesday’s morning meeting time into their schedules.
The only decision before the BOCC now is whether commissioners should form the PID, place the question on the general election ballot or not allow formation of the PID at all. If commissioners decide to form the PID they will also set its boundaries.
If the district is formed, voters within the district would decide the debt and mill levy issues later.

Thu
14
Jul

Projects use creative techniques to mitigate mine pollution

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Sneffels Creek will run more clearly after completion of a bank stabilization project designed to divert the creek away from mine tailings at the abandoned Atlas Mill. The mill is just east of the Ouray Silver Mine, formerly the Revenue Mine, and its tailings are laden with cadmium and zinc deposits that leak into Sneffels Creek.
The creek is on the Clean Water Act's 303(d) List of Impaired Waters because its water quality does not support certain aquatic life. Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership coordinated a project to divert the creek away from the tailings so it won't continue to flow through the area and pick up the heavy metals.

Thu
14
Jul

OURAY COUNTY Alaimo case postponed to August


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The criminal case for Joseph Alaimo, 50, has been pushed forward to Aug. 4 at 11 a.m.

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