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Tue
25
Nov

DISTRICT 59: McLachlan concedes, Brown returns to House

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Three weeks after Election Day, the battle for House District 59 is finally over. On Thursday, Nov. 20, Democratic incumbent Mike McLachlan conceded the race to Republican opponent J. Paul Brown.

Mon
24
Nov

OURAY COUNTY Details of sage grouse listing arise

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

As legal challenges rise from opposing sides as a result of last week's Endangered Species Act listing of the Gunnison sage grouse, details have emerged about the extent of the protections authorized for the bird.

Fri
21
Nov

CITY OF OURAY: No changes to OHV regulations for now

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Off-highway vehicles are to stay off city streets, as city council has decided there won't be a change to the existing code any time soon.

Thu
20
Nov

WESTERN SLOPE Water bank study to plan for river shortages

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

As demand for Colorado River water continues to grow in the face of drought, a new five-year, $500,000 water bank study will look at the feasibility of interruptible water supply agreements between Western Slope agricultural irrigators and municipal and industrial water users in the state.

Thu
20
Nov

OURAY COUNTY: Proposed pot ordinance gets adjustments

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Hopeful marijuana businesses may soon begin to sprout throughout the county, as the Board of County Commissioners continues to work toward a licensing and permitting system.

Thu
20
Nov

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Chipeta land purchase fails to find support

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway Town Council declined to take action on an offer to purchase a portion of town property during its regular meeting on Nov. 12. The offer was made by Jack Young of Chipeta Solar Springs Resort and Spa.

Wed
19
Nov

OURAY COUNTY: Finalists chosen for county judge position

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated Leslie M. German of Ridgway and Donald (Cory) Jackson of Ouray for the Ouray County court judgeship created by the appointment of the Hon. David S. Westfall to the district court, effective Jan. 13.

Mon
17
Nov

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Volleyball makes a strong showing at state


Ridgway’s Kaitlyn Rutherford spikes the ball over a Sargent opponent. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Facing stiff competition at the Denver Coliseum, the Demons volleyball squad was again defeated by Resurrection Christian on Friday but overpowered Sargent in their final match in the state tournament.

Sun
16
Nov

OURAY COUNTY: UWP tackles Mickey Breen Mine cleanup

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Driving up the rugged terrain of County Road 18, it’s hard to miss the decrepit remains of the old loadout facility for the Michael Breen mine. A caved-in rooftop and splintered wood panels are the least of concerns, with drainage from the mining adit washing away and compromising the structure’s foundations. Before stabilization work from the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, the ore loadout was a fragile, leaning hazard waiting to give out.

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