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Fri
13
May
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Irreconcilable differences on “Walden Pond”

As February rolled into March, Bobbie and I rolled homeward. We paused about 20 miles north of Moab for one last back-road boondock on an elevated campsite that afforded views of russet fins and “hobgoblins” in Arches National Park, a fitting metaphorical “bow” on yet another winter RV sojourn through the desert southwest.

“Otherworldly,” I thought, endeavoring to reduce to a single word such a vast, surreal landscape… a veritable “Red Sea” of anthropomorphic hoo-doos and gravity-defying arches, lapping at the “shores” of white-capped La Sal Mountains.

I first stumbled into Moab in the spring of ’77, six months after a soul-saving transplant from Les Miserable, Missouri, to West-slope, Colorado. As a “newbie” itching to jumpstart camping season, I was both surprised and bummed that my new San Juan Mountain “backyard” still languished waist-deep in snow in April.

Fri
13
May
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Ridgway Chamber restructures operations


Dear Editor,
The Ridgway Chamber would, again, like to thank the residents of Ridgway for voting last November to change the Lodging Tax percentage to 3.5% and the allocation of the Lodging Tax to 70% designated for marketing the Town of Ridgway and 30% to the Town. The Chamber received the contract for the LOT funds in February from the Town of Ridgway.Along with the new funding level comes additional responsibility for the Chamber and Chamber Board.

Fri
13
May
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Clarifying CR 1 statements



Dear Editor,

I am writing to clarify and comment on quotations reported in last week’s Plaindealer in the article “Citizens may foot road bill.” The article is very well written given the complexity of the subject. Toward the end of the article, there is a quote from Mr. George Kerber that needs clarification. The quote is regarding a question that the Citizen’s Action Committee for Improving CR 1 (CAC) has on its website www.cr1fix.com in the Q&A section of the site. He quoted the question correctly: ”Why should residents of CR 22 and roads on the south end of the Mesa be part of the PID, since they can avoid the gravel section to exit the Mesa.” He quoted the answer incorrectly: “Not including CR 22 will result in an unfair tax burden on the tax payers that actually use CR 1.”

Fri
13
May
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Washington via Ouray

A small-town guy from little Yuma, Colorado stopped by the office last week. It's not exactly the story of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," but Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado likes to talk about his roots.
"There used to be two newspapers in Yuma," he said. "One was the Rattler. The Rattler didn't make it."
The Rattler was actually from Wray, a bit east of Yuma. Perhaps when you're out on the high plains of Eastern Colorado, everything kind of blends in.
"I wish I'd been fifth generation in Ouray," the senator said, glancing out the Plaindealer's corner office. "It would have been a little more scenic."
He and his family live in the same house that his great-grandparents lived in, although it had left the family for a while before he bought it. "I would have saved a lot of money had it stayed in the family," he said.
I had about 15 minutes to pepper him with questions.

Thu
07
Apr
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Having barriers removed



Dear Editor,

Approximately a decade ago the Ouray Trail Group was threatened with a lawsuit by a recently arrived landowner who had acquired a large group of mining claims north of Ouray. The reason for the threatened lawsuit was that the Trail Group had, over the previous few years, restored an historic trail that crossed several of those claims. The landowner wanted that trail closed and all traces of it removed from the Trail Group’s popular trail map.

Thu
07
Apr
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Well-rounded upbringing with inside and outside smarts

We made it. It seems winter and most of mud season have passed. There were a few days recently that begged the question, “What month is this?” Of course, anyone who has lived in Ridgway for more than two years knows that spring snow is par for the course. As is snow in May or snow on the 4th of July.
The kids are entering the final phase of school for this year. The section of their standardized testing education is in full swing. It seems to us that the creative, mind engaging section of education has been put on hold to ensure that the testing results are ‘up to state standards’. I am no fan of state standardized testing. Can you tell? Printed notes come home, pre-recorded phone messages are received and verbal reminders are passed on to ensure that the kids “eat a good breakfast and get plenty of sleep in preparation for excellence on the standardized testing.”

Fri
25
Mar
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Church and State

Your letter to the editor, “Let’s keep them separate,” Feb.25-March 2, asked, “Why on Earth would anyone want to mix… Church and State?” – following with, “I embrace the part of the Constitution that begs for Separation of Church and State.”
First, Separation of Church and State is not mentioned in the Constitution. Amendment 1 to our Bill of Rights restricts government; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is to keep government out of religion not religion out of government. Why? The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy under the law (Republic) is directly yoked to the morality of the people and the virtues of our elected officials.

Fri
25
Mar
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Paws-ing to give thanks

I wanted to express my overwhelming sense of gratitude toward the incredible community that Second Chance Humane Society has the honor of serving. The generosity, enthusiasm, and incredible support that our community put forth for our 9th Annual Wine & Whiskers Weekend was paws down an absolutely undeniable reflection of the level of compassion and humanity that exists in this little pocket of the world.
With donations from over 350 local businesses and professionals to our live and silent auction, over 400 people in attendance, and a broad sponsorship base we were able to raise over $52,000 for our animal welfare programs and services!

Fri
25
Mar
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Forever grateful

This letter is to express my gratitude to the HopeWest Hospice staff that lovingly cared for my brother, Michael McCullough, and became part of the McCullough family during the last five months of his wonderful life.  Michael’s family has set up a memory gift location in his name. Donations can be made on line at www.hopewestco.org, by mail or in person at 725 S. 4th St., Montrose, CO 81401 (970-240-7734). Michael’s name will be engraved in a gold aspen leaf and displayed on the fence in front of the HopeWest office in Montrose.
Special thanks to “Captain” Jim Courson and “Private” Felicia Evans for their incredible care and blessings, and also to Amy, Julie, Kim, Vicki and the 24 Hour HopeWest staff. Without them, my sister, Stephanie, my daughter, Jennifer, Grace and I could not have facilitated Michael’s wish of spending his last days living at the place he loved the most, the historic Fire DepARTment on Lena Street in Ridgway.

Thu
14
Jan
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Why is the Pledge an issue?

Dear Editor,
Why is reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before a City Council meeting even an issue? It is very disappointing to read that a Councilperson said, “This is not some- thing I agreed to when I signed on to be a Council member.” As part of your oath of office, didn’t you affirm your support for the Constitution of the United States? Did you not mean it? You accept all of the ben- efits of living in a free society and yet you are “morally against” pledging allegiance to the country you live in? Is there anoth- er country you would rather support?

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