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07
Dec
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Expected much more

Sat
06
Dec
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I was sure all was lost

Dear Editor,
Recently, I received some very important papers in a FedEx envelope. After checking the papers I put the papers back into the envelope and left the envelope on the kitchen counter. The next morning, Tuesday, the envelope was thrown into the recyclable container which was picked up later that day. The following day, I went looking for my envelope and realized what had happened. I quickly called the waste company who referred me to Wanda at the Town Hall. I left her a message as to what had happened. I then drove over to the Town Hall and found Wanda already on the phone with Jonathan at the recyclable plant. Jonathan then took down all my information and a description of the envelope and called his crew to stop dumping and start looking for my envelope. By this time, I was sure that my papers were lost for good.
Twenty minutes later, Jonathan called and they had already found my envelope!

Sat
06
Dec
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Just fix it

Dear Editor,
Just fix it!
Rocks to the windshield. Flat tires. Lost hub caps. Mag chloride stuck in my wheels. Suspension shot. Wheels out of alignment. Clamps missing from the exhaust system. Can’t even carry on a conversation driving down County Road 1 to Colona. The washboard is too noisy.
The cost to pave County Road 1 will be super cheap compared to the lawsuit arising from the first fatality. Where will you get the money then?  
Just fix it. Don’t tell us again, “We have no money.” Just fix it.

Sue Nally
Ridgway

Sat
06
Dec
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Abbreviated process

Dear Editor,
The Ouary Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Center to consider adopting a revised version of Section 9 - Visual Impact Regulation of the County Land Use Code.
After three or four work sessions with the BOCC, the Planning Staff rewrote Section 9 and presented it to the Ouray Planning Commission in October 2014. The Planning Commission had only one month to study and comment on the proposed revisions. Their deliberations were constrained by the BOCC's instructions that the Planning Commission could only make minor wording corrections and recommend sections of the regulations that the BOCC should review.

Sat
06
Dec
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To preserve beauty

Sat
06
Dec
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Threats to protections

Dear Editor,
For the past five years, there has been a major debate in our county about the visual impact regulations that are so appreciated for the beauty they have preserved.
It’s a long and complicated story but here’s the bottom line. The (Ouray County) Planning Commission traded a number of desirable protections along our major view corridors in an effort to increase the number of protected roads.
In the end, the compromises remained and no new roads were added, leaving the rest of the county unchanged but threatening the protections now in place. To put it gently, this is a compromise the Planning Commission never contemplated.
This is very bad. Now, everyone living in the protected areas (along highways 550 and 62, County Road 1 and other beautiful areas) will have the rug pulled out and face an uncertain future if the proposal before the County Commissioners passes.

Wed
03
Dec
Wed
03
Dec
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Making myself a more balanced rider

When I was in college I never pulled all nighters. Many of my friends did in cramming for an exam, but I just wasn’t able to stay up all night studying. I also didn’t think it was very valuable. Sure, you fill your head full of facts, regurgitate them for the exam the next day and then promptly forget them. That’s usually the way it goes.
On Friday, while on my way to Montrose and the Black Friday sale at Murdoch’s, I was listening to NPR. The program was on ways of studying in order to retain the knowledge, and not just for a test. They were discussing “blocking” and “interleaving,” a term I had never heard.

Wed
03
Dec
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Trust in three simple words

When trust and faith intersect, you can bet you're ready for just about anything.
My son, Ross, the budding pilot, wanted to take me flying Friday at the airport at which he trains in Provo, Utah. My publishing partner, his mother, is a bit more discriminate in her desire to be aloft. You can't much blame her, really. The Diamond DA40 two-seater would be eclipsed by a Volkswagen Beetle with a long tail pipe.
When I helped Ross lock down the heavy, clear bubble that enclosed our cockpit, it didn't occur to me to question him about what we just witnessed.
A four-seater Piper raced down the runway before us, lifted, then bounced and seemingly caught itself and righted before rising away. I asked Ross if he had seen the bounce, and Ross made some comment about how the pilot probably just pulled his nose up too quickly for a second. Happens all the time.

Fri
14
Nov
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Social Security: The funding of Second Childhoods

This report comes to you from “The Road,” as Bobbie and I chase Ms Autumn south and west across the climatically and recreationally gifted state of Utah on a prolonged immersion amongst flaming red rocks and cavernous canyons — trying to extend summer, suntans and, who knows, maybe even Life itself.
We are like giddy children playing hide-n-seek…testing the outer limits grip of Vibram soles and bike tires on mounds of strawberry soft-serve sandstone. When it’s too hot, we go underground to bag a shady slot canyon — wade chilled potholes and surmount choke-stone obstacles that threaten progress — if not well-being — stopping just short of pulling an “Aron Ralston.”

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