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26
Jun
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My two cents on CR 1

         LETTER TO THE EDITOR
 
Dear Editor,
Regarding the paving of CR1, I would to throw my two cents into the discussion.
I’ve heard of lot of comments on why we shouldn’t go forward with this project. I’ll make it perfectly clear that while I respect everyone’s right to their opinion, I am in disagreement with those opinions.
I’ve lived on the mesa for 17 years and I’ve waited all those years to have the shortest route to Montrose paved. Personally, I’m sick and tired of the washboard conditions that often exist. I’m tired of washing my vehicle knowing that the next time I go into Montrose it’ll be dust-covered at best and a muddy mess (often with Mag Chloride) at worst.
I’ve been told….”Just go around through Ridgway.” The fact is, I don’t want to and don’t think I should have to.

Sun
26
Jun
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I love Ouray

Dear Editor,
Today I received the May 5-11, 2016, issue of the Ouray County Plaindealer and noted with interest the information on the Atlas Mine in Don Carlton's "Ouray Sketchbook."
I am interested in the Atlas Mine because of family involvement. On December 4, 1920, my father-in-law, Harry Wagner, invested $11,338, at one dollar per share, in the mine. My late husband did not know whether his father ever received any return on his investment. I attach a photocopy of the share certificate, with its raised seal.
Harry's connection with Ouray dated to the 1890s through his wife, Lura. She had visited Ouray as part of her father's traveling theater group, the Williams Gem Comedy Company. As a child, she starred with her parents in the popular melodramas of the period. In fact, I first learned about Ouray from a memoir written by my mother-in-law in which she describes her family's travels.

Sun
26
Jun
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Addressing Alpine Zone regulations

Dear Editor,
By Resolution 2016-018, the Board of County Commissioners has referred to the Planning Commission the issue of potential regulations addressing residential development on patented mining claims and mill sites in Ouray County at or above an elevation of 9500 feet. The BOCC asked the Planning Commission to make its recommendations by August 1, 2016. The Resolution outlines the process to be followed and raises 18 specific questions to be answered.
The Planning Commission’s proposed schedule is: June 7 5-8 p.m. review first nine questions; June 15 1-4 p.m. review remaining nine questions; June 21 6-8 p.m. staff to propose changes to the Land Use Code which will incorporate PC responses to the 18 questions; July 19 7 p.m. PC will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes and will deliberate and make a recommendation to the BOCC.

Sun
26
Jun
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A time for all seasons on the farm

Life on a ranch, as you may have noticed, moves in unison with the seasons.
In the fall, the kids start school, the cattle come off the mountain, the calves are weaned and it’s volleyball season.
In the winter, the kids start making Christmas lists, the cattle settle into a feeding schedule, the calves ship out and it’s basketball season.
In the spring, the kids get antsy to finish school, the cattle have new calves and it’s soccer season.
To every season, there is a reason. On a ranch and in most ranch families, there are many reasons to each season. Over the years, the motto in our home has become “Onto the next thing.” Our home is bustling and busy. The children play sports, and the cowboy and I work our full time jobs.

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.”

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