The area of Pa-Co-Chu-Puk about a half mile from the Ridgway Reservoir experienced a rush of water that was measured as jumping from 50 CFS to 300 in minutes. The rush was due to a dam release ordered by Tri-County Water Conservation District to make room for impending runoff and precipitation.

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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.comRecent and sudden water releases from Ridgway reservoir have resulted in public concern over safety, communication and conservation.Last week on Wednesday, Paul Cañada was looking forward to a clear morning of fly fishing at the Uncompahgre River tailwaters... + continue reading

From left: Adam Kunz, Ouray fire captain; John Robinson, Ridgway fire deputy chief; and, Lynn Ransleben, Ridgway fire lieutenant, work on extricating a “victim” from the van. The mock accident gave Ridgway Fire Department further practice in extrication, for which they have been training.


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By Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.comA mottled and mangled truck rested on a similarly junked van. Empty and crushed beer cans were scattered around the scene. Shouts of worry and confusion erupted from the truck, exclamations that soon turned to cries for help.Fortunately, last Friday’s scene was... + continue reading

The sculpture models created by Bryan Saren, the artist selected by the town council for the RAMP project, were created with Ridgway in mind. From left: “Heart” symbolizes Ridgway at the middle of several converging pathways. “Harvest” represents the agricultural history and culture of the town. “Focus” is the largest of Saren’s sculptures and will light up at certain times of the day. “Resource” was created with water and wind as an inspiration. “Endemic” was crafted to be a headdress of the native people of the Ridgway area.
 

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Bryan Saren, an artist out of Durango, shows off his scaled model of “Focus,” a 15-foot sculpture that will be located at North Lena and Sherman streets at the end of the RAMP project. Saren was unanimously awarded the RAMP sculptures contract by town council last Wednesday.
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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.comThe main objective of the RAMP project is to provide paved roads and new sidewalks, but five new sculptures will also greet Ridgway residents and passersby with culmination of the street project.Bryan Saren, an artist from Durango, was awarded the contract for... + continue reading

From left: Pam Kraft, town clerk, swears in newly elected officials Candida Gold, John Clark, Nick Williams and Robb Austin last Wednesday. Gold, Williams and Clark all served on council previously as council members and mayor, respectively. Austin is a newcomer to the council, having been elected this month.
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by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.comRidgway now has an even better chance to receive both affordable housing and a space for artists to work in the Space to Create initiative.With Durango recently dropping out of the race, Ridgway and Mancos are the only municipalities in the southwest region... + continue reading

County Commissioner Ben Tisdel (center) responds to public comment during Tuesday's moratorium discussion. Tisdel brought up the issue of high country development regulations at a work session last week, concerned that a flood of high alpine permits might hit the land use office in the near future. Commissioners Lynn Padgett (left) and Don Batchelder (right) listen and take notes during Tisdel's response.

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By Dalton Carverdalton@ouraynews.comAfter hearing both sides of the issue, the Board of County Commissioners enacted a moratorium on high country residential development with a 2-1 vote on Tuesday. More than 20 interested individuals attended this segment of the board’s regular meeting at the 4-H... + continue reading

The area of Pa-Co-Chu-Puk about a half mile from the Ridgway Reservoir experienced a rush of water that was measured as jumping from 50 CFS to 300 in minutes. The rush was due to a dam release ordered by Tri-County Water Conservation District to make room for impending runoff and precipitation.

Courtesy photo

From left: Adam Kunz, Ouray fire captain; John Robinson, Ridgway fire deputy chief; and, Lynn Ransleben, Ridgway fire lieutenant, work on extricating a “victim” from the van. The mock accident gave Ridgway Fire Department further practice in extrication, for which they have been training.


Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

The sculpture models created by Bryan Saren, the artist selected by the town council for the RAMP project, were created with Ridgway in mind. From left: “Heart” symbolizes Ridgway at the middle of several converging pathways. “Harvest” represents the agricultural history and culture of the town. “Focus” is the largest of Saren’s sculptures and will light up at certain times of the day. “Resource” was created with water and wind as an inspiration. “Endemic” was crafted to be a headdress of the native people of the Ridgway area.
 

Courtesy photo by Lily Stroud

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Bryan Saren, an artist out of Durango, shows off his scaled model of “Focus,” a 15-foot sculpture that will be located at North Lena and Sherman streets at the end of the RAMP project. Saren was unanimously awarded the RAMP sculptures contract by town council last Wednesday.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

From left: Pam Kraft, town clerk, swears in newly elected officials Candida Gold, John Clark, Nick Williams and Robb Austin last Wednesday. Gold, Williams and Clark all served on council previously as council members and mayor, respectively. Austin is a newcomer to the council, having been elected this month.
Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

County Commissioner Ben Tisdel (center) responds to public comment during Tuesday's moratorium discussion. Tisdel brought up the issue of high country development regulations at a work session last week, concerned that a flood of high alpine permits might hit the land use office in the near future. Commissioners Lynn Padgett (left) and Don Batchelder (right) listen and take notes during Tisdel's response.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

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05/05/2016

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County officials considered items under the category of marijuana and land use in the morning half of Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.


In March, the BOCC discussed... + continue reading

05/03/2016

by Dalton Carver
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Ouray and Ridgway teens will soon have several chances to hang out with each other throughout the summer.


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03/14/2016

By Dalton Carver
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A two-vehicle collision has prompted emergency services to block off the entirety of US 550 a bit past Orvis Hot Springs. According to Ruth Stewart, county paramedic, there is one fatality. Updates to... + continue reading

03/10/2016

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The Ouray Varsity Boy's basketball team and the Knowledge Bowl team are both headed to state.
The Trojans secured a spot in the state basketball tournament with a 69-40 win over the Flagler High School... + continue reading

02/19/2016

By Dalton Carver
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The National Travel Safety board indicated that the Socata aircraft that crashed into the Ridgway Reservoir March 2014 was most likely caused an inadvertent aerodynamic stall and spin in its probable... + continue reading

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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... + continue reading

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