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chief resigns By Sheridan Block

Ridgway Elementary School students (left to right) Michael Messer, Jia Ying Sun and Abby Serrano take a ride on the Galloping Goose Four, which has spent the last four and a half years in Ridgway undergoing a complete restoration and will return to its home in Telluride this week. Goose Four belongs to the Telluride volunteer fire department, which financed the restoration, while the Ridgway Railroad Museum provided project management and labor at no cost. Plaindealer photo by Mary Pat Haddock


Visual impact hearings set By Beecher Threatt On Tuesday the Board of County Commissioners decided on dates for its public hearing on revisions to visual impact regulations proposed by the Ouray County Planning Commission. The board also set a date for interviews for two openings on the planning commission. After a contentious discussion in front of a packed meeting room, two commissioners agreed on Aug. 7 and 8. Proposed dates centered around availability of the 4-H Center. Commissioner Lynn Padgett disagreed with the decision, saying September dates would be preferable because business owners would be freed up and families would be back from vacations. Commissioners Mike Fedel and Don Batchelder favored

the August dates. "We had the chance to have it in May and it would have been over by summer," Padgett said. But at the Apr. 30 BOCC meeting, members of the public asked for more time, she said. Donna Whiskeman, a real estate broker associate, told the board she favored July or August because people with summer homes are still here. "They will be affected and need to be part of the process," Whiskeman said. Padgett questioned why summer people are more important than fulltime residents and business owners. July 25 was the only date the 4-H Center was available in July, but it coincides with Ridgway's concert in the park. Deciding to go ahead with appointment of planning commis-

sioners for the two seats with terms that expired Mar. 1, the board agreed on June 12 for interviews. After a period of requesting candidates, board clerk Linda Munson-Haley said she received two applications in addition to applications for reappointment by the current seat holders, Tim Currin and Sheelagh Williams. The board instructed MunsonHaley to repost the request for candidates with a deadline of June 3. The legal notice appears in today's Plaindealer. Discussion of procedures for the August public hearing was also contentious, involving how to answer questions from the public, time limits on speakers and when speakers could sign up to speak. Padgett

Ouray's police department is now down to two officers after Police Chief Leo Rasmusson II and officer Tony Schmidt resigned from their positions this week. Rasmusson resigned early on Tuesday while Schmidt, who has been with the department for 13 years, gave his notice on Monday to be effective Wednesday, May 22, said City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli. Their resignations follow a recent assessment of the department by KRW Associates, which was presented to City Council at the Mar. 18 meeting. Leo Rasmusson II The report offered a number of suggestions, including a four days on, three days off 10-hour schedule switch from their previous four days on, four days off schedule. The department was directed to enforce the schedule change, despite the officers' disapproval. "I believe there are issues within the police department that are not being resolved‌ some of the scheduling issues did come into play," Schmidt told the Plaindealer. Rasmusson could not be reached for comment before press time. POLICE P16


BL M rel eas es trai l e n vi r o n m e n t al a s s es s m en t By Mary Pat Haddock On May 10, the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the highly anticipated, final environmental assessment for the Ridgway Travel Management Plan. By releasing the assessment, the way is finally clear for the Ridgway Area Trails group (RAT) to begin construction on an inter-connected system of single track mountain biking trails northeast of Ridgway. The assessment was released just in time for RAT to take advantage of the incoming trail building labor force that will be in the area for the June 7-8 RAT Fest. The trail system is intended to benefit local and regional riders who want to complete a loop rather than piece together sections of a ride, as well as to



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Ouray County forms water users association By Sheridan Block Water users in Ouray County have been left without a voice in the discussion of water administration issues until now. Last Thursday, a group of farmers and ranchers, water rights and ditch owners, and Ouray and Ridgway municipal repre-

sentatives came together to discuss the need for a water users association. The Ouray County Water Users Association would be comprised of water rights owners, users and other interested parties. The self-governed, non-profit group would exist to create a voice for water users within the county at a local, regional and state level.

“We in Ouray County don’t have an organized voice or a watchdog seat at the table to discuss water administration issues,” said Ouray County Colorado River district representative Andy Mueller. The organization’s goal is not to own or administer water rights but to protect current and future beneficial uses of water in the county. The group’s intention is not to overthrow the appropriation system but to utilize and understand the system for the benefit of users within the county, Mueller said. While many other counties and communities in the area have had a presence, Ouray County has, for the most part, been silent for many years. A ditch owners' association existed in 1888 and the Ouray County Water Conservancy District disbanded in the 1970s. So while similar associations have existed in the area before, it’s unknown why they no longer function. Other than giving voice to a region that has been quiet for many years, the water association would create a unified front in water management and administration,


brainstorm solutions to lessen the risk associated with water shortages in the county and raise awareness and educate the community on water issues. At Thursday’s meeting, a group of six members volunteered their efforts to be a steering committee for the organization. The steering committee will serve as the mouthpiece for the association and share reports with other users. It is comprised of Ouray and Ridgway representatives as well as other water rights owners. However, the committee cannot do the work alone. There is strength in numbers, Mueller said, and he urged attendees to invite their neighbors and other water users to be a part of the association. “I think we’re all feeling the pinch of it… it’s very timely that we’re all looking at this,” said Ralph Wrightley, a water user and property owner down valley. The Ouray County Water Users Association will meet again on June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Land Use Building, 111 Mall Rd.

Forum to discuss water demands next week Plaindealer Staff Report With growing concerns of climate change, urbanization and increased water demands, water is becoming more and more precious every day. That’s why the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and Transition OurWay are doing what they can to raise awareness and educate the community on local water issues. The two organizations will be hosting a forum next week with local representatives to discuss the issues at hand. Speakers from different organizations will start discussions and answer questions at Tuesday’s meeting. Steve Fletcher of the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users' Association and Mike Berry of TriCounty Water will both speak on water demands and present future projections of water use in the county. Kim Wheels, community energy coordinator at EcoAction Partners, will share ways to conserve water within the community. In years of dry winters and low-flow, it’s important that the community works together to learn about the state of Ouray’s watershed. The event will take place at the Ridgway Community Center on Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. More information can be found at




Jeep roads quickly opening up for the season By Sheridan Block Off-road enthusiasts can start hitting the trails now that Jeep roads have officially begun opening up for the summer. The Ouray County Road and Bridge crew started plowing the roads earlier this month and is getting through more quickly than usual. “Progress is good, it’s going really well,” said Road and Bridge Supervisor Chris Miller. “We’re pretty far ahead of schedule right now.” Though the process usually takes more time, this year has been exceptional as snowfall has been less than average this past winter.

It’s hard to say exactly how much snow was left over, but Miller reported that they’ve come across pockets as deep as eight to 10 feet, with other patches where the snow had already melted down to the road. “There’s more than what we thought was up there, but it’s not like a normal year… It’s

better than last year though,” he said. Roads open and ready to be explored include Yankee Boy and Red Mountain Town. The crew is currently clearing the Engineer and Corkscrew passes, which Miller said might be open and ready to use by the end of this week. Imogene Pass is the last to be plowed because it’s the longest and will have more snow built up, as the area doesn’t see much sun over the winter months. Road and Bridge aims to open the pass by the Fourth of July, and with the low levels of snow they’ve been seeing, they’re ahead of schedule.


Cattlemen’s Club at Timber Creek under construction By Mary Pat Haddock Tammee Tuttle and Rob Rose’s joint venture, Cattlemen’s Club at Timber Creek, is taking form and will be open for business this summer. Cattlemen’s Club will be located next door to Timber Creek, Rose’s western retail business, and will serve small plates and drinks prepared by Tuttle’s restaurant, the True Grit. In addition to

the indoor space, three tables will be placed on the boardwalk in front of Cattlemen’s Club and an additional table in front of Timber Creek. The back patio, which will offer live music on Friday evenings, will also be open for food and drink service during the day. The outdoor tables will be made from old wagon wheels to maintain the Old West vibe of the boardwalk and, as Rose said, “be true to our heritage.” At the same time, Cattlemen’s Club hopes


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to offer a high end customer experience, serving handcrafted cocktails and gourmet tapas. Rose said both he and Tuttle “like to do local when they can” and hope to integrate many local products and foods into the Cattlemen’s Club menu. Rose has plans for a phase two of Cattlemen’s Club, which will involve transforming the upstairs into an evening lounge, complete with a three quarter grand piano, leather sofas and a library of Rose’s professional books and materials.

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A few first year reflections My first year in the legislature was one of the busiest in recent years, and I conMike firmed my belief that the McLachlan only way to get things done is through compromise and respecting both sides of the aisle. Let’s focus on some great progress for Southwestern Colorado and other parts of rural Colorado this session. One of the bills I am most proud to sponsor is a law that will require the Commission on Family Medicine to help support rural family medicine residency programs. Those of us who live outside of metro areas understand how difficult it can be to encourage doctors to come to rural areas to practice. Representing a rural district, I know that we need to encourage family practice physicians in underserved areas where their medical practices can thrive and develop so that everyone can have access to quality medical care. Colorado has a challenge to retain and recruit doctors in rural areas,

and this program will help us get better access to health care. I am also proud to have helped broker a compromise on renewable energy and how it impacts rural Colorado. Initially, there was a proposal to require rural co-ops to have 25 percent of their portfolio in renewable energy by 2020. There is concern among rural co-ops about how they will achieve this goal, and my amendment helped reduce the number to 20 percent. I believe this goal can be achieved and even exceeded, given Colorado’s track record and expertise in developing renewable energy sources. Allowing rural co-ops to transition over the next several years will give us an opportunity to grow our local economy. Renewable energy is the future; oil and gas is the present. Finding a balance between the two is the best way forward. Mike McLachlan represents Colorado State House District 59.

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When you get busy with your job and everything else going on around you, details such as how to get your son home from college tend to slip. Before you know it, you're in that window where the price of air fare makes you think you're buying a small country. That's the pickle we put ourselves in a few weeks ago with our son, Michael, as he was finishing his second year of college. We couldn't go get him because there is just too much going on—Plaindealer, Shopper, Summer Guide. So, we came up with an option that was affordable, easy and not much of a hardship on a 20 year old. Take the bus. Brilliant! And away he went. He boarded fine and all was well. He texted us and said it was annoying that the darned thing stopped at every town along the way. But, it was comfortable and modern. Even had plugs to charge his laptop and iPhone, and he could surf all trip long because the bus was a rolling WiFi hot spot. One more transfer in Pueblo and he'd be in Gunnison spending the night with his uncle and aunt. Except by the time his bus arrived in Pueblo, the transfer bus had already come and gone. They literally left our son on a street corner in Pueblo with the next bus not due for another 23 hours. No bus station, just a street corner. "Looks like you're spending the night in Pueblo, sport," the bus driver told him as he tossed his bag at his feet. Now, I'm pretty even-keeled. But it didn't take long before the first customer service rep at Greyhound hung up on me. They don't have much tolerance for colorful metaphors. I don't have much tolerance for not meeting your obligations. The rep's name was "Mr. T." Seriously, that was his "phone" name. I had him spell it. He passed the test. He assured me, however, he couldn't help me in any way. The second rep had a little more patience with me. She, unlike Mr. T, admitted that she had a boss and that I could talk

to the boss. First, she took down some information. I could hear her keyboard pounding 90 miles per hour. No doubt, taking down Mr. T's testimony and putting it in my file. "I have your customer number for you to write down," she told me. "Customer number?" I asked. "Yes, I opened a case for you," she said, and started to give me the number. I stopped her and told her I knew my number. I told her that right then, I was number one and she could get her boss for me any second. On comes the boss, Mr. Miller. I told him I figured that wasn’t his real name, but promised to play along if he assured me that he would help. The boss began by offering me several assurances. He made it clear that missing connections and dropping customers part way is not entirely uncommon in their business. He also assured me that he could not facilitate in getting my son assistance, such as a hotel or anything remotely resembling, say, safety. He assured me that the drivers, even in this age of tracking by computer, knew not when a customer was transferring onto or off of a bus. (Note: bus transfers do not take place in grand palaces that are well-lit and have attendants. Many times, they are in parking lots of gas stations or such.) He also assured me he could not discuss restitution until my son's trip was over. His bus left him, I said. Doesn't that qualify for the trip being over? At that point, I guess I mixed in a few more colorful metaphors and Mr. Miller, while obviously annoyed that his job as customer service manager put him in position to have to speak with customers, of all things, made the most decisive move of his night. He hung up on me. We got Michael a hotel room. My brother went to Pueblo and picked him up the next morning. In the meantime, I think I'll try my luck with corporate headquarters. Maybe the rest of Mr. T's "A-Team" is there awaiting my call.



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LOOKING BACK From the Ouray County Herald and Ouray County Plaindealer: 50 Years Ago May 16, 1963 Ouray may have some fireworks come July 4. Real fireworks that is. The Ouray Fire Department is making a canvass of the town and if sufficient funds are raised to buy the pyrotechnics, they will be displayed over Ouray the night of July 4. 40 Years Ago May 17, 1973 Interest seems to be growing in the local Chamber of Commerce. Twenty-eight members and guests enjoyed the accommodations at the Longbranch Monday, at the regular Chamber meeting. Participation was lively on various issues having to do with gearing up for the summer season, the Jeep promotion, and community betterment. 30 Years Ago May 19, 1983 Real Estate Ad: 3 Bedroom Victorian on east side of town. Spacious home with a large two car garage and workshop. Beautiful view of town from the living room window. $79,900. 20 Years Ago May 20, 1993 For a third year, the Ouray County Historical Society's Miners' Dinner gathered area mining families and friends for a "good old get together." "People who worked here all their lives come here and chat, wishing for better days," said Paul Ricks of Ridgway. Barbara Muntyan, director of the Ouray County Historical Museum, said 150 people turned out for the dinner. The museum's biggest single fundraiser of the year, Muntyan estimated the dinner raised about $1,000. The roast beef dinner, cooked under the capable supervision of Fran Nordlander, was complemented with table decorations by Sandy Zanett that created the mood of an old boarding house. Following dinner, Dan Bender and Scott and Laurie Keith of Silverton entertained the group with mining songs.

10 Years Ago May 16, 2003 The fallout from the summer fires of 2002 could be the unleashing of pent-up visitation to the Ouray area, according to one tourism official. Ouray Chamber Resort Association Director Rennie Ross told about 40 merchants this week that early feedback points to a good summer season. "We're hearing from a lot of people who canceled in 2002," said Ross, speaking at OCRA's annual membership meeting Tuesday. "They're ready to come this year." From The Ridgway Sun 25 Years Ago May 19, 1988 The Prime Timers, Ridgway Senior Citizens' group, is holding a box social and dance on Saturday, May 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ouray Community Center. Ladies are encouraged to prepare their most famous dishes, wrap them up and come to the box social. The bidding starts at 6:15 p.m., and the dance will follow the supper. Funds will be used to help in the purchase of needed items for the Ridgway Community Events Center. 15 Years Ago May 21, 1998 Thanks to a $7,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) lottery funds, the Town Park will have new playground equipment. "We got everything we wanted," said Town Clerk Pam Kraft at last week's Town Council meeting. "This will buy a new swing set for toddlers, a big jungle gym, merry-go-rounds, an expanded area with more sandboxes and a tetherball." 5 Years Ago May 20, 2008 Attention homemade beer aficionados: mark your calendars. As part of the 12th annual "Love Your Valley" festival, the Town of Ridgway invites home brewers to join a competition. The festival, set for noon-6 p.m. Saturday, June 14th at Ridgway's Hartwell Park, will feature live music all day from several bands (including The Last Bus and Juba Juba), microbrew tasting and children's activities, and for the first time this year the home brewers' competition.

Feral nose and ear hair: Up to my neck in “Golden Pond” It’s right there in the Bible. Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goeth before the fall.” And “The Fall” sneaks up with the stealth of a practiced assassin. Next thing you know you can’t get up, and your bathtub has a chair and a door in it. Lord, I never thought I’d live long enough to get old. It starts subtly, with receding hairlines, crow’s feet wrinkles and, most hurtful, going unnoticed (as in, invisible!) by the fairer gender. You start skipping showers, wearing the same shirt four days in a row…the one with egg yolk dribbled down the front…and wondering how the Fountain of Youth suddenly turned into a “Golden Pond.” One day you’re a tall, tanned and ruggedly handsome outdoor gent, the next, you’re standing in front of a truthful mirror, aghast at the exacting toll sun, time and gravity has taken on your body. A thousand pushups and the best haircut in the world can’t arrest “The Fall” from pride and pulchritude (sniff). As a young shaggy-haired, dust-behindthe-ears cowboy—smelling of kid-sweat and dirty socks—it took a wedding or a funeral to get me a barbershop haircut. Back in the '50s, barbershops were a man’s domain (even if I did need a booster seat). I felt all grown up amidst the shaving and shearing of the woolly brotherhood…cigar and cigarette smoke hanging like LA smog, tearing blue eyes and greening my gills. I remember one barbershop experience in

particular. There were seven chairs and eight barbers, the eighth being a “sub.” I took a reluctant Mark seat in the waiting area. Johnson Hugh Downs hosted “Concentration” on a soundless black and white TV, while I perused a stack of “Look” and “Life” magazines, ogling movie stars and Edsels that featured Pushbutton Drive on steering wheels. After much financial debate, I traded a dime for a six-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola. Barbershops soon went the way of sixounce Cokes. Blame the '60s—post-Beatles— when males began growing out their hair. It was an unsettled, transitional time; a new culture was exploding in the faces of old “establishments.” Would-be June Cleavers traded aprons for abortion rights placards and burned their bras in the name of “Women’s Liberation.” Dylan and Hoffman warned us not to trust anyone over 30, and Madalyn Murray O’Hair spit in the face of God. The irony is that Barbershops were a casualty of changing hairstyles. Bimonthly haircuts gave way to annual events. I had to bid my aging barber farewell after he twice bared my ears and neck. He couldn’t adjust. To him a “haircut” would always mean, “above the collar, over the ears and

tapered.” I developed a flirtatious relationship with his r e p l a c e m e n t beautician…even let her talk me into a regrettable Afro perm. Fast-forward to the 21st century, wading into Golden Pond with man-boobs, bald spots and feral ear and nose hairs running amuck. I stoop to Super-Walmart clip joints, pining the loss of manly barbershops, the wooly brotherhood, and thinking there’s got to be a better way. Desperate, I fell victim to a late night infomercial and ordered one of those Flo-bee suck 'n cut thingies that hooks up to a Shop Vac…and thus, became a devout practitioner of the fine art of selfmutilation. It’s a hard landing after “the fall” from Pride and Pulchritude. My unease with beauty shops and staring at the reflection of what looks like an old man under cadaver-blue florescent lighting, while some Collège de Coiffeur teenybopper with a rat's nest of purple hair and enough tattoos and piercings to be the feature attraction at a “Ripley's” attempts to bridge our generation gap with “Cosmo” based small talk. There came an epiphany after one particularly excruciating Wally-cut, and it was this: I'd rather be on the receiving end of a prostate exam than endure another mirror

session with Chatty Scissorhands...high on Red Bull, reeking of perm solution and playing Russian Roulette with my eyesight via pointed instruments. I mean, at some agepoint in life one must accept that they are beyond the help of a pseudoscience, and nothing short of a facelift and liposuction could postpone Golden Pond. Oh to be rich. Now that I’ve all but taken up residence in Golden Pond, I’m willing to endure the selfinflicted wounds of botched Flo-bee haircuts in exchange for renouncing cadaver mirrors and Grand Canyon generation gaps at Wally Cuts. I’ll stay within the safe and normal confines of manly endeavors like tinkering in the garage, drinking fine IPA’s at local pubs and pushing my declining limits on an old Gary Fisher 29’er. As for botched Flo-bee haircuts, going gray and bald spots…that’s what ball caps are for, and why you’ll never catch me without one. They are my bridge to acceptance. Once bald, I’ll focus on those infernal nose and ear hairs that propagate geometrically with age and settle for being beautiful on the inside. Mark Johnson is a restless soul who lives in Ouray, Colorado with his wife, Bobbie. He is happiest when exploring the West's nooks and crannies, hiking, climbing and mountain biking. He authors two "wanderlust" based blogs: and


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Elections bill requires county staff training By Beecher Threatt County Clerk Michelle Nauer requested that the Board of County Commissioners give their informal OK to closing the clerk's office on June 25 so her staff can attend training on recently enacted elections legislation. Nauer appeared before the board at its regular meeting on May 14. "It is during a busy time, but I feel it is valuable for my staff and me to get this training," Nauer said. She could not remember a time that she had closed the office before and said she would make sure the closure is wellposted. None of the three commissioners objected to the office closing for one day. Nauer spoke to Commissioner Lynn Padgett's comment that the elections bill is being characterized as partisan. "The (county) clerks for three or four years have worked together trying to modernize and simplify the voting process for the voter," Nauer said. This is the first time they got the attention of legislators, but no Republican legislators voted for it.

The bill requires that every registered voter receive a ballot by mail. Voters can drop off completed ballots or can vote in person at "voting centers" that will replace polling places. Also, the category of "inactive voter" was eliminated. The major objections were to the bill's provisions for same day voter registration and documentation of residency with a utility bill. Nauer said those who objected did not know the details of registering and voting. "To register to vote, you don't have to show anything," she told the board. "To vote, you have to show proof of residency. The residency requirement went from 29 days to 22 days." Nauer said a utility bill was just one way of proving residency. She also noted that the legislation will lower the cost of elections and storing equipment. Commissioners approved a resolution allowing for a mail ballot election for the Nov. 5 coordinated election this year. Also on Tuesday the BOCC approved transfer of Divide Ranch and Club's liquor license to True Grit Too, which will operate on the clubhouse premises and provide a

beverage cart to the entire golf course. The paperwork and BOCC approval will go to the state liquor control board for its approval. True Grit Too is the business name for TGB&C, LLC, whose principals are Dale and Tammee Tuttle. Commissioners decided on signs for County Road 361, choosing two different sizes to be placed in four locations along the road. Each sign has graphics depicting the many types of users of the road. One has wording that simply states, "Narrow Road with Heavy Traffic; Please Pay Attention and Share the Road." The other has longer wording explaining that a driver may need to back up for oncoming traffic and that uphill traffic generally has the right of way, but in some instances state law requires the uphill driver to back up if he can do that more readily. The signs, it is hoped, will address anticipated traffic problems on CR 361 this summer, when tourists and recreationists meet the increased traffic from the two mines now operating in the area. In other business on Tuesday, the board:

--adopted on first reading an ordinance prohibiting marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities and marijuana retail stores in the unincorporated parts of the county. The ordinance does not attempt to limit rights of individuals regarding recreational marijuana use that is permitted by state constitution and statutes. It will expire on Oct. 15, 2014, unless repealed earlier. Second reading of the ordinance is on the May 28 agenda. --appointed Padgett as a non-voting member of the Top of the Pines board of directors. --appointed Kat Papenbrock as a Ouray County representative to the Region 10 board of directors. --authorized Russell Engineering and county staff to proceed with development of a TIGER V grant, with cost of the work product not to exceed $10,000. The work product will be beneficial for planning and not just for the grant. --convened into executive session for the purpose of receiving legal advice on a specific issue.

Cornerstone landowners seek injunction By Beecher Threatt Two Cornerstone landowner groups are awaiting a judge's ruling on their request for an injunction and appointment of receiver regarding the golf course, clubhouse and related assets. A lot owners group that formed in October 2012 and the Cornerstone Owners Association (a homeowners association) are plaintiffs in a suit filed in Ouray County District Court in March against 14 defendants. Loss of use and enjoyment of the golf facilities and decreased value of the lot owners' private property are at issue. Plaintiffs have requested that District Judge Mary Deganhart order two Utah companies, a Delaware company, four Arkansas companies and an Arkansas resident to take action to preserve the Cornerstone golf course. The course "needs immediate, continuous and extensive maintenance" now that the snow cover is gone, according to the affidavit of Thomas J. Huesgen, Jr., who was golf course superintendent from 2005 to March 2012. Plaintiffs also contend a receiver should be appointed to manage the club assets. The lawsuit alleges nine causes of action arising from a series of transactions whereby open space areas and the course, facilities, assets and equipment were conveyed among various defendants over the last one and a half years. The defendants, plaintiffs say, are responsible for maintaining and operat-

ing the course and facilities for the members, who as a group were to eventually get title to the course when a certain number of lots had been sold. The Arkansas defendants claim they have no duty to continue to operate the course and the lot owners have no property right or interest. They also contend the lot owners' memberships in the club do not presume the golf facilities will continue to be available. In documents filed with the court, the lot owners allege that more than $4 million has been paid to club owners over the years for membership deposits and dues, yet defendants owe over $300,000 in unpaid water bills to Cornerstone Metropolitan District for irrigation. The golf course and facilities were not open for most of the 2012 season. As far as equipment used to maintain the course, an Arkansas attorney who represents the Arkansas defendants told the Plaindealer the equipment was repossessed by the corporation that leased the equipment to the original club owner, Cornerstone Colorado Club, LLC, a Delaware company. In their lawsuit, plaintiffs accuse several of the Arkansas defendants of dividing up the equipment and assets among themselves. Over the last two years, ownership of the Cornerstone development, open space, golf course and facilities has changed hands often, according to the lawsuit, filed Mar. 15, and county deed records.

In December 2011, Cornerstone Colorado Club, LLC, sold its interest in Cornerstone and the club, its facilities and assets to Cornerstone Montrose Holdings, LLC, a Utah company managed by SilverLeaf Ventures, LLC. CMH's financing was through other Utah companies: Colony Partners, LLC; Plumb Land Investments, LLC; and, Immovable, LLC. In January 2012, the three Utah companies that financed CMH's purchase assigned their interests to another Utah company, CSPE028, LLC. The interests included deeds in lieu of foreclosure executed by CMH. The deeds in lieu of foreclosure were recorded in February 2012, ostensibly making CSPE028 the owner of the property and assets. In August 2012, CSPE028 sold the property and assets to at least two Arkansas companies, Cornerstone Real Estate Holdings, LLC and Cornerstone Foursome, LLC. Plaintiffs allege another grantee was Bobby W. (Lew) Thompson, an Arkansas resident. Further muddying the waters is a determination by Ouray County Attorney Marti Whitmore that the development agreement entered into by the county and the Cornerstone developer in 2004 was possibly breached by "the conveyance of only portions of the property rather than a sale of the entire parcel." The Board of County Commissioners has conducted executive sessions with Whitmore concerning the litigation.

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BOCC schedules planning commission interview dates FROM P1 pointed out that members of the public told the BOCC at its Apr. 30 meeting that by the time planning commissioners answered the public's questions (after comment period was closed on the second night), most of the public had left. County Attorney Marti Whitmore explained the goal of the planning commission was to have a clean record, and answering questions that required interpretation of their proposed revisions could lead to the perception that the outcome was pre-determined. The same applies to the BOCC hearing, Whitmore said. Questions of a factual nature can be answered immediately, she said, preferably

by land use staff members. "We have to stay pure to the process," Fedel said. "We have some issues with the path we took. That is why staff should draft code. What's done is done; let's move on and get this squared away." The hearing will be scheduled for 6-10 p.m. both nights. Written comments can be submitted if someone is unable to attend either night. Fedel and Padgett continued to spar regarding when speakers would have to sign up to speak—just the first night of the hearing or during the second night also. Fedel suggested allowing speakers to sign up both nights. Padgett pointed out that the staff presentation explaining the proposed revisions would take place only on

the first night, before the public comment period. If the board allows sign-ups the second night, "then this isn't about everyone getting the same information at the same time and place. It is basically a listening session, not a public hearing," Padgett said. She suggested allowing sign-up for a few days prior to the hearing and on the first night only. "My concern is people signing up the second night and not making an effort to see the staff presentation," Padgett said. She asked whether the board would wait until 10 p.m. the second night to see if more potential speakers showed up or would close comments at an earlier point. "We can address that in notification of the meeting," Batchelder replied. "We can

say the hearing can be closed if no public commenters are readily apparent." Padgett asked, "If we can't get through all comments on the second day, will you take additional sign-ups on the third?" Fedel and Batchelder both replied, "Yes." "We only have 4,400 potential speakers," Fedel said to chuckles from the public. After circling around the idea of allowing speakers to comment a second time, for one minute, after an initial five minute period, that idea was rejected and the board settled on individuals getting five minutes to speak and groups getting a 15 minute presentation. "Five minutes or six, there is no difference," Padgett said. "It's your show, guys," she relented.



Ranch History Museum granted longer term permit

Golf fundraiser for child advocacy center

By Beecher Threatt The Board of County Commissioners approved a special use permit for the Ranch History Museum on Tuesday, on recommendation of the county planning commission. The museum operates in the Colona Grange just during the summer months. This was the first time the museum was eligible for a permanent special use permit, as the land use code allowed only a temporary permit in the past. An amendment last year defined "historical museum" and allowed it as a special use in the Valley Zone. Instead of going to the planning commission and then to the BOCC every year, the museum will enjoy two years of operation without returning to the county. Every two years the permit will be reviewed by staff only. Recommended conditions for the permit, also approved by the BOCC, are waiver of typical permit fees; prohibiting public access to the basement; limiting second floor access to 50 persons; publicizing that the restrooms are not ADA compliant; having doors open and unlocked during operating hours; leaving asbestos areas undisturbed; and, maintaining a current lease with the Grange.


Elks take on recycling effort By Beecher Threatt The Ouray Elks Club is placing recycling bins in Felling Park, primarily for aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sales of aluminum will go toward the Elks' building restoration fund. Bins for plastic and glass will also be set up. The Elks will not sell those recyclables, but they will not be disposed of in the landfill. Recycling bins will be next to the trash cans in the park. The Elks request that the public not dispose of food products, paper, aluminum foil or trash in the designated bins. Aluminum can recycling containers are also located behind the Elks Lodge in Ouray and at the Ridgway Visitors Center. For bulk pickup of cans or for more information, call Dick or M-E Spirek at 626-5862.


Special to the Plaindealer The Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center in Montrose will hold its Third Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 8, at The Bridges Golf Club. This year’s tournament is being held in memory of Owen Daniel Reak, an 18-monthold child whose severe physical abuse resulted in death in 2012. Owen is the grandson of Eric and Beth Feely, general manager of The Bridges of Montrose. Lew Thompson, owner of The Bridges of Montrose, wanted to host the Dolphin House tournament this year. “We were all saddened and affected by Owen’s untimely death and we want to help the Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center so they can help other abused children and possibly keep those children from additional harm and death,” Thompson said. “Child abuse resulting in death is not unfamiliar in the Seventh Judicial District and it is something we want to bring to the attention of our communities,” said Sue Montgomery, executive director of the Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center. “We have seen several serious cases of physical abuse of children in 2013, which is unusual because most of the children we see are victims of sexual assault. “By focusing this tournament on one little boy whose life ended so tragically, we hope to help the community better understand that children we see at the Dolphin House are real children…children whose lives should be filled with laughter and fun as they explore the world they live in. Yet

they are children whose worlds are filled with fear and hurt…and some of them, like Owen, do not survive,” Montgomery continued. The annual Dolphin House Owen Daniel Reak Golf Tournament is one of the Child Advocacy Center’s major fundraisers each year. All proceeds go to provide services for child abuse victims. Services include victim support—both initial and ongoing—as well as coordinating the forensic interviews; medical exams; formal mental health assessments; referrals for therapy to trauma-trained, licensed therapists; and, staying in touch with families to make sure they are receiving the help they need during the investigation and prosecution of cases and the healing/stabilization phase. The Dolphin House also makes referrals for other community services as needs arise in the victim families.


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Friday, May 17

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Track qualifies for State Meet

by Michael Stovicek

Last weekend the track team had its State Qualifying track meet in Grand Junction on the 10 and 11 of May. At this meet there was two different meets at once, one was the Overall meet between the 1A and 2A and the other was The SJBL meet and they got placing at both. In first place overall was Kyle Cotton throwing the discus his best throw was 160 feet and 0 inches. In fourth place overall also was Kyle Cotton in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.85 seconds. In fifth place overall was Caleb Preston in the High Jump his highest jump was 5 foot 10 inches. Also in eighth was the Boys 4 by 200 Relay which consisted of Jacob, Caleb, Martin, and Levi and they had a time of 1:43.60. In the San Juan Basin League they also had placing and some are already mentioned. In first place was Kyle Cotton throwing the Discus. Also in second was Kyle cotton in the 200 meter Dash, which is mentioned above. In fifth place was Bailey Kersen in the 100 meter Hurdles with a time of 18.91 seconds. Nate Fedel had the 3200 meter Run with a time of 11:40.04. They had two State Qualifiers on the team. Kyle Cotton has qualified in the Discus, Shot Put, and the 200 meter dash. Caleb Preston has qualified for the High Jump. The next meet is state at Lakewood in the JeffCO Stadium form the 15 to the 18 of May.

Students honored at Sports Award Banquet

by Nate Fedel

On Monday, May 13, the Ouray School Athletic Booster Club conducted the annual Sports Awards Banquet for the athletes of the Ouray school. In previous years, the banquet featured a full meal. This year, due to shortage in Booster Club membership, a dessert bar was held. The event began at 5:30 and awards began at 6:00. The evening ended at about 7:30. Athletic Director and Coach Bernie Pearce had this to say: "Some people were disappointed about the format change but this way the event doesn't extend in to the night on a Monday. We are still very happy to reward our hard working athletes after the long year." The night started with team awards and ended with academic scholar recognitions. Two students, Jacob Fedel and Heather Adams received the the awards for Senior Athletes of the year. A few students were recognized with a plaque for the Scholar Athletes. These athletes were recognized for participating in two sports while maintaining at least a 4.0 GPA. These students were as follows: Patrick Link, Miya Saunders, Olivia Lockhart, Pia Falkowski, and Chiara Degenhardt. The night ended with a special announcement from Principal Scott Pankow. Mr. Pankow announced that Governor John Hickenlooper will come to Ouray School to sign a new School Safety bill in to law. School staff and students look forward to the event and are proud to have the ceremony at our school. Both parents and athletes enjoyed the sports awards banquet. After looking back on the year in sports, all groups look forward to the next year of athletic success at Ouray School.

News From Ouray High School

Joe Noll: Dancing into our hearts

by Heather Adams

The dancers' shuffle on stage, and the curtain before them rustles gently as if sensing the dancers anticipation. They freeze in their positions ready to begin their performance. In the center of the entourage with his head tilted back and his arms raised is the star of the show, Joe Noll. He is preparing for his debut at Denver Performing arts Center. Joseph Eli Noll was born on February 20th, 1994 at Montrose Hospital to Lucy and Rick Noll. He has two older siblings, a sister Hannah and a brother Martin. The positive environment of Joe's life has influenced his joy and loving attitude towards everyone. The lights flash onto the stage, the curtain raises and the spotlight rests on Joe. "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion from Joe's favorite film Titanic, blares through the speakers and the dancers begin to weave in intricate patterns. As Joe dances he remembers his time in Ouray. It seems so long ago in comparison to this thrilling moment on stage. With a jolt in his heart he remembers a time when he didn't feel that way during his first performance. The first time he performed on dance team he was extremely embarrassed, but as time went on he became more comfortable with his dancing ability. Joe continues his revelry. He remembers his

5th Grade puts on a beautiful performance

by Bonnie Hansen

On Tuesday, May 7, the Ouray fifth grade class held their annual Shakespeare performance at the Wright Opera House. These performances are a culmination of an entire year of fifth grade English as students memorize sections of Shakespeare and recite them, in character and in full costume. It is a wonderful way to educate young students about diction, performance, public speaking, and, of course, Shakespeare. Mrs. Phylis Fagrelius, fifth grade teacher at Ouray, started this tradition several years ago with the class of 2014, and since then the project has experienced major success.

In fact, most of the students in the High School say it was one of their most memorable Middle School experiences. "It was awesome, I still remember learning about Shakespeare," says Michael Stovicek, Ouray Sophomore. This year was also momentous, as it was the first time the performance was hosted at the Wright Opera House, which was a wonderful opportunity to integrate school and community. The students performed nearly flawlessly, which was quite impressive for such a young group of kids. Most of them really got into the theatrics of it. From what the audience could see, not a line was skipped nor a word forgotten, even in the most complex Shakespearean phrases. Parents and teachers alike are proud of their students, and look forward to further success of the program in future years.

first day of school at Ouray in 6th grade. He misses his times on the Ouray Dance team with his coach Phyllis Fagraleius and seeing all his friends. The most challenging time he experienced is the emptiness he feels when the people he loves leave him. As his time went on he wished he had the superpower to shoot webs so he could protect the people he loves and the things that mean something to him. The song ends and the audience stands cheering and clapping. Flowers are thrown on stage and Joe steps forward for a bow. His dance director steps onstage and puts an arm around him. One of Joe's strongest pet peeves is when people are bossy, which is why he doesn't get along well with his dance director but he appreciates the instruction he has received. Joe's life philosophy has alway's been to treat people with respect, so he turns to hug his director. His director steps aside to give Joe his moment. Joe steps up to thank his parents then mentions all his great teachers from Ouray and through his life who inspired him to read great books, including his favorite The Secret Garden. The crowed has left and lights are dulled. On stage Joe dances to the music in his head, one last performance of the night.

Recognizing Victory Day

by River Williams

Thursday, May 9th celebrated the 68th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazi Germans and the end of conflict in the European Theater of World War 2. This anniversary holiday, named Victory Day, has been celebrated mainly in the former Soviet Union, this reporter however thinks this holiday should be celebrated in the Western World as well. The Americans who fought against the reign of the Nazi Empire in Europe and gave their lives should never be forgotten for their brave sacrifice, neither should our British and even Soviet allies that fought the Germans on their own soil. Our younger generations often forget this horrid war that affected all people of this world, from people in the former British and French Empires, to the former Republic of China, and even us, as Americans, where greatly affected by this massive war that took the lives of 60 million people. To put into perspective the lives of 60 million people, that'd be 2% of the world's population at the time, or in modern terms, the entire population of 2013 Italy being wiped off the planet within six years. These lives should never be forgotten, and I believe the youth should celebrate the Victory over the Germans in this day and age, to remember what the allies sacrificed for our countries.

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OURAY HS BOYS/GIRLS TRACK & FIELD RESULTS 2013 San Juan Basin League Meet, Grand Junction, Friday/Saturday, May 10/11 Team Scores: Girls = 46 pts. (5th place); Boys = 41 pts. (4th place)

m Dash, 1:07.70 (PR); Marcina Sarmiento, Discus, 85’ 8” (PR); Tanner Paxton, 200 m Dash, 27.79; Nate Fedel, 3200 m Run, 11:40.04 (PR) 6th places: Boys 4 x 100 Relay (Tanner-JoeyNate-Martin), 56.10

STATE QUALIFIERS: Kyle Cotton: Discus (ranked 2nd); Shot Put (ranked 11th); 200 m Dash (ranked 17th) Caleb Preston: High Jump (ranked 16th)

Additional Individual Results for the Girls: Pia Falkowski: 100 m Dash, 15.51 (PR); 100 m Hurdles, 21.67 (PR); 200 m Dash, 30.74 (PR); 300 m Hurdles, 58.07 (PR) Avery Folsom: Discus, 58’ 4”; Shot Put, 20’ 2” Holly Harrington: 200 m Dash, 29.18 (PR) Bailey Kersen: 200 m Dash, 31.79; 300 m Hurdles, 55.42

Scoring the top eight places overall for 2A/1A meet points: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 Scoring the top six places for SJBL points: 108-6-4-2-1 (individual & relay events for team points)…8-6-4-3-2-1 (for individuals within relays for All-conference consideration) Marcina Sarmiento runs the last leg of the Girls 800 m Medley Relay as teammate Haley Crozier cheers her on. The girls took 8th place in the competition and placed 5th overall at the meet. Courtesy photo by David Emory

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Additional Individual Results for the Boys: Gerardo Acosta: 800 m Dash, 2:32.54; 1600 m Run, 5:43.00 (PR); 3200 m Run, 13:31.88 (PR) Joey Fedel: 100 m Dash, 15.93 (PR); 400 m Dash, 1:08.99 (PR); 1600 m Run, 5:38.97 (PR) Jacob Fedel: Shot Put, 35’ 2” (PR) Levi Lokey: 200 m Dash, 25.15 Weston Patton: 1600 m Run, 5:35.80; 3200 m Run, 12:24.28 Tanner Paxton: 100 m Dash, 13.63 Morgan Wright: Shot Put, 19’ 9” (PR); 800 m Dash, 2:43.42 (PR)


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Selection of trees for planting in a home landscape depends on the desired effect and the purpose the trees will satisfy in the landscape, explains Tchukki Andersen, Board Certified Master Arborist, Certified Treecare Safety Professional and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). "Will they attract birds to the area?" she asks. "Shade a patio? Screen an unsightly view? Enhance the appearance of the home? Identify an entrance or exit? Trees can provide contrast and relief from surrounding buildings and create seasonal interest in areas near the home," says Andersen. TCIA advises homeowners to consider the following factors when selecting a tree: --hardiness (ability of the plant to survive extremes of winter cold and summer heat) --mature height and spread --growth rate --cleanliness --type of root system --moisture requirements --space available above ground and below ground --maintenance requirements --available at local nursery --ornamental effects, such as branching habit, texture and color of bark, flower, fruit and foliage; and whether the tree is evergreen or deciduous A professional tree care company can help you determine which tree species both perform well in your local area and are suited to your desired planting site. Arborists often do a close analysis of the specific planting site to determine the susceptibility or resistance to environmental conditions, such as: --disease and insect problems that may limit your selections --the prior use of the planting site --soil conditions, such as poor drainage, high or low pH, and soil nutrition --the presence or absence of channelized winds --the location of utilities, both above and below ground, because they are site conditions that dictate plant choice and location

--the relationship of the plant to roads, walkways and security lighting Is there enough space to plant a tree? The space available at the specific site and mature tree size are important considerations, and addressing these limits will go a long way toward reducing maintenance costs. Do not plant trees that will grow 25 feet or taller under or near overhead power lines. Do not forget the underground utilities. Out-of-sight does not mean that they would not have to be serviced at some point. Call 811 for the national "Call before you dig" hotline before selecting a planting site. Permanent plantings such as trees should be spaced to allow utility service. Ground-level utility structures such as transformers and individual service connections require space to be serviced. A minimum of 10 feet clearance

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after the tree has grown to maturity will help avoid any possible electrical hazards. Where to plant Community ordinances may restrict planting of trees near power lines, parking strips, street lights, sewers, traffic control signs and signals, sidewalks and property lines. Municipalities may require planting permits for trees planted on city property. City codes often require that trees on city property be maintained by the city, so citizens planting an improper selection can cause problems for themselves and the municipality.


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MAY 16 - 22, 2013



Scout, a rust and white paint horse, visited Ridgway Elementary School with his owner Alice Billings (green shirt) and her assistant Lisa Davitian (behind Scout). Two fifth grade art classes had the opportunity to connect with Scout through art, as they sketched the horse's strong features. Plaindealer photo by Mary Pat Haddock

Two great horned owlets, with a third one hiding, sit guarded by their mother in an aspen tree near Log Hill. Courtesy Photo by Julie Nelson

Ouray reporter Sheridan Block, a newcomer to the area from Florida, viewed her first evidence of a bear last weekend while walking with her dog near the Ouray dog park. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block

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MAY 16 - 22, 2013


CrossFit for community and health By Sheridan Block

seem almost cult-like, but to Ouray’s CrossFitters, it’s a supportive fitness community. “It’s an encouragement thing… it’s an ‘us’ mentality,” said Hypoxia trainer Craig Kaminsky. “In our gym, if being fit and wanting to exercise and get strong is a cult, then great!” It’s all about the camaraderie and the fun in fitness, Cook said. That’s why the gym will have challenges like this month’s Olympic Lift Challenge to keep it fun and interesting for the gym rats. Winners of this month’s

challenge will be able to create their own workout that will be used in routines this summer. The great thing about CrossFit, Kaminsky said, is that it’s infinitely scalable. Anyone at any age or fitness level can participate because the workouts are adjusted to the athlete. LaVonne Glanville of Ridgway is one of the older CrossFitters and has been training at Hypoxia for almost four years. The toughest part about the program, she said, is the discipline it takes to keep at it every week.

Grunts and groans harmonize with the drops of a dozen barbells, creating an intimidating orchestra inside of Ouray’s Hypoxia Gym. Ouray’s very own CrossFit haven, known as the “box” by enthusiasts, opened about five years ago. It hosts between 35 and 50 athletes in its bare, garage-like setting. Followers as young as 13 and as old as 70 participate in early morning classes, making the weight-lifting and kettleball swinging look as easy as breathing. While the intense training program might seem like another fitness trend, thanks to ESPN’s CrossFit Games, the sport has been around since the mid-90s, if not earlier. The difference between CrossFit and other fitness trends that have come and gone is the variability in its training. Trainer Alan Cook said workouts are constantly varied, and new routines are followed each day. Rather than just being more efficient at a specific exercise, the variability aspect of CrossFit allows athletes Ouray County CrossFitters going through the day's MetCon (metabolic conditioning) routine. to get a better workout The workout included push presses, kettle ball swings, and push ups. overall, he said. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block To outsiders, the CrossFit culture might

New integrative healing modality offered locally By Mary Pat Haddock Suzy Morris, a recent addition to Ridgway’s Rocky Mountain Integrative Medicine, brings a diverse range of healing approaches to the practice. Morris offers Bowenwork, a holistic soft-tissue technique, wellness coaching and guided therapeutic movement. She also offers postural alignment, using corrective exercise to improve poor posture, as well as sports strengthening, conditioning and agility training. Her stated intention is to combine these practices to help clients “reach their optimum personal health.” Morris studied Bowenwork in Michigan at Bowenwork Academy U.S.A. and moved here with her husband and three children two years ago. Morris’s family had been vacationing in the San Juans for years. She describes “everything lining up” for the family when they decided to move to Ridgway, saying “Ridgway kind of found us.” Morris said she enjoys that Bowenwork specifically “does not exert her will as a practitioner but rather taps into the body’s innate ability to heal itself.” When providing Bowenwork, Morris delivers signals to

the central nervous system via moves felt both immediately and up to severover the client’s soft tissue and muscle. al days after treatment. “These gentle moves are made on precisely located sites on the body with a stretch, roll and release. The moves provide effective information to the brain and stimulate a h e a l i n g response,” she explained. There is a break between moves, allowing the body to integrate the information received. The method works with meridians, energy pathways in the body, like acupuncture does and similarly works on physical, chemical, Wellness coach, personal trainer and Bowenwork emotional, mental practioner Suzy Morris. and energetic levPlaindealer photo by Mary Pat Haddock els. Results can be

While everyone is able to do CrossFit, it’s not a program for everyone, said Cook. The workouts are hard physically, but the hardest part is the mental aspect. “The mental toughness that people get from doing CrossFit is transferable to all aspects of life,” he said. For Glanville, the physical and emotional rewards she gains from the workout help her conquer the mind games the program plays. That’s why she returns to the box each week, lifting more weights and adding more reps to her routine.

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Town council sponsors green energy symposium this summer By Mary Pat Haddock During the regular May town council meeting, Paula James, representing Transition Ourway, requested financial sponsorship from Ridgway for the Green Energy Symposium scheduled for June 1. “Transition has no money, but we hope to make a little on this,” James told council. She requested Ridgway become a gold sponsor for the event by donating $250. Mayor Pro Tem Eric Johnson told James, “It is the smallest amount anybody has asked

us for.” Council member Ellen Hunter noted that nearly every month a different group comes before council asking for funding assistance. James advocated, “We want Ridgway to be seen as a leader in green energy.” “I agree it has literally been every month somebody has come in, but I think $250 is a relative drop in the bucket," Johnson said. "I’d be okay with $250.” Council member Jim Kavanaugh said, “I’m all for it, it’s another gesture of supporting Transition Ourway’s efforts within the community.” The council unanimously voted to give $250 to the event. In another matter, Kavanaugh introduced student members of the sister cities committee, Tashi Hacket, Jack Middleton and Abel Lannan, to present

information on communities from Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic that have the potential to be sister communities to Ridgway. Kavanaugh explained the committee was composed of the three high school students, himself and council members Jason Gunning and Rick Weaver. “Last year it was proposed that over the course of the next several years, we attempt to establish a network of like minded towns with similar values and common features to promote intercultural learning and understanding, along with visits and exchanges,” Kavanaugh said, explaining the background of the effort. After each student presented on a community similar to Ridgway in altitude, culture or economic base, council asked them to reach out to the communities to determine their interest in becoming a sister city

and proceed based upon those responses. In other matters, council: --approved an intergovernmental agreement with Ridgway school district for maintenance of playing fields. --approved the Creative District’s strategic plan, which can be found in its entirety on the town’s website. --ratified an “adopt a parks” program intended to encourage community volunteer efforts to improve and maintain Ridgway’s parks. --heard from Public Works Director Joanne Fagan that while the current flow into Ridgway Resevoir is greater than it was this time last year, the total amount expected for the year is still only half of what is considered a “normal” year. The open meeting ended in an executive session related to water rights, property transfers and matters subject to negotiation.

POLICE department short two officers FROM P1 Rondinelli would not comment on why the officers are leaving but stated the city staff is "moving rapidly" to work around the situation and fill the positions. The Ouray County Sheriff's Office will be assisting Ouray with law enforcement duties during this time. According to Sheriff Dominic "Junior" Mattivi, Ouray's schedule is covered through Sunday, and the sheriff's department will step in as needed. He said depending on the schedule they will have four officers on the street and may bring in an off-duty officer to work shifts in Ouray if needed. "It's kind of hard to verbalize," said Mattivi. "I'm a little surprised over what's happened over there the last couple

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of weeks." City council members were informed of the news on Tuesday in an email from the city administrator. Council member John Ferguson said he was as surprised as anybody to hear about the officer's resignations, and Mayor Bob Risch, who is out of town this week, didn't learn about the news until he was contacted by the Plaindealer. "I just really don't have any comment about it. I know there's been an ongoing assessment of the police and evidently our city administrator said this was a culminating move," said Ferguson. "(As a member of) city council, it's not part of our duties to deal with personnel. We're not legally bound to do that so it's the city administrator who makes those decisions."

RAT releases report FROM P1 encourage mountain biking enthusiasts from other areas of the country to come to Ridgway. The BLM states its objectives in this matter are to "provide single-track trail opportunities in a natural-appearing landscape that ensures visitors are not exposed to unhealthy or unsafe human-created conditions, achieve a minimum level of conflict between recreation participants as well as between recreation and other resource uses, and provide for quality recreational travel opportunities for personal, community, environmental, and economic benefits." The BLM's plan continues, "Also, to sustain the undeveloped character of the Ridgway area’s wide-open spaces for recreation use and enjoyment, and to maintain appropriate, sustainable, and reasonable access for visitors, authorized users, and private landowners while reducing private land trespass within the planning area." RAT Fest is scheduled to include: Friday evening movie and beer at the Sherbino, trail building Saturday morning, an afternoon mountain biking clinic with Sara Ballantyne and the inaugural performance on Ridgway's new permanent stage in town park by Joint Point.





MAY 16 - 22, 2013

Wright box office construction kicks off renovations By Sheridan Block Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the Wright Opera House is undergoing major renovations as part of its capital campaign. The capital campaign is a five to seven year restoration project funded by donations, grants and business sponsorships. Every dollar raised goes toward renovation projects, not business operations, said the Wright’s executive director, Josh Gowans. “The primary focus in the renovation is to make (the Wright) a modern, usable facility that people are comfortable in,” he said. “We want to make it a flexible community venue.” By flexible community venue, Gowans explained that the group is working to maintain the historic feel to the theater while making sure it is functional to support multiple uses. The first major project the Friends of the Wright have taken on is the construction of a formal box office. If you’ve walked into the theater lately, you’ve no doubt noticed the

construction taking place in the main lobby. The box office will create a workspace for ticket sales and information. “It demonstrates progress as soon as you walk through the door… It shows that we are taking steps to renovate the Wright,” said Gowans. “Folks want to see progress and they want to see plans, and we’re showing that with the box office.” A formal box office also paves the way for the addition of an elevator and a redesigned staircase, an important first step to make the theater accessible to all its guests. Total cost of the elevator, stairs and box office is budgeted at $250,000, of which the organization currently has $60,000 in the bank. This phase will affect the next line of work, as each project influences the next. Though Gowans said they hoped for a November completion date, work toward the elevator and stairs are scheduled for 2014. Alongside this “accessibility” phase, the Friends are working toward restoring the theater’s roof, which has been financially backed by donations from the community and a grant from the State Historical Fund. The organization also applied

for a second grant from the fund to restore the building’s foundation, though it won’t receive information on approval until August. The community has played a large part in the restoration of the Wright as donations have helped the organization move steadily to make these improvements. “I think it’s fabulous and incredible that a community like this opened up their pockets to make this begin to happen. That’s what Ouray County is all about,” said business manager Rennie Ross. It’s the Wright’s goal to be sensitive to the community and to solicit thoughts and feedback from its donors. Friends of the Wright will host a series of informal gatherings and donor appreciations to demonstrate plans and progress. Feedback shapes the projects, Gowans said. “Our ultimate goal is to demonstrate that the Wright is part of this community and it’s up to us, all of the community, to take ownership of it and make this restoration happen,” he said. Information about the capital campaign and restoration projects are on the theater’s website at

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RIDGWAY MARSHAL The Ridgway Marshal’s Department investigated the following calls for service between May 7 and May 12, 2013 May 7: Menacing/Harassment, Officer and a deputy sheriff responded to a residence in 700 block of Tabernash Lane on a report of harassing phone calls. One male arrested for menacing, harassment and eluding law enforcement. May 8: Medical, Officer responded with the ambulance to a doctor’s office in the 500 block of Palomino Trail on a report of an 82-yearold female injured; patient transported. Fingerprints, Officer fingerprinted a male at the office who was applying to volunteer for the school district. Agency Assist, Officer and a deputy sheriff responded to the area of US Hwy. 550 and Mall Rd. on a report of a deer struck by a car and still alive; deer was located further north on Hwy. 550 out of town jurisdiction and still alive; deputy sheriff dispatched deer. May 9: Accident, Officer investigated a two-vehicle, non-injury accident at the intersection of SH 62 and US Hwy. 550; severe damage, male driver issued a citation for careless driving. May 10: Certified VIN Inspection, Officer performed a certified VIN inspection at the office for a male who needed a title for a kit trailer he purchased and assembled. Follow Up, Officer interviewed a witness at the office from the two-vehicle accident on May 9. May 11: Medical, Officer responded with the ambulance to a residence in the 400 block of Amy Court on a report of a 74-year-old male with diabetic problems; patient transported to the hospital. May 12: Agency Assist, Officer and a deputy sheriff assisted a state trooper on a traffic stop in the 900 block of W. Hyde St.

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4th St area. May 9: Officer did a civil standby in the 500 block of 8th Ave. Officer had a dog at large violation at 2nd St and 4th Ave. Warning was issued. Officer did training on Amendment 64. Officer responded to a 911 call in the 500 block of 6th St. Officer conducted business checks on Main St. May 10: Officer responded to a 911 call in the 500 block of 6th St. Officer was able to contact the owner about the issue. Officer did business checks on Main St. Officer took an assault call in the 100 block of 3rd Ave. The call involves juveniles and is under investigation. Officer assisted Ouray Fire Department with the cleaning of Main St. May 11: Officer assisted a citizen in the 100 block of 4th Ave. The citizen locked their keys in their vehicle. The Officer was able to unlock the vehicle. Officer did business checks on Main St. Officer did follow up investigation on the assault call from May 10. Officer investigated a loud noise in the area of 2nd St and 7th Ave. Officer was not able to determine what caused the noise May 12: Officer rechecked the area for the loud noise. It is believed to have been a bear that broke into a dumpster. Officer received a call about a person spitting on a car in the area of 2nd St. and 6th Ave. The officer was not able to locate the person.

SHERIFF’S LOG The Ouray County Sheriff’s Department investigated the following calls for service between May 6 and May 12, 2013: May 6: Traffic contact for speed 300 block of County Road 24 warning issued. Traffic contact for speed 300 block of County Road 24 written warning issued. Smoke investigation County Road 4 everything was okay. Traffic contact for speed Sherman Street in Ridgway warning issued. Traffic contact for no headlights Hwy 550 mile marker 100 citation issued for no headlights and no valid drivers license. May 7: Attempted to serve civil process Sabeta. Welfare check Hwy 550 mile marker 91 courtesy transport to Ouray County Line. Agency assist Ridgway Marshal for an arrest for harassment, menacing and vehicular eluding. Report of an overdue party in the area of Brown Mountain. Responded to County Road 22A for a chemical smell. May 8: Served civil process on Oak Ln E confiscated one firearm per court order. Responded to a report of an injured deer Hwy 550 mile marker 105. Smoke investigation County Road 1 controlled burn. Traffic contact for speed 13000 block of County Road 1 warning issued.

The following cases were heard in Ouray County courts on May 9, Judge David Westfall presiding: Mickey O. Leamy failed to appear on charge of violation of criminal protection order. Bench warrant issued and bond set at $2,000. Braden Marcus Gunem failed to appear on traffic infraction of speeding 10-19 over limit. Default judgment entered. Timothy J. Arsenault appeared by phone for hearing on charge of violating chain restrictions by a commercial vehicle causing lane closure. Default judgment set aside. On motion of defendant, case dismissed. Robert C. Nelson appeared for plea hearing on charges of driving under the influence, driving under the influence per se and speeding 10-19 over limit. Continued to June 6 at 9:30 a.m. Shalisa Lynn Welch appeared by attorney for plea hearing on charges of driving under the influence, careless driving and failure to display proof of insurance. Continued to June 6 at 9:30 a.m. Scott P. Johnston appeared for plea hearing on charges of child abuse-knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury and assault 3-knowingly or recklessly causing injury. Continued to June 27 at 9:00 a.m. Ryan C. Hampton appeared for disposition hearing on charges of possession of four grams or less of a schedule I or II con-

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The Ouray Police Department investigated the following calls for service between May 6 and May 12, 2013: May 6: Officer assisted a citizen in the 300 block of 2nd St. The citizen needed a VIN inspection done on a vehicle. Officer assisted a citizen at the police department. The citizen was needing their fingerprints taken for licensing. Officer conducted foot patrol on Main St. Officer took a report of a found wallet. The wallet was held at the police department Officer did POST training on Amendment 64. May 7: Officer returned the found wallet to the owner. Officer had a complaint of an abandoned vehicle in the 600 block of 4th St. Officer contacted a juvenile riding a scooter on the roadway in the 1300 block of Main St. Officer assisted Ouray Sheriff’s Dept. and Ridgway Marshal’s office on County Rd. 24. Officer assisted Ouray Sheriff’s Department about an overdue party. The party was to be in the Brown Mountain area. The officer was not able to locate the overdue party. May 8: Officer assisted the District Attorney’s office. Officer took a theft report from the 600 block of 5th St. The theft occurred in the beginning of March. Case is under investigation. Officer did foot patrol on Main St and in the school. Officer issued a citation for speeding in the 1200 block of Main St. Officer received a complaint of an unruly customer at a business in the 500 block of Main St. The subject was leaving upon arrival of the officers. Officer had a bear call in the 5th Ave and

May 9: Took a report of harassment. Phone call request regarding the harassment. Report of livestock on Hwy 550 mile marker 101 put back in pasture. Responded to County Road 22A for a chemical smell. May 10: Phone call request regarding harassment case. Traffic contact for speed Hwy 550 mile marker 111 warning issued. Served civil process County Road 24. Attempted to serve civil process County Road 10A. Served civil process Tabernash Lane. Agency assist State Patrol DUI stop Hwy 550 mile marker 111. Report of suspicious activity intersection of Marmot and Antler everything was okay. Report of an intoxicated male with a rifle walking along Hwy 550 mile marker 111-112 male was gone upon arrival. Traffic contact for no tail lights Hwy 550 mile marker 106 warning issued. May 11: Agency assist State Patrol for a motorcycle accident. Traffic contact for weaving Hwy 550 mile marker 108 warning issued. May 12: Phone call request regarding the harassment case. Agency assist OCEMS medical call County Road 22 patient transported to Montrose Hospital. Traffic contact for speed Hwy 550 mile marker 116 warning issued. Agency assist State Patrol with traffic stop Hwy 550 mile marker 108.










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trolled substance and possession of two to six ounces of marijuana. Continued to June 6 at 9:30 a.m. Gary Simpson v. Melinda Mull, trial to court. Judgment for defendant. John Eric Souders appeared for plea hearing on charge of driving after revocation of license, dismissed by DA, and on charge of careless driving and was found guilty. Sentenced to 10 days in jail with credit for one day, with work release authorized, to report July 5 at 7 p.m.; assessed $498.50. Review July 25 at 10 a.m. Capital One Bank USA NA v. Maria M. Gilliam, no answer filed by return date. Lisa Moore, Joan Moore, Cameron Moore and Michelle Geiger Moore v. Scott Carlisle. Permanent protection order denied.




During its April meeting, the Ridgway school board named sophomore Mikayla Unruh, daughter of Jim and Robbie Unruh, Ridgway High School’s student of the month. Unruh said she enjoys “writing and gaining new learning opportunities.” Unruh wants to “do something in politics” and hopes to “end up in Washington, D.C., some day.” Unruh’s biggest academic challenge is time management. Her first priority is to maintain a high grade point average in school. Her second area of focus is community involvement, currently manifested through her role on Montrose’s youth council. Unruh lives in Montrose but has attended school in Ridgway since kindergarten due to her parents’ employment with the district. Unruh explained that her classmates accept her without question as one of their own. Her Montrose home base allows Unruh to participate in the city’s youth council, which extends outreach intiatives to Montrose youth, such as the city’s upcoming teen job fair, and attempts


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Unruh named RHS student of the month By Mary Pat Haddock

MAY 16 - 22, 2013

to bridge the gap between the youth and adults of Montrose. Unruh participates in Knowledge Bowl and band, where she plays the alto saxophone. Her favorite subject is World History with Mr. Gunning. Unruh said the class has opened her mind from the “sheer volume of knowledge that you take in.” One of Unruh’s teachers commented, “The person with the highest expectations for Mikayla is Mikayla and she strives daily to achieve her goals.”

Ridgway principal Jim Bob Hobbs congratulates April student of the month Mikayla Unruh. Plaindealer photo by Mary Pat Haddock

By Mary Pat Haddock In April the Ridgway School Board named eighth grader Jonny Zaugg the middle school student of the month. Zaugg, son of Dan and Sabine Zaugg, said he likes going to school because he “likes seeing his friends.” His social motivation, however, does not distract him from doing his best. Zaugg said it is important to put in the work because school “will dictate what you are going to do for the rest of your life.” Zaugg’s greatest challenge in school is to balance his academic workload with his extracurricular commitments, which include climbing, soccer and track. Zaugg’s science teacher described him as “a great team player.” Another teacher commented, “Jonny can always be counted on to help out, whether anyone notices or not.” Zaugg spends much of his winter climbing to the top of Ridgway’s indoor climbing wall. The climbing team, which began as a part of the Voyager program, now competes with other schools and represents both Ridgway and Ouray. Zaugg has taken first in the Ridgway competition for the past three years. Competitors climb increasingly difficult routes to the top until only one competitor can make the climb; speed is

irrelevant. Zaugg said, “Climbing has taught me you can accomplish new things if you try hard enough and practice long enough.” While he dominates the local indoor climbing competition, Zaugg still prefers the outdoors, with Joshua Tree remaining his favorite climbing spot. Zaugg is especially interested in his science class and wants to be an engineer and build bridges and buildings. He thanks his math teachers for preparing him for this field because he used to “hate math,” but now “likes it.” Zaugg also thanks the rest of his teachers, his parents and his siblings, who inspire him to “strive to greater heights.”

Ridgway principal Jim Bob Hobbs congratulates middle school student of the month Jonny Zaugg. Plaindealer photo by Mary Pat Haddock

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RENTAL WANTED HOUSE RENTAL WANTED Long term starting June. Need to see ASAP. Ouray/Ridgway. Garage preferred. Non-smoking, no pets, no children, professional, tidy couple. Will take great care of your home. 602349-2257, 720-244-5454.

ESTATE SALES ESTATE SALE MAY 10-12 In Silverton. 1447 Reese. 5 generations Antiques: furniture, toys, tins, bottles, Native American items to modern. Gas stove must sell extremely heavy.

• Live/Work Studio / Condo, 604 sq. ft., $800/mth inc. utilities, Full kitchen, bath, loft living at its finest - RENTED!


• Office Space - 287 sq.ft. $350/inc. utilities. End unit, lots of light and windows. - RENTED!


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RICO - COMMERCIAL LOT (Near geothermal). Loop 145. Make offers, 5% down, owner financing, 732-425-3266




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3Bd/2.5Ba. “The Retreat” Log Hill Mesa. Gourmet Kitchen. Views! Premier Home. $595,000 Ponderosa Real Estate 970-626-5236

2Bd/1Ba. Charming Historical Home. Ridgway. Sunny Side of Sherman Street. $275,000. Ponderosa Real Estate 970-626-5236



ROCC PARKING LOT SALE Huge Ridgway event! The awesome annual ROCC Parking Lot Sale is Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. behind the Ridgway Library on Railroad St. Buy or sell clothes, books, tools, antiques, jewelry, toys, vehicles, sports equipment and more! To reserve a space, email $10 to sell. Free to nonprofits and buyers. No vendors, please.

DOWNTOWN OURAY 2 bedroom 1 bath apt suitable for 1 or 2 people. Pet considered. $600 per month plus electric. 970-708-7201.


LONG TERM Serving Home & Vacation Rental Prop erties 3bd, 2ba - 2 car garage, 6.5acres, CR 1A, Available 7/1/13. Dogs OK. ~$1,200/mo. 4bd, 3ba - Dogs OK, 2 Car Garage - Log Hill Village. Available 6/1/13. ~$1,200/mo. Ridgway's only dedicated Property Manager. Independent Broker. PO Box 2094 Ridgway, CO 81432




Ridgway Property Management & Realty 3 BEDROOM 2 BATH HOUSE Nice fenced yard, across from elementary school, near ball field. Price reduced to $1,660/mo. including all utilities. 970-626-5934 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH $1,200 per month, beautiful out of town location, OURAY-RIDGWAY VACATION RENTAL Sleeps 4-6, Furnished, great views, by week or month, most weeks available. contact 888998-0859 or


OURAY CONDO Short or long term rental, 2BR 1B, carport, furnished, cable,utilities included. $350wk $1200mo. 970-318-1468. VIEW HOME FOR RENT 3 BR 3 bath 2100 square feet townhome. Large family room wired for surround sound and cable. All kitchen appliances with washer & dryer in separate laundry room. Master suite with separate bath. 2 car attached garage. Large decks with panoramic views of Sneffels. Fenced yard that opens to park. Pets OK. Available Now. $1600 per month. Call Thom at 949-637-1975. CHARMING VICTORIAN Centrally located in Ouray. 2br, 1-1/2ba, large yard. Full basement. High efficiency hot water heating system. No smoking. 1yr lease. $900. 970-325-4089, 805-995-1601. 2 BEDROOM/1 BATH APARTMENT Trash, water included. $650 month. $750 deposit. 970-3254399. 2BR, 1.5BATH TOWNHOUSE For rent. Stove, rifrigerator, washer dryer, fenced yard, wal to park, post office and market, beautiful downtown Ridgway. $750 plus deposit. Pets OK with approval. 970-626-5751.

HELP WANTED RIDGWAY SCHOOLS is hiring for a Secondary School Office Manager, Climbing Wall Coach, MS Cheerleading Coach, and Boys Soccer Assistant Coach. Visit for more information. EOE HOUSEKEEPER POSITION Available at True Grit Café. Early a.m. daily cleaning. Pay $13.00 per hour. Please call 626-4343. TRUE GRIT CAFE Hiring Line Cook, Prep and Dish as well as Servers. Please call 626-4343 or stop by. OURAY RIVERSIDE INN Is seeking an experienced fulltime and permanent lead housekeeper. Pay range: $11$15 + bonuses and gratuities. Stop by and fill out an application. No phone calls please.



One or Two Newer Homes For Sale In Ouray

Purchase one or both of these side by side homes. Both overlook the Hot Springs Pool, Park and town. Unobstructed Mountain Views, walking distance to pool, downtown and trail heads Call (970) 209-5795 HELP WANTED


PART-TIME/FRONT DESK CLERK Must be computer literate, friendly, a team player and a multi-tasker. Schedule is Wed, Fri & Sat, 7:00am-3:00pm. Please apply in person, Ridgway Lodge and Suites, 373 Palomino Trail, Ridgway.

MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE POSITION IN OURAY Part time. Medical/administrative experience preferred. Call 970249-6670 to set up interview.

YARD & MISC. LANDSCAPE Help needed. Minimum day/week. 970-325-4304.


OURAY COUNTY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR Ouray County is accepting applications for the position of Equipment Operator for the Road & Bridge Department. Applicants must have a valid Colorado Drivers License, Class A, with air and tanker endorsement. This position reports directly to the Road & Bridge Superintendent/Road Supervisor and the Assistant Road Superintendent. Experience: Two years experience in road and bridge maintenance and construction, heavy equipment operations and maintenance. Education: High School Diploma or equivalent. Compensation: $38,667.20. Please send cover letter and resume to Ouray County Human Resources, P.O. Box C, Ouray, Co. 81427. Job description is available at Ouray County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position is open until filled. LANDSCAPER NEEDED Clean driving record and background req. $10/hr Call 9010514 RIDGWAY SCHOOLS is looking for an Elementary Principal to begin in August 2013. For more information visit EOE

ST. ELMO HOTEL Now hiring summer housekeepers. Apply in person. 426 Main St., Ouray. BUEN TIEMPO RESTAURANT Now accepting applications for following positions: Bartender, Wait, Host, Bus & Kitchen Help. Apply in person after 4:30pm, at 515 Main St. MOTEL HOUSEKEEPER Wanted mid-May to midOctober. $13/hour. Send resume to Hot Springs Inn, PO Box 236, Ouray 81427. CIMARRON CAFE Is hiring experienced prep and line cooks and waitstaff. Good pay, two weeks paid vacation each year. Apply in person between 1pm-5pm, Mon-Fri. 153 Hwy. 550. SERVERS & BUSSERS Beaumont Grill hiring for Summer. Lunch & dinner. 505 Main St., Ouray 970-325-7050 Barry. THE BON TON Is accepting applications for all summer positions. Apply at 426 Main Ouray. TWIN PEAKS LODGE BEST WESTERN Seasonal part-time and full-time front desk customer service representative. Please call 970318-8516

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4Bd/3Ba. Private Cul-desac. Patio, Hot Tub, Vaulted Ceilings. Well Maintained. $349,900 Ponderosa Real Estate 970-626-5236

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Legal Notice No. 1340915

Legal Notice No. 1340917

In the matter of the petition of: Erin Rebecca Bond For a change of Name to: Eryn Rebecca Bond Filed in the Combined Court, Ouray County, Colorado, April 25, 2013, Jane E. Holmes, Clerk of Court. Case Number: 13C15 Division F Courtroom PUBLIC NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME Public Notice is given on April 25, 2013 that a Petition for a Change of Name of an Adult has been filed with the Ouray County Court. The Petition requests that the name of Erin Rebecca Bond be changed to Eryn Rebecca Bond. Jane Holmes, Clerk of Court.

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MAY 16 - 22, 2013

Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 2, 9, 16, 2013 Legal Notice No. 1340921 Public Notice The Ridgway School District R-2 would like to notify Vendors of the following Request For Proposal: Invitation to submit Proposals for furnishing and installing Security/Safety Film (LLUMAR SCLSRPS7 or approved comparable) to the interior of glass windows and doors at Ridgway Elementary School is hereby made by Ridgway School District R-2. The school facility and a detailed list of windows and doors requiring Security/Safety Film are available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact Dana McCullam at 970-626-4320 or

NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER’S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described Land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Taxed or Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having an Interest or Title or Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to Fisher Creek Canyon Partners Janet L. Lederer Eric M. Lederer You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 6th day of November A.D. 2009, the then County Treasurer of the County of Ouray in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax sale to Donna McNeil, the following described real estate situated in the County of Ouray, State of Colorado: Subdivision: Fisher Canyon North Lot: 8 S: 24 T: 46 R: 9 S: 25 T: 46 R: 9 And said County Treasurer issued a certificate of purchase therefore to Donna McNeil that said tax sale was made to satisfy the delinquent taxes assessed against said real estate for the year 2008. That said real estate was taxed or specially assessed in the name of Fisher Creek Canyon Partners, Eric M. Lederer, Janet L. Lederer for said year 2008; That said Donna McNeil, the present holder of said certificate, (who) had made request upon the Treasurer of said County for a deed to said real estate; That a Treasurer’s Deed will be issued for said real estate to Donna McNeil at 9:00 o’clock A.M., on the 11th day of June, 2013 unless the same has been redeemed. Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer’s Deed. Witness my hand this 9thh day of May, 2013 By: Jeannine Casolari Ouray County Treasurer

1. Requirements: Proposals should include a letter of interest, business location, statement of qualifications, professional references (including completed local projects), security/safety film specifications, project schedule, and project pricing.

Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 9, 16, 23, 2013 Legal Notice No. 1340927

Proposals should be submitted to the Superintendent in sealed envelopes, fax, or email. Proposals should be addressed to the Ridgway School Board and identified as a proposal for the Elementary School Security/Safety Film project.

Notice is hereby given that on May 8, 2013 the Town Council adopted as an emergency measure an ordinance entitled:

Attention is called to the fact that not less than the minimum salaries and wages as set forth by law must be paid on this project, and that the Contractor must ensure employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. 2. Receipt of Proposals: Proposals must be received by the District Office no later than 1:00 p.m. on May 29, 2013. Proposals may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or email. Point of Contact: Cheryl Gomez/Dana McCullam Ridgway School District R-2 1115 West Clinton Street Ridgway, CO 81432 Phone: 970.626.4320 Fax: 970.626.4337 Email: 3. RFP Process: This RFP was published beginning May 9th. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 1:00 p.m. on May 29, 2013. All RFPs will be publicly opened at 2:00 p.m. on May 29, 2013. A review will be completed and notification of result sent out to all participants. 4. Rights Reserved: The Ridgway School District reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to accept the proposal that appears to be in the best interest of the District. The bidder to whom an award is made will be required to enter into a written contract with the District. Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 9, 16, 2013 Legal Notice No. 1340924 PUBLIC NOTICE OURAY COUNTY CEDAR HILL CEMETERY BOARD OPENINGS Ouray County is accepting applications from citizens interested in serving on the Ouray County Cedar Hill Cemetery Board. Terms are for six years and the Board meets once or twice a year. Interested persons should submit a letter of interest to Linda MunsonHaley, Clerk of the Board, Ouray County Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box C, Ouray, CO 81427 no later than Friday, May 31, 2013. Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 16, 23, 2013 Legal Notice No. 1340926 REQUEST FOR BID Ouray County RSA is soliciting bids for plumbing improvements to the building which houses Mountain Medical Center at 295 Sherman St., Ridgway, CO, 81432. Please see the Ouray County RSA website for more information at, or contact Diedra Silbert, Administrator, at 970-325-7303. Bids must be received by May 30, 2013. Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 16, 23, 2013


AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF RIDGWAY, COLORADO, REVISING REGULATIONS AND RATES FOR TOWN CURBSIDE SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING SERVICE, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. A copy of said document is available at Ridgway Town Hall, 201 N. Railroad Street, or by emailing Dated: May 13, 2013 Pam Kraft, MMC, Town Clerk Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 16, 2013 Legal Notice No. 1340929 PUBLIC NOTICE OURAY COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION OPENINGS Ouray County is accepting applications from citizens interested in serving on the Ouray County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission acts as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners with regard to land use and zoning issues within Ouray County. In addition to others, the major function of the Planning Commission is to oversee the Ouray County Master Plan. The members of the Commission work closely with the County Planner, the Ridgway – Ouray Area Joint Planning Boards and the Board of County Commissioners. There are currently three vacancies on the Planning Commission: two regular members and one alternate. Terms are for three years. The successful applicants’ terms will expire on March 1, 2016 at which time they may reapply to serve another three-year term. Applicants must be residents of Ouray County. The Planning Commission meets in a regular session on the third Tuesday of each month and may hold additional workshops and special sessions during the month as needed. The regular sessions are late afternoon or evening meetings, as are most if not all of the workshops and special sessions. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest noting reasons for wanting to serve on the Planning Commission and any pertinent qualifications to Linda Munson-Haley, Clerk of the Board, Ouray County Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box C, Ouray, CO 81427 no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013. The Commissioners have directed that this notice be re-advertised and posted because the original date for appointments was extended. The Commissioners will now be interviewing potential candidates at a special meeting on June 12, 2013. Interested applicants who have previously provided a letter of interest in anticipation of the earlier April 5, 2013 deadline do not need to reapply. Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 16, 23, 2013 Legal Notice No. 1340930 PUBLIC NOTICE OURAY COUNTY ROAD COMMITTEE OPENINGS Ouray County is accepting applications from citizens interested in serving on the Ouray County Road Committee. The Road Committee acts as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners to offer input on all aspects of the County road system and for the prioritization of road projects. Terms are for three years. The Road Committee meets on the first Monday of every other month at 3:30 p.m. at the Land Use / Road and Bridge facility meeting room. Anyone interested in serving on the Road Committee should submit a letter of interest noting reasons for wanting to serve and any pertinent qualifications to Linda Munson-Haley, Clerk of the Board, Ouray County Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box C, Ouray, CO 81427 no later than May 31, 2013. Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 16, 23, 2013 Legal Notice No. 1340925 FM BOOSTER NOTICE OF FILING On May 9, 2013, Brown Mountain Broadcasting LLC of Ouray, Colorado, filed with the Federal Communications Commission an application for a construction permit to build a new FM Booster Station to serve Ridgway, Colorado, on Channel 238D with an effective radiated power of 40 watts maximum, directional pattern, 3 meter elevation, from a transmitter site located at 38, 10', 51.74" North Latitude 107, 47', 54.88" West Longitude, NAD27 Datum.


The applicant plans to rebroadcast the signal of KRKQ, Channel 238, licensed to Mountain Village, Colorado. The applicant's members and owners are Ethan Funk, Eric Funk, and Sandra Funk. A copy of the application and related material is on file for public inspection at 331Sixth Avenue #3, Ouray Colorado during normal business hours M-F 9 am to 5 pm. Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 16, 23, 30, 2013


MAY 16 - 22, 2013





LEGAL NOTICES Legal Notice No. 1340928 Section 12. Effective Date. ORDINANCE NO. 2013-01

320 6th Avenue – Community Center MASSARD AUDITORIUM MAY 20, 2013 7:00 P.M.


• Extra copies of Council Packets will be available in the Library and Administrative Office for interested citizens • Action may be taken on any agenda item • Notice is hereby given that a majority or quorum of the Planning Commission, Community Development Committee, Beautification Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, and/or Pool Capital Improvement Committee may be present at the above noticed City Council meeting to discuss any or all of the matters on the agenda below for Council consideration

WHEREAS, in November, 2012, the voters of Colorado approved an amendment to the Colorado Constitution, amending Article XVIII by adding a new section 16, providing for the regulation of marijuana, permitting individuals over the age of twenty-one to consume and possess limited amounts of marijuana, and providing for the licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores, and permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities; and

CALL TO ORDER at 7:00 p.m.

WHEREAS, marijuana remains an illegal substance under federal law, specifically as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, found in Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Control Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-513, 84 Stat. 1236); and

ROLL CALL APPROVAL OF MINUTES CITIZENS COMMUNICATION • San Juan Mountain Guides Season Report – Nate Disser CITY COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE REPORTS • Expenditures for Period Ending May 20th – Kersen • Board of Appeals, May 9th – Morgenthaler • Planning Commission Meeting, May 14th – Morgenthaler • Community Development Committee Meeting, May 8th – Underwood • Beautification Committee Meeting, May 14th – Ferguson • Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting, May 16th – Kersen • Ouray Ice Park, Inc. Board Meeting, May 15th – Hansen ADMINISTRATOR REPORT CONSENT AGENDA • Liquor License Renewal – O’Brien’s Pub LLC • B&B Permit – Secret Garden Catering Inc. dba Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast • Special Events Permit – OCRA Taste of Ouray, June 5th • Special Events Permit –Weehawken Cookbook Launch, June 21st • Appointment to Ouray County Water Users Association Steering Committee – Rondinelli ACTION ITEMS • Release and Settlement Agreement – 306 1/2 Oak Street, CO HTCF, LLC Holdings, LLC • Request to Waive Outdoor Display of Merchandise Permit – OCRA DISCUSSION ITEMS • Water Update – Dave Kanzer, Colorado River District and Steve Fletcher, Uncompahgre Valley Water Association • Amendment 64 Update ADJOURNMENT ***Deadline for next regular Council meeting agenda is May 28th, 4:00 p.m.***

LEGAL NOTICES Legal Notice No. 1340931 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS OF SAN MIGUEL POWER ASSOCIATION, INC. The 74th Annual Meeting of the Members of San Miguel Power Association, Inc., will be held at the San Miguel Power Association Ridgway office (720 North Railroad Street, Ridgway, Colorado) on the 13th day of June 2013. Registration will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the business meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is being held for the following purposes: 1. The election of a director to the Board of Directors for District No. 5: Mountain Village, Lake Fork, Trout Lake, Ophir, & Ski Ranches The candidate for District 5 is incumbent Rube Felicelli who is running unopposed and therefore deemed elected. 2. The election of a director to the Board of Directors for District No. 7: Ouray and Silverton The candidates for District 7 are Keith Meinert and Terry Rhoades. Candidate bios can be viewed on the SMPA website at Ballots for District No. 7 will be mailed out on May 20th (or sooner) and can be returned via mail in the postage paid envelope included. Ballots returned via mail must be received in the SMPA office before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Members can also drop off their sealed ballots and place them in a locked ballot box at either the Nucla Office (170 West 10th Avenue, Nucla, Colorado) or the Ridgway Office (720 North Railroad Street, Ridgway, Colorado). If you fail to return your ballot by the above date, or if you spoil your ballot, you may also vote at the Annual Meeting of Members on June 13, 2013 at the SMPA Ridgway Office, 720 North Railroad Street, Ridgway. Polls will close sharply at 6:00 p.m. at the start of the business meeting. 3. The reports of Officers, Directors and Committees. 4. Any other business that may properly come before the meeting, or any adjournment thereof. Dated this 10th day of May, 2013 SAN MIGUEL POWER ASSOCIATION, INC. David Alexander, Secretary/Treasurer Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 16, 23, 2013

WHEREAS, the General Assembly of Colorado has enacted some legislation during the 2013 legislative session implementing Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Colorado constitution, but state regulations contemplated by Section 16 and directed by legislation have not yet been adopted, thus providing guidance for local governments as to how state regulations will be implemented and enforced, or what resources may be required of local governments to implement and enforce; and

This Ordinance shall be effective on July 1, 2013 and shall remain in effect until such time as this Ordinance is amended, temporarily suspended or repealed, as provided in Section 11. Section 13. Interpretation. This Ordinance shall be so interpreted and construed as to effectuate its general purpose. Section headings of the Ordinance shall not be deemed to govern, limit, modify or in any manner affect the scope, meaning or extent of the provisions of any article or section thereof. Section 14. Certification. The Ouray County Clerk and Recorder shall certify to the passage of this Ordinance and make not less than three copies of the adopted Ordinance available for inspection by the public during regular business hours. Section 15. Nothing herein shall be interpreted or construed as infringing upon the rights of individuals as provided in the Colorado Constitution Article XVIII, Section 16,(3). INTRODUCED AND FIRST READING on May 14, 2013 and second reading on May 28, 2013, and ordered published in the OURAY COUNTY PLAINDEALER. Published on May 16, 2013 .

WHEREAS, there may be disputes resulting in lengthy litigation involving the potential conflicts, and ramifications of such conflicts, between the state constitution and federal law, which disputes and litigation can be expected to consume significant time and financial resources of the parties involved; and

Board of County Commissioners Ouray County, Colorado

WHEREAS, uncertainty regarding conflicts with federal law have ramifications for Ouray County, including the potential for loss of federal grants and funds, and other unknown consequences; and

_______________________________ Lynn M. Padgett

WHEREAS, Board finds it to be in the best interests of the County to not permit activities or land uses which may result in disputes or litigation regarding federal law that could result in diversion of limited resources; and WHEREAS, the Board desires to adopt this ordinance prohibiting the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, and retail marijuana stores. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF OURAY COUNTY, COLORADO:

_______________________________ F. Mike Fedel, Chair

_______________________________ Don Batchelder ADOPTED ON SECOND AND FINAL READING on Board of County Commissioners Ouray County, Colorado _______________________________ F. Mike Fedel, Chair _______________________________ Lynn M. Padgett

Section 1. Title. This Ordinance shall be known and referred to as the “Ouray County Marijuana Facilities Prohibition Ordinance” and may be cited and referenced as such.

_______________________________ Don Batchelder

CERTIFICATION BY OURAY COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER: Section 2. Authority. This Ordinance is authorized pursuant to, inter alia, Article XVIII, Section 16, paragraph 5(f) of the Colorado Constitution. Section 3. Purpose. The Board of County Commissioners of Ouray County, Colorado, finds and declares that the prohibition of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, and retail marijuana stores is permitted by the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 16, and is in the best interests of the county to prevent unknown and unintended consequences, including the diversion of limited resources for litigation.

I, Michelle Nauer, Clerk and Recorder of Ouray County and Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, do hereby attest and certify that this Ordinance was INTRODUCED AND READ ON ___________________________________, 2013 AND CONTINUED TO ___________________________________, AND READ AND ORDERED PUBLISHED AT SUCH REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. THE ORDINANCE WAS PUBLISHED IN FULL IN THE OURAY COUNTY PLAINDEALER ON ___________________________________ ALONG WITH A NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING.

Section 4. Scope of Ordinance.


This Ordinance shall apply within the unincorporated territory of Ouray County, Colorado, but does not apply to medical marijuana facilities in existence on or before May 11, 2011, as provided by Resolution 2011021.


Section 5. Definitions.

_______________________________ Michelle Nauer, Clerk and County Recorder By: Linda Munson-Haley, Deputy Clerk of the Board

Unless otherwise specified or the context otherwise requires, any terms used herein shall have the same meanings as provided in Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Colorado Constitution.

Published: Ouray County Plaindealer: May 16, 2013

Section 6. Prohibition of Marijuana Facilities. Pursuant to Article XVIII, Section 16, 5.(f) of the Colorado constitution, the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities and marijuana retail stores are prohibited. Section 7. Violation. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any provision of this Ordinance. Section 8. Enforcement and Penalties The Board may seek an injunction or other equitable relief in court to enjoin any violation of this Ordinance and may recover the costs of such actions. The County may seek such criminal or civil penalties as are authorized by Colorado law, including as provided in C.R.S. 30-15402. Each day of violation may be considered a separate violation. Each violation may result in a fine up to $1,000. The Ouray County Sheriff shall enforce any criminal penalties as may be authorized under Colorado law. Except as may otherwise be provided by Colorado law, all prosecutions for violations of this Ordinance shall be by the Seventh Judicial District, District Attorney. The remedies available under Colorado law for violation of this Ordinance shall be cumulative and in addition to any other remedy which may be available to the Board or the County. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to preclude the Board from seeking such other remedies in addition to, or in lieu of, the legal remedies granted herein. Section 9. Severability. If a Court of competent jurisdiction shall hold any part of this Ordinance void or unconstitutional, such part shall be deemed severable, and the invalidity thereof shall not affect the remaining provisions of the Ordinance. Section 10. Disposition of Fines, Fees and Forfeitures. Unless otherwise provided by law all fines and penalties, and the surcharges thereon, for the violation of this Ordinance shall be paid into the treasury of Ouray County. Section 11. Repeal Upon Review. This Ordinance will expire on October 15, 2014, unless repealed by the Board of County Commissioners prior to that date.




MAY 16 - 22, 2013



THURDAY, MAY 16 RACC BUSINESS AFTER HOURS- from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chipeta with food, drink and live music. $6.




LIVE MUSIC- Bruce Hayes plays Trail Town Still from 9:00 p.m. till late. COMMUNITY THEATRE- Magic Circle Players present “1776” at 7:30 p.m. 420 S. 12th St., Montrose. 249-7838.

Event-ROCC PARKING LOT SALE- 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. behind



the Ridgway Library on Railroad St. To reserve a space, email $10 to sell. LOVE YOUR VALLEY FESTIVAL- in Ridgway’s Town Park with regional breweries, live music from Joint Point and great food. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS- Second Chance needs volunteers to assist thrift shop staff from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and volunteers to escort adoptable pets to and from the Love Your Valley Festival from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Interested volunteers should call Leslie at 3274007. PARC POKER TOURNAMENT NIGHT- at the Ouray Community Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. Event is family friendly with free admission and $5 entry to tournament play. LIVE MUSIC- Rob Jones and the Good Times Co. play Trail Town Still from 8:00 p.m. till late. Check out the Love Your Valley musicians for this after party fun. TANGO CLASS- Learn to tango at Trail Town Still with Eric from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with ladies night drink specials to follow. Each class stands on its own, so you can bring whatever level of experience you have to the evening. COMMUNITY THEATRE- Magic Circle Players present “1776” at 7:30 p.m. 420 S. 12th St., Montrose. 249-7838. DANCE PERFORMANCE- Weehawken presents “In the Octopus’s Garden,” a dance showcase set to all Beatles music at the Wright Opera House at 6:00 p.m. General admission $15 adult, $8 child. Reserved section seats available at





THE SECRET CASE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES- presented by Ridgway Secondary School’s drama class at RSS at 3:00 p.m. DANCE PERFORMANCE- Weehawken presents “In the

Octopus’s Garden,” a dance showcase set to all Beatles music at the Wright Opera House at 3:00 p.m. General admission $15 adult, $8 child, $10 senior. Reserved section seats available at TRUE GRIT OPEN MIC- from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Grit, with feature group Prairie River Band to perform from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact John Randolph 626-3105 for more info. PASSIVE SOLAR GREENHOUSE DESIGN- 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Placerville Fire Station. Contact Yvette Henson at to register.


Event-WATER FORUM- the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership


and Transition OurWay host “Water Demands in Ouray County”, a forum featuring presenters Mike Berry from Tri County Water, Steve Fletcher from UVWUA and Kim Wheels from EcoAction Partners at Ridgway Community Center at 6:00 p.m. WOMAN’S CLUB OF OURAY COUNTY MEETING- San Juan Room, Ouray Community Center at 1:00 p.m. Guest Speaker Darcy Weimer, speaking about her job with San Miguel Power. Visitors and guests welcome. Info: Vicki Caldwell 325-4816 or Nancy uuuuuuuu Rule 325-4306.






Trail Town Still. OURAY CHAMBER RESORT ASSOCIATION BUSINESS AFTER HOURS5:30-7:30 p.m. Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour.




Still from 9:00 p.m. till late. LIVE MUSIC- Andrew Wynne will perform at 8:00 p.m. at the Sherbino. COMMUNITY THEATRE- Magic Circle Players present “1776” at 7:30 p.m. 420 S. 12th St., Montrose. 249-7838.


SATURDAY, MAY 25 SAN JUAN SHUFFLE- a tour and tasting of 12 Ridgway food and beverage venues to sample their offerings. Tour begins at 4:00 p.m. at Ridgway Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $20/person and are on sale at Trail Town Still, Cimmaron Coffee and RACC. LIVE MUSIC- Kevin Marquis & Ben Powell play Trail Town Still from 7:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m., during and after the San Juan Shuffle tour and tasting. COMMUNITY THEATRE- Magic Circle Players present “1776” at 7:30 p.m. 420 S. 12th St., Montrose. 249-7838.


SUNDAY, MAY 26 COMMUNITY THEATRE- Magic Circle Players present “1776” at 2:00 p.m. 420 S. 12th St., Montrose. 249-7838.


Drive-In Theatre 600 E. Miami - Montrose


Double feature starts at dusk

FRI, SAT & SUN MAY 17, 18 & 19 Harrison Ford

FRIDAY, MAY 24 ALMOST EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIEThe Wright Opera House will be screening “No”, an Oscar nominated film following the fall of Chilean military dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet. at 7:30 p.m. $7 adults, $5 kids. LIVE MUSICDonny Morales plays Trail Town




Mark Wahlberg & Dwayne Johnson

Pain & Gain R See the Stars, Under the Stars At the Star uuuuuuuu

HAPPENINGS OURAY VISITORS CENTER - Now open Mon. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sun. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Beginning on May 28 through Sep. 3, hours will be: Mon. – Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Info: 325-4746 or OCHS PHOTO SHOW CALL FOR ENTRIES – The Ouray County Historical Society seeks entries for the 2013 photo exhibit, “San Juan Memories,” due by June 29 with up to three entries allowed. $5 per photo entry fee. Images should show some aspect of the San Juan Mountains such as landscapes, mining, ranching, or recreation. All entries eligible for first, second, and third place ribbons and cash awards. Photos may be dropped off at Ouray County Historical Museum. Please call (970) 325-4576 for entry guidelines and museum hours. GUIDED BIRD WALKS - Kent Nelson will lead free, guided bird walks every Saturday morning in May along the Ridgway Riverwalk. Nelson has traveled the world in search of birds, with 214 birds in Ouray

County and 754 in North America on his identified list. The walks will begin at 7:30 am on the trail across from SMPA. No pets please. REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION - Transition OurWay is now providing transportation to Norwood on Wednesday mornings to Norwood’s federally subsidized medical clinic. Call the clinic at 3274233 to make an appointment and call Transition at 318-8022 for a free ride. A COURSE IN MIRACLES DISCUSSION GROUP - Sundays at 5:00 p.m. Call for location in Ridgway Becky 325-4598 or Gail 626-5002. JAM NIGHT - Every Wednesday night at the Sherbino from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Sherb stage and bar will be open. Come listen, come play. SOCCER CAMP SIGNUP - Go to to register for Challenger British soccer camp to take place from June 2428 and July 22-26 and/or Challenger Tetra Brazil soccer camp to take place from Aug.5-9.

An Irishman and a Brit walked into a bar...Tom Kelly (left, Ouray Library board member) learned the ropes from O'Brien's Pub and Grill bartender Glynn Williams on Sunday, May 5. Kelly spent the evening serving up beer during the Ouray Library's SecondAnnual Pub Night Fundraiser at O'Brien's, which raised $1,000 for Ouray Library book purchases and programs. Courtesy Photo





May 16 THEATER 1

Robert Downey Jr.

Iron Man 3 2D Only PG-13

7:00 & 9:35 Fri & Sat • 7:00 Only Sun-Thur (1:50 Sat & Sun) • (4:25 Fri, Sat & Sun) THEATER 2

Leonardo Dicaprio

The Great Gatsby 3D PG-13

7:30 Only (Due to Length) • (1:50 Sat & Sun) 2D (4:40 Fri, Sat & Sun) THEATER 3

Harrison Ford

42 PG-13

7:00 & 9:30 Fri & Sat • 7:00 Only Sun-Thur (1:50 Sat & Sun) • (4:25 Fri, Sat & Sun)


All seats all shows Wednesday May 22nd $6 Adults $5 Child/Senior, 3D movies $9 Adults $8 Child/Senior Please visit


THEATRES 27 S. Cascade Montrose

249-8211 May 16


Matthew McConaughey PG-13

7:00 & 9:35 Fri & Sat • 7:00 Only Sun-Thur (1:50 Sat & Sun) • (4:25 Fri, Sat & Sun) FOX 2


Robert Downey Jr. 3D Only PG-13

7:00 & 9:35 Fri & Sat • 7:00 Only Sun-Thur (1:50 Sat & Sun) • (4:25 Fri, Sat & Sun)



Chris Pine

3D PG-13

7:00 & 9:35 Fri & Sat • 7:00 Only Sun-Thur (1:40 Sat & Sun) • 2D (4:15 Fri, Sat &Sun)



May 16: May 17: May 18: May 19: May 20:

May 22:

Daniel Sunderland Owen Leeper, Pete Ponchak, Brendon Dunn, Brenda Fox Enid Shaw Richards Norm Rooker, Mary Williams, Bobby Lou Head, Kristen Smith, Judy Smith, Ruth Smith, Wedding Anniversary of Steve and Fran Felde, Wendy Bazin Jordy Dakin, Kayla Fairchild, Cheryl Roberts, Bobby Zanett, Shelly Mattivi, Warren Bury, Roscoe Rogers, Denise Ransford, Wedding Anniversary of Roger and Charlotte Duckett Lisa Lowry, Matt Rushing, Helen Nash, Raquel King, Stephanie Thomas

Birthdays are brought to you by Luella’s Lounge at the Beaumont Hotel. Reserve it for your Private Party; Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Baby/Wedding Shower, Office Holiday Party, or just Boys/Girls Night Out! Any Celebration! Call NOW to reserve Luella’s Lounge 970-325-7000

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