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High schoolers gather around a Christmas tree bonfire in the pool parking lot on Thursday to celebrate Ouray's homecoming week. Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets


Bosom Buddies announces early detection campaign Plaindealer Staff Report Bosom Buddies is joining with Alpine Bank, San Juan Cancer Center at Montrose Memorial Hospital and Cherry Creek Radio to promote monthly breast self-exams. “Early detection is the number one way


to beat breast cancer,” said Patti Powel of Bosom Buddies. “All of us at Bosom Buddies are excited to team with these local sponsors to create a campaign to remind everyone just how important it is to check yourself on a regular basis.” The focus of the promotion will be to perform a monthly self-exam the first thing in the morning on the first day of each month. Allison Nadel of Alpine Bank said, “It only takes one minute each month. Many women forget to take care of themselves first so that they can then take care of their families.” According to Leann Tobin of Montrose Memorial Hospital, “We plan to distribute information on how to perform a self-exam and examples of what to look for when

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examining yourself. Of course, if you find anything unusual, you should talk to your care provider immediately.” “In the next couple of months, you’ll be hearing a lot about this subject. We encourage everyone to do a self-exam and, hopefully, make it a monthly routine,” said Powel. Bosom Buddies, also known as The Breast Cancer Support Group of Southwestern Colorado, offers support to residents of southwestern Colorado with group meetings every Wednesday at noon. The organization also offers financial assistance for a variety of breast cancer medical procedures and educational assistance to those who qualify. Hats, scarves, wigs and prosthesis supplies are available at the

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REPAIRS waiting all repairs were said and done. Although only 100 feet of pipe needs to be repaired, Jacobson ordered and paid for 300 feet of pipe, which was in Montrose as of Feb. 1. Jacobson contracted Blackford Construction to lift the new pipe into place. The construction crew ventured up to the pipe Tuesday morning to see what

FROM P1 Haaland, who was judging the climbing competition at the time, heard a shout and ascended to the top of the judges’ stand to see what the commotion was. “I looked upstream and sure enough, I could see the penstock had blown a hole in it,” he said. “It was getting bigger and bigger all the time.” After several attempts to reach Jacobson and Chris Dobbins, who also helps run the plant, Haaland, Dan Cheyhal and Logan Tyler snowmobiled up to the dam with bolt cutters to bust the valve padlock and cut the water flow. “(Jacobson) finally picked up and said, ‘Yeah, close it fast’,” said Haaland. “It was nice to have permission from him (as well as) the combination so that we didn’t have to cut the padlock.” After 200 turns of the gate valve, water flowing out of the penstock ceased and the ice climbing atmosphere returned to normal. “You could tell that things downstream were getting a lot more peaceful,” said Haaland. “By the time we got back there, the water had run out and ceased to be a problem.” Monday morning (Feb. 1), Jacobson said replacement cost of the pipe would come in around $60,000 to $70,000 after

“...I think the last thing anybody wants is for Ouray to be branded as being tame.” Eric Jacobson Owner, Ouray Hydroelectric Plant

needed to be done, but the company is "in a holding pattern" until they meet with Jacobson again, according to Phil Blackford, owner. “They (started) up there (Tuesday),” he said. “I met with the city and Mike MacLeod (president of Ouray Ice Park, Inc.) and they’d rather we work Mondays through Thursdays. (On weekends), there’s more ice climbers.” Nothing else in the park had to be repaired or paid for because of the pipe break. “There was no damage whatsoever, other than the pipe,” said Jacobson. “It’s on bare bedrock, so when it started leaking, the water shot straight down into the Uncompahgre.” Haaland, an experienced climber who said the Ice Park was a big reason he moved to Ridgway 15 years ago, mentioned that few people climb in the area where the pipe burst. “The climbing directly below the pipe is pretty serious climbing and not a lot of people go there,” he



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said. “I don’t think it would’ve really killed anybody, but they would’ve gotten very wet and dirty. They would’ve gotten out of there.” The engineer and his partner, Brad McMillon, handle the majority of structural demands in the ice park. “If you were to ask me, could there be another blowout? Probably,” said Haaland. “It’ll happen and (Jacobson) will fix it and things should be just fine.” Jacobson believes inserting new pipe is the most obvious way to mitigate future incidents. “If the river was cleaner, we wouldn’t have the issue,” he said. “Steel pipes can last a long time because they build up scale on the inside. These pipes really can’t build that scale because the (acidic water) eats it up.” “A lot of that pipe has small leaks,” said Haaland. “Like (Jacobson) said, it’s an old pipe and the water coming into it is probably as acidic as cofThe trajectory of the pipe burst during IceFest is visible fee.” Jacobson said no nega- through coloration of the snow and ice directly below the tive impact was stamped penstock. Because the pipe had small leaks, some spots of upon the park as a result brown ice could have been detected before the incident as well. of the pipe bursting. Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets “It’s an adventure sport and I think the last thing Jacobson and Nate Disser, owner of San that anybody wants is for Ouray to be Juan Mountain Guides, believe the season branded as being tame,” he said. “Ice is progressing well. climbers are the best-equipped people “Everything seems to be going very well around to deal with the unknown, be it this season, with respect to our operation,” water gushing down on them, a big chan- said Disser. “People have been able to utidelier of ice breaking off or the thousand lize the terrain, (including) both independand one other things that can happen ent and guided groups.” while you’re ice climbing.” “I think it’s been great. OIPI always has Haaland considers the situation a learn- very intelligent, hardworking people and ing experience. that relationship has always been very “The ice park farmers know the process strong between (them) and me,” said and know what they have to do,” said Jacobson. “They’re doing great. We’re not Haaland. “It would take half the time that great until we get that new piece of pipe in. it took us (this time). Everything is safer Then we’ll be a lot happier.” because of the incident.” Aside from the pipe bursting, both






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State trooper slides off Red Mountain Pass by Dalton Carver

Ouray Elks Lodge 492 held the 49th annual Easter egg hunt in Hartwell Town Park in Ridgway on Sunday. Flocks of kids turned out on the sunny afternoon to chase after eggs. Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets


Take two in Kathmandu By Tori Sheets

Casey Welch, a local dental hygienist, arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal for a dental care trip three days before the earthquake claiming more than 8,000 lives and causing 17,000 injuries struck on April 25, 2015. She was trapped in the country for five days, and this April she's going back to complete her mission with the Global Dental Relief organization. "I heard a huge crack and I thought it was thunder and lightning," Welch said. "I thought this is really weird, the sky is really blue, why is it thundering? Then everything just started rolling and moving, there was such an unnatural feel to everything. I was in the street and so scooters and motorcycles and cars just started flipping over. The ground just started literally to tear open like a sheet." Welch was traveling to a clinic with her medical team of 12 when the earthquake hit. She said all she could do was curl up in a ball on the street and wait for the 7.8 magnitude

lowed behind earthquake to him and just stop. started wind"It just ing our way seemed like until we could forever then get through it finally the places stopped," she where buildsaid. "Then ings were in afterwards rubble and there were streets were lots of closed. It did tremors and look like a things just war zone." s t a r t e d The team falling." eventually T h e a group's guide Casey Welch posed for this photo in front of reached and translator Patan Durbar Square just 10 minutes before a monastery on was a man 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country the outskirts n a m e d of Nepal. Welch's dental mission was cut of Kathmandu Karma. Welch short and she was trapped in Nepal for five and slept outsaid Karma days. This April she is returning to Nepal to side in case of more earthstayed calm complete her mission. Courtesy image quakes. Welch and in control said she woke after the earthquake and explained to the up every morning surrounded by group there could be more quakes to monks in prayer. "It was very reassuring to be follow so they needed to get out of around them because they are so the city. "It's filthy, congested and over- calm and they're so accepting," she crowded on a good day," Welch said. WELCH P13 "So we literally went single file, fol-

A Colorado State Patrol trooper is uninjured after his patrol car slid off Red Mountain Pass at milepost 82 on US 550. Sergeant Chad Martin was on duty at the time of accident, according to Nate Reid, CSP public information officer. No other vehicles were involved in the incident. Joshua Lewis, CSP public information officer, said that inclement weather and road conditions were the cause of the vehicle sliding off the roadway. The pass was closed during recovery of Martin's vehicle by a tow truck. Lewis was unsure how Martin himself was recovered. Ouray County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene. A Silverton ambulance was paged but called off due to the trooper's good condition.


Planning commission chair arrested By Dalton Carver

Brian Scranton, Ridgway resident and chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, was arrested last Thursday on charges of sexual assault as a Class 3 felony. Formal charges have not been filed against Scranton, who is represented by Roger Sagal. Seth Ryan, Montrose deputy district attorney, is to file formal charges by April 6. “Mr. Scranton denies any and all allegations of wrongdoing,” Sagal said on Monday. “He will defend against whatever charges that may come in the appropriate forum: a court of law.” According to Ryan, Scranton was the subject of a report filed last May. Last Thursday’s arrest was made after the Colorado Bureau of Investigation revealed test results from the original report. Specifics regarding tests and their results have not been released. At an advisement hearing on Friday, Sagal requested bail be set no higher than $30,000. However, Julie


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Soulful band will rock the park by Tori Sheets Thursday's headliner for Mountain Air Music Series packs a soulful punch. Founded in Portland, Oregon, Dirty Revival is a group of seven artists whose sounds focus on funk, rock and soul. Singer Sarah Clarke leads the band with her resounding vocals. "It's really a unique, funky, soulful rock sound," she said. "Based off the reaction of people when we play I think we create a fun atmosphere for people." This is the band's second trip to Colorado and their first time in Ouray. Ouray is the third stop on the group's tour of the West after their release of the self-titled album "Dirty Revival" in September 2015. Clarke said she is excited to play in the natural amphitheater Ouray provides. "Nature really helps amplify the noise and it's really interesting and always very lovely," she said. Dirty Revival will return to Colorado Aug. 5-7 for the ARISE Music Festival in Loveland, so fans will get another chance to see the band perform live. "If they like what they hear in Ouray they

should come on down to Loveland," Clarke said. The band Bicycle Annie featuring Gonzales will open the show. The band comes from Grand Junction and covers

alternative songs from Jefferson Airplane to Nirvana. Gonzales was an independent musician living in Los Angeles for 15 years before she moved back to Grand Junction to rekindle

with family. She met up with the group Bicycle Annie and they took her in as one of their own. Gonzales and AK, the lead singer of Bicycle Annie, write original songs that the group will also perform. This is the group's first time to perform in Ouray, and Gonzales said they love to put on high energy shows and get the crowd involved with the music. "We love to give all we've got and have the crowd reciprocate," she said. "We really encourage people to have a good time, kind of be free and lose your mind for a little while, we support that." She said she will be bringing a five foot hula hoop along with smaller hoops for the crowd to enjoy. You can catch the group again during CRUISE-A-THONg in Glenwood Springs on July 23. After music in the park ends Bicycle Annie featuring Gonzales will Crowds flocked to Fellin Park last Thursday for the Mountain Air Music Series. This week the open- continue the fun at O’Brien's Pub. Music begins in Fellin Park at 6 ing band is Bicycle Annie featuring Gonzales and headliner Dirty Revival. Music is in the park from p.m. on Thursday. Pets on leashes and 6-9 p.m., followed by a show with the openers at O'Brien's Pub. kids are always welcome. Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets


H iking subje ct of fir st histo ry ser ie s ta lk Plaindealer Staff Report Kelvin Kent, author of popular Ouray County hiking guides, will present the talk “Hiking Trails of Ouray County” at an Evening of History, Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wright Opera House in Ouray. Kent’s presentation kicks off the summer season of Evenings of History offered by the Ouray County Historical Society, each

Tuesday through Aug. 9. Kent will describe favorite and lesser known hiking trails in the San Juan Mountains. The talk will cover location of trails, level of difficulty, accessibility, scenic qualities and safety issues, illustrated with photographs. A 40-year veteran of San Juan Mountain hiking, Kent published the first version of his “Ouray Hiking Guide” in 1988. He has updated the guide numerous times and published a second guide, “Trails Less Traveled,” for the more adventurous who like to hike above tree line. His third book is the “Silverton Hiking Guide.”

Before moving to the U.S. in 1976, Kent enjoyed a British Army career as an officer, serving throughout the world, including combat service in Borneo. As a member of the famous British Brigade of Gurkhas, he served in Nepal for 17 years. He participated in two major Himalayan climbing expeditions (Annapurna and Everest) and has climbed Kinnabalu, the high- Kelvin Kent (center) on Mt. Sneffels with his est mountain in Southeast Asia, and daughter, Mel, and grandson, Cedar. Kent is the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He now speaker for this summer’s first Evening of History spends summers in Ridgway and con- presented by Ouray County Historical Society. tinues to hike here with his wife, Courtesy photo Becky. Evenings of History are free to Proceeds benefit OCHS. Doors open at the OCHS members and $5 per nonmember. Wright at 7 p.m.


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A Ridgway Ouray Community Council talk will explore efforts to reverse bee population declines on Wednesday June 22, 7 p.m., at Ridgway Town Hall. Tina Sebestyen, president of the Four Corners Bee Association, will present “Bees’ Needs and How You Can Help.” Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and free refreshments will be available. Bees’ contributions to the planet go far beyond the delicious honey they produce. Many flower-bearing plants, such as apples, blueberries, asparagus, almonds and broccoli depend on bees for pollination. Livestock forage beepollinated plants. Sebestyen will discuss ways to protect the health of these valuable pollinators and reasons for bee die-offs and Colony Collapse Disorder in Colorado and beyond. She will explain why pesticide use is one of the biggest threats to bee populations along with climate change, mites, habitat loss, predators and other factors. ROCC Talks are free to ROCC members and $5 per non-member.



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Ho m e t ou r pa r t o f ho li day w e eke nd Plaindealer Staff Report On Saturday, July 2, five historic homes and a church will be open to the public during the Ouray County Historical Society’s Vintage Venues: Historic Home and Church Tour. The self-guided tour is noon to 5 p.m. and tickets are $25 at the historical museum at 420 6th Ave. Proceeds benefit the historical society. See The Historian in next week’s Plaindealer for more details or call 970-325-4576.

Fellin Park became a tent city on Sunday when hundreds of bicyclists came through Ouray for the Bicycle Tour of Colorado. The tour is a seven day ride through the Rocky Mountains. This year the tour was 359 miles and began in Montrose, went through Ouray, Durango, Cortez, Telluride and Naturita and ended in Montrose. Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets



JULY 7 - 13, 2016


Rondinelli re-elected Plaindealer Staff report

Patrick Rondinelli, City of Ouray administrator, was re-elected to the Colorado Municipal League Executive Board by municipal officials from around the state during the 94th Annual CML conference held June 21-24 in Vail. The CML Executive Board comprises

21 elected officials and key municipal staff members who are elected by the membership at an annual business meeting. The board is responsible for overall finances, management and policy affairs of the league. CML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 and represents the interests of 269 cities and towns.

Ouray Library Annual Book Sale Friday, July 8 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Huge selection of novels, picture books, DVDs, audio books, and more! At the Ouray Community Center 320 6th Avenue, Ouray, CO



Barbecue duel ends in customer victory the lengthy sell time, Scheu said, the Elks more than reached their fundraising goal for the July 4 event. “We didn’t double it, but we came close,” In July 4’s side-by-side barbecue events hosted by the Ouray Elks Lodge and the she said. “Once again, without patting ourMasonic Lodge, the real winner was the selves on the back, we were extremely pleased.” customer. Due to a quantity snafu, the Masons Before the parade had even ended, people started stacking up on the sidewalk in ended up selling out their ribs much faster anticipation of the holiday meals the two than expected. However, Masonic Lodge organizations had prepared. Before long, secretary Ken McKenzie still considers the there was a lengthy wait to get the delicious day a success. “We sold out of ribs completely. I would meals. say about 850 pounds,” he said. “But we Smoke from the grills into the street from the Masons’ beef ribs and the Elks’ sold hamburgers and hot dogs up until dark.” offerings enticed hungry parade-watchers. When receiving the cases of ribs, “We couldn’t have been prouder of our McKenzie said he members and volunmiscalculated how teers,” said Jill Scheu, many boxes they Elks secretary. “We needed. worked extremely hard.” “There were only When all was said and 46 pound boxes and done, Scheu said, the we usually get 56-60 Elks sold about 280 pound boxes,” he meals throughout the said. “There were day. In previous barbefive more boxes cues, it wouldn’t be than we normally uncommon for the Jill Scheu sell, so I asked them majority of the food to be Ouray Elks Lodge Secretary to take them back gone by noon. However, and hold them.” that wasn’t the case this The result was year. the Masons were out of ribs by the after“It’s been a while since I’ve been there noon. for the entire day, but I don’t remember McKenzie said customers came all over, them selling food as long into the afternoon as they did,” she said. “I know we made including Michigan, Hawaii and even the more than we did the previous year, Virgin Islands. However, whether they were local or just visiting for the holiday, they because we ran out really fast last year.” With a steady line going inside and out were complimentary of the Masons’ work. “Some of them bought a couple ribs, from the time the parade ended until the went to eat and then came back to buy a water fights started, the Elks didn’t start to shut down until about a half hour before couple more,” said McKenzie. “(Most) just love that dry seasoning.” the first hose was picked up. However, due to the rib miscalculation, Scheu said the Elks got compliments on both their outside and inside offerings, the McKenzie isn’t expecting funds raised this latter of which also enjoyed a great deal of year to be as high as last year. Both the Elks and the Masons plan to be traffic. “Sales on the inside of the lodge were in the same place at the same time next year to fill customer bellies and enjoy extremely brisk as well,” she said. With the combination of the crowd and Independence Day.

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The Masonic Lodge in Ouray held a barbecue after the parade on July 4. Hundreds of hungry visitors and residents turned out to enjoy the ribs. Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets



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B u r i e d hi st o r y c l o se t o ho me by Tori Sheets Most people's front yards house gardens, pets or lawn furniture, but one Ouray resident enjoys the company of her deceased relatives close by. Coleen McElroy inherited the family cemetery from her father, who got the land from her great aunt. McElroy said her graveyard gives some people the creeps, but for her it’s just a part of life. She plans on being buried there along with all of her family who wish to spend the afterlife nestled along the banks of Dexter Creek. "We'll all be out here, my mother and my sister, it's just not an option to go anywhere else," she said. The first relative to be buried in Dexter Creek Cemetery was McElroy's great aunt Evie Stadem- Peath in 1940. She was followed by eight other relatives including McElroy's grandparents and father. A family dog also rests in the cemetery. Two other people are buried on McElroy's land, but their entombment was news to McElroy. Before she built a house next to the cemetery, Colorado Department of Transportation used the land to store equipment while rebuilding the bridge on Dexter Creek. A man from CD OT asked McElroy's

permission before parking the equipment. "That's fine," she said. "But there's a cemetery and if you guys go anywhere near the cemetery I will have a fit. He pulled out a map and said 'we have all of your plots mapped out including the other two people'." McElroy was shocked to learn of the two people buried so close to her relatives. Years later while she was attending a parade in Ridgway she said she began a casual conversation with a stranger and learned the history of the unknown graves. "We just started chit chatting, and those two people are her great grandparents," McElroy said. The woman's great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Stough, were the original owners of the house across the street from McElroy's and were the first people to be buried on the property. "I was like, how the hell did you find me out of this entire crowd, because she doesn't live here, she's from Texas," McElroy said. "She ended up standing next to me and telling me more history on that house and the fact that her relatives are buried in my yard." McElroy said a Ouray local also told her the hill by her house used to be called Stough Hill.

"It's weird enough to have your own cemetery, it's even weirder to have

people you don't know in your cemetery," she said.

Coleen McElroy's cemetery has been in her family since the 1930s. The cemetery is located just beside her house and she plans on being buried there along with her entire family. Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets

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The following are the editor’s choice of events and happenings throughout the Western Slope. PAONIA Oktoberfest fundraiser for the Paonia Chamber of Commerce. Delicious Orchards, 39126 Highway 133, Paonia. Oct. 15 2-6 p.m. Tickets $12 and includes Brats with two sides.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 TEEN CAFÉ - Ridgway Public Library, 300 Charles St. Ages 10-16. Free. Snacks. Read. Write. Chat. Hang out. 3:45-5 p.m. OURAY COUNTY CHORUS - St. John’s Church, Ouray. 6:30 p.m. If you have a love of music and singing, please join. The concert will be Dec. 11 at the 4H Center in Ridgway. David Vickers, Director, 970-456-2443. SHERBINO OPEN MIC NIGHT Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Free entry. TREMENDOUS TREES - Art exhibit at Cimarron Coffee and Books, Ridgway. Open now until Oct. 31.


RIDGWAY FARMERS MARKET Hartwell Park. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. TRUE GRIT WALKING TOUR - 1969 John Wayne movie filmed locally. Arrive 10:45 a.m. at the Ridgway Visitors Center, 150 Racecourse Rd. Tour ends at noon. $10 (11 and under free). Reservations strongly recommended. Or schedule your own tour for 6 or more people. 970-626MONTROSE Montrose Farmer’s 5181. Market. Local produce, BOWWOW FILM FESTIVAL arts, crafts and live Sherbino Theater, Ridgway. Benefiting music on the Plaza. Oct. Second Chance Animal Shelter. 7 p.m. 15 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tickets at Second Chance Thrift Shop, or at the door. O U R A Y C O U N T Y W I N T E R S P O R T S SWAP R i d g w a y Elementary School. Benefits George Gardner Scholarship Fund. 5-9 p.m. Oct 13: Marge Otto, Dylan Hamon, Dustin Ficco DURANGO Animas Valley Balloon Rally. Watch hot air balloons fill the skies of Durango. Highway 550 and Hermosa Meadows Rd. Oct. 15-16 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free.

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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • OURAY COUNTY WATER USERS' Old Broads for Wilderness will offer a ASSOCIATION ANNUAL comment-writing workshop on an important public lands document. Ouray MEETING - Roadhouse in Colona. 6 p.m. County 4-H Center. 6 p.m. Elections for board positions will be held and dues are due for 2016-2017. OCTOBER WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY NIGHT - Wright Opera House 19 double feature of “Zombeavers,” rated R MOVIE AT THE WRIGHT - “Seasons in and “The Babadook,” unrated. Doors Quincy.” Show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $7 open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. adults. Tickets $5. READING WITH ROVER - Kids can SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 read with a certified therapy dog. Open to anyone by appointment from 3:45-4:45 LIVE MUSIC - O’Brien’s Pub, Ouray. 10 p.m. Call 970-325-4616. p.m.-1 a.m. SHERB NERDS - Sherbino theater, OURAY COUNTY WINTER SPORTS Ridgway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Trivia SWAP - Ridgway Elementary school. at 7 p.m. begins Benefits George Gardner Scholarship Fund. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 OURAY ELKS CHARITY BALL - See TEEN CAFÉ - Ridgway Public Library, story on page 22. 300 Charles St. Ages 10-16. Free. Snacks. M.A.D. MEN FUNDRAISER - See story Read. Write. Chat. Hang out. 3:45-5 p.m. on page 22. OURAY COUNTY CHORUS - St.


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 LEGO CLUB - ages 6 and up, Ridgway Public Library, 300 Charles St. 4-5 p.m. Library supplies Legos and snack. WOMAN’S CLUB OF OURAY COUNTY - monthly meeting, Ouray Community Center. 1 p.m. Guests welcome. ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER CLASS care during the middle stages. Free class at The Homestead of Montrose, 1819 Pavilion Dr. 9 - 10:30 a.m. Free. RSVP to 970-252-9359. COMMENT-WRITING WORKSHOP ON RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN Representatives from the Western Colorado Congress and Great

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CR 361 users find common ground by Tori Sheets Users of County Road 361 gathered Tuesday night to discuss upcoming winter use on the heavily trafficked road. Right now the main winter users of CR 361 are workers in the Ouray Silver Mine and the Ruby Trust Mine and recreational users. The road is a hot spot for back country skiing, ice climbing and rock climbing. However, during the winter the narrow road becomes treacherous with the threat of avalanches and icy patches adjacent to sheer cliff faces. For the past few years the road has been closed by Ouray County Road and Bridge department beginning Nov. 1, and the only vehicular access allowed is mining traffic. This means recreational users must park at a gate near Senator Gulch

and walk up the road to access climbing and skiing areas. Ouray Silver Mines, Inc. has a winter road maintenance agreement in place with the county to conduct avalanche mitigation, plowing and maintenance on the road. In the past the road closure has caused friction between recreational users and the mines, but during Tuesday's meeting the two groups worked together toward a solution to allow better access and communication for both parties. One of the main solutions on the table is a shuttle service to take recreational users up the road. Brian Briggs, CEO of Ouray Silver Mines, is considering partnering with Western Slope Rides, a new shuttle service operating in Ridgway, to create a shuttle service for his employees and recreational users. Briggs said he is willing to work with the recreational users to figure out a situation where the shuttle can take employees up to the mine and also take recreational users at set times. To kick the process off he wants to create a steering committee with different stakeholders of the road to open communication and come up with ideas. "The overall idea here

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is to take a private steering committee that is really to be built for our safety and the miner's safety, and branch that out into a public steering committee and ask the county and the forest service for help and also reach out to permanent guides that use that area to join us," Briggs said. He said right now there are no set plans to form the steering committee. One recreational user questioned why Ouray Silver Mines is taking the lead on making plans for the shuttle. "It sounds to me like the decision making is landing on the mine and the timing also landing on the mine," Averill Doering, co-owner of the Guide Garage, said. "They're going to do their actions first and then be able to consider this recreational shuttle, and I guess I would just urge the commissioners to take the lead on making sure that process is fair and open and also is done in a timely manner, not necessarily based on the mine's other timelines." Commissioner Don Batchelder explained that the shuttle does not have to be owned by the mine, but the mine must coordinate with a shuttle service as part of their road maintenance agreement with the county. Anyone could provide a shuttle service on CR 361. "If indeed you want to provide a shuttle service, the process would be you need to coordinate with the mine, you need to get the appropriate permits from the for-

est service, then you could deal with the county," Batchelder said. Communication and education between the mine and the public are other areas that Briggs plans to work on. He said the mine wants to have updates about avalanche mitigation online as well as an informational kiosk at the base of the road and electronic signage along the road. Ben Tisdel, county commissioner, also suggested forming a group among all the stakeholders of the road to work on parking issues at the gate. No changes have been made to the way the road will operate this year so parking at the gate is still a pressing issue. Last year recreational users and mine employees butted heads for parking spaces for vehicles and road equipment at the gate. The group Tisdel suggested forming will be discussed during the regular Board of County Commissioners meeting next week. Other stakeholders at the meeting included representatives from the forest service, the owner of Telluride Helitrax, the director of Colorado Avalanche Information Center and the owner of Western Slope Rides. All parties said they will be willing to work together to open lines of communication and figure out the safest solutions for all users of CR 361.

OBITUARY Geralyn "Jeri" Yvonne Von Wolff d. October 7, 2016

Geralyn "Jeri" Yvonne Von Wolff - Durr - McGathy Malbrough passed away on Friday night, October 7, 2016, at the age of 73 at her home in Abita Springs, Louisiana. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She lived in Mississippi, Colorado, Florida and Iowa. Although she lived in and loved many different places in her lifetime, her heart belonged to Colorado. Jeri was a devoted and loving mother of Christina Hinkson, Tina McGathy Ficco, Raymond McGathy and the late Mathew McGathy. Sister of Margie Yax, Betsy Navo, Bobbie Cassanio, Susan Hebert, Louis Von Wolff, George Von Wolff and the late Steven "Boopy" Durr. Grandmother of 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Jeri was a free spirit who marched to the beat of her own drum. She had an undying love for family and people alike. She never met a stranger, adopted many people throughout her life and they became part of the family. She encouraged everyone to "just love people and love this world." Jeri saw beauty in everyone and everything and she had a way of making everyone feel loved. Abundant joy and generosity poured from her spirit. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and lover her. A Service to commemorate Jeri's life was held on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Ocean Canyon Properties/Abita Springs Resort, 24150 Highway 435, Abita Springs, Louisiana. Services were held by the lake, and a celebration pot luck followed in the pavilion. In lieu of flowers, Jeri requested that you help someone in need or donate to a charity of your choosing. The family will also hold a service in Ouray, Colorado. The date is still to be determined. Arrangements entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, Covington, Louisiana.

Recreational and industrial users of CR 361 gathered at the Ouray County Courthouse on Tuesday to discuss winter use of the road. One solution on the table for shared use is the creation of a shuttle service to transport miners and recreational users up the road. Plaindealer photo by Tori Sheets


S ta t e s im pl if ie s a cce s s t o o i l a nd gas da ta Special to the Plaindealer The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission introduced a new online tool today that allows the pub-

lic to get a quick and wide-ranging snapshot of oil and gas-related activity statewide or by county. The “Daily Activity Dashboard” linked from the COGCC homepage,, is a visual and interactive tool providing a more efficient route to information on pending permits, well status, production, well inspections, violation notices, notifications from operators and spills. “The COGCC website already provides perhaps the most comprehensive access to data of any state oil and gas agency in the country; the Dashboard marks another big step in information transparency we strive for,” said COGCC director Matt Lepore. “We hope this feature makes it easier for the public and for local officials to more quickly access the key pieces of information most often sought.” The Dashboard feature does not replace COGCC’s existing and extensive web-based data search tools but it does offer a simpler and faster way to see the latest and most popular information provided on the agency’s website. A visual, interactive tool, the dashboard allows anyone to generate custom statistical charts, graphs, tables, and simple maps in near real-time. Further, because the information found in many of the tables has been linked to associated COGCC data, users can easily go deeper for additional information. The website is part of an ongoing focus at COGCC to strengthen its regulation of oil and gas development in Colorado.

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