Other than in San Miguel County, voters in the region agreed with the rest of the state in defeating the measure. In Ouray County Proposition 103 was defeated with 54 percent opposed and in Montrose County a resounding 73 percent voted against it. Going against the grain, San Miguel County voters supported the measure with 52 percent in favor.
Perhaps the most contested race in the region was for an open District D seat on the Montrose County Board of Education where Barbara Bynam and Tom West are nearly in a dead heat. As of Wednesday morning, West had captured 50.4 percent of the vote with Bynam getting 49.5 percent. A Montrose County election official said at the time that it was too close to call.
In Ouray, 57 percent of voters said they liked the way Bob Risch was handling his job by reelected him mayor for another two-year term in office. Richard Kersen and Michael Underwoond were elected to the Ouray City Council by getting 41 and 35 percent of the vote, respectively.
The two open seats on the Ouray School Board were given to Jerry Hellman and Kantee Pasek while the two open seats on the Ridgway School Board were given to Roger Sagal and Sue Williamson, despite an impressive push by write-in candidate Steve Larivee.
Finally, in Ouray County, residents within the Ouray Fire Protection District overwhelming approved a de-Brucing measure (5A) by 71 percent.
In San Miguel County, Cheryl Miller, Paul Reich and Banks Brown were all elected to open seats on the Telluride School Board while Steve Swain, Michelle Barkemeyer and Clint Colson were elected to three open seats on the Norwood School Board.
One tax increase ballot initiative did survive this year’s election as the Town of Ophir’s Proposition A was approved by 60 percent of voters.