The last day for boating in Ridgway State Park is this Friday, Halloween. From November first all the way until March, the lake will be closed to motorized craft. As Kirstin Copeland, the park manager explains, it has less to do with the boat’s occupants, and more to do with their stowaways.
The boat ramp at Ridgway has a season to it after 2009 when we started needing to do education and inspection for aquatic invasive species, like zebra mussels," says Kirstin, "for budgetary reasons we could only staff those for the predominant use season, and not the fringe season."
The Montrose School District is sending a message to the state about mandatory testing, but it looks like it will be a largely symbolic move.
The school board passed a resolution requesting a five year waiver from state mandatory testing. The two tests they're concerned about are the CMAST (Colorado Measure of Academic Standards) and the PARK.