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Many people think snowboard lessons are only needed to learn the basics. Telluride Ski and Snowboard School Snowboard Supervisor and Trainer instructor Jimmy Dorsey says otherwise.
Patterson will focus on her studies of Ute rock art “maps” on the Uncompahgre Plateau, particularly in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and Dominquez-Escalante National Conservation Area.
What is math rock? El Ten Eleven can explain with their new studio release The emily EP.
We must do better, which is why I am proud to lead the bipartisan effort to permanently reauthorize and fund the PILT program.
Beechcraft Bonanza spotted from air five hours after takeoff Sunday morning near Telluride, with no survivors.
The inn has been in service since McKinley was president; a “living museum,” it retains its historic charm and coziness – something immediately apparent, upon stepping into the lobby.
The general theme of Thursday’s work session was to focus on “low-hanging fruit”, fairly straight-forward issues that are not contentious, while leaving “high hanging fruit” types of philosophical issues for discussions further down the road.
ALERT: Rocks fall onto HWY 62 MM7
Missoula has a great jam band and rock ‘n ‘roll still lives on the Front Range? But topping them all will be Leftover Salmon Sunday night.
MONTROSE – A two-car accident at the intersection of Townsend and Grand Avenues injured three people Thursday evening and closed the intersection for a short time.
Consumers learn it’s easy to over-consume pot edibles, and may experience nausea and anxiety. Local pot shops and the industry are beefing up efforts to better educate customers.
The MMH Board of Trustees was a regrouping in the aftermath of the County Commissioners’ decision to remove three of the seven members of the board.
Festivities will take place at the Axel Loop trailhead, named for the Ridgway toddler who was murdered in Mexico last spring while on a cycling and experiential learning adventure with his family.
The rockfall mitigation project has been fraught with danger – rockfall, ice fall, high-angle exposure – as crews raced to reopen the highway and restore full access to the communities of Silverton and Ouray.
What has become the gem of Telluride’s winter festivals, a weekend full of stand-up comedy, sketch comedy and improv from some of the country’s best and comedians is once again coming to Telluride.
Montrose City Council approved a contract with Colorado Flights Alliance Tuesday delivering $270,000 in contributing funds to promote the region’s air services to expand tourism.
Scott Mills hails from the Los Alamos Police Department where he was commander of patrol operations, and was the runner-up of four finalists when the City of Ouray hired a new police chief last fall.
It is, after all, a deep-seated conservative belief that political interference with health care is dead wrong.
Shakey Graves to represent Telluride Blues & Brews at SXSW 2014 Colorado Music Party Showcase
I believe the federal government cannot remove, detract or diminish private property rights without just compensation.
Representing Team U.S.A. and his hometown, Telluride, freeskier Gus Kenworthy is slated to make his Olympic debut later this week in what will be the Olympic debut of the ski slopestyle competition.
Daniel Guardaro-Marquez, a Mexican national living at the Shandoka Apartments, was arrested at 700 W. Colorado Ave. with 9 ounces of cocaine.
CDOT maintenance crews will assist Yenter Companies as they complete the fence installation, set a barrier and install a temporary traffic signal on Monday.
I have a beautiful daughter with a French name and birth certificate and a much more acute appreciation for the need for learning a second language than I had before.
ALERT: “Massive rock slide, avalanche” reported on HWY 145 near Ilium RD, road closed north side of Rico. San Miguel CO Sheriff, CDOT, CSP en route.
ALERT: An avalanche is reported to have closed Colo. HWY 145, just north of Rico. “Complete closure” CDOT and CSP en route. #scanner
The 15-year city worker had been fighting for his job since early December when he was placed on leave with pay by his supervisor.
It is good news that the newly seated Ouray City Council is expanding the Community Development Committee.
Leftover Salmon is thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 their 2004 album, Leftover Salmon, will be available digitally for the first time on all major digital outlets. When asked how they came to choose Little Feat member Bill Payne as Leftover Salmon’s producer by Mike Greenhaus (2004), Drew Emmit summed up up the beginning of what was to […]
The town’s Snowscape Celebration of winter will also feature snow-sculpting, live music, a snowmobile parade, a cardboard derby with a 1960s car theme, snow golf and fireworks.
I sincerely hope Senate Bill 84 is passed by the State Legislature changing the way counties of less than 70,000 elect commissioners.
While the residential real estate market in Telluride, the commercial segment isn’t too far behind – both are rapidly approaching pre-recession health.
The Sneffels Challenge takes in some of the same terrain, skirting the northern flanks of the Sneffels Range before diving down into the Uncompahgre Valley and North Ouray Corridor, ending at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool.
The inspection resulted in a number of workplace hazard citations being issued on Jan. 24, regarding improper storage of flammable chemicals, failure to provide an eyewash station for employees dealing with corrosive materials.
Who will be the best bluegrass band to play the Western Slope this Winter? Whiskey Tango makes its case at the Moon.
Nauer moved to Ouray in 1981 and soon began working as a deputy clerk for Ouray County’s former longtime clerk, the late Addie Sim.
Key themes of the weekend included fostering community, planning for a new economy, and creating lasting prosperity.
The Ouray Trail Group will receive the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council at ROCC’s 20th annual Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Ouray Community Center.
Today’s Montrose County Sheriff’s Office activity blotter report: 02/06/14
NOW: Rollover accident north of Ridgway, one person reported injured #scanner
Moguls bring out the blemishes in the ski technique of all intermediate and advanced skiers.
The so-called “Access Project” includes the installation of a much needed elevator, improvements to the central staircase, and a makeover of both the downstairs and upstairs lobbies.
NOW: Visibility on Norwood Hill in-and-out due to blowing #snow, road snow packed: San Miguel #scanner
NOW: Visibility on Norwood Hill in-and-out due to blowing #snow, road snow packed: San Miguel #scanner
Ouray County Treasurer Jeannine Casolari has announced that she is seeking reelection in November.
NOW: Colo HWY 145: “Practically a whiteout up here right now” 2/4/14 San Miguel #scanner
Among the items dropped, at least for now, was the planning commission’s recommendation to dramatically expand the number of roads in the county subject to Visual Impact Regulations.
The Montrose City Council recently amended and approved a new ordinance allowing child-care providers to apply for conditional use permits to open new daycare centers within the city’s three medical-residential districts.
Members of the Ouray County Rodeo Royalty recently traveled to Denver to showcase their western spirit at the National Western Stock Show.
Beginning Friday, Jan. 31, Red Mountain Pass will be open to single-lane, alternating traffic two times a day – once from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and again and from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 is the next immediate deadline to select a private health insurance plan through Connect for Health Colorado that will take effect March 1, 2014. Open enrollment for the marketplace closes on March 31.
The suit by the airport’s current FBO operator asks the county to show cause why public records they have requested have not been made available.
The San Miguel Resource Center will hold an Olympic-themed Chocolate Lovers’ Fling this weekend, which acts as the nonprofit’s main fundraising event of the year.
The Ouray City Council will appoint a new councilor at its upcoming meeting on Monday, Feb. 3, following Councilor Michael Underwood’s resignation last week.
The age-old rivalry between the Ouray Trojans and the Ridgway Demons was on full display at a home game in Ouray Tuesday, Jan. 21.
How does keyboardist Joey Porter of The Motet celebrate the release of their new album? Juno What, Telluride style.
Addition of Snarky Puppy to the Telluride Jazz Festival makes for 3 Grammy Winners on board.
Telluride favorites set to headline SBG Production’s sister event Snowmass Mammoth Festival.
Through the NFL’s ticket exchange, with ticket prices ranging from $2,000 to $89,000, Todd bought two of the cheapest tickets available for seats about 40 rows from the field, overlooking an end zone.
Those who pass through security at Montrose Regional Airport can soon order food and locally brewed beer while waiting for their flight.
Written by Geoff Hanson From 2001 to 2007 Jason Isbell was a member of the Drive by Truckers. He began his tenure while the band was touring in support of the Trucker’s breakthrough album Southern Rock Opera. Isbell joined Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley as the third writer, guitar player and vocalist in the band. When […]
It’s All About Preparing for the ‘Human Factor’ in Real-life Situations
Matthew Gardner, a seventh grader at Columbine Middle School was accepted into the People to People Ambassador Program this year, will travel to the Netherlands, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland this summer.
Telluride Jazz Festival partial lineup includes Poncho Sanchez and Lettuce…Tift Merritt, Hays Carll Headline July Americana Fest
Deputies cite juveniles for marijuana, work to control livestock and help stranded motorists. This past weekend’s blotter.
Deputies cite juveniles for marijuana, work to control livestock and help stranded motorists #blotter
Montrose Police seeking information about shooting
According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s department, at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the high school for a report of suspected drug activity on campus.
Letters of intent will be accepted by the City of Ouray for the next two weeks, said Mayor Pam Larson.
Local resources on both sides of Red Mountain Pass have mobilized this week in a massive coordinated effort to reopen US 550.
Punk, funk and home-grown bluegrass in this week’s music schedule.
The show, aptly titled “The Wanderings of a Mountain Guide”, is a fundraiser for the Ridgway Elementary School Playground Initiative.
A second bidder, TSG Aviation, a subsidiary of the Telluride Ski Resort, did not meet minimum qualifications.
‘Lake O’ Acquisition Moves Forward…Student Liason to Council Program Gains Traction…Axel Project Charity Ride Planned for Aug. 30
The San Miguel Resource Center experienced a record-breaking year in 2013, serving more victims of domestic violence and sexual assault than any year in the agency’s history.
Mark Young and George Glasier, two of five applicants who interviewed for board vacancies, were appointed to the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees this week in a 2-1, 3-0 vote by the County Commissioners.
According to court documents, as well as facts presented to the jury during trial, a person called the Grand Junction Police Department to report threatening Facebook posts.
While Telluride permits retail pot sales, Montrose does not. But tax revenues from retail marijuana sales are expected to benefit school districts including Montrose, many of which do not allow retail marijuana shops.
Mountainfilm in Telluride will explore a wide range of issues associated with wilderness during its Moving Mountains Symposium, May 23, 2014.
On Monday, San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters announced that he has officially filed with the Colorado Secretary of State seeking re-election as the San Miguel County sheriff in the upcoming election in November.
What does the new wave of Bluegrass music sound like? Find out Sunday night at the Sheridan Opera House.
CDOT geologists and crew members from Yenter Companies, CDOT’s rock fall contractor, mobilized to the scene via helicopter on Thursday and Friday this week to assess the rockfall site, about 900 feet above the highway, and to begin to stabilize it.
Despite challenges, brokers predict that the Telluride, Mountain Village and county will generate a combined $340 million in sales this year, nearly $100 million above 2013’s total volume.
About 30-or-so friends, family and members of the public attended the dedication at 112 Bluegrass Court. Having placed their hands on the walls of the building, those in attendance worshipped alongside the young family, praying for a new spiritual, as well as physical, start to their lives.
Montrose County Board of Commissioners candidate Tom Wise said he plans to focus on the rule of law, liberty, honesty and doing what’s right for the citizens of Montrose County.
In Latin America, when a girl turns 15, it marks her transition from childhood to young womanhood. For Chicks With Picks’ Kim Reynolds, celebrating and empowering womanhood is what climbing is all about.
The pair is accused of illegally capturing and caging mountain lions and bobcats, often incapacitating them by shooting them in the paws or keeping them in place with leghold traps.
“They represent all the eras, all the branches, all abilities; they are the military families of the Western Slope,” says Warrior Resource Director Emily Smith of the organization’s new programs for veterans’ spouses of all ages.
No matter the upheavals and distractions, we must focus on the threat, no, make that the promise, of continued catastrophic wildfires and the concentrated effort needed to improve forest health, statewide.
Who will Telluride Jazz Festival bring to Telluride for their 38th anniversary this Summer?
A significant rockfall incident began on Sunday evening and continued throughout the afternoon of Monday, when a steady stream of rubble “rained down” from about 900 feet above the roadway.
The San Miguel County Democrats are seeking input and holding a meeting on the upcoming 2014 election cycle, and timeline for caucuses and assemblies, on Friday Jan. 24 at La Cocina de Luz in Telluride at 10 a.m.
Go there for lunch and get their all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta and salad bar and you are free to indulge in all the satisfying salad combinations your heart desires.
Only three climbers “sent” the route, electrifying the crowds of spectators that had gathered on bleachers and observation platforms to cheer them on.
Commissioners Receive Request to Organize All County Resolutions…Planning and Development Numbers Climb… Montrose County Hires Ken Winckler as Public Works Director
Named Chief Medical Officer for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Games, Western Slope orthopedist Gloria Beim, M.D., has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to develop a world-class sports medicine facility in Sochi.
Those who got to see the presentation narrated by Steck, it often left them in stunned silence as he focussed primarily on his three attempts to summit Annapurna that culminated with last October’s 28-hour solo of the South Face.
Financial support from Telluride, Mountain Village, the ski resort and tourism board could secure an episode of Music Voyager for the region.
Crash Survivor Jim Polehinke Finds a New Calling, Working With Adaptive Skiers
A coordinated marketing effort, helped by early snow, seems to have brought more people to Telluride over the holidays.
The Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, now in its second year, set for Saturday, Jan. 11, in Montrose continues to grow and become one of the state’s go-to conferences on agriculture.
Holiday Inn Express Suites Completes Renovation…Azadi Announces Angel Award Recipients…‘Made in Telluride Moment’ Promotion and Contest
This year, the comp tower has been repositioned a bit further out so that it appears to teeter on the very lip of the Uncompahgre Gorge.
The beat carries on past New Year’s with progressive bluegrass and high energy funk in Telluride.
The differences between Ueli Steck’s and Adrian Ballinger’s approaches to alpinism may help explain their roles in the controversial brawl on the world’s highest peak.
Poetry in Ridgway, an anonymous fundraising challenge for a mountaineer’s documentary, and The Road to Mecca, all in the arts this week.
Region 10 Community Living Services to Offer Lunch and Learn…Celebrate the Life of Eldon Hurst…Montrose Memorial Hospital Implements Visitor Restrictions for Flu Season…Grant Writing Session Planned in Ouray…Ice Fishing Clinic Scheduled for Crawford Reservoir.
Business is slow in Rico in the winter, but Eamonn O’Hara at the Rico Hotel is still cooking, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. And dinner at the Argentine Grille is so much fun and so romantic, and so good, that regional residents and visitors should really consider making the beautiful journey over Lizard Head […]
Montrose will take over operations of the Black Canyon Golf Course from the Montrose Land Company, and purchase the course outright for municipal use and preservation.
If you haven’t been to the Riddled Raven yet, it’s a great local coffee shop that serves Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters coffee and has a cozy and unique atmosphere that invites you to cozy up to a hot drink, a Watch newspaper and simply enjoy a morning.
The Telluride Foundation Board of Directors awarded over $900,000 in Community Grants to 75 regional nonprofits, bringing the total grants given in 2013 by the Foundation to over $2.7 million.
SMPA is absorbing those costs in order to keep our members’ rates steady.
Jan. 2 at 7:36 a.m. – A 64-year-old Montrose man was arrested for trespassing at the 800 Block of S. Third Street. Jan. 2 and 10:26 p.m. – A 28-year-old Montrose man was arrested at 1500 Oxbow Drive for on a warrant, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia. Jan. 2 at […]
Who will claim the 38th Telluride Jazz Festival’s coveted Guest of Honor spot in 2014?
According to scanner traffic “multiple vehicles spun out” on Colorado HWY 145 near Lawson Hill past the entrance to Mountain Village.
For us, the Horsefly Brewing Company in Montrose has become the place to satisfy our wing craving.
One man is in custody and another one remains on the lam after it is believed the pair tried to elude Colorado State Patrol Troopers.
A geographic-information-system software that tracks crime is widely used in large, densely populated cities, but Sheriff Rick Dunlap reports it can give law enforcement an upper hand in rural, less populated areas like Montrose County, as well.
Under new management since the start of the ski season, Smugglers Brewpub has converted itself into a gastropub, which basically means more adventurous food than a typical pub or sports bar, at not much more than pub/sportsbar prices. Along with a rotating selection of craft beers, of course. Look for a full-on DISH column soon, […]
The Montrose County Road and Bridge department directed by County Engineer Dean Cooper is finishing up replacing the bridge at the C Canal on 57.00 Road in lower Coal Creek.
At one point the line to purchase retail cannabis at Alpine Wellness stretched out the door, and customers waited in line for an hour.
The trip, which included 120 people from around the world, was based on a 340-foot boat, which sailed across the Drake Passage to the Peninsula where the group skied for seven days surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife.
A year that began full of promise for the region’s mining community, with Ouray’s historic Revenue-Virginius Mine poised to begin production in the late fall, ended in tragedy and is The Watch’s No. 1 story of 2013
While 2012 is the year Colorado voters approved the recreational use and sale of marijuana, 2013 was the year for counties and municipalities to decide if and how recreational marijuana would be sold in local jurisdictions.
Resolutions both supporting and questioning gun control measures , a lawsuit against Gov. John Hickenlooper, and the subsequent recall of two state legislators make this The Watch’s No. 3 story of 2013.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement that the Gunnison sage-grouse is in danger of extinction had potential far-reaching implications in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
Hopes were that Telluride would be center stage for a proposed Hallmark Channel drama series, but it was not to be. No. 5
Following the resignation of Ouray Police Chief Leo Rasmusson and longtime Ouray Police Deputy Tony Schmidt, 2013 was a year of rebuilding for the City of Ouray and its police department, making it the No. 6 story of 2013.
For residents and organizers in Montrose, the prospect of being awarded an All-America City – and bringing it to fruition make it The Watch’s No. 7 story of 2013.
National beverage lobbying organizations descended on Telluride to fight a proposed sugary drinks tax voted down in the November election and was The Watch’s No. 8 story of 2013.
The large gravel pit, proposed by Rocky Mountain Aggregate and Construction, the opposition it faced and the ultimate denial of its special use permit by the Montrose Commissioners, is The Watch’s No. 9 story of 2013.
The fate of Dutch, a 107-pound American Allaunt canine sentenced to death for a vicious attack on a Montrose woman multiple times last year, went viral in 2013 and is The Watch’s No. 10 story of the year.
It’s like being in the living room of a good friend who loves good food and wine and lives in some far-off, magical place.
Mayor Pam Larson answers questions regarding the Home Rule Charter.
Shop owners say they are ready for what could be big business on day one.
Found days away from starving to death on a road in rural Alabama, Chance the pit bull has now come to a new home in Ridgway, thanks to generosity, serendipity and a lot of animal love.
Parks and Wildlife officials say the use of drones isn’t hunting and isn’t fair chase.
Telluride High School’s venture capital class offers students the opportunity to examine, research and critique real-world proposals for venture capital.
San Miguel County Sheriff Masters: ‘All indications are that this is a tragic accidental shooting.’
Elizabeth Howe Named Senior Director, Vail Mountain Operations…Region 10 Releases Draft of Six County Economic Development Strategy
Bracken Raleigh on hair, which is “the presentation of your energy to all; it expresses your strengths and weaknesses, attitude, fears and joys.”
There is very little that separating dozens of hungry Montrose seniors from the hot home meals they deserve, said Golden Circle Seniors Committee Membe
Esperanca Reyes, the 34-year-old manager of Tequilas on Telluride’s Main Street, is accustomed to this level of multitasking and hard work.Slug: Esperanza Reyes
Teresa Williams most recently served as city attorney for Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Telluride’s crafty music promoters have locked in some stellar artists to pave the road to 2014.
The Ridgway Town Council has committed to a strategy to pay off its debt burden for the RAMP project twice as quickly, ultimately exposing Ridgway property owners to a dramatically lower tax burden.
According to a new report, public school teachers in Colorado are paid well below the national average. In Montrose County, they are paid even less
Last week’s $15.25 million purchase of the 23-unit Cassidy Ridge condominium project million could mark the start of the recovery of the Mountain Village condominium market.
This guest commentary was written in 2010, during Irene Visintin’s next-to-last visit to her lifelong home, by her nephew, Gene Wunderlich, with whom she spent her final years, in Southern California, as did her sister, Elvira Visintin Wunderlich, who died in 2006.
New Ordinance on Door-to-Door Solicitation Adopted…Sewer-line Project Begins, Motorists Urged to Use Caution
Health insurance enrollments ramp up…Lynn Padgett named chair of BOCC for 2014.
With a roster of 30-plus presenters to be unveiled soon, Albert Roer and Erika Henschel are organizing the 2014 Telluride Yoga Festival.
Wade Nichols has been on the job for a little more than three weeks and from what he’s seen so far, he likes the direction of Montrose’s downtown business district and is eager to lead it to greater success.
A tie vote on council with one member absent means there will be another vote next month.
For the first time ever, Ouray residents will have a chance in early 2014 to participate in Ouray City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli’s annual performance evaluation.
When Jenny Hart gave her students a three-week assignment to choose a problem to solve, two of them took on world hunger.
Planet Bluegrass has announced the preliminary lineup for the 41st annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Following his 20-month prison sentence, Glen Cotonuts must also spend five years on supervised release.
Citations were not issued as violations contributing to the accident that killed to miners last month.
For the first time since the Colorado Department of Education initiated its District Performance Framework in 2010, the Montrose County School District RE-1J has earned an “accredited” rating.
Glider pilots Jim Pilkington and Carl Keil are teaming up to conduct a free demonstration of the winch-launch method at Delta’s Blake Field this Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap placed a sergeant on administrative leave without pay on Tuesday, Dec. 17, due to allegations of child abuse.
At a meeting in Nucla, the Montrose County Commissioners voted to retain a Denver law firm for possible legal actions with the MMH Board of Trustees.
An investigative team has issued almost 100 citations to Revenue-Virginius Mine owner/operator Star Mine Operations following a fatal accident there one month ago
More than 137,000 Coloradans have signed up for health coverage that will take effect January 1.
Cranford Hollow frontman John Cranford goes one-on-one with Adam Smith about whiskey, Southern rock and the band’s first trip to Colorado.
Fast and furious competitive schedules ahead for Discoe, Kearney, McCargo and Kenworthy.
Holiday Open House at Montrose Manor B&B…Ouray Public Library Offers January Programs to Kick Off the New Year…Montrose Area Committee Accepting Wildlife Project Ideas…MMH 2014 Wellness Calendar Available
This letter is for all you Telluriders who spoke out against renaming your post office after General Norman Schwarzkopf. You really don’t get it you, do you?
A tribute to Gene Kelly and an Ah Haa Gala in Telluride, and It’s a Wonderful Life on stage in Montrose, all in the arts this week.
Among the design elements that are sure to make the final cut are a giant slide down the hillside at the rear of the playground, and a zipline of some kind.
Given Colorado’s recent turmoil over several very contentious issues I continue to consider what lessons I might take from Gettysburg back to Denver with me in January.
Jib, jump, and freeride to glory at the first Rail Jam of the season Saturday, Dec. 21
The Ridgway Town Council holds a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Ridgway Community Center to discuss how to finance the town’s cash match for a $10.5 million grant.
Ouray High School junior Julia Vann has been named as an alternate delegate to the 52nd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, to be held March 8-15, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
The Trust for Public Land is proposing to trade access to Wilson Peak to the U.S. Forest Service.
Around 7 p.m. all three Montrose Fire Protection District stations were alerted to an inbound military C-130 aircraft that had reported an engine fire and was preparing to land in Montrose.
Ouray residents are rallying to the support of long-time City of Ouray Public Works employee Ed Witherspoon this week, whose job is on the line.
Ouray native Zina Nicole Lahr touched the hearts and minds many people, in her brief lifetime. Now, a video showcasing Lahr and her work has gone viral.
A two-for-one special is being offered by Colorado Flights and the Telluride Tourism Board in conjunction with Allegiant Airlines.
She looks forward to regaining strength and greeting her friends.
With new material, Brooklyn’s rising folk group Yarn heads to Telluride.
The ice flow in the San Miguel River has passed causing no damage or road closures.
The Schwarzkopf family lives in San Miguel County part-time, and asked the foundation to withdraw the proposal due to the unforeseen controversy.
City approves shared agreement with Rec District…New regulations for door-to-door solicitation approved…
The Telluride School District was one of 477 districts in the United States and Canada recognized by College Board’s Advanced Placement District Honor Roll this year.
The Telluride Mountain School is teaching mindfulness in 15-minute lessons, an ideal length for integrating into the school day.
A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board suggests the small Cessna T210M airplane that crashed near Cedaredge on Nov. 19 might have broken up in mid-air, killing the pilot.
If you’re in need of a pick-me-up coffee or a hearty lunch, fear not – Teddy’s Coffee Den & Waffles is now open in Mountain Village, located in Mountain Village Town Hall Plaza, next to the gondola station.
The city could take over the management of the course, purchase the course or enter into a lease agreement with the private Montrose Land Company.
Stakeholders throughout the region got a glimpse of the severity of Sudden Aspen Decline and the spruce beetle infestation problem on the GMUG at a daylong meeting hosted by the Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative.
Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked ski resorts based on hotels, terrain, lifts, lines and aprés-ski events. This is the third year in a row that Telluride ranked within the poll’s top three slots.
Jerry Joseph returns to Telluride with drummer Steve Drizos for an intimate performance at Fly Me To The Moon Saloon.
The report goes on to outline a number of “best practices” which, if properly executed, could possibly have prevented the accident.
If a story stirs some controversy, the paper’s staff are happy to know that what they write is being read and perhaps the conversations they spark will enable more understanding and learning.
Ice farming season is in full swing at the Ouray Ice Park, and according to chief ice farmer Dan Chehayl, the ice is coming in nice and fat, boding well for opening day at the Park in just two short weeks.
Local stakeholders have worked the past year-and-a-half in a grassroots effort to craft the North Fork Alternative Plan, which is intended to protect the agriculturally rich valley from future oil and gas leasing development.
The longstanding tradition of Noel Night – on the first Wednesday of December, when participating Telluride stores and restaurants offer food, beverages and discounts has evolved into an unofficial Telluride “festival” in its own right.
Black Canyon Golf Course Negotiations Continue…New Control at Black Canyon Jet Center
The new status offers donors 25 percent state and federal income tax credits, up to a $100,000 maximum credit.
The National Transportation Safety Board has not released its preliminary report on the accident.
The City of Ouray took stock of its 2020 Economic Development Plan last week, reporting that many goals have been met, and others have proved unrealistic.
Because Commissioner Elaine Fischer attended the meeting via phone, the commissioners will discuss the renaming at the next meeting.
This year’s Nugget Nights take place Wednesday, Dec. 4-Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Nugget Theatre in Telluride with free nightly screenings of the recently remastered classic, The Wizard of Oz.
The Montrose Recreation District Board of Directors voted last week to ask the Montrose City Council to place a sales tax increase in front of voters next spring to raise $11.7 million to go toward the construction of a new community recreation center.
Ouray Family Medicine to Close… Montrose Hospital CEO Retires..
The position has been advertised and the Wilkinson Board hopes to fill the position in the early spring.
Small hydro projects in Telluride and Orchard City have also applied to FERC requesting exemption under the new law.
County officials want to assure the public that once the county is able to publically vet and possibly make a decision on a new FBO, it will be done in a public arena.
The main issue up for discussion was whether the town should ask the community to approve a bond initiative in its regular election next spring, and if so, how much money the town should ask for.
With a 39-inch base and thanks in part to a newly coordinated marketing effort, hotel and air reservations are up over last year.
Montrose County Commissioner Ron Henderson and his wife, Diane, share their experience just six months after Ron underwent a quadruple bypass surgery.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has launched a fatality investigation into the accident that killed two miners last week, and seeks the public’s help.
In her 24 years, she’s resolved runoff elections, survived breast cancer and recovered from a recent heart attack.
The key to her success? Taking her roles of wife, mother and Telluride Town Clerk one day at a time.
In a perfect world, all 280 acres of Telluride’s terrain served by snowmaking would be open by Christmas. Thanks to Brandon Green’s work, that goal is now a step closer.
An open house celebrating Lahr’s life and creativity is also planned on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Wright Opera House in Ouray from 1-3 p.m.
Negotiations continue over Black Canyon Golf Club…City Council Hears Complaints Over Water Late Fees.
When water returns to the Gunnison Tunnel, its force will generate even more hydroelectricity to the DMEA grid than it did this year.
Half of all people will die of heart disease or stroke (collectively, cardiovascular disease).
After the early-November landfall of typhoon Haiyan on the Philippine islands, a group of Montrose second graders began fundraising for its victims.
A survey reveals that salaries and benefits are In line with other local public employees.
Miners at the Revenue-Virginius Mine risked their own lives in a desperate and futile effort to save their shift boss and a fellow miner from carbon monoxide poisoning on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 17.
For the 2013-2014 ski season, affordable housing in the Telluride region for seasonal employees is increasingly scarce.
A Saturday night of CunninLynguists at the Mesa Theater in Grand Junction.
This activity was to send a message, a very strong message, to our Congressman, Scott Tipton.’
At issue: Did the county relinquish its rights to the road in 2007? Is the BLM barricade legal?
Tuesday marked the birth of a new Town of Telluride Council.
As Mayor, I would like to say that the Ridgway Town Council should think long and hard about several of these options.
One miner entered an area in the Ouray-Virginius Mine where carbon monoxide from a previously detonated explosive overcame and quickly killed him; his shift boss died trying to revive the affected miner. Twenty more miners on the early-morning shift were sent via ambulance and helicopter to regional hospitals for emergency medical treatment.
The Telluride Austin Hiett American Legion Post #12 is seeking assistance and support in renaming the Telluride Post Office in honor of the late General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who died on Dec. 27, 2012.
Longtime local Peter McGinty recently acquired sole ownership of Elevation Vacations…’Conde Nast Traveller’ Recognizes Klammer Lodge.
Corporate interest groups and a billionaire philanthropist together contributed an estimated $81.30 per registered voter in the fight over ballot question 2A, commonly known as the soda tax.
Telluride Holiday Prelude will feature the lighting of the Telluride Ski Tree on Dec. 6, a new “tradition,” debuting this holiday season.
Honor Graduate finished in the top 10 percent of his company of 230 soldiers. Emergency Fish Salvage Authorized for South Canal…Harvest Dinner to Showcase Chefs, Products…Thanksgiving Friends Celebration…
In November and December, UCSM is offering a number of courses that are short and savory – with an incredible amount of information jam-packed into just two to three classes.
The Ridgway Demons volleyball squad put up a great fight but lost to Meeker High School and Resurrection Christian in the Class 2A State Tournament at the Denver Coliseum last weekend, dashing their hopes for a state title in the double elimination tournament.
The coveted award, reserved for industry professionals, highlights the contributions four-decade ski patroller Craig “Sterbie” Sterbenz has made in the study of snow and avalanches.
In the world of alpine climbing where amazing feats are being accomplished on a regular basis, Ueli Steck, 38, is still in a league of his own.
It was a bittersweet ending for Kjersten Davis’ long tenure on the Montrose County School Board Tuesday evening.
The Telluride Foundation announced this week it will attempt to rename the Telluride Post Office after Norman Schwarzkopf, the late four-star general who was a part-time Telluride resident.
The Ouray Ice Park is again partnering with San Juan Mountain Guides to provide interactive climbing clinics and seminars for the 2014 Ouray Ice Festival, scheduled for Jan. 9-12, 2014.
Jacobs, a longtime resident of Mancos and Telluride, died at the age of 66 on Wednesday, Nov. 6, after a long fight with thyroid cancer.
Nearly 100,000 trout were stocked into the lake on Oct. 17-18 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, completing a critical aquatic reclamation project that cost more than $100,000.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, now known as HopeWest, is very close to breaking ground on a new facility serving Montrose, Olathe, Ouray and Ridgway.
The city council voted unanimously to seek a total of $38,000 through a delayed construction claim for losses in time, man hours, and equipment usage following the repeated incidents.
Montrose residents discuss options about the fate of preserving the entire 18 holes of the Black Canyon Golf Course during a special meeting Monday evening at the Montrose Pavilion.
Among the material seized were various images and videos of unclothed male children bound and gagged, taped to walls, and performing sex acts on adult males and other children.
The Ouray Board of County Commissioners committed itself to “fixing many perceived problems” with the draft revisions, eventually incorporating at least some of them into the existing code.
Journey with an adorable and talented cast of 40 dancers, ages 3-16, to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets as Weehawken Dance presents an abbreviated version of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, in Ouray this weekend.
Miss Emily appeared as an opener for the extremely popular March Fourth Marching Band the opening week of the 2013 Mountain Air Music Series. She wowed the crowds in the park and rocked the post show at O’Brien’s afterwards.
With operations ongoing to prepare for opening day, uphill access will be prohibited beginning Thursday, Nov. 7.
Montrose City Councilor Kathy Ellis was charged for mistakenly bringing a semi-automatic pistol through security at the Montrose Airport last month.
Four industry professionals joining team as ski season approaches.
Town councilor incumbents Ann Brady and ‘Glider’ Bob Saunders won their reelection bids and local business consultant Todd Brown and longtime local Jenny Patterson also won.
Incumbent candidates sailed to victory across the board in races for Ouray City Council, Ouray School Board and Ridgway School Board, while a county-wide sales tax question went down in flames.
Front range indie rock comes to the Moon with You Me & Apollo’s Telluride live debut, and they want to meet you after the show.
Investigators will be traveling in and around the airport’s terminal.
Voters across Colorado said ‘yes’ to taxing recreational marijuana in Tuesday’s election, while saying ‘no’ to tax increases for education. It was no different in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties as well.
Keaton Bell of Hotchkiss was sentenced to five years’ probation (with the first year in community corrections) for possession of stolen firearms and ammunition and possession of machine gun.
Telluride restaurant owner Lucas Price clarifies “why I have been so vocal in my support of Proposition 2a”
Turning Up the Heat for a Run at a Threepeat
Editor: I attended the Town Council Candidate Forum last Thursday evening which was sponsored by the Rotary Club and the Telluride Association of REALTORS. At the event, several anti-REALTOR comments were made by two of the candidates, namely, Bob Saunders and Chance Leoff. While hearing such comments from Bob Saunders is nothing new (which included […]
“Why can’t you even get a bill to the floor and do your job,” one woman shouted about the political stalemate. “That’s the game you’re playing with people’s lives.”
Frustrated by stalled negotiations over a land and structure ownership dispute with the Town of Telluride, the Telluride Science Research Center is trying its luck a gondola ride away.
Halloween fever sweeps the Western Slope music scene. Find out where to be seen in your costume this weekend.
Kick the Can Telluride has found itself wading through an eerie Halloween fog.
Editor: After Thursday night’s candidate forum at Christ Church I have decided how I will vote and why. A couple of our candidates remind me of Ted Cruz, the Tea Party member from Texas. It is just that they are Tea Party members from the left. They create a non-real crisis in order to have a […]
Colorado Division of Water Resources has told the City of Ouray that it can’t re-tabulate the city’s water rights statutorily, because the tabulation has been correctly executed, based on decree.
Editor: I have had the privilege of living in Telluride since 1994. When I moved to town two weeks after my college graduation, I never imagined that almost 20 years later I would be raising my own family in this special place. The fact that our children have access to an incredible education through the […]
TMC is currently located in such an old building (500 W. Pacific Ave.) that our property and casualty insurance carrier has served notice that they will not renew next year’s policy and our broker can’t find another carrier to quote us on a new policy.
‘Country Time Lemonade at Village Market … costs $4.29 but the sugar tax alone will be $2.56, because the tax is calculated on the total ounces once the product is mixed with water.’
Editor: The Pearl Property has been a challenging issue for many years. The main conflict was the community didn›t want the Pearl to be used for a parking lot, even though it had been purchased by the town for that use. While previous ballot measures have precluded specific development proposals related to the Pearl, the […]
Editor: Hello, many of you know me as the former owner of the Bedrock Store. In regards to your sugar tax, I have been reading these stories and I finally have decided to weigh in. Montrose County implemented a similar tax while I was still running the store. In our case, I was not aware of any […]
Since 1993, the Pearl Property has been a political football in Telluride
Same as it ever was: During the Gilded Age, J.P. Morgan cornered U.S. financial markets, gained monopoly ownership of railroads, amassed a vast supply of the nation’s gold and used his investment power to create U.S. Steel and take control of that market.
Silverton school rehabilitation project earns Leed designation… Woman’s Club of Ouray County Awards $9K in grants…CASA Dodgeball Fundraiser (With Visit From Mrs. International, Nov. 1-2)…Western Colorado Hospitality Summit Oct. 24-25 in Montrose…TOP launches raffle to raise funds for outdoor education facility
School district officials differ, regarding local versus state control of funding for public education, as Amendment 66 heads to the polls.
Editor: It is true we have to take serious measures to combat climate change. The major challenge is weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, our economy demands more growth, and our world runs on carbon. I agree small actions are cumulative and can make a difference, but only as long as they have a […]
Editor: What will it take to make the change needed in our community to reduce green house gas emissions? I see no other option than to vote for Ballot Measure 1A (The Energy Fund Initiative), which is a 1% tax on monthly energy bills that would collect money to be used to directly address energy […]
While Ouray’s RAMP-funded CDOT project is dialed in, the fate of Ridgway’s $13.3 million CDOT project remains unclear.
Editor: Bright Futures is hosting Dan Snowberger, the Superintendent for Durango Schools, to present an educational and informational talk on Senate Bill 66. Amendment 66 as Governor Hickenlooper says will establish a “level of reform that other states can only imagine.” Hickenlooper adds, “No one’s ever taken all these reforms and integrated them into a […]
ELEVATED | Ghost Spotting at the Telluride Historical Museum, in downtown Montrose, and at the Beaumont
A regional Halloween roundup in the arts this week.
Editor Town of Telluride Ballot Issue 2D is important for the residents of the Town of Telluride for many reasons. In particular it is of interest to those who support keeping the Telluride Medical Center in the town of Telluride. This is it! The RV lot is the only parcel of land left in the […]
The Western Business Alliance and the Montrose Office of Business and Tourism host the Western Colorado Hospitality Summit Thursday, Oct. 24-Friday, Oct. 25, at the Montrose Pavilion Events Center.
Former Montrose Mayor Kathy Ellis: “I just forgot it was in my purse.”
Mayor John Clark calls the plan ‘huge for economic development.’
How would citizens prefer to hear from the city? How would they like to offer feedback?
Editor: This year’s Moving Mountains Symposium at Mountainfilm focused on climate solutions. Over the past several months we have heard from a lot of people that it inspired them to think of ways to combat climate change in their own homes and hometowns. They are mostly small measures and mostly symbolic. But they are nonetheless […]
Editor: We all should thank the Women In Support of Education for organizing the Ridgway School Board candidate forum. While some submitted questions were not asked, and some asked questions may not have shed much light, overall the forum provided a glimpse of the candidates that may not be available otherwise. Thank you.A major disappointment […]
Editor: The October 16th issue of The Watch granted approximately 20 column inches to a letter titled “Attn. Scott Tipton: We Need the BLM” citing in the authors words, “the supreme stupidity” for not voting for a clean CR. In my opinion the stupidity is misplaced. In view of what is now known about ObamaCare, […]
Editor: Thanks to the generosity of the Telluride Ski Patrol, many students at Telluride Schools receive assistance to participate in the Ski PE program. They donated $500 to the Ski PE scholarship program. It is great that all kids who want to participate in the Ski PE program can get out on the slopes. This […]
Editor: Thank you to Montrose County Commissioners David White and Gary Ellis in regard to the Uncompahgre Pit denial on Oct. 7 (and a quick return to good health for Mr. Henderson). There was some concern among South Valley residents that the applicant and his associates may have undue influence on our local government officials. […]
DMEA General Manager Announces Retirement…MMHI Board Members Elected…an elevated chlorine level…Region 10 Teams Up With Networks Unlimited…Eldon Hurst Dies in Colorado Springs
Progressive afro-funk and old school hip-hop end the music hiatus in the Western Slope.
Love it or hate it, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is now the law of the land.
As state legislatures prepare for their upcoming sessions, you will no doubt hear a lot about public pensions. As the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, says: “The idea of imminent [public pension] insolvency is a gross distortion.”
But can Ridgway come up with its share of matching funds?
The library could reopen on Sundays as early as December 1.
Discussing the Black Canyon course wasn’t on council’s agenda, but that did not stop residents from making their voices heard on the matter.
Plus: An elevated chlorine level…Region 10 Teams Up With Networks Unlimited…Eldon Hurst Dies in Colorado Springs.
Thea Chase will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the accelerator program and will play an instrumental role in further growing Telluride’s budding entrepreneurial ecosystem.
For years, the Telluride Medical Center has been searching for a permanent home.
High school boys who sign up will compete in formal wear, resort wear, and a talent competition.
Experts will speak on the medical and environmental effects of fracking at Ridgway Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 17.
Three of four candidates expressed concern that the proposed Amendment 66 could result in a decrease in per-pupil funding in Ouray.
The Montrose School Board also recognized the Montrose Academic Booster Club’s 30th anniversary.
Papenbrock said that she had to call him back three times with the good news, because he kept thinking it was a crank call.
Society has the right to regulate dangerous substances. But do sugar and carbon qualify? And can it be done locally?
Telluride Chief Marshal James Kolar reported Saturday morning that his office assisted the United States Marshal’s Service on a Thursday, Oct. 10, raid of the town’s Shandoka Apartment complex.
Ouray High School students Bonnie Hansen and Nicholas Pieper have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Five candidates running for two open seats on the Ouray City Council staked out their positions on marijuana, home rule, gravel augmentation, the Ouray Police Department, the local economy and a variety of other topics.
Tickets on Sale for Western Colorado Hospitality Summit…Black Canyon Jet Center Personnel Complete NATA Fire Safety Training Session
The preliminary budget projects a $302,000 deficit for the coming year.
The Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees may sue the county if Trustee Richard Harding’s refusal to provide a social security number for a background check remains unresolved.
Haven House is hosting a Harvest Property fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m., at the Montrose Manor, on 60169 LaSalle Rd.
Ultimately the commissioners believed the adverse effects the operation would have on nearby residents was too great for approval.
The swap features screaming deals on last year’s equipment and clothing from area shops such as Boot Doctors and Ouray Mountain Sports, as well as a deal section for locals’ used goods.
An art exhibit at the Ridgway Library, and a woman, her dog and her violin head west, all in the arts this week.
The improvment offers hope that the region’s economy is on the rebound.
San Miguel County is putting forth ballot question 1A, the Energy Fund question, on November 5; Commissioner Joan May wants everyone to vote for it.
When the Montrose Police Dept. turned to Facebook for help in a missing persons case, it got 7,440 hits in 12 hours.
In recent years NPRD has struggled to keep board seats filled.
Montrose Recreation District officials say that with an aggressive savings campaign, and doing more with less staffing, they can deliver a $2 million cash downpayment for a new community recreation center by 2015.
Dr. Jeff Ritterman is a special guest at the Sugary Drink Tax Forum, moderated by David Holbrooke, to be held Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Sheridan Opera House at 6p.m. For more information about the local sugary drink tax, visit www.kickthecantelluride.com.
The bill comes as the U.S. Forest Service works to update a clause on its ski area special permits that would tie water rights to the land ski areas are on.
King, in just his second over-water swim (first without a wetsuit) finished fifth in his age group of boys, ages 13-18, with a time of just over 30 minutes.
The race is a fundraiser for outstanding student musicians from Ridgway, Ouray and Telluride who have been invited to participate in the 2014 Colorado Ambassadors of Music European Tour.
I am writing in support of eliminating term limits for Norwood Park and Recreation District board members.
Officials from San Miguel, San Juan, Hinsdale and Ouray counties are looking to the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife to help fund their modest Alpine Ranger Program.
Arguing that an increase in monthly compensation for Montrose City Council members would incentivize more candidates for council seats earned a tight 3-2 vote Tuesday evening.
Two consecutive conferences bring an off-season boost and give the region a chance to show off its ability to host events.
Today, Billings envisions Liberty as an ambassador for wild mustangs. The adoption and training process has not dampened her wild spirit. Instead, that spirit has simply been channeled, and refined.
Barring financial assistance from the City of Montrose, the 18-hole Black Canyon Golf Club will close briefly this winter and reopen in February as a nine-hole course.
The City of Ouray’s rustic, largely undeveloped Rotary Park along Highway 550 in the North Ouray Corridor could be transformed into a gravel processing and storage site under a proposed new plan being.
When Zach and Audrey Barton of New York awoke Tuesday morning in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, they were trespassing in a closed federal property, thanks to the Washington stalemate.
The first annual FreshFest takes over downtown, beginning with a local breakfast at the Farmers Market, and concluding with Oktoberfest.
The Moving Target Theater Company of Kansas City presents the comedy, Art, at the Wright Opera House on Friday Oct. 11-Saturday, Oct. 12.
Ouray residents with Douglas and white fir trees need to act now to protect their trees.
Work to install one-half of the new concrete box culvert under SH 145 on Lizard Head Pass will require a full closure of both lanes Tuesday, Oct. 1, starting at 10 p.m. and ending at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.