Author Archive: Watch Staff
The pending vacancy will go into effect on Jan. 13, 2015, when current Ouray County Judge David Westfall becomes a Colorado 7th Judicial District judge.
Beau Weiher made a big impression through his pursuit of BASE jumping off of iconic Ouray landmarks.
Ah Haa partnered with Telluride lighting expert Chris Myers to reduce energy consumption.
At the end of the collection period, all medications are turned over to the DEA for destruction.
Officer responded to the 800 block of Main Street for a parking problem, and so it goes….
Because when in Rome… or in this case when in a mountain town, or more in this case, when in an alpine town in Colorado’s San Juans….
The Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival takes place over the Friday, Aug. 8-Sunday, Aug. 10. weekend.
Conservation groups condemned the decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
‘Felons who are prohibited from owning firearms sometimes put others up to purchasing guns illegally for them.’
Janet Kapsin returns to Ouray as the ax-wielding Nation, whom she last portrayed in Ouray in 2009 for OCHS at the Wright Opera House.
You can try Thailandaise Sauce at Siam’s Talay Grille in Mountain Village or Siam Telluride.
Ever wonder where your recycling goes?
After 1997, Berendes retired to Telluride – the town that had become her home – and filled her life with hiking, cross-country skiing, friends, and travel.
Attendees can expect to eat, drink, laugh, and learn. Prices for individual events vary, and limited tickets will be available at the box office of events not yet sold out.
Daniel was the assistant superintendant of the road and bridge department for Ouray County.
What set Telluride apart was the relaxed atmosphere Fred created. He modeled it after Hee Haw, the television series where corny backwoods jokes and skits were woven with country and bluegrass music.
Lundahl’s new book, Telluride: The Outlaw Spirit of a Colorado Town, comes out Labor Day weekend
The Telluride Science Research Center celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer by joining the Fourth of July parade.
MABA urges riders to have their bikes checked at their local bike shop and to celebrate Bike Day, Week and Month in Montrose!
The 41st TFF takes place Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, 2014.
Editor: The members of the public that have elected the Montrose County Commissioners have the right to be treated with respect. Truth of the matter, give the public of Montrose County the five core values of Our County. People – Integrity – Communication – Professionalism – Efficiency. The taxpayers of Montrose County deserve to have […]
Editor: As newbies to the unbelievably huge task of homeownership, my husband and I have quickly learned what an immense undertaking it is to remodel and maintain a home. This weekend we were made acutely aware and reminded of how important it is to prepare and do your homework when beginning a do-it-yourself project. We […]
Editor: Sometimes drivers need a reminder that buckling up is the absolute best way to protect themselves and their passengers in a motor vehicle crash. This is why the Western Regional Occupant Safety Coalition is joining with state and local law enforcement as well as highway safety officials to educate citizens on the importance of […]
Editor: I want to commend you and The Watch on the excellent reporting regarding the current situation in the Ridgway School District. I believe that Samantha Wright has done an excellent job of reporting the news objectively and is providing an excellent service to your readers. It is an absolute pleasure to read a paper […]
Editor: A guest commentary by four members of the Ridgway School Board ran in The Watch recently. Regrettably, it contained many contradictions. I would like to address just a couple. First, the piece said ”After careful consideration and often difficult discussions amongst ourselves and with community stakeholders, we’ve determined that a change in leadership in […]
PLUS: Conference Calling for Library Patrons… Communitywide Summer Gear Swap and Garage Sale May 31… OCHS Photo Exhibit Showcases Autumn in Ouray County… Ouray Elks Scholarships…
The emergency declaration results from a massive landslide earlier in 2014 that has closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass for extended periods of time.
Summer swim season kicks off next week, with a week-long after-school swim stroke camp for kids at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool.
Rodney Shaw’s extensive background and training combined to create a fine sculptor.
Soon, the millions of beetles that have hatched and spent the winter munching on newly dying trees will start flying again.
Editor: I wonder if your readers, who freak out at the word ‘tax,’ realize that 0.3 percent equals .30 cents on $100? I’ll bet they spend that much on snacks every day. Thirty cents doesn’t seem like much of an investment for the return Montrose will reap with a state-of-the-art recreation center. The MRD Board […]
Many people think snowboard lessons are only needed to learn the basics. While the fundamental movements do not change from the beginner to the advanced lesson, how to ride with a full range of movement in all the planes (twisting, vertical, longitudinal, and lateral) is not something that comes intuitively to many. When riding bumps, […]
RIDGWAY – Ancestral Ute Indians, who inhabited west central Colorado for centuries, left extraordinary records of their lives on rock faces throughout the region. Montrose Archaeologist Carol Patterson, Ph D., will share her research on those rock art motifs at the next ROCC Talk, Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Ridgway Town Hall. Patterson’s talk, “Messages […]
OURAY – The City of Ouray has received five letters of interest from Ouray residents who are interested in filling a pending vacancy on the Ouray Planning Commission that will be created when longtime commission chair Bud Zanett steps down in March. The Ouray City Council will appoint a new planning commissioner to take Zanett’s […]
Colorado’s mountains, rivers and open spaces form the very foundation of our way of life in the Centennial State. I know I am not alone in treasuring the experience of hiking in the San Juan National Forest and summiting Mount Sneffels and Mount Wilson. These uniquely Colorado experiences show why “Colorado” is more than just […]
Tenor Returns to Telluride TELLURIDE – On Monday, Feb. 17, international recording artist Dennis McNeil returns to Telluride for his fifth annual St. Patrick Catholic Church’s Serenade. This time he comes almost directly from performing for members of the U.S. Supreme Court and special guests at a dinner hosted by retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. McNeil, […]
Small Plane Crashes Shortly After Takeoff; No Survivors TELLURIDE – Three Arizona residents died when their plane crashed Sunday morning after departing Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) at 11:20 a.m. for Cortez. The wreckage was found Sunday afternoon, reported San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters. The victims are identified as Sherry and Sherman Anderson, 57 and […]
NORWOOD – If you’re traveling through Norwood, and would like to see a bit of living history, look no further than the Back Narrows Inn. Built in 1898, it is one of the town’s oldest structures still in use, according to owner Logan Tease, and served as lodging for miners, ranchers and cowboys more than […]
TELLURIDE — By hosting a public meeting featuring designs and opportunities to hear public input, the Town of Telluride inched closer last week to its goal of constructing a new community pool in Town Park. If the planning and construction phases go smoothly, the pool, shower and restroom facility could be completed as early as […]
Editor: While I was sitting in the lobby of the Ouray Hot Springs one evening, several young people came in to register. The smell of marijuana was as prevalent as if they had been in a closed car. My first thought was a prayer, “Oh God please protect our city from this curse.” We are […]
OURAY COUNTY – The Ouray Board of County Commissioners took some small steps last week toward refining Section 9 of the county’s Land Use Code pertaining to Visual Impact Regulations. During a work session on Thursday, Feb. 6, commissioners worked section by section through the first third of a staff-generated revision document of Section 9. […]
TELLURIDE – Norwood snowboarder Harry Kearney soared back to the top of the finish line at the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom this year, with a first place finish in the Pro Men category at 1:43:35. It marks the second time Kearney has snagged top honors at Mt. Baker, which he first won in 2011 […]
TELLURIDE – When Telluride filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel head to Austin, Tex., next month, DamNation, the culmination of three years of research, shooting, editing and just plain hard work will be showcased in the world premiere of their documentary at South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the biggest and innovative film, music and […]
TELLURIDE – Forget what you may have heard. Rock ‘n roll is alive and well, being righteously personified by Boulder’s own West Water Outlaws. A sum of their heavy, distorted guitar riffs, thumping bass, wide open drums, and Blake Rooker’s vocals reminiscent of yesteryear greatness that defined heavy rock, the Outlaws are Colorado’s answer to […]
MONTROSE – A long chapter in the history of the Black Canyon Golf Club officially came to an end Friday night with the majority of Montrose Land Company shareholders approving a $675,000 buyout from the city. The city will assume operations of the golf course, for municipal use. In a 30-minute meeting of MLC shareholders […]
TELLURIDE – Marijuana-related emergency room visits are on the rise in Telluride, according to Telluride Medical Center emergency room physician Daniel Hehir, MD. The spike in patients visiting the medical center due to over-consuming marijuana coincides with the recent opening of retail marijuana shops in Telluride, allowing anyone over 21 to purchase and consume the […]
MONTROSE – Following last week’s move by the Montrose County Commissioners to remove three volunteers from the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, the remaining trustees held a special meeting on Monday where new officers were appointed, the board’s attorney, David Masters was fired, and Trustee Richard Harding was reseated with the board. Trustees J. […]
RIDGWAY – Community members are invited to gather at the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park at noon this Saturday, Feb. 15 to celebrate Axel Charrette Day, and to dedicate a plaque in honor of Axel’s life. Festivities will take place at the Axel Loop trailhead, named for the Ridgway toddler who was murdered in Mexico last […]
TELLURIDE – Gus Kenworthy was part of a U.S. podium sweep in the men’s slopestyle skiing competition In the sport’s Olympic debut Thursday in Sochi, winning the silver medal. He took the podium early Thursday, alongside his close friends and teammates Joss Christensen, who took the gold medal, and Nick Goepper, who took the bronze […]
Meanwhile, Rec District Tax Question Heads to April Ballot MONTROSE — Montrose voters will consider two potential tax increases this year. One was put on the ballot by the Montrose School District RE-1J on Tuesday and seeks a November property tax to fund classroom improvements. The other, from the Montrose Recreation District, seeks a sales […]
WESTERN SAN JUANS – A month after a huge rockslide shut down U.S. 550/ Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton, the highway has finally completely reopened, allowing traffic and economic lifeblood to once more flow along the transportation artery between the two communities. Intermittent travel twice a day has been possible since the end […]
Telluride Comedy Fest Brings Weekend of Laughter Feb. 13-16 TELLURIDE – 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 comedians is once again coming to Telluride Feb. 13-16, when the Sheridan Arts Foundation and Jeb Berrier present the […]
Rodeo and Juliet in Ouray ‘Rodeo and Juliet’ is the stage name of husband-and-wife singers Chris and Jan Harris. The moniker was carefully chosen. “We do a lot of Western stuff,” she said, both music they’ve written and covers, and “We love the older classics. There were so many great songs in the 50s, […]
SILVERTON – The Wild West returns to Silverton this weekend, with race horses hurtling down snowy Blair Street at breakneck speed pulling daredevil skiers behind them for the fifth annual Silverton Skijoring races. The two-day spectacle takes place this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, with racing taking place from roughly 11 a.m. to […]
TELLURIDE – San Miguel County Commissioner Joan May this week formally announced her candidacy for a third term as commissioner. May is currently serving her eighth year as commissioner. May said she hopes to continue focusing on regional economic sustainability and greenhouse emission reductions across the county, as her most important focus. The county government, she […]
MONTROSE – 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. It’s matches last year’s contribution to the Regional Air Service Program (a collaboration between the CFA and the city), but this year, there’s a difference: the money is […]
Going to “neutral” between turns is a chance to change your skiing forever and flow through your turns with constant momentum (fast or slow – your choice). It sets you up to ski groomers, bumps, steeps, and powder with far greater success and less energy. The most important part of linked turns is the transition between […]
OURAY – The Ouray Police Department is once again fully staffed, having welcomed aboard Scott Mills as its fourth officer. The department has been slowly rebuilding its ranks following the resignation of former Police Chief Leo Rasmusson and two officers last spring. New Police Chief Justin Perry introduced Mills at the Ouray City Council meeting […]
The news out of Montrose County this week is that the Montrose County Commissioners have stood firm behind the sacred principle that a man’s social security number is nobody’s business but his own. Just on Monday, the Montrose Hospital Board of Trustees caved in to a demand from the commissioners that an appointee to their […]
Shakey Graves (one man band phenom Alejandro RoseGarcia) will headline day two of this year’s Colorado Music Party showcase at Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. Appearing courtesy of the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, and represented by Colorado’s 7s Management, the Austin-based artist was selected to wrap up the final day of the […]
OURAY COUNTY – A month to the day after a huge rockslide shut down U.S. 550 between Ouray and Silverton, the highway has finally completely reopened to traffic. Intermittent travel twice a day has been possible since the end of January, but it wasn’t until Monday night, Feb. 10, that the Colorado Department of Transportation […]
This week began with another delayed flight by United Airlines, which caused me to arrive in Denver at noon when I was scheduled to be there at 8 a.m. Consequently, I was unable to attend the annual Conservation Youth Corps Award Ceremony where my constituent, Auston Craig of the Southwest Conservation Corps-Four Corners was honored. […]
TELLURIDE – 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. With a time difference of 11 hours, catching Kenworthy’s competition live or in prime time is tricky. Here are some tips […]
Busted Within 1,000 Ft. of Telluride Middle/Intermediate/High School TELLURIDE – On Wednesday, Feb. 5, agents of the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force arrested Daniel Guardaro-Marquez, 30, for unlawful distribution of nine ounces of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. It is a class B felony, per federal law, to possess a Controlled Dangerous […]
CDOT Projects U.S. 550 Will Fully Open by Tuesday OURAY COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation reported on Sunday evening, Feb. 8 that recent work on the rockfall fence installation at the Ruby Walls on US 550/ Red Mountain Pass has been very productive, and that the highway could fully reopen as soon as […]
School District, Hilltop Work Together to Reconnect Students and Families With Schools MONTROSE – If you have a child who attends public school in Montrose, educators want him or her in school tomorrow and the day after that. Solving truancy issues within Montrose County RE-1J schools has been a community collaboration for the past three […]
TELLURIDE – Six years ago this week I was sitting naked in a doctor’s examining chair, nine months pregnant and attempting to understand what my French-speaking OB-GYN was talking about. It was an unsettling experience indeed, the naked and enormously nine-month-pregnant part, since it was a rude awakening to learn that the French don’t seem […]
TELLURIDE — Receiving affordable acupuncture treatment in Telluride will be easier next Tuesday. The Elks Club in Telluride will be the home of a new low-cost community health clinic, featuring licensed acupuncturists Benjamin Hawes, Ramie Holmquist and Joshua Geetter. Together, they will offer acupuncture treatment integrated with other forms of Oriental medicine. Geetter, the clinic’s […]
Editor: I am pleased to announce my candidacy to the Office of San Miguel County Assessor; a position which, thanks to the voters of San Miguel County, I’ve held with pride for the past 36 years. With this announcement, I look forward to working with and for the citizens of San Miguel County for another […]
Editor: I had the opportunity to go up and see Colorado Department of Transportation’s operations dealing with the continuous rockslide at highway 550 Mile Marker 92-87. They are doing a tremendous job in a very dangerous setting. They are working very long and hard hours to try and get the road open as quick as […]
Editor: It is good news that the newly seated Ouray City Council is expanding the Community Development Committee. As has been the case for several years, the constant refrain heard from Council is “there is no money.” The economic downturn has hit the City hard, but by now it seems wise to consider this fiscal […]
SILVERTON – Silverton’s Kendall Mountain Ski Area is celebrating its 50th anniversary Feb. 7-9 with 1964 prices – $2 lift tickets for adults and $1 for kids. 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. The […]
Editor: Walking through our fair metropolis in the early twilit evening a few weeks ago, I came to the stop sign at Park and South 1st. Heading East on 1st, I discerned that Park’s traffic had sufficiently subsided for the moment, and was safe enough to cross. There was a car at the stop sign […]
OURAY – Cavallo’s Restaurant in Ouray has changed its hours and will now be offering dinner service. Previously, the Cajun-Creole restaurant located at 630 Main Street in Ouray served breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as a set menu dinner by reservation only on Tuesday evenings. […]
Editor: As a 45-year resident of the West End of San Miguel County and 20 years prior to that in the West End of Montrose County, I sincerely hope Senate Bill 84 is passed by the State Legislature changing the way counties of less than 70,000 elect commissioners. It is only right that the voters […]
WESTERN SAN JUANS — Owning and operating a retail or medicinal marijuana dispensary in Ridgway or Telluride could get a little easier in the coming months, thanks to recent statements made by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who said that federal regulators may soon start allowing state-sanctioned marijuana dispensaries access to federally-insured banking services. For […]
Mountain Village Still Recovering TELLURIDE – One of the biggest development proposals ever submitted for consideration by the Town of Telluride could be a signal that commercial real estate in the region is poised for a recovery. The proposal presented by John Lifton and Pamela Zoline last week to the Telluride Town Council aims to […]
OURAY COUNTY – Despite the recent snows over the past several days, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports that crews are making good progress on installing rockfall fencing along a portion of US 550 Red Mountain Pass where a massive rockslide occurred two miles south of Ouray along the Ruby Walls portion of the highway […]
Montrose, Olathe Saw Dropout Declines Over Last Year MONTROSE – The 2012-13 student dropout rate in the Montrose County School District, according to the Colorado Department of Education, was 3.1 percent. Dropouts were highest in the 12th grade, but district officials say they are working to lower that rate – and keep students coming back. […]
OURAY COUNTY – A great day of nordic ski racing is coming to the Dallas Trail system this Saturday, Feb. 8, with the inaugural Sneffels Challenge backcountry ski race. According to race director Joe Ryan of the San Juan Hut Systems, the event was inspired by the erstwhile Sneffels Half Loop, a 30-mile ski event […]
OURAY – As the Mine Safety and Health Administration continues its investigation into a fatal accident at the Revenue-Virginius Mine that claimed the lives of two miners last November, the mine’s owner/operator is now undergoing additional scrutiny from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, regarding workplace safety conditions at its warehouse in Ouray. OSHA inspectors […]
170 Submissions, 59 Selections, Prizewinners Announced Opening Night TELLURIDE – When the public views the Ah Haa School for the Arts’ latest exhibition, a collection of work from regional artists, the hard work is over. Each of the 59 pieces in the juried show opening Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Daniel Tucker […]
MONTROSE – For removing Richard Harding from the Montrose Memorial Board of Trustees because he refused to submit his social security number for a background check, the Montrose County Commissioners on Tuesday evening, by a vote of 2-1, removed J. Don Vacca, Matthew Nocas and Scott Ludian from their roles as hospital trustees for allegedly […]
OURAY – It’s hard to keep a secret in this town – especially about Ouray’s first-ever Paralympic athlete. The town has been buzzing with Heidi Jo Duce’s not-so-sub rosa news for a couple of weeks. But now it’s official. “I’m going to Sochi! I feel like I could fly!” says Duce. The feisty 23-year-old below-the-knee […]
For the respectful brews-and-booze revering community found in Telluride, Whiskey Tango’s alcoholic nomenclature and mix of dry bluegrass with organic jam, served through psychedelic sifters and folk infusions, should translate better than well in the live setting. The quintet claims the 5 Points neighborhood of Denver as their home, an epicenter for raw young bands […]
Much Ado at the Palm In the space of just five years, between 1595 and 1600, William Shakespeare perfected the romantic comedy. In short order, he cranked out A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Twelfth Night – all masterpieces – and one of the greatest of all, Much Ado About Nothing. Much Ado […]
OURAY COUNTY – Ouray County Clerk and Recorder Michelle Nauer has announced her intention to run for a sixth term in the 2014 general election this November. Nauer and her staff of four manage an array of duties, all required by rule or statute, including processing motor vehicle titles and registrations, archiving permanent county real […]
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Community leaders from Ridgway and Montrose traveled recently to Glenwood Springs to attend the Community Builders Leadership Institute, an intensive three-day economic prosperity workshop hosted by the Sonoran Institute. Key themes of the weekend included fostering community, planning for a new economy, and creating lasting prosperity. “It’s inspiring to see what can […]
RIDGWAY – 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. ROCC’s Outstanding Citizen Award recognizes and thanks individuals who have made a sustained contribution to Ouray County’s quality of life. This year, the ROCC Awards […]
Moguls bring out the blemishes in the ski technique of all intermediate and advanced skiers. If you find yourself “bucked around” and unable to control your speed in moguls, take heart, you are not alone. Learning how to control your speed in bumps will make mogul skiing safe and fun for skiers of all ages […]
OURAY – The Wright Opera House will be closed from Feb. 3 through mid-May, as interior restoration of the historic facility gets underway. The commercial businesses located on the ground floor of the building, including the Blue Pear gift shop and the Artisan Bakery, will remain open during construction. The so-called “Access Project”, as this […]
Adds to Five-Year Trend TELLURIDE – The Telluride Regional Airport, TEX, reported a strong increase in general aviation (private aircraft) traffic in December, up 31 percent from December a year ago. The bump in activity at the airport could signal a trend. Increasing air traffic would be a boon to Telluride’s economy. General aviation operations […]
OURAY – The Ouray City Council voted 3-1 on Monday, Feb. 3, to appoint Bette Maurer to fill a two-year vacancy created by Michael Underwood’s recent resignation. “I am very excited and ready to jump in with both feet,” Maurer said after her appointment. “We need to figure out more ways to bring income to […]
OURAY COUNTY – Ouray County Treasurer Jeannine Casolari has announced that she is seeking reelection in November. If she succeeds, it will be her third term in office. Casolari has worked in the Ouray County Treasurer’s office for 16 years, including eight years as chief deputy treasurer, prior to her election to office in 2006. […]
MONTROSE – An elderly Montrose couple and two others were terrorized Friday night when a pair of men allegedly entered their home and held them at gunpoint. The suspects, who were tracked down, identified and arrested, are now behind bars at the Montrose County jail. Gary Bryson, 51, of Montrose, and Preston Stowe, 27, of […]
Editor: I literally let out a scream last night when I heard Mike Huckabee on the news saying, “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot […]
OURAY COUNTY – The ongoing debate over Visual Impact Regulations shifted into a new phase on Tuesday this week, as the Ouray Board of County Commissioners held a two-hour work session to discuss how to move forward with revising Section 9 of the county’s Land Use Code. The work session came on the heels of […]
For me, a cold winter Sunday means football, but if my refrigerator is lacking jars of kimchi, Sunday is also a day of slicing, chopping and (then) fermenting. Yes, I am still crazy for kimchi. I love making it. I love fermenting it. I love eating it. Hell, I even like the smell of it. […]
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.
MONTROSE – The City of Montrose has a shortage of professionally licensed childcare facilities, but new zoning changes could benefit young professionals and working families by allowing them greater access to nearby child-care centers. Striking a balance between child-care providers and neighboring property owners, however, is a challenge. The Montrose City Council recently amended and […]
Members of the Ouray County Rodeo Royalty recently traveled to Denver to showcase their western spirit at the National Western Stock Show.
OURAY COUNTY – A quartet of girls comprising the Ouray County Rodeo Royalty recently traveled to Denver to showcase their western spirit at the National Western Stock Show. Rodeo Royalty from across Colorado have been a part of the NWSS since 2004, with the goals of promoting the stock show and the western way […]
OURAY – Four applicants submitted letters of interest by Thursday afternoon’s deadline to fill a two-year vacancy on the Ouray City Council. According to Ouray City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Elmont, applicants include Bette Maurer, Paul Sunderland, Sara Sharpe and Carl Cockle. Council will select one of these applicants at its upcoming meeting on Monday, Feb. 3, […]
Editor: I sit from afar now trying to wrap my mind around the chaos stewing from the restructuring of KOTO and the resignation of Jumpin’. I moved to the valley in the mid 90’s to ski and immediately fell in love with Telluride and the sense of community it had to offer. To me KOTO […]
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.
OURAY – 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. All traffic will use the southbound lane; the northbound (inside) lane will remain closed while a barrier and a temporary 24-foot-high rockfall fence is […]
Editor: The proponents of the proposed Montrose Rec Center are not coming clean with the voters. How is it legally possible that the Rec District can tax the entire district but only the residents of Montrose City get to vote on the tax? Obviously I am missing something in the Montrose tax rules because this […]
WESTERN SAN JUANS – Tri-County Health Network hosts a series of free health insurance enrollment fairs throughout region in the coming week, in an effort to help as many uninsured area residents as possible navigate their way through the shoals of the state’s new online health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. The first of […]
Current FBO Operator Wants to Know How the Process Unfolded MONTROSE COUNTY – Black Canyon Partners, operator of the Black Canyon Jet Center, the Montrose Regional Airport’s only Fixed-Base Operator, has filed a civil complaint against nine Montrose County officials for allegedly withholding public documents it requested during the recent Request For Proposals process […]
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.
TELLURIDE – Last year was a big one for San Miguel County Resource Center, the Telluride-based nonprofit offering multiple services and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in San Miguel and on the West End of Montrose counties. In addition to celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, and with its popular Chocolate […]
In X Games Debut, Kearney Makes Cut for Snowboarder X Final ASPEN – Freeskier Gus Kenworthy and snowboarder Hagen Kearney put Telluride on the map as a breeding ground for up-and-coming winter action sports athletes as the duo competed in the archetype of their sports’ competitions, the esteemed Winter X Games, last weekend in Aspen. […]
Open Bard in Ridgway, Talking Gourds in Telluride The latest installation of the Open Bard Poetry Series takes place in Ridgway next Thursday evening. For some, undoubtedly, the most powerful part of the evening – now matter how accomplished the Poet, and the Bard’s guests have all been extremely well respected writers – happens after […]
OURAY – 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. Letters of interest from Ouray residents who want to fill the vacancy must be submitted at the Ouray City Hall by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Each applicant will […]
If Approved and Built, Downtown Would Extend South of Main Street TELLURIDE – One of the largest and most potentially transformative developments ever proposed in the Town of Telluride was presented to the Telluride Town Council Tuesday, eliciting expressions of both support and caution from members of council and the public who attended. The proposal […]
MONTROSE – To ensure hospice and palliative care for decades to come, officials with HopeWest demonstrated that the services it provides are as solid as the foundation it laid last Friday, following the groundbreaking for a new care center in Montrose. Construction of the A. Curtis Robinson Center for Hope, located on South Fourth Street […]
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.
OURAY – Victory eluded Ouray’s varsity boys in Saturday’s Homecoming battle against the 2A Mancos Bluejays, but Trojan fans still found plenty to celebrate, as Ouray’s JV boys and varsity girls plucked the ’Jays and served up a pair of wins on a platter, 57-54 and 42-32. These triumphs came on the heels of scrappy […]
How does keyboardist Joey Porter of The Motet celebrate the release of their new album? Juno What, Telluride style.
TELLURIDE – The Washington, D.C. electronic scene has offered Telluride some incredible live shows this year with members of Thievery Corporation and Fort Knox Five in varying capacities. Next up from the Capitol City are the unique Latin-infused groove makers, Empresarios. The band claims a global fan base in part due to their mixed repertoire […]
Editor: I left Durango for Telluride in July of 2011, and then I left T-ride in November of 2012 for a corporate job in New York State. Let’s just say a year away from the San Juans was enough. While it was great to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and to see […]
The Telluride Jazz Festival announced that Snarky Puppy will join the lineup for the 38th anniversary of the event set to take place on August 1-3, 2014 in Town Park, Telluride, Colorado. The buzzing 10 piece Funk/Jazz ensemble has been building momentum that peaked two nights ago when they were awarded the Grammy for Best R&B […]
The Colorado summer festival season kicks off in Snowmass Village at this year’s Snowmass Mammoth Fest. Snowmass Mammoth Fest is proud to announce that Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Leftover Salmon, will headline the event this summer. Additional musical artists include Xavier Rudd, Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, Denver, Colorado’s The Motet and Nathaniel Rateliff, Bonerama, […]
Editor: January reflections brought time to recognize and acknowledge some of the amazing angels that fly in and around our community. Every year our hearts swell in realizing the loving community effort to provide holiday Angel Baskets for families in need. Much gratitude and appreciation goes out to the year-round Angel Basket Board of Directors […]
TELLURIDE – EcoAction Partners, the Telluride-based nonprofit that aims to reduce carbon emissions and waste throughout the region, has hired Heather Knox Rommel, formerly executive director of the Palm Theater, as its executive director. EcoAction board member Todd Brown said Rommel was hired because of her experience promoting sustainability projects, and for her ability to […]
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Town of Mountain Village announced last week an opening on the Mountain Village Town Council. Councilor Richard Child is stepping down from his position as councilor, “due to his work schedule and the significant amount of extensive travel it now requires,” said Mountain Village community relations manager Laila Benitez. The deadline […]
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.
MONTROSE – A pair of local Broncos fanatics will make the pilgrimage to professional football’s biggest stage Sunday hoping to see Peyton Manning and the Broncos hoist the Lombardy trophy. Todd and Maya Haynes of Montrose will watch Super Bowl XLVIII live from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., featuring the NFL’s most potent offense […]
MONTROSE – Now that the Montrose Board of County Commissioners have approved a concessionaire pilot project, travelers can soon order food – and even locally brewed beer – from the Horsefly Brewing Co. at Montrose Regional Airport. The pilot food-and-beverage program – approved unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting – will take effect Saturday, Feb. 1 through April 30, […]
Editor: I was happy to see a record number of people turn out for last Wednesday’s KOTO board meeting. Based on the sign-up sheet that was passed around the room, I’m guessing there were around fifty-sixty hard-core KOTO fans. The majority of those who spoke made it clear they were upset about the way the […]
It’s All About Preparing for the ‘Human Factor’ in Real-life Situations
MONTROSE – All I was told was to bring gloves, a heavy coat “and something to protect your junk.” Those instructions didn’t really intimidate me; I’ve been looking for a gunfight with the police for some time, and now I was preparing to reap what I’d sowed. Last week I was invited to participate in […]
Editor: Did you know January is National Mentoring Month? I would like to take this chance to motivate the region to volunteer to become a mentor to a child in need. Many of you inspired me to become a mentor just over a year ago and I only have one regret: I wish I had […]
Alpinist Ueli Steck Says He Lives, and Climbs, On His Own Terms OURAY – He’s known for his speed records and free solo ascents of some of the world’s most formidable peaks. But one of the biggest revelations in legendary Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck’s standing-room-only presentation during the recent Ouray Ice Festival came when he […]
MONTROSE – Twelve-year-old Matthew Gardner is proud to represent the United States as a student ambassador. And he hopes that his new goal – of changing his outlook on life through learning abroad this summer – will help him pursue a higher education. Gardner, a seventh grader at Columbine Middle School, was accepted into the […]
TELLURIDE – The Telluride Horror Show, a three-day genre film festival, is now accepting film submissions for its fifth annual show, October 10-12, in Telluride. Submissions for all horror, thriller, fantasy, and sci-fi feature and short films can be made at Withoutabox, or visit www.telluridehorrorshow.com/ for more information. Named one of the “20 Coolest […]
OURAY – The Ouray City Council will appoint a new councilor at its upcoming meeting on Feb. 3, following Councilor Michael Underwood’s resignation earlier this week. Underwood announced his resignation at a Ouray City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, stating that his family had requested that he resign. Letters of intent from Ouray […]
Voters to Decide If .3 Percent Sales Tax Hike Will Fund Rec Center MONTROSE – With resounding applause from an audience of about 90 people, the Montrose City Council unanimously agreed to allow the Montrose Recreation District to put a 0.3-percent sales tax increase proposal to voters in April for funding a new community recreation […]
Editor: I want to thank my friend Janice Zink for her 20-plus years of incredible and tireless devotion to KOTO. She created fantastic events for our community and enthused me and many others to volunteer. From Janice I always received a thank you right away. KOTO events brought Telluride together and inspired us to keep […]
TELLURIDE – KOTO radio’s board of directors voted last week to hold a special election for four of its members, in response to an online petition calling for the resignation of boardmembers Ray Farnsworth and Robert Allen. Petitioners allege that the two disregarded KOTO bylaws in making decisions that led to the departure of longtime […]
Local resources on both sides of Red Mountain Pass have mobilized this week in a massive coordinated effort to reopen US 550.
OURAY – Local resources on both sides of Red Mountain Pass have mobilized this week in a massive coordinated effort to reopen US 550. The windy, mountainous route connecting the communities of Silverton and Ouray has been closed since Monday, Jan. 13 due to a significant rockfall incident at mile marker 90, two miles south […]
Punk, funk and home-grown bluegrass in this week’s music schedule.
Orgone Stops Their Non-Stop Funk Globe Trot in Telluride One of the few marquee-worthy Fort Collins bluegrass bands is making a necessary pilgrimage to the genre’s in-state Mecca for four dates, sandwiching Telluride in-between before heading to major cities throughout the Midwest. The release of their latest studio album in July of 2013, Blue […]
Better Work Environment, Better Technology MONTROSE – After two-and-a-half years and approximately $1 million worth of work, the region’s new, state-of-the-art 911 dispatch center, located at the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, went into operation this week with a host of new technologies and more space for dispatchers. The new 911-dispatch center, which serves a total […]
Last week, I wrote about Greg Stump’s The Blizzard of AAhhh’s, the rambunctious, ground breaking film that introduced a generation to extreme skiing. It screens twice this evening, at the Sheridan Opera House. A sober bookend to that movie, also on the subject of skiing, arrives in Telluride just four days later, when author Porter […]
Remember the vegetable steamer? You probably have one, but if you are like me, it’s lost in the back of a cupboard. Because I’ve discovered that there is no steamed vegetable that wouldn’t have tasted better ROASTED. Roasting concentrates the flavor of the vegetable and crisps it and it’s so easy. Pictured here is roasted […]
The show, aptly titled “The Wanderings of a Mountain Guide”, is a fundraiser for the Ridgway Elementary School Playground Initiative.
RIDGWAY – Ever wonder what it would be like to be a mountain guide, leading expeditions to fiercely remote and beautiful corners of the earth? Come find out at a slideshow presentation by Ridgway-based mountain guide Chad Peele at the Sherbino Theater this Friday, Jan. 24, starting at 7 p.m. Peele grew up in North […]
A second bidder, TSG Aviation, a subsidiary of the Telluride Ski Resort, did not meet minimum qualifications.
MONTROSE – Montrose County Manager Rick Eckert announced Tuesday that Majestic Skies, one of two finalist applicants for a second Fixed Base Operator lease at Montrose Regional Airport, can submit a proposal and begin negotiations with the county. Unlike the second FBO applicant, Telluride Ski and Golf Asset Holdings, Majestic, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., […]
RIDGWAY – In a scenario that seemed strangely familiar, the Ridgway Town Council faced a practically empty meeting room at its meeting last Wednesday, Jan. 8, as it authorized a $1.9 million bond question to be placed on the ballot in the town’s upcoming municipal election on April 1. The pending bond measure will ask […]
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. Although it is easy to see this news as a sad way to start the new year, the SMRC insists this is a great sign. Serving 33 percent […]
MONTROSE – At a special meeting Tuesday, the Montrose Board of County Commissioners appointed Mark Young and George Glasier to fill two vacant seats on the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. The new board members were two of five applicants who interviewed for the board vacancies. By a vote of 2-1, with Commissioner Gary […]
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Town of Mountain Village Town Council voted down an ordinance to allow retail sales of marijuana – for now. By the end March, the council will whether to extend the moratorium or to put in place an ordinance banning all pot sales on a permanent basis. If council does not […]
“The Road to Mecca,” written by Athol Fugard, directed by Tricia Dickinson and assistant director Gary Hokit and now playing at Magic Circle Theater, is a gorgeous play, a magnificent production not to be missed.The “Mecca” of the play is not the traditional city of Islam, but rather the self-made dream of an aging artist. […]
PARK CITY, UTAH – Ski phenom Gus Kenworthy made history on multiple fronts this week, when the Telluride athlete was named to the first-ever U.S. men’s Olympic ski slopestyle team following his second-place finish at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Tour at Park City on Saturday. Kenworthy joins U.S. Freeskiing Team teammates Nick Goepper […]
Editor: The board of the Ouray County Food Pantry wants to thank all of the volunteers, donors and community for the many ways you’ve supported the food pantry this last year. The year held many challenges and triumphs, from having no home for the food pantry for several months, to moving into a much smaller […]
Defendant Threatened to Kill Children, Police Officers and Their Families DENVER – Kenneth Royal Wheeler, of Grand Junction was sentenced last week by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to serve 40 months in federal prison for sending interstate threatening communications, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Securities […]
WESTERN SAN JUANS – County officials throughout the region are breathing a tentative sigh of relief as the week comes to a close that a federal program providing critical federal dollars to many rural counties may get funded through the pending farm bill. The program, known as PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes), was dropped […]
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.
WESTERN SAN JUANS – Alpine Wellness, one of Telluride’s three retail pot shops, has served over 1,100 people since opening its doors on New Year’s Day, according to Will Evans, the store’s director of marketing. Statewide, the nearly 40 retail marijuana dispensaries across Colorado made $5 million selling the formerly-illegal drug in their first week […]
“In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau TELLURIDE – In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act, establishing American wilderness as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” In honor […]
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.
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – On Monday, San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters will seek re-election as San Miguel County sheriff in November. “I have enjoyed the challenges over the years of being sheriff of this diverse county,” Masters said in a statement this week. “I am still in excellent health, and continue to keep my […]
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond — one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional […]
Editor: To answer that question I thought a bit about cities in history and their evolution. A growing trend now is toward recentralizing cities by: · bringing life back to downtowns with residential and commercial establishments co-locating where people can work and live in the same area; · creating atmospheres with streets […]
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.
OURAY COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation continues to cope with the aftermath of a massive rockfall that occurred two miles south of Ouray at mile marker 90 on US 550 earlier this week. CDOT geologists and crew members from Yenter Companies, CDOT’s rock fall contractor, mobilized to the scene via helicopter on Thursday […]
Editor: Fat tire snow biking has become a popular recreational activity in the Telluride area. In recent years bikers have found that riding compacted ski trails can be an option to extend the biking season into the winter. One trend has been to ride on Nordic trails that have adapted to allow for fat bikes. […]
TELLURIDE – Single family homes and condo sales in Mountain Village and Telluride were down by 8 percent in 2013 compared to the year before. Similarly, the dollar volume of those sales dropped by six percent over the same time, from $239 million to $208 million. But Judi Kiernan, owner of Telluride Consulting, said that’s […]
OURAY – A fundraiser is planned for Saturday, Jan. 18 in Ouray at Cavallo’s Restaurant from 6-9 p.m., to benefit the families of Nick Cappanno and Rick Williams, the miners who died in an accident involving carbon-monoxide poisoning at the Revenue-Virginius Mine in November 2013. Food will be donated from several restaurants in Ouray and […]
Former Big Lebowski Actor to do Traditional Country Tunes at the Sheridan Finding a place for electronic music in the saturated traditional jazz and funk nerve center that is New Orleans has not been an easy sell for the four piece instrumental outfit Gravity A. The city that claims some of the best string […]
Six Companies Selected for 2014 Accelerator Class TELLURIDE – Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA), an initiative of the Telluride Foundation, is pleased to announce the six winners slated to participate in the five month Accelerator program in 2014. The winners were selected from a very competitive field which featured applicants from throughout the U.S. and worldwide. […]
Editor: I read with great dismay that Jumpin’ Jan has resigned from her position at KOTO?! That spells the end of an era full of color, fun and energy. In honor of Janice’s many many years at KOTO I suggest we rename the Lip Synch contest Lip Zink contest and hold an annual mad-hatters tea […]
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 — For Elizabeth Ruedas and her two children, six-year-old Analicia and eight-year-old Diego, the new house Habitat for Humanity provided them was generous. But to have friends and family bless the home through words of prayer meant even more. That was the sentiment last Friday, when Habitat for Humanity of Montrose donated its 43rd […]
TELLURIDE – KOTO Special Events Director Janice “Jumpin’ Jan” Zink resigned on Tuesday, Jan. 7, after ten years on staff at the radio station where she began DJ-ing in 1979. Zink’s resignation came after the radio station’s seven-member board presented her with a scaled-down contract for 2014, with just four locked-in special events (the Ride, Duck […]
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.
MONTROSE COUNTY – Montrose resident Tom Wise announced his candidacy for Montrose County Commissioner at the Montrose Republican Central Committee on Thursday, Jan. 9. Wise said in a press release that he plans to focus on law, liberty, honesty and doing what’s right for the citizens of Montrose County. Wise seeks Montrose County’s District 2 […]
OURAY – Every January and February since 1999, Chicks with Picks’ infamous “girly guides” have descended on the Ouray Ice Park to teach women of all abilities how to ice climb. The organization is now celebrating its 15th year of “women climbing with women, for women.” “Celebrating the milestone is important,” said head chick Kim […]
Mollie and Rich in Ridgway The singer Mollie O’Brien and her husband Rich Moore play the Sherbino Theater next Thursday evening, January 23, at 7 p.m. It’s the first on a 14-stop tour to promote their new CD, Love Runner. You may know O’Brien from the duet albums she’s recorded with her brother, contemporary bluegrass […]
MONTROSE – County Manager Rick Eckert, who sits on the committee tasked with reviewing the two proposals for a possible second fixed-base operator at the Montrose Regional Airport, said Tuesday that the committee’s work is nearly finished. Its recommendations to the Montrose Board of County Commissioners should come by the end of this week. That […]
GRAND JUNCTION – Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources announced last week the indictments of outfitters Christopher W. Loncarich, 55 of Mack, Colo. and his assistant guide Nicholaus J. Rodgers, 30, of Medford, Ore. for allegedly conspiring to lead clients on illegal hunts in western […]
MONTROSE – It has been said the military is one big family. But when the career of a military man or woman is over, the uniform stored away, a void can grow; where once order and purpose existed is now replaced with doubt and fear. The operators of Welcome Home Montrose know this. Last year […]
Legislative session 2014 is less than two weeks away and it’ll be an interesting time in the Colorado Senate. The recalls and resignation of three Democratic senators since we adjourned in May mean a nearly 10 percent turnover in a non-election year. Election season 2014 looms on the horizon, too, so we’ll have quite the […]
It may be the dead of Winter right now, thankfully, but the Telluride music institutions that claim the Summer season are already positioning their pieces with lineup announcements that should get Western Slope festival patrons hopeful for yet another stellar season of performances. Yesterday the Telluride Jazz Festival unveiled their initial artists for the 38th […]
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.
OURAY – U.S. 550 Red Mountain Pass will be closed “at least through the weekend,” due to extensive rockfall and unsafe conditions, according to Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks. Previous reports via the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office that the highway would reopen at least temporarily on Tuesday evening were incorrect, Shanks said. “When […]
TELLURIDE – Telluride Ski and Golf Co. offers a Ski Biomechanics Camp, Thursday, Jan. 16-Sunday, Jan. 19, taught by Dr. Kim Hewson, an orthopedic surgeon, former director of Sports Medicine at the University of Arizona, and a lead Telluride Ski and Snowboard School instructor. Hewson has refined a science-based biomechanics approach to ski instruction, used by […]
Editor: 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. Interested individuals who wish to learn more about the process or how they can become more […]
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.
147 E Main Street, Montrose, 970/249-8791 It’s just a salad, fairly basic. But, it’s the right mixture of vegetables, croutons, pickled beets (!) and two different salad dressings for that balance of creaminess and tanginess. That’s right, I love a good salad bar and sometimes they can be hard to find when you want one […]
$380,000 Awarded to Boost Medicaid Enrollment WESTERN SAN JUANS – The Tri-County Health Network, a Telluride-based nonprofit organization that helps San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose county residents gain access to health care, was awarded a two-year, $380,000 federal grant to boost enrollment in Medicaid and Child Health Plus Plans, CHP+, a state-funded insurance program for […]
Only three climbers “sent” the route, electrifying the crowds of spectators that had gathered on bleachers and observation platforms to cheer them on.
OURAY – How do you train to win the Elite Mixed Climbing Competition at the Ouray Ice Festival? Here’s one way: veteran ice climber Jeff Mercier spent the past month bouldering with his 8-year-old son Pablo near their home in Chamonix, France. Mercier, 45, thinks this put him in the right mindset to master a […]
MONTROSE – Despite the Montrose County Commissioners insisting that no decision will be made outside a public arena about a possible second fixed base operator at the Montrose Regional Airport, residents are still questioning the ongoing county vetting process for a possible second FBO. During the public comment portion of Monday’s BOCC meeting, resident Paul […]
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.
TELLURIDE -– Chosen by Team USA to serve as its chief medical officer in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Gloria Beim, M.D., has been working behind the scenes to help construct a world-class sports medicine facility for American athletes in Sochi, reviewing medical histories and visiting the site of the Winter Games to inspect the […]
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.
OURAY – The Ouray Ice Festival started off with a bang on Thursday night, Jan. 9, as legendary Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck gave a standing-room-only multimedia presentation at the Main Street Theater in Ouray. Steck was originally scheduled to appear on Saturday night at the Ouray Community Center, but had an important commitment come up […]
Crash Survivor Jim Polehinke Finds a New Calling, Working With Adaptive Skiers
On August 27, 2006 in Kentucky, emergency crews pulled Jim Polehinke from the wreckage of Comair Flight 5191, which crashed during takeoff. There were 49 fatalities, and copilot Polehinke was the only survivor.The crash left Polehinke with multiple broken bones, a collapsed lung and severe bleeding, resulting in a leg amputation and a spinal cord […]
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.
“He wouldn’t be able to ski without it.”Rich Humphrey’s 10-year-old son got an autism diagnosis five years ago. According to Humphrey, the diagnosis helped the family articulate the challenges their son faced. For example, the large, loud, group activities other children found exciting, he found overwhelming. A traditional kid’s ski lesson was unthinkable. Not anymore, […]
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.
For us, the Horsefly Brewing Company in Montrose has become the place to satisfy our wing craving.
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.
At one point the line to purchase retail cannabis at Alpine Wellness stretched out the door, and customers waited in line for an hour.
Silverton’s heyday as a mining boomtown may be long gone, but once a year, in the heart of winter, the Wild West returns to this scrappy little mountain town, when race horses hurtle down Blair Street at 45 mph, pulling daredevil skiers behind them for the annual Silverton Skijoring races. The Presidents Day weekend event […]
The first time I rode the Slickrock Trail was in 1985. Back then, it was on everyone’s bucket list. When ski season ended, everyone wanted to be in Moab, riding the early mountain-bike designs. We talked about needing a suspension system that took the pounding out of the riding, but no one knew when that […]
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.
For bicycle-heads, the long, dark months of fall and winter now mean it’s cyclocross season.
This relatively new form of bicycle racing, with its obstacles, tight turns, various racing surfaces and, hopefully, a touch of inclement weather, is possibly the world’s fastest-growing cycling spectator sport.
This year, thanks to the Cascade Bicycles cyclocross team, the sport is gaining a fan base in Montrose.
Developed in Europe to keep road racers competitive through the fall and winter months, cyclocross takes place on a small racecourse – generally one to two miles long – with everything from grass to sandpits, pavement, wooded trails, steep hills, sharp turns, and obstacles. When cyclists can’t ride their bikes over an obstacle, they dismount, carry the bikes over, and quickly remount.
“They often put in barriers six to eight inches high,” says Cascade bike mechanic Hollis Brake, a member of the shop’s cyclocross team. “Basically, you race on an obstacle course.” For skilled riders, the obstacles aren’t a problem. “They can hop them,” says Brake.
Most cyclocross races in the region offer categories for all ages and levels of riders. In each class, racers complete as many laps as possible in a given time.
“The whole thing is about having fun in a good, competitive spirit,” Brake says. “The racing itself, if you are being competitive, is intense.
“It’s a competitive sport, but you have to bring a sense of humor to it. Sometimes, it’s a better spectator sport, where people are ringing cowbells, hollering and heckling at you.” Then, too, “There is often a lot of beer on hand. It’s definitely a party atmosphere,” Brake says, except for the racers, who “are working really hard.”
From a distance, cyclocross bicycles – with their drop handlebars – seem no different from road bikes. A closer look, however, reveals the bikes are modified to handle the cyclocross course’s widely varying conditions; the tires are fatter, with better traction treads than a typical road bike, and the tube on the top frame is curved, making it easier to carry it on your shoulder.
“The bike that you use for this is really cool,” Brake says. An added advantage, he says, is that “a cyclocross bike can get you into some adventurous off-road biking.”
For Brake, cyclocross not only bridges the gap between the summer road bicycling season and the winter fat tire bicycling season but also keeps him in a competitive mode in races that offer stiff competition and a lot of fun.
While a few Montrose enthusiasts have competed in cyclocross events over the last few years, Brake says the fall of 2013 marked the first time a team of riders got together to compete regularly in organized races throughout the state.
Before the 2013 season got underway, Brake helped Cascade Bicycles owner Donnie Watson put together a team that, thanks to networking with a handful of Montrose businesses, garnered some much-needed sponsorships. Word spread that a cyclocross team was being formed, and soon, nine people signed on to ride. (Half of those riders, Brake says, didn’t even know it was a sport.)
“It’s been really cool to get people interested in something they have never even heard of,” Brake says.
Montrose native Jessica Kastendieck, whose father tried out for the Olympic cycling team, signed on, even though she had never competed in anything like cyclocross before. Always up for a challenge, Kastendieck practiced with the team down in Montrose’s Riverbottom Park, falling off a few times, and learning to dismount and carry her bike. In Grand Junction, at her first competition, she raced in the C Class, which is for beginners, taking second place in the women’s division.
“The thing I like about it the most is probably the relaxed and fun atmosphere,” Kastendieck says. “You are in a race against other people, but you feel like you are out there to have fun. It’s not a serious road race, triathlon or marathon. It doesn’t feel serious like that. Everyone’s out there having a good time.”
At the same time, she says, “People are trying to cut you off, tires are rubbing and you have that element of getting down and dirty and going for it.”
For Shawn Lund, now in his third season of competing in cyclocross, the sport’s competitiveness and scrappy atmosphere gives it an eclectic energy all its own.
“If you are in a road cycling race and you can’t quite keep up, you get left in the dust, and you ride it by yourself,” Lund says. “In cyclocross, you are always racing somebody. You might not be at the front, but there is always somebody around you, rubbing elbows or chasing you. It’s really physical, but the courses are entertaining enough that you forget how hard it hurts sometimes. It has a really neat vibe to it.”
Lund is psyched to have Montrose cyclocross teammates to train with.
“One of the really cool things about our team is that there is a broad spectrum of ages, skills and fitness levels,” Lund says. “Everyone is out there trying to get better, working hard, having a lot of success and a lot of fun. I really can’t tell you how much we appreciate Donnie and the businesses that stepped up to help make this happen.”
With a fledgling team of dedicated cyclocross racers ready to compete statewide, some riders are thinking big.
“Our dream is to bring cyclocross races to Montrose and hold our own races,” says Kastendieck. “Maybe have a circuit that we do, maybe up on the [Uncompahgre] Plateau or on Cerro Summit.”
“It’s the fastest-growing cycling sport in the world,” Lund adds. “It is really exciting to have it hit Montrose.”
Anyone interested in cyclocross is encouraged to stop in at Cascade Bicycles, located at 21 N. Cascade Ave. in Montrose.
The Telluride Regional Airport is a beautiful place, even if you’re not departing or arriving by air. At 9,078 ft., the highest airport in North America sits on a mesa with high peaks on three sides and Utah’s La Sal Mountains as a distant backdrop to the west. Flying into this tiny airport can be […]
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.
From the steeps of the Gold Hill chutes to the sweeping views from See Forever, Telluride is a world-class ski resort. Now, it has the world-class on-mountain dining it deserves. The nighttime experience at the European-inspired Alpino Vino takes diners out of this world, almost literally, beginning with the half-hour ride in what’s probably the […]
Being a complete non-motorhead by nature, I’ve often wondered: What’s the big deal about riding a big, stinky, noisy machine across the snow? Last March, before winter released its grip on the San Juan Mountains, I set out to find the answer to that question, and found it in three very different places. MOLAS PASS […]
Werner Herzog, cinema’s artist-scientist, has spent his adult life investigating the extremes of human experience. Having explored the psyches of ski jumpers, conquistadors, opera fanatics, slave traders and extreme scientists, he now has turned his curious camera towards America’s judicial system. His “Death Row” series of profiles continues the work he began with the acclaimed […]
As the long winter months fade into spring and, finally, summer, western Colorado rafting permit season comes alive.For the river rat, permit season is a nerve-wracking time. It starts with grand visions of a summer packed chock-full of trips on stretches of rivers that are hard to draw permits for, with dreams of finally getting […]
DENVER – Keaton Bell, age 24, of Hotchkiss, Colo. pled guilty late last week before Senior U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane to one count of possession of stolen firearms and ammunition, and to one count of possession of machine gun the United States Attorney’s Office, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, […]
Selasee & Fafa Band at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon Conscious West African world music meets roots reggae tonight in Telluride with Selasee & Fafa Band. The frontman Selasee is a transplant to Boulder, by way of Ghana. Channeling formative inspiration from Nat King Cole and Bob Marley, his training started while he was […]
TELLURIDE – Sandwiched between the westernmost boundary of the Town of Telluride and the Valley Floor, the town-owned “Pearl Property” has always beckoned with a sense of shimmery, luminous possibility for Telluriders. The latest dream for the “The Pearl” was outlined at a Telluride Town Council meeting on Tuesday, June 4, by the founders of […]
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – Throughout the 1990s, Telluride chef John Gerona and wife Janice were known for their Pacific Street Deli on Telluride’s west side – a locals’ favorite where their then-young daughter Nina learned to run the cash register. The Gerona family has now come full circle, as the threesome are again at the helm […]
Peter Lauterbach died May 21, 2013, of complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He is survived by his wife, Teresa Lauterbach, of Telluride; a son and a daughter from a previous marriage, Peter Lauterbach of Glen Ridge, NJ and Lisa Laskin of Cambridge, Mass.; and four grandchildren. Teresa and Peter, following twenty years of vacationing […]
TELLURIDE – The Ah Haa School would be nothing without its talented instructors. Many of them are practicing, working artists, while many others share their artistic side only when teaching a workshop or exhibiting at a local show. This month, the Ah Haa School is honored to highlight over 30 of its Summer 2013 instructors […]
It is late, and again, I’m trying to wring a few last workable minutes out of my day. Elle is a shadow standing at the periphery of the computer screen’s ghoulish glow. “Are you finished now?” she asks quietly, expectantly. Children of this age don’t forget promises made. I realize now my folly – I […]
Editor: The inclusion of the pro nuclear power film Pandora’s Promise into this year’s Mountainfilm Festival gave me serious pause. I know that there is plenty of effort put toward choosing films for this, my favorite festival. However, this film employed the tactics oil companies have used for years to fight climate science. The use […]
Editor: This past week I received many generous scholarships at the Telluride High School awards night that I will use in my quest to receive a college degree at Colorado State University. First, I would love to thank our high school counselor, Karen Lavender, for all that she does. She makes it possible for us […]
Editor: I write in regards to the Special Use Permit Application for the Uncompahgre Pit south of Montrose. We as a Community do not have accurate information to make an informed and responsible decision at this time. For example the County application states 19 trucks a day accessing the highway, but the Air Pollution […]
TELLURIDE – Studies suggest some people experience a “shopper’s high” from purchasing things like chic dresses and new shoes but in Telluride, some get that serotonin release from buying kale and goat cheese. Although the organizers of the Telluride Farmer’s Market have only empirical observations from which to base their assessments, their overwhelming consensus is […]
Memorial Service Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m., Top of the Gondola Longtime Telluride resident Elizabeth Stiles Patterson tragically passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Fondly known as Bets, she was born to Steve and Jenny Patterson on April 3, 1990. Elizabeth graduated from Telluride High School in 2008, attended CU-Boulder, and was currently living […]
Councilor Smits Admits Prohibition May Go Against the Tide MONTROSE – All five members of the Montrose City Council agreed Tuesday evening to declare Montrose one of the first Colorado municipalities to permanently prohibit the retail sale of marijuana. Council member Bob Nicholson said the “outlaw” of retail sales within the city was a compromise, […]
OURAY COUNTY – Undeterred by a vitriolic recall effort that sought to neuter his first term in office, Democratic State Rep. Mike McLachlan announced to supporters in Ridgway and Ouray on Tuesday, June 4 that he already has his sights set on a second term. “It will be a hard-fought race,” he predicted. The attorney […]
Telluride is the epitome of a bike-friendly town. It is also a place that knows how to roll out the welcome mat and throw a party. And it doesn’t hurt that the town is nestled amongst some of the most scenic cycling routes you’ll ever find. All in all, it’s a pretty sweet spot to […]
MONTROSE – Time to pull out your pastels: Montrose Main Street is hosting its monthly First Friday Stroll this week. Each First Friday a theme, and June’s is Walk the Chalk. Art patrons, culinary voyeurs (Sushitini, Amelia’s and Two Sisters Gastropub will all be open), and all passersby are encouraged to pick up some chalk […]
MONTROSE – Over a century ago, when water from the newly built Gunnison Tunnel brought cool Colorado runoff to the emerging farmlands of the Uncompahgre Valley, it was said the crushing force of the tunnel’s water could be used to generate electricity. This antique idea is now producing kilowatts by the hundreds of thousands, part of […]
MONTROSE – For those who frequent downtown in the mornings to feed a java addiction or to grab a quick lunch, a new locally owned breakfast-and-lunch oasis has opened on the city’s west side, offering organic coffee along with products from around the world.The Riddled Raven Coffee Espresso, located at 8 S. Grande Avenue, opened […]
Learn About the Botanical at Two Presentations Next Week WESTERN SAN JUANS – The Telluride Moringa Connection hosts presentations in Telluride and Montrose, on Wednesday, June 5 in Telluride, and on Thursday, June 6, in Montrose, showcasing the health and wellness capabilities of the moringa tree with nutritionist and moringa expert Russ Bianchi.Dubbed by many the […]
MONTROSE – The Main in Motion Organizing Committee holds its kickoff meeting for the 2013 Main in Motion season on Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the Centennial Meeting Room on Uncompahgre Avenue near Centennial Plaza. Vendors and business-owners are urged to attend; vendor packets will be available for pickup, for registered vendors, at the […]
Editor:I am addressing you as a member of the nation and the public – the rightful owners of the affected U.S. Forest Service land. I am now alleging that Judy Schutza as Norwood District Ranger and yourself as Forest Supervisor are derelict in your responsibilities, and are now in the process of denying the public […]
Editor:I was out of town for the first visual impact public hearing, but I made it to the second a month later.The biggest surprise to me was the large ranches “lawyered up” and sent the message that they were definitely against the new section # 9; they gave no sound reasons whatsoever. I could not […]
TELLURIDE – The award for the audience favorite at Mountainfilm this year was for a movie that explores the involvement by American missionaries in Uganda in fomenting the bigotry that led to a legislative effort in that country to not only criminalize homosexual activity but to punish it with the death penalty.But what makes God Loves […]
In Telluride: Ah Haa Photo Contest The Ah Haa school for the arts is rolling out its first annual juried photography exhibit with a whopping $1,000 prize for first place. The show is open to anyone, of any age, who likes to take photographs – amateur or professional, it matters not. Nor does it matter what […]
The Wright Opera House Starts Strong With Over the Rhine Last weekend’s soft opening of the revitalized Fly Me to the Moon Saloon under the management of newcomer Derrick Webb saw local favorites Funkdafari and Joint Point rally for the inaugural opening weekend. In many ways this was also the unspoken kickoff of the summer […]
OURAY – The fate of a well-loved kindergarten teacher’s position hangs in the balance this week, after the Ouray School Board held two lengthy executive sessions on the matter over the past week and made no conclusive decision. Superintendent Scott Pankow recommended that Rebecca “MonkE” Hazen’s position not be renewed, due to concern over how […]
TELLURIDE – Producers of a new television drama series for the Hallmark Channel are not pursuing their original idea to build a 1900s-era film-set recreation of the Town of Telluride on a Superfund mining reclamation site owned by the Idarado Mining Company and controlled by San Miguel County. The producers are currently conducting a cost […]
The Town of Telluride is ramping up to welcome 2,000-plus cyclists, plus an entourage of up to 1,500 supporters, for the lead stage of the 28th Annual Ride the Rockies Colorado Bicycle Tour June 8-9.“We are honored to have been selected as this year’s start town and thrilled to welcome the cyclists to our community,” […]
MONTROSE – Disabled army veteran Jeremiah Aguilar, the owner of the American Allaunt canine named Dutch, surrendered himself to authorities Monday after a judge ruled that Aguilar could not be a fugitive while seeking appellate relief in the death sentence already handed down for the dog. Aguilar, convicted earlier this year of possessing a dangerous animal, […]
RIDGWAY – Law enforcement officers from three agencies arrested a Ridgway man this week for possession of methamphetamine which he allegedly had been obtaining through the mail.Eugene Perkins, 58, was arrested at his home in the 8000 block of Highway 62 without incident on Wednesday, May 29. The arrest was the culmination of a month-long […]
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – Three years after issuing the Telluride Renewed Challenge with Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser, former Mountain Village Mayor Bob Delves has reached his goal of achieving 100 percent alternative offset at his Mountain Village home. The challenge, a joint endeavor of the two governments, seeks to create enough new and local renewable electricity […]
School Kids Reduce CO2 Emissions in Classrooms RIDGWAY – The experiment was born out of a desire to save the polar bears, whose ice is disappearing as the planet warms. By the time it was completed last week, Ridgway School fourth and fifth graders, known collectively as the Positive Energy Committee, had demonstrated a clear case […]
Nucla Town Boardmember Richard Craig cleaned a shotgun in the living room of his home in Nucla last week, not long after the Town Board’s May 8 passage of a municipal ordinance requiring heads of households to have guns and ammunition “in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of […]
RIDGWAY – Ridgway’s Farmers Market begins its second season on the grass in the shade of the big cottonwood trees of Hartwell Park next Friday, June 7.Market Manager Marietta Johnson is excited for the new year, which will provide fresh, local, naturally grown produce, herbs, flowers, meat and eggs from some 27 vendors – along […]
TELLURIDE – The 30th Annual Telluride Balloon Festival comes to town this weekend, with 17 pilots participating in early morning weather-permitting flights Saturday, June 1-Sunday, June 2, taking off at approximately 6:30 a.m. from Town Park, and the Balloon Glo Saturday Saturday at dusk, on main street.This year’s pilots come from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and […]
Governor John Hickenlooper and Leonard Haining at the May 23 dedication ceremonies for the Paul Haining Memorial Bridge, in Placerville. The dedication comes after a passionate effort led by a group of San Miguel County veterans to honor and remember Army Private First Class Haining, believed to be San Miguel County’s one fatality in the […]
TRI-COUNTY AREA – Two out of the three sheriffs in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties have become signatories to a lawsuit brought against Governor John Hickenlooper and the State of Colorado following the passage this spring of gun legislation designed to strengthen background checks and limit the size of ammunition magazines.Sheriffs representing 54 of […]
Crested Butte has made a dramatic move in the battle for skier days, dropping the cost of a season pass from $1049 to just $599. The pass comes with no blackout dates, but partially compensating for the cut, the costs of children’s, young adults and senior passes have been increased from $149 to $199, from […]
MONTROSE – The Montrose Downtown Development Authority has begun work on a market analysis of the current condition of downtown. The analysis will explore changes in the marketplace, by ascertaining what consumers want from downtown, discovering what businesses the downtown market will support and creating a downtown business development strategy. “Many communities hire professional consultants […]
OURAY – The Ouray Public School rolled out the red carpet for Gov. Hickenlooper and two state legislators on Thursday, May 23, for a bill signing ceremony celebrating new legislation which seeks to make Colorado’s schools safer by enhancing their ability to bring on board specially trained police officers called school resource officers or SROs. […]
TELLURIDE – The Town of Telluride is well on its way to another healthy and possibly record sales tax year. Data for the first financial quarter show town coffers to be 10 percent ahead of last year for January, February and March in terms of sales tax income. January 2013 and February 2013, with $439,156 […]
OURAY – Forest management issues, pending wilderness legislation, the fate of the Gunnison sage grouse and other topics of local and regional concern will be up for discussion at a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) in Ouray next Tuesday evening, May 28. The meeting is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. at the […]
28-Year Market Analysis of Telluride Real Estate Published TELLURIDE – A new 28-year market analysis, recently published by Telluride Consulting, offers a detailed review of the Telluride region’s cyclical real estate history and offers a positive outlook for 2013. Statistics compiled in the report suggest a positive real estate trend will continue after a strong […]
Still Hesitant to Fund Public Lands Partnership MONTROSE – Following a presentation by Utah State Rep. (R-Dist. 47) and Executive Director of the American Lands Council Ken Ivory on May 16 in Montrose, the Montrose Board of County Commissioners expressed interest in financially supporting Ivory’s organization, which aims to secure state control, and ownership, of […]
MONTROSE – At the Heidi’s Deli forum last Wednesday, a man who knows about oil and gas development told the Montrose crowd: “Make sure you folks get ahead of this. It’s something that you really can’t catch back up to.” The man was Bruce Bertram, a Cedaredge native, a veteran of the oil business, and […]
May 27 Deadline Set for Owner to ‘Submit Himself’ to Court Order MONTROSE — A Montrose County Judge has given Jeremiah Aguilar, the owner of the 107-pound American Allaunt canine named Dutch sentenced to death after attacking a woman last year, a “reasonable opportunity” to resolve his status as a “fugitive from justice” before she […]
RIDGWAY – The Bureau of Land Management has given its OK. New mountain bike trails are coming to Ridgway. And the 3rd annual RAT Festival (Ridgway Area Trails Group) is gearing up for the weekend of June 7 and 8, just in time to kick off the summer trail-building season. Head RAT Fink Brian Scranton […]
The weather has made a much needed turn and the festival season kicks off in a month. For the second installment of our playlist series at the Watch we look at recent releases from performers at Telluride Jazz Festival and The Ride Festival. The good Doctor Lonnie Smith released his first live album since his […]
One Good Pairing Deserves Another By Samantha Wright OURAY – A unique fundraising dinner taking place in Ouray on Saturday, June 1, aims to raise money, and awareness, for an equally unique new nonprofit organization that is making a profound difference in the lives of at-risk children and neglected horses. Ouray chefs extraordinaire […]
MONTROSE – Swaying in the breeze, under a small tree in the shade last Friday, a mixture of brass and stainless steel collided to create a soft tinkling. The sounds resembled a crystalline lullaby. This “music” actually came from spent munitions casings, dog tags, and red, white and blue-painted ceramic hearts, all components of new, […]
TELLURIDE – A leading character in Telluride’s storied past has come home, as the Galloping Goose No. 4 railcar made the trip from Ridgway to its quarters on Telluride’s Main Street last week. The piece of regional history looked neat and polished as members of Telluride’s Volunteer Fire Department helped move it back to its […]
From Adrenaline to ‘Issues That Matter’ TELLURIDE – Mountainfilm always presents a filmic mix: of pure-sports adrenaline and crucial issues, from stunning beauty to social responsibility. This year, the festival’s 35th, is no different. In fact, Festival Director David Holbrooke describes this year’s line up as “extraordinarily diverse and high quality. “Our films are really […]
Editor: By now you’ve all received your Delta-Montrose Electric Association ballots in the mail. I hope you will use this ballot to elect board members who will actually serve you. Every DMEA board meeting has an executive session which excludes members from even knowing what is being discussed. For several months the boardroom has been […]
Editor: Climate change is again the theme of Mountainfilm as it was in 2009. In the spring of 2009, most local governments in San Miguel County passed a resolution pledging to develop a climate change plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. There was also a press conference […]
Editor: Thank you for your coverage of our Sisters Community Initiative in the May 16 issue of The Watch. I would like to correct an inaccuracy and misquote in the article, however, as well as to provide the public more information on this important effort. The purpose of the Sisters Community Initiative is to increase […]
Editor: OK, let me get this straight. A production company wants to film a story regarding a wealthy woman who moves from the east to a historic mining town (Telluride) and falls in love with a handsome lawman. For this filming, they want to create a temporary set on the Idarado tailings pile and have […]
Editor: As a longtime citizen of Ouray, I question if the Ouray Police Department issues are just the tip of the iceberg in our lovely city government. It is my understanding that [Monday night] at the city council meeting, the council more or less dodged questions and the City Administrator just refused to answer questions. […]
The buzz in the community this week is, of course, Mountainfilm 2013 – this year highlighting the theme of climate solutions. We here at EcoAction Partners have been immersed in this topic since our inception in 2007 and are excited to interact and engage with Mountainfilm attendees and our community as we spur each other […]
‘Running Blind’ Looks at a Man’s Race to Find a Cure for a Genetic Disease TELLURIDE – EJ Scott is a collector, accumulating thousands of vintage comic books in his L.A. home. Among his stacks of comic books are many in the Daredevil series, an early 1960s-era comic starring a blind superhero touted as “The […]
MONTROSE – Changes are underway in the Montrose County Road and Bridge Department in the aftermath of an eye-opening audit released last week, starting with a reorganization at the top of the Public Works Department. Montrose County Media Relations Manager Katie Yergensen said on Tuesday that Public Works Director Brian Wilson, who oversaw Road and […]
NATURITA – San Miguel Sheriff’s Office deputies along with the Norwood Marshal’s Office arrested a Naturita man on Tuesday for suspected possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Ronald McGuffee was arrested on a 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force warrant for Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance With Intent to Distribute. The […]
697 Cobble Drive, Montrose, 970/249-5919 Those familiar with Chef Drake Pulliam’s work know he adds a certain level of detail and flare to dishes that might otherwise seem ordinary. Take, for example, his cherry cheesecake ($7). It’s not an uncommon dessert, but the way Pulliam makes it, it is anything but common. The secret […]
Seconding Reading of Ordinance Scheduled for June 4 MONTROSE – By a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Montrose City Council took a step toward becoming one of the first municipalities in Colorado to permanently prohibit retail marijuana sales within city limits. Ordinance 2321 was passed on first reading and will be voted on again June […]
OURAY –The story of the exodus from the Ouray Police Department that began last week with the resignations of Police Chief Leo Rasmusson and officer Tony Schmidt gained new momentum this week, as another officer quit the department and the city revealed in a statement that Rasmusson had in fact been asked to resign in […]
TELLURIDE – The new appointee to San Miguel Power Association’s District Two board seat vacancy brings a mixture of compassion, enthusiasm and industry smarts to the table, along with a healthy dose of realism about the challenges of getting a very diverse board to pull in the same direction. Robert Justis of Telluride was selected […]
TELLURIDE – With a growing season of fewer than 90 days, the high alpine community of Telluride may not seem like the ideal locale for successful food production. That’s also why it’s the perfect place in which to demonstrate that food production is possible at nearly 9,000 feet. EcoAction Partners is collaborating with Telluride Grown […]
OURAY – Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the Wright Opera House is about to enter a whole new era, as the second phase of a capital campaign gets underway that will be focused on the restoration of the facility. The Friends of the Wright Opera House, the organization which came together to purchase and […]
TELLURIDE – Plans to build a new permanent home for the Telluride Science Research Center took a huge leap forward earlier this week.In a work session on Tuesday morning, May 14, the Telluride Town Council gave its general thumbs-up for TSRC to enter into a public/private partnership the Town of Telluride to secure land for […]
Jett and Child to Retain Their Positions, Michelle Sherry Will Fill Third Open Seat MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The deadline for submitting a letter of interest to run in Mountain Village’s regular municipal election to fill three Town Council seats came and went last Friday, and with only three candidates expressing an interest to run, the […]
OURAY – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will visit the Ouray School next Thursday, May 23, to sign the newly enacted School Resource Bill. The bipartisan bill defines “school resource officer” and “community partners” and expressly includes school resource officers as community partners for the purposes of school safety, readiness, and incident management. It also provides […]
Trail Building Could Commence as Early as June RIDGWAY – Local bike enthusiasts rejoiced last week as the Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office in Montrose announced it had signed a Decision of Record completing the Ridgway Comprehensive Trail Management Plan Environmental Assessment. “It’s fantastic,” said Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) representative Brian Scranton. “We […]
MONTROSE – New state tax legislation, which passed last week, has Montrose and Olathe School District officials re-examining district funding plans to improve technology and school performance by suspending a campaign to generate millions locally this November. The district had aimed for $3.288 million this fall through either a voter supported mil levy or […]
RIDGWAY – Ridgway Secondary School’s 28 graduating seniors will be inspired to relentlessly pursue their own personal best – whatever that might be – as Olympic discus thrower Lance Brooks takes the stage to deliver a rousing commencement address at their graduation ceremony next Friday, May 24. “This is a great opportunity for the graduating […]
Students Come Up With Three Candidates RIDGWAY – A project to identify possible sister cities, with similar attributes and values to Ridgway’s, took a step forward last week as three Ridgway High School students presented their research before Town Council. It was in fact Councilor Jim Kavanaugh who proposed the idea a year and a […]
“Beyond our ideas of right and wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there.” – Rumi How many times have you said, “I forgive you,” and actually felt the impact of these words? I have experienced two memorable betrayals that could justifiably be deemed unforgivable. I knew intuitively that if I […]
How can I describe a 66 minute film called Big Easy Express that captures, with Emmett Molloy’s brilliant directing, camera work, and editing, so much vitality, joy, enthusiasm, fun. It fills the screen with great, diverse talents performing folk-rock, blues, bluegrass, followed by late-into-the-night jams and parties. The movie was filmed on an 18-car quarter-mile […]
For over a decade the sonic chemist Matt Butler has been the revered brainchild behind one of the more experimental music projects on the touring circuit. Inspired by a multi-national open mic night in India, The Everyone Orchestra has become the apex of the improvisational music journey by combining choice members from top tier bands […]
OURAY – It’s being hailed as the most important business change Ouray has seen since liquor stores started staying open on Sundays. The venerable Duckett’s Market on Main Street has expanded its hours and is now open seven days a week. New (year-round!) store hours at the family-owned and operated grocery store are 8 a.m.-8 […]
Downtown Gelato Grand Opening Celebration Set for May 18 MONTROSE – Just as the temperatures begin to climb in Montrose, A+Y Design Gallery owners Yesenia and Adam Duncan now have 22 new reasons to visit their Main Street gallery, as they are now proprietors of locally-sourced gelato. After a soft opening on Saturday, May 11, […]
Editor:It is with overwhelming joy and gratitude that we thank The Telluride Association of Realtors and The First Time Home Buyers Assistance Program. After 7 very long months, jumping through hoop after hoop, to purchase a local short-sale property, we made it. TAR and the FTHBAP generously provided us funds to assist in the closing […]
Editor: Delta-Montrose Electric Association members have been getting robocalls that pretend to ask your opinion but are actually telling you: That alternative energy will cost rural Colorado $2 billion. That the $70,000 management assessment approved by the DMEA board is wasted money. Here is the rest of the story. DMEA was able to absorb Tri-State’s […]
NORTH FORK VALLEY – Facing a potential boom in gas drilling, a community group in Delta County has decided to undertake its own air quality survey to establish a baseline against future air pollution claims. Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC), a group that formed in 2009 and has mobilized against natural gas lease sales […]
OURAY COUNTY – Irrigators and other upper Uncompahgre River water users took preliminary steps last week to form a new organization which can act as a unified voice for various Ouray County water users in local, regional and statewide water use negotiations. Ridgway attorney Andy Mueller, a senior partner at the Tisdel Law Firm in […]
TELLURIDE – With its octagonal angles and iridescent silver sheen, the structure perched on the hillside behind the Telluride Middle/High School looks more like a spaceship than an outdoor classroom. From the outside, it’s impossible to know what this shiny half-dome might be hiding. But open the door to the Telluride Schools’ new Grow Dome, […]
MONTROSE — Through 14 games earlier this season, the Montrose High School varsity baseball team and its relentlessly effective offense was unbeatable. That is, until Valor Christian came to Montrose, distracting the Indians long enough to squeeze out a 5-4 victory against them on the road April 20. Like a small, deep cut on […]
Pin-head (pin hed) Noun 1) The flattened head of a pin. 2) (informal) a stupid or foolish person. In other places in the world, a pinhead may be considered a fool. In Telluride, the meaning of Pinhead might be closer to One Lucky Bugger. For 13 years, Telluride’s Pinhead Institute has offered […]
My first year in the legislature was one of the busiest in recent years, and I confirmed my belief that the only way to get things done is through compromise and respecting both sides of the aisle. Let’s focus on some great progress for Southwestern Colorado and other parts of rural Colorado this session. One […]
TELLURIDE – A Lawson Hill employee got a rare glimpse of one of the high country’s most elusive predators last week, when a mountain lion was spotted last Wednesday, May 8, on the pedestrian trail that winds through this wooded subdivision near Telluride. A member of the Telluride Mountain School staff observed the mountain lion […]
OURAY – The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office continues to help cover the City of Ouray’s law enforcement needs after Ouray Police Chief Leo Rasmusson handed in his retirement papers early Tuesday this week, on top of the announcement Monday by longtime Ouray Police Department Deputy Tony Schmidt that he also intends to quit the department, […]
Whittaker and Hornbein Will Be Guests TELLURIDE – The recent, shocking, news of a fight high on Mount Everest between Western climbers and Sherpas, has refocused attention on the world’s highest mountain in the weeks preceding Mountainfilm’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Americans to summit, in 1963. Two of those successful climbers, […]
RIDGWAY – Writer, speaker, energy analyst and leading sustainability activist Randy Udall has agreed to headline Transition OurWay’s Green Home and Efficiency Expo, June 1. “Our energy group is ecstatic,” said Transition’s Paula James, whose invitation persuaded the Carbondale resident (and brother of U.S. Sen. Mark Udall) to come to Ridgway. Udall first wrote about […]
MONTROSE – Questioning the work it does, and whether or not Montrose County will have a voice in the organization, the Montrose Board of County Commissioners is hesitant to provide $5,000 in funding to the Public Lands Partnership. The funding request was before the commissioners at their regular meeting in Montrose on Monday, May 6. […]
TELLURIDE – This summer, drivers in Telluride will be encouraged to go slow, whether they feel like it or not. Telluride Town Council agreed at its most recent meeting to a series of so-called traffic-calming measures along Colorado Avenue that will be enacted starting this summer. Measures will range from the subtle (more signs posted […]
MONTROSE COUNTY – Montrose County Assessor Brad Hughes announced that 2013 Notice of Valuations were mailed May 1 in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes. Taxpayers may view their property information online prior to receiving their notice through the assessor’s online records search called Eagle Web (http://eagleweb.montrosecounty.net/eagleassessor/web). All classes of real property, with the exception […]
OURAY COUNTY – The high country is officially open for business. Last week, Ouray County plow operators cleared the Camp Bird Road all the way up to iconic Yankee Boy Basin, and this week they finished opening up County Road 31 (the Red Mountain Town loop near the Yankee Girl head frame). “There is more […]
TELLURIDE – New owners have breathed new life into a Down Valley institution with the opening of The Angler Inn restaurant this month. The well-appointed lodge, which had for decades housed the illustrious Blue Jay Lodge and Café, located not far from some of the San Miguel River’s popular fishing holes near Placerville, opened for […]
OURAY – Thursday evenings throughout the month of June, Ouray’s Fellin Park will swell with the sound of funk, blues, indie-rock and Americana at the highly anticipated second annual Mountain Air Music Series. “We have a great lineup of music that I think anyone at any age can relate to,” said MAMS committee co-chair […]
This week there is virtually no live music scheduled for dedicated Western Slope audiophiles. While you take a needed breath, or cope with withdrawal symptoms, check this custom playlist to get you amped for the festival season. Truly the year of landmark anniversaries for Telluride’s legacy of music institutions, the 20th Blues & Brews […]
Editor: Over the past four years, Telluride has been a tremendous partner of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in hosting the annual World Cup in snowboardcross and skicross. Every event was memorable and world class. Telluride quickly became a classic site on the World Cup circuit with a reputation of being one of the […]
Editor: When I hear the word “jousting” I imagine medieval knights charging on horseback. Last Saturday night, at Ouray County’s After Prom Party, I learned that the term also refers to a vast, air-filled vinyl object in which students cheerfully tackled, pummeled, and knocked the wind out of one another. Who knew? This year, 110 […]
Editor: On behalf of the Wilkinson Public Library and the Youth Services Staff, I would like to thank our community for making Dia de los Ninos a success. The Day of the Children is an internationally celebrated movement that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. One goal is to link […]
RIDGWAY – For quite a few years, the log building that housed Re/Max Realty in Ridgway, sat empty. Now, it’s come back to life with the color of fresh fruits and vegetables, with a gallery of oil paintings by Greg Hunger, with jams and juices from Hotchkiss, and with what fruit stand manager Tamara Bosie […]
WESTERN SLOPE – The Delta-Montrose Electric Association Board of Directors appears to be at odds with the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association over the electric wholesale provider’s new rate structure, which one DMEA Boardmember called an “anti-efficiency rate.” Following other electric cooperatives in Colorado and New Mexico, DMEA may consider appealing the rate structure to […]
‘We Intend to Make Telluride Even More Like Telluride.’ TELLURIDE – A purchase agreement was inked on Friday, May 3, that could lead to an “authentic” and “comprehensive” development of Telluride’s South Fir Street properties long held by the estate of Joseph Zoline, who founded the Telluride Ski Resort. In a partnership between Los Angeles- […]
OURAY – As winter’s snows recede, Ouray locals have been dismayed to discover increased numbers of dead and dying fir trees on the steeply forested mountainsides that ring the town. The culprit is a bug known the fir engraver beetle, U.S. Forest Service Forester-Silviculturist Todd Gardiner of the Ouray and Norwood Ranger Districts told the […]
Denver Couple in Montrose for Three Weeks to Build Affordable Homes MONTROSE – For Gerald and Linda Zschoche the need to help people with a hand up rather than a hand out has been lifestyle derived from their combined 46 years of social work. The retired Denver couple have enjoyed the selfless reward over the […]
Montrose Wine and Food Festival May 10-11 MONTROSE – Back for its 10th year of tantalizing taste buds while supporting children’s charities in the region, the Montrose Wine and Food Festival is coming to the Montrose Pavilion on May 10 and 11 for two days of wine, food, beer, music and fun. This year’s festivities […]
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – One of the Mountain Village core’s most prestigious boutique hotels will open this month under the new ownership of the Telluride Ski and Golf Co. The move to purchase the 32-unit hotel from previous owners Ektornet (the current owners of the Hotel Madeline, which is the official hotel of Telluride Ski and […]
MONTROSE – Montrose High School’s yearbook, The Chief, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2013 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 11 celebrating the year’s best yearbook design and coverage. Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, […]
Bill’s Passage Ensures Continued Youth Voice in Creating State Policies DENVER – Growing up in poverty in the Bronx, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor reckons that people looked at her and saw only a poor latina from New York. “People said I wasn’t smart enough and it was very hurtful to me,” she told 100 […]
OURAY – The line-up is official: it’s singers and songwriters again. The Wright Opera House recently announced the return of its Summer Music Series, and five new acts will take the stage beginning later this month. The music of the first band – Over the Rhine, which appears May 31 – has been dubbed “post-nuclear, […]
MONTROSE — A Colorado Springs man was rescued last Saturday from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park after breaking his leg on a route about 1,800 feet down inside the canyon. According to a National Park news release, members of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Search and Rescue and […]
RIDGWAY – Former Ridgway Marshal Clyde Sherman Williams, a tireless advocate for troubled youth, died peacefully in his home in Montrose on Monday, April 22 ,surrounded by his loving family and cats. Throughout his 14-year career as Ridgway Marshal starting in the 1980s, Sherm kept a quiet yet powerful presence within the community. “He […]
Dec. 30, 1932-April 27, 2013 OURAY – Lifelong Ouray resident Alvin Joseph Ficco, 80, died Saturday, April 27, at home with family and friends. He was born in Ouray to the late Joseph and Mary Ficco on Dec. 30, 1932 and graduated from Ouray High School in 1950. He entered the U.S. Army after […]
OURAY – They call themselves the A-Team for a reason. Ever since their freshman year, they’ve been crushing schools across the state in a battle of the brains known as Knowledge Bowl. This year, for the first time, the brainy bunch consisting of Patrick Link, Nicholas Pieper, Daniel Degenhardt and newcomer Julia Vann remained […]
Uprade Benefits Entire Region MONTROSE — The Montrose Fire Protection District, MFPD, along with Montrose County recently received funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, Assistance to Firefighters Grant to replace existing dispatch radio equipment which is described as “no longer operationally reliable,” to improve the district’s communications. Approximately $382,051 was awarded on April […]
As the snow melts and little dandelion starfish begin surfacing from the dark and to-date unkempt depths of our backyard vegetable garden, the hint of spring’s nascent emergence begins to awaken my itch to get my hands dirty. As I look out the window, the austerity of that little plot of soil looks to me […]
TELLURIDE – For three years, the San Miguel Resource Center’s Prevention Education Specialist Kara Johnson has provided lessons in area schools, lessons that go beyond traditional reading, writing and arithmetic. Johnson teaches life lessons, related to such subjects as confidence, assertiveness, and preventing things like bullying and sexual assault. Last week, Johnson accepted Rocky Mountain […]
City Staff Still Looking for More Cost-Effective Plan MONTROSE — The Montrose City Council is on the brink of signing an emergency contract with a local trucking company to haul the city’s weekly recycling material to Colorado Springs, while city staff members hash out a more cost-effective plan for the future. Last December, the […]
OURAY – With summer just around the corner, a couple of new attractions are already making a big splash among patrons at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. The pool reopened last week after a brief closure for spring cleaning with a giant inflatable modular obstacle course and outsized floating orb tethered in the 5-foot section, […]
“The Telluride Snowboard Team did amazing at USASA Nationals, possibly our best all-time placing,” said Molly Cooney, coach at the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, of the team’s trip to Copper Mountain at the beginning of April. Cooney, who was also a competitor, did her team proud by taking first in the women’s halfpipe – […]
Editor: As president of the Wilkinson Library Board, I know that I speak for the entire board in welcoming questions from the public about the library budget. The community cares deeply about the library and is invested in its success. I would like to talk about how we can make that a more constructive and […]
Editor: CASA of the 7th Judicial District (Court Appointed Special Advocates) works for dependant and neglected children in the six counties that comprise the 7th Judicial District. CASA recently held its annual fundraising benefit and it was a tremendous success. I want to thank all of the sponsors, donors, supporters and the 250 attendees. The […]
Editor: I would like to thank Telluride Arts for awarding me a small grant for my August Art show with Flair Robinson at Gallery 81435. I am so grateful. They are a tremendous support to the artists in Telluride and have invigorated our artist community in so many ways. Thank you Kate Jones and Britt […]
Editor: I cannot thank the Telluride Association of Realtors enough for their generous grant in assisting me with the purchase of my first home. I feel very fortunate to live in a supportive community in which programs like the First Time Homebuyer’s Assistance Fund exist. After investing my heart and soul into Telluride for almost […]
RIDGWAY – The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that two small earthquakes shook the Ridgway area early Thursday morning. USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso said the first earthquake took place at 7:11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, and measured a magnitude of 2.9. A second earthquake took place five minutes later, at 7:16 a.m., and measured a […]
TRI-COUNTY AREA – While the Great Recession appears to be easing in various sectors of the economy – spending, housing, confidence – its delayed-reaction effects are just ramping up for area library districts. The Montrose Library District took a 9 percent hit in tax funding this year over 2012 and expects a drop of 15 […]
Kierstin Bridger in Ridgway “Wired for Words” was a popular, four-week-long creative writing class taught by poet Kierstin Bridger last February. The class was so well received that Bridger is back: she’ll teach the “Best of Wired for Words” Saturday, May 11, at Weehawken Ridgway. The class aims to get students to “Write […]
OURAY – As much as the Ouray Board of County Commissioners want to be done with visual impacts, the issue continues to demand more time. At a packed meeting Tuesday at the courthouse in Ouray, citizens requested, convincingly, that the proposed final public hearing, tentatively set for May 16 and 17, be postponed until July […]
WESTERN SAN JUANS – U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) testified in Senate subcommittee last Thursday, April 25, on behalf of his proposed legislation to federally preserve more than 61,000 acres of public land in San Miguel, Ouray and San Juan counties. This is Udall’s third attempt to push through the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Bill, […]
MONTROSE COUNTY – The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a dog that sustained a gunshot to its head sometime between April 21-23. The yellow Labrador retriever was found climbing out of a canal in Olathe near Amber and 6000 roads on April 23. The dog was found to have sustained and survived […]
RIDGWAY – The weather was sunny, the mud was squashy, and the Ouray County Fairgrounds were heaving with 4×4 action and all manner of muddy family fun last weekend at the second annual Ouray County Mud Fest. Numbers of attendees were up significantly from the previous year, and overall, the event was deemed a downright […]
Zombies, meet Mother’s Day. That’s the strange brew – and speaking of brew, there’ll be blood red beer on offer before it’s all over – which local shops and restaurants, with inspiration from a Los Angeles movie production company, have cooked up for this month’s First Friday Stroll in Montrose. The L.A. film folk know […]
Not Enough Payback From Ski and Snowboard Races MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – This week the Telluride Ski Resort said ciao to the FIS World Cup ski and snowboard event that has been held on its slopes for the last four years, saying the event taxed too many of its resources and didn’t provide enough of a […]
TELLURIDE – Two decades of audible history culminate this September as the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival celebrates 20 years of hosting top musicians and craft beer artisans in Telluride Town Park. Expectations were already high, given the landmark year for the festival, but this top-to-bottom delivery of acts is one of the most balanced arrangements of […]
WESTERN SAN JUANS – To expand its outlook and engage a larger region, the Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization announced on Monday it’s rebranding under a new name: Colorado Flights Alliance. While its core mission to stimulate economic development by attracting and retaining air service to the Montrose and Telluride regional airports remains the same, […]
New Board Game Features Eight Colorado Cities, Including Telluride and Montrose WESTERN SAN JUANS – With Colorado only one of two states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the popularity of a unique board game, Colorado Cannabis Craze, is growing. And those who play the game will find Telluride and Montrose are right in […]
Celebrating Independence in Song and Dance MONTROSE – To conclude the Magic Circle Players 2012-2013 season, Director Ginny Spaven is producing the musical 1776, which she said is a funny, suspenseful, romantic, historic, action-packed and very meaningful story of independence. It’s based, of course, on events and disputes leading up to the signing of the Declaration […]
TELLURIDE – As with all things, there are ups and downs in the documentary film festival world. According to Mountainfilm in Telluride Festival Director David Holbrooke, “This is one of the strongest years for documentaries that we’ve ever seen, from films we scouted at the earlier festivals in the year – Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca […]
Editor: I wanted to pass on to the town of Telluride some financial information that I received from the library. What I requested was, “How much money was spent on the library director’s travel expenses in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and how many days did she travel?” The total for gas and lodging and such […]
Spring is the season for new beginnings and planting the seeds we want to grow. In concert with nature, our bodies feel an innate tug to shed excess layers and head towards the light. I have a strong sense of coming to life and wanting to seek a fresh start after these dormant months. This […]
Editor: We are extremely appreciative of the assistance we received from Telluride Association of Realtors in purchasing our first home in Lawson Hill. We would like to pass along a huge thank you to the Telluride Association of Realtors for their generous support in purchasing our first home in Lawson Hill. We are extremely […]
Editor: The first annual Alleycat Ride was a huge success this past Saturday. This was a fundraiser for the local kids mountain bike group that will be run through Voyager this year. This is our third year in existence (formerly known as Ridgway DEVO). We rose close to $1,000, which will been used for the […]
Editor: We wanted to share our sincere thanks to the Fire Departments of Mountain Village, Telluride and Placerville for their excellent response and efforts to save our home from the recent roof fire on Saturday evening, April 6. Within a few minutes of the fire being reported, units were on the scene and remained there […]
Editor: I wanted to pass on to the town of Telluride some financial information that I received from the library. What I requested was, “How much money was spent on the library director’s travel expenses in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and how many days did she travel?” The total for gas and lodging and such […]
Editor: Some years back The Town of Telluride and friends set forth a plan to condemn the valley floor and ultimately purchased the acreage on the south side of Hwy 145 leading into Telluride for open space. Many people actually contributed to raise the capital to buy the property. In recent years, prairie dogs mysteriously […]
TELLURIDE – With the launching of the Telluride Region Chamber of Commerce earlier this year, businesses in Telluride, Mountain Village and downvalley now have an organization to turn to for representation, support and collaborative opportunities. Still in its infancy, with its early 2013 startup, Chief Executive Officer and President Jim Riley said the membership-driven nonprofit […]
But the Telluride Town Council concurs that it’s money well-spent.
Commissioner Henderson Says 400 Jobs Depend on the Rural Facility MONTROSE COUNTY – With its management agreement with the Montrose Memorial Hospital coming to an end on July 31, the Basin Clinic Board is desperately seeking a way to keep the rural clinic, located in Naturita, open for at least 40 hours a week. Basin […]
OURAY COUNTY – Are you ready to play dirty? The second annual Ouray County Mud Fest takes place this Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, at the Ouray County Fairgrounds. The festival, sponsored by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association and the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce, provides bountiful opportunities for locals and visitors to […]
MONTROSE – Following the announcement last week that Montrose High School football team Defensive Coordinator Eric Handke was leaving for Salida, the decision was made to promote from within. Defensive Secondary Coach Chuck Alexander will fill Handke’s position. “I’m excited,” Alexander said earlier this week. “It’s a really neat opportunity, it’s an honor for coach [Todd] […]
Army Veterans Heath and Jesse McCombs Give Back to the Warrior Resource Center MONTROSE – Brothers Heath and Jesse McCombs look alike, and they both can disarm a person with their genuine warm smiles. But the Montrose natives say they have been working for years to cope with the after-effects of their years of service […]
National Theatre of London in Telluride There aren’t many places you can go see a National Theatre of London production besides, well, London. Unless, that is, you’re fortunate enough to live near a movie theatre which can be used to show these productions onstage – and you also live near someone who cares enough […]
The Wesley Pruitt Band Comes to Colorado; Space Jams with Phutureprimative; Tasty Acoustics With Blue Fruit Snacks The Wesley Pruitt Band at Turn of the Century Saloon This is that deep blues that has been missing for what seems like generations. The harmonica that leads the first minute of “Thief in the […]
Editor: The polar bears (and other arctic animals) need your help because their habitat is melting due to the effects of global warming. One way you can save the polar bears is to switch from using incandescent light bulbs to LED (light-emitting diode) light-bulbs. You might be wondering how light bulbs would be related to […]
MONTROSE – Attorneys representing the City of Montrose are seeking the dismissal of an appeal by Jeremiah Aguilar, owner of the 107-pound American Allaunt canine named Dutch sentenced to death after attacking a woman last year. After Aguilar failed to appear last Thursday for a contempt of court hearing, a bench warrant was issued by […]
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – April snows have improved the Colorado snowpack from 73 percent of average on April 1 to 90 percent of average on April 22. But the improvement did not extend to Southwestern Colorado, where the snowpack declined during the same period from 73 to 71 percent of average. The numbers nonetheless represent a […]
OURAY – Members of the Ouray Police Department sent a clear message to the Ouray City Council at a work session last week that they are not at all happy with a new schedule which has been imposed upon them. Police Chief Leo Rasmusson said he implemented the new schedule on City Administrator Patrick Rondinelli’s […]
MONTROSE — Montrose resident Blaine Tankersley died in a collision with a Montrose County dump truck in the southbound lane of Colo. Hwy. 550 early Tuesday, April 23. According to the Colorado State Patrol at approximately 7:51 Tuesday morning, the dump truck, driven by Jack Vette of Delta, was stopped in the southbound lane of U.S. […]
The San Juan Mining Conference celebrates its third year of free public education Thursday, April 18-Friday, April 19, in Lake City’s Moseley Arts Center. The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership founded the event in 2010, as the San Juan Hardrock Mining and Water Quality Conference, and has worked over the last three years to forge relationships between […]
Monday, April 22 is Earth Day, and since its inception in 1970 interest in Earth Day has ebbed and flowed. The overall impact, however, remains strong. Would you believe it was actually a politician who started it? According to a history on www.earthday.org, “The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. […]
MONTROSE – Earth Day will be observed around the globe next Monday, April 22. In honor of the occasion, the City of Montrose has lined up a whole week’s worth of events celebrating its commitment to a cleaner, greener, healthier community and planet. A loosely knit committee of individuals representing local entities, ranging from municipal […]
DOLORES – A 3D seismic study proposed by Kinder Morgan, LLC for the Doe Canyon Deep Unit has been approved by the U.S. Forest Service Dolores District Ranger and the Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Manager and is scheduled to take place this July. The survey will take place across 121 square miles […]
MONTROSE – With the launching of its Small Business Resource Center earlier this month, the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning now offers even more resources and educational opportunities to help small business owners in Region 10’s six-county service area. Launched on April 3, the Small Business Resource Center offers small business owners […]
MONTROSE — The anticipation of the fall season – and then the lights, practices, wins and players – are what Montrose High School coach and educator Eric Handke will miss the most about his time in Montrose. For the past decade, Handke has given his all to a football program that has earned the Indians kudos […]
TELLURIDE – As University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher stood at the steps of a 2008 Utah BLM Oil and Gas lease auction in Salt Lake City, he knew that he and his fellow protesters simply were not being heard. With thousands of acres of pristine Utah wilderness at stake, DeChristopher believed merely protesting […]
MONTROSE – The City of Montrose unveiled Tuesday a Retail Sales Enhancement plan for strengthening local commerce and strategically promoting Montrose as a destination city for both new business and repeat tourist visits. The RSE, which aims to support and promote local business as well as offer affordable resources through the creation of a Small […]
Providence, Rhode Island emcee and independent record label owner Sage Francis has high hopes for his run of shows coming through the Western Slope during the holiday weekend. Getting his start, and inevitably thriving in the underground hip-hop scene with a series of classic mixtapes, Sage found success in grassroots business practices and conscious lyrical […]
Editor: Here in the Telluride area, many local outdoor enthusiasts are just returning from enjoying the natural splendor of the area in and around Canyonlands and Arches National Monument. Some of those, profoundly affected by the rugged beauty of these unspoiled lands are unaware of the critical role played by Tim Dechristopher in their protection. […]
In Ouray: Max Wagner Trio The first season of the Wrighteous Jazz Fest swings to a close this Saturday evening at the Wright Opera House, with an appearance by saxophonist-cum-vocalist Max Wagner and his trio. Wagner lives on the Front Range. He describes himself as an “unrepentant” Estes Park resident (he grew up there), […]
ASPEN – Telluride’s synchronized ski team, the Telluride Ghostriders. competed on Friday, April 5, in Aspen, bringing home the silver medal from the world synchronized ski competition. The competition, held on the North America run, featured seven teams from throughout Colorado. The Telluride team trained three mornings a week throughout the winter for the competition, perfecting […]
OURAY – The Ouray County Historical Museum reopens Thursday, April 18, with new exhibits, events and activities for the upcoming season that range from the annual Evenings of History lecture series and guided walking tours of Ouray’s historic Main Street and Cedar Hill Cemetery to a John Fielder photography workshop and a geology tour of […]
NORTH FORK VALLEY – On Monday, April 15, in accordance with a federal court ruling, the Bureau of Land Management for the first time since the natural gas boom began released the names of the industry players who nominated parcels for mineral development. The original lawsuit was filed in June 2012 by the Delta County […]
TELLLURIDE – The Ah Haa School for the Arts has announced its formation of the Telluride Painting Academy, with longtime instructor Robert Weatherford as its artistic director, and with a 2013 fall semester of intensives for emerging painters, current studio art majors and beginners. The inaugural semester for Telluride Painting Academy is scheduled for September […]
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis confirms that two explosions were detonated at approximately 2:50 p.m. Eastern time “near the finish line” of the Boston Marathon, resulting in “multiple casualties,” and that all victims are now accounted for. A fire in the mechanical room at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, at Harvard University, said to be […]
MONTROSE – The missing hiker who suffered what the National Park Service said was an apparent fall at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park last week was identified Monday as 52-year-old Marion Byrd Gamble of Winter Springs, Fla. Gamble’s body was recovered Friday, April 12, nearly 1,000 feet below the canyon’s south rim near […]
MONTROSE – The City of Montrose and the Montrose Recreation District submitted a joint application last month for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant of up to $350,000 to “substantially improve Baldridge Park,” Montrose’s most-used park complex. According to a press release, proposed improvements include Montrose Water Park, “a whitewater park on the Uncompahgre River through […]
MONTROSE – Representatives from the Welcome Home Montrose Warrior Resource Center and members of the Montrose community are preparing to make their final presentations to the National Civic League, in hopes of being honored as an All-America City for the city’s continued work in helping military veterans. The 64th All-America City awards will be held […]
Katherine Wells, founder of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project in northern New Mexico, and Janet MacKenzie, project coordinator, will discuss their efforts to record 60,000 petroglyphs found on Mesa Prieta, and to educate the public about this massive cultural treasure. The American Rock Art Research Association awarded the project its Conservation and Preservation Award in […]
MONTROSE — In efforts to modernize the Montrose downtown area in order to draw in local residents and increase commerce, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority Scott Shine says, “one building at a time.” He believes public-and-private partnerships with the city can not only rehabilitate the city’s older buildings, but help bring in even […]
Sept. 26, 1948 – April 3, 2013 Ridgway’s longtime official weather observer and Volunteer Fire Department stalwart Dick Crabb died at home on April 3 following a brief illness. He was 64. Richard Alan Crabb was born in Denver in 1948; after graduating from Wheatridge High School, he attended Mesa College and Colorado State University, […]
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – When the summer season ramps up in May, Mountain Village will welcome back two of its long-standing community programs. The community’s Owners Association board voted last week to keep Dial-A-Ride and the Sunset Concert Series going through this summer, despite budgetary woes. Both DAR and the Summer Concert Series will undergo changes […]
MONTROSE – Kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year takes place in neighborhood elementary schools Thursday, April 18, 8-11 a.m., and 12-4 p.m. Children can attend kindergarten next year who are 5 years old by September 15, 2013. To prepare classrooms for next fall, please register on April 18; for those who cannot do so, please […]
MONTROSE – Producers with the national talent competition America’s Got Talent will visit the R&R Sports Bar in Montrose on Monday, April 22, in search of the area’s best singers interested in competing in the state finals in Colorado Springs – and possibly auditioning for the fourth season of the hit NBC show. Individuals over […]
TELLURIDE – Skiers and riders hoping to make fresh tracks within the Telluride Ski Resort’s boundaries may do so, starting Friday, so long as motorized vehicles aren’t used and restricted areas are avoided, thanks to an administrative decision, by Telluride Ski and Golf Co., reversing the no-access policy put into place in the spring of […]
MONTROSE – Zach Dancy was punched in the chest, propelling him back a few paces and leaving him short of breath. Moments before, Dancy had been promoted from Private First Class to Specialist in the last ceremony the Colorado National Guard 928th Area Support Medical Company would ever hold in Montrose, with the unit departing […]
Crested Butte Rum Distiller Seeing Exponential Growth Crested Butte is already known as one of Colorado’s premier ski destinations, and after Montanya Distillers was named 2013 Craft Distiller of the Year by the American Distilling Institute last week, it has became known as home to one of the country’s best rums. During the 10th anniversary […]
MONTROSE – Six-year-old Micah Nichols of Montrose likes to say, “I’m almost seven.” It’s as if he can’t wait to fulfill his dream of playing baseball for the Montrose High School Indians. Last Saturday, April 6, members of the perennial league-champ MHS baseball team, many of whom started the game as young as Nichols, taught […]
Editor: I am writing to inform you of something I learned about electrical equipment. My neighbor has a satellite TV receiver. He put a watt-meter between the receiver and the power source. To his amazement, the device used as much power in the off position as when it is on, about 43 watts. I did […]
Editor: I’m compelled to publicly thank a host of people, chief among them Kate Jones and Britt Markey from Telluride Arts and Stronghouse Studios, for their energy, time, and support over the past year, especially this winter. Thanks to their efforts and vision, a small group of local musicians have been connected with an enthusiastic […]
Editor: Telluride Town Council members …really? Because we don’t yet know the particulars of how the Gondola’s funding will come together 13 years from now, we shouldn’t even form an RTA? We’re so green and progressive that we have a surcharge on hot tub installations and we limit the number of skylights a home may […]
Editor: In light of recent remarks criticizing the Ridgway Ouray Community Council and its membership, it seems appropriate to share with the citizens of Ouray County ROCC’s mission and some of its projects and service to our communities. ROCC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build, nourish and protect the healthy community spirit […]
Editor: I was amazed to see recent stories of the domestic violence call and standoff on S. Townsend and the complaint that excessive numbers of law enforcement were present. What nonsense! Do the complainers forget that just three years ago, we lost a good officer here in peaceful Montrose? Remember the sheriff’s deputy shot in […]
Editor: A couple of statements appearing in your April 4 issue demand a comment from someone who sees Telluride as a place worth preserving, not a sacrifice zone for personal wealth accumulation. The TAR boast about their paltry air bribe contributions is particularly galling, since 1) the amount over ten years doesn’t even total half […]
800 Main Street, Ouray, 970/325-7273 When taking in the scenic beauty of the San Juan Mountains or after a winter or summer excursion into those mountains, sometimes you just need an unpretentious hideout where you can grab a beer or a drink and some simple, yet satisfying American fare at a reasonable price. If […]
Poetry Reading in Ridgway Erika Moss Gordon’s love of horror films inspired the recent Undead horror-movie retrospective at the Wilkinson. She also programs family film fare Sundays at the Palm. Cat People one week, A Cat in Paris the next. She’s also a poet, and you could say the dichotomy between family and the […]
TELLURIDE – Roughly 80 minutes after falling approximately 1,000 feet down the San Joaquin Couloir in upper Bear Creek and suffering extensive head injuries on Thursday, April 4, a skier had been successfully rescued and flown via helicopter to Telluride Regional Airport, for transport to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. San Miguel County Sheriff […]
On March 26, the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership hosted a public meeting on the 20-year Idarado Mine Remediation Project and zinc loading in Red Mountain Creek of the Uncompahgre River Basin. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and Idarado Mining Company presented results of remedial measures which were implemented as a […]
MONTROSE – Officials at the Region 10 League Economic Assistance and Planning are expecting yet another positive year in 2013, with a slate of new programs and initiatives. The nonprofit organization established in 1972 provides services – to Gunnison, Hinsdale, Delta, Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel counties, and 16 municipalities within those counties – that are […]
Bag, Possession Limits for Fish Removed MONTROSE – Illegal stocking of smallmouth bass in Miramonte Reservoir will force Colorado Parks and Wildlife to partially drain the lake and treat it with an organic pesticide to kill all the fish in early fall. Restocking will occur shortly after the treatment is completed. The good news for […]
Fundraiser for Ridgway Area Mountainbike School RIDGWAY – DEVO is now RAMS. And the RAMS are about to stage an Alley Cat. An Alley Cat is a fun bike ride/scavenger hunt in and around Ridgway, for kids and adults, that will raise money and awareness for this ongoing mountainbike school. A couple of years ago, […]
OURAY COUNTY – The Ridgway-Ouray Community Council will present the Emmy Award-winning documentary Split Estate Thursday, April 11 at the Wright Opera House at 7 p.m. Colorado native Debra Anderson began shooting Split Estate in 2006. The film investigates an under-regulated industry’s devastating effects on citizens in the path of a gas and oil-drilling boom […]
Scholarship opportunities for adults and high school students The University Centers of the San Miguel holds its fourth annual Permaculture Design Certificate July 20-August 3. The four-credit-hours course can be applied to the Certificate of Sustainable Practices from Colorado Mesa University, or taken for non-credit. Permaculture balances social, environmental and economic needs in order to […]
Last summer Craig and I took the girls to Provincetown, on the very tip of Cape Cod, for a weeklong family vacation. The ferry ride from Boston was filled with parents just like us. Like us, these parents clearly did not have enough arms for all the gear they needed to bring. Parents who, like […]
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY– The deadline for bids in the auction of Elk Mountain Resort, known for its remote location and extravagant amenities is April 10 as an attempt to reclaim the millions spent in its construction are currently being taken. The property sits on 275 acres, 34 miles from Telluride and 22 miles from Montrose, […]
Editor: The Telluride Rotary Club wants to thank the community and our Telluride visitors for a great 10th annual Red Ball Express. A big crowd gathered to watch a record 118 Red Balls race down the NASTAR course on March 10. The $5,000 winner was Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen. Martin Sykes of the United […]
Editor: It is with pleasure that I announce to the residents of the R1 School District that on Feb. 13, 2013 the Telluride Fire Protection District closed on a financial transaction, in association with George K. Baum & Co., that will ultimately save our taxpayers $405,571 in interest expense on the taxpayer approved 2004 General […]
Editor: Our friend, Wes Perrin, passed away last week. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, His body will return to the earth. For a long time, Wes, in a real and important way, has been returning to the earth. He lived a simple life, left a small footprint and through his promotion of environmental awareness […]
TELLURIDE – Telluride’s Brown Dog Pizza staked its first big claim to fame last September, when co-owner Jeff “Smoke” Smokevitch’s notorious Via Italia 313 Pizza took second place at the American Pizza Championship in Florida. The 313, so-named for the Detroit area code whence this pizza (and Smokevich himself) originally hail, wowed judges with its crispy […]
Threatens Lawsuit if Endangered Listing Becomes a Reality MONTROSE – The Montrose Board of County Commissioners came out vehemently opposed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s proposed endangered species listing for the Gunnison sage grouse on Monday by saying the agency’s population numbers are based on flawed science and that if the listing does occur, a […]
OURAY – With the Uncompahgre River Watershed snowpack still well below average, and little hope of enough new snowfall in April to make up the deficit, the City of Ouray is once again bracing for a water call from downstream senior water rights holders this summer. Bob Hurford, Colorado Division of Water Resources Division Engineer […]
MONTROSE COUNTY – While conducting a March 26 traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Swayde Jones at the behest of the Seventh Judicial District Drug Task Force, Montrose County Sheriff’s deputies seized approximately 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 11 firearms and drug paraphernalia. Two of the seized firearms were found to have […]
MONTROSE – The days continue to grow longer, and restaurants, retailers and art galleries will be open just a little later in the lengthening twilight tomorrow evening: it’s time for First Friday Stroll, and downtown Montrose will be gussying up for the occasion. The hope is you will, too. This month’s First Friday theme is […]
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – A settlement was reached late last month between Sheep Mountain Alliance and PacifiCorp that obligates the company to investigate and take further remediation actions on the Silver Bell Tailings located near the Ophir turn on U.S. Hwy. 145. Since 1998, PacifiCorp has taken voluntary steps to cap, stabilize and clean the […]
MONTROSE – A Montrose resident was asked to leave Tuesday’s meeting of Montrose City Council. During the council’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening city resident Carl Rite used the public comment period to hammer councilors and Montrose police about the high number of officers who responded to a tense standoff along South Townsend Ave. on Sunday. […]
In Telluride: The first Thursday of every month this past winter, galleries in Telluride have stayed open a little later than usual. And, just in time for the ski area’s closure this Sunday, tomorrow marks the end of the Art Walk season. Pastel painter Bruce Gomez is not only an artist but a popular […]
Deer Tick, Whitewater Ramblers, Sister Sparro and Strange Americans Provide Tunes For Ski Season Closing Parties If last weekend’s music tour de force with March Fourth Marching Band, The Cave Singers, Waiting on Trial, and Toubab Krewe all back-to-back wasn’t enough for you, then this weekend brings an equally deep lineup to Telluride. Friday’s shenanigans […]
After Offseason Closure, TFF Intends to Find New Operator TELLURIDE – After 27 years of operating Telluride’s Nugget Theatre, Jim Bedford and Luci Reeve are calling it quits, after showing the films scheduled for Thursday evening. As Telluride approaches the off-season, the Nugget’s slowest season of all, Bedford said he and Reeve can no longer […]
TELLURIDE – Not knowing how the Telluride-to-Mountain Village gondola and its future operating costs will fit into the equation, members of the Telluride Town Council on Tuesday decided that the timing is not right to form a Regional Transit Authority. Up until Tuesday’s meeting, it seemed that council was ready to ask voters in November […]
Take Four Gold Medals, Two by Freestyler Keaton McCargo Telluride freestyle skiers put the icing on the 2012-13 season cake last week, with three local athletes climbing onto national and international podiums in what was deemed the “sickest” day of competition in Telluride freestyle skiing history. After taking the gold in the single moguls event […]
MONTROSE – The man taken into custody Sunday night following a five-hour standoff with police is recovering under police supervision at Montrose Memorial Hospital after injuring himself with a box cutter and/or razor blades. “He is still in the hospital, and is under police watch as we speak,” Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard said Monday […]
MONTROSE – An all-day educational forum at the Montrose County fairgrounds for landowners affected by the rapid escalation of bark beetle damage on the Grand Mesa and on Gunnison National will be hosted by Forest Delta County Commissioner Doug Atchley and Montrose County Commissioner Ron Henderson on Tuesday, April 2. Forest health issues affect more than […]
OURAY – After three years and countless hours of debate, the Ouray Board of County Commissioners can finally see the end of the visual impacts tunnel. At its regular meeting Tuesday the BOCC set a date, two dates – May 16 and 17 (if necessary), from 6-10 p.m. at the 4-H Events Center in Ridgway […]
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The applicant for a proposed redevelopment of the Mountain Village’s Telluride Apartments site into an affordable housing hub will not go before the town’s Design Review board Thursday. Last week, the proposed developers Eastern Partners announced they would like to postpone this week’s scheduled hearing, in order to respond to neighbors’ objections […]
Second Annual Mud Fest Features 4X4 Obstacle Course, Motocross Expo and More OURAY COUNTY – The Ouray County Fairgrounds will be transformed into a giant muddy playground on the last weekend of April, for the second annual Ouray County Mud Fest. The Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA) and the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce (RACC) […]
A Hub for Training, Counseling and Grief Programs MONTROSE – Hospice care is on the upswing in western Colorado. A new facility at 735 So. Fourth St., set for construction this fall, will more than triple its current space, and serve as a hub for training, counseling and grief programs for adults and children. It […]
Seattle strikes again, and for the second time in a week they are sending us one of their standout indie rock bands. Now six years deep, The Cave Singers are a personnel mutation of Pretty Girls Make Graves’ guitarist Derek Fudesco, Hint Hint’s singer Pete Quirk, Cobra High’s bassist Marty Lund, and Fleet Foxes’ bassist […]
TELLURIDE – While the Telluride Regional Airport has been operating between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for over a year now, District Judge Mary Deganhart upheld those operating hours in a March 20 ruling, effectively ending a contentious legal dispute.The plaintiffs, No Night Flights Network, sought a summary judgment against both the […]
Like many people in Western Colorado, I start most mornings looking at the weather forecasts and studying the current snowpack estimates. On most of those mornings my laptop stares back at me with the same depressing news – another round of anemic snowstorms and basin snowpack levels hovering at 65-80 percent of normal. While Colorado’s […]
Golf Course Closed, Furniture Carted Off RIDGWAY – Members of the Cornerstone Golf Club and the Cornerstone Homeowners Association filed suit on Friday, March 15 against the development’s new majority owners, Bobby Wayne (aka Lew) Thompson, of Huntsville, Ark., Cobalt Workout Partners LLC, a Utah entity, and various subsidiaries. The suit charges that Thompson, a […]
Dear San Miguel Power Association Board: My deepest condolences to you and all those who have been fortunate to call Wes Perrin a friend over the years. As you all know, Wes served our country in uniform, worked for the Department of Energy, and served as a member on the San Miguel Power Board. Most […]
James R. “Wes” Perrin, 63, of Telluride, Colorado died on Tuesday, March 19, in Denver, from cancer at the Denver VA Hospital Community Living Center. He was born on May 18, 1949, in Detroit, Mich., to Matthew Perrin and the late Audrey Perrin. Wes married to the late Lita Colleen Hallam in October 1968 in […]
Pioneering Artists, Adventurers and Scientists to Present at 35th Annual Festival TELLURIDE – In addition to screening leading independent documentary films, Mountainfilm in Telluride is distinguished each year by the scope of its non-film presentations. World-renowned journalists, photographers and explorers, along with experts in such fields as foreign policy, environmental science and social justice, join […]
What Does the Community Want? What Can It Afford? TELLURIDE – Could it be that the Telluride region has struggled for years to upgrade the capacity of the Telluride Medical Clinic because there has been no consensus as to what the region’s future health care should provide? What level of care does the community […]
MONTROSE – A three-person jury will decide the fate of Dutch, the dog owned by Montrose resident Jeremiah Aguilar, who was sentenced to euthanization after attacking a woman last year. A two-day trial is set for May 16-17. During a hearing on Friday, March 22, attorneys representing the City of Montrose and Aguilar lobbied for […]