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This Year, Wine & Whiskers Is Twice as Nice

03/14/13 | By | More
This Year, Wine & Whiskers Is Twice as Nice

Annual SCHS Fundraiser Expands to Two-Night Format RIDGWAY – If there is a limit to Linsday Hepp’s patience, perhaps she’s just found it. “No, guys, it’s unzip your coat for three-four, and then take it off for five-six-seven-eight,” the six-months-pregnant choreographer hollers at the motley crew of male dancers she is attempting to instruct. “There’s […]

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Alpine Bank Announces Expansion

03/14/13 | By | More
Alpine Bank Announces Expansion

Alpine Banks of Colorado will expand to the Front Range this year, with new offices in lower downtown Denver. Thirty-year Alpine Bank veteran Norm Franke has been named regional president of the Front Range region; Franke opened the first Mesa County Alpine Bank location, 22 years ago.  Taking over as the bank’s Mesa County regional […]

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Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week

Editor: March 10-16 is Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide effort to call attention to transparency in government and freedom of information. It is a reminder to us about how important it is to make our voices heard all year long, not just on Election Day. We all have the right to know what our government […]

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Sheriff’s Work Crew: A Win-Win Program

Sheriff’s Work Crew: A Win-Win Program

Editor:  I was at Friendship Hall Friday morning to set up for our annual Gunnison Gorge Anglers’ Black Canyon Fly Fishing Expo. The G.G.A., a local branch of Trout Unlimited, is an outstanding group of folks – conservationists and fly fishing aficionados dedicated to the sport and particularly to getting kids involved. They are all-around […]

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For Ridgway Schools’ ‘Kefuffle,’ an ‘Easy, Democratic Solution’

For Ridgway Schools’ ‘Kefuffle,’ an ‘Easy, Democratic Solution’

Editor: I have followed the current kerfuffle concerning the Ridgway Secondary School, Ms. Gomez and Jim Bob Hobbs with no small amount of dismay. I can count on less than one hand the number of people I have ever met who possess the honesty, integrity, diligence and common sense of Mr. Hobbs. Ms. Gomez’s tenure […]

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Norwood Boys, Girls Play Quarterfinal State Tourney

03/14/13 | By | More
Norwood Boys, Girls Play Quarterfinal State Tourney

NORWOOD – The Norwood Mavericks are State Tournament bound, as both the boys and girls basketball teams join Colorado’s Elite Eight in the 1A State Championship quarterfinals Thursday. The Lady Mavs hope to continue their so-far winning season as the team heads onto the State Tournament court with an impressive 21-1 record – a record […]

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Duce Podiums at First World Cup

03/14/13 | By | More
Duce Podiums at First World Cup

OURAY – Fans were high-fiving in the street this week as they learned that Ouray native shredder Heidi Duce took third place in her first ever international World Cup event in adaptive snowboarding. Duce, who hopes to earn a berth at Sochi, Russia next year on the U.S. Women’s Paralympic Boardercross Team, made the long […]

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SAN MIGUEL COUNTY BRIEFS | Cagin Reappointed to Library Board of Trustees

03/14/13 | By | More
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY BRIEFS | Cagin Reappointed to Library Board of Trustees

TELLURIDE – Seth Cagin was re-appointed to the District 1 seat on the San Miguel Library Board of Trustees at the March 6 meeting of the San Miguel Board of County Commissioners. With Commissioner Art Goodtimes abstaining from the vote, commissioners Elaine Fischer and Joan May approved Cagin’s appointment to a four-year term on the […]

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With Telluride Council Assent, Transit Authority Proposal Chugs Toward Ballot

03/14/13 | By | More
With Telluride Council Assent, Transit Authority Proposal Chugs Toward Ballot

Telluride Voters Will Also Be Asked to Reconsider Use of the Pearl TELLURIDE – It appears more and more likely that Telluride’s electorate will be joining voters in neighboring jurisdictions in November to decide on the formation of a Regional Transit Authority, and the means by which to fund it.   The Telluride Town Council […]

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Work Session Shines Light On Camp Bird Road Conflict

03/14/13 | By | More
Work Session Shines Light On Camp Bird Road Conflict

OURAY COUNTY – If tension has been brewing these past few weeks over the issue of conflicting user groups on County Road 361(Camp Bird Road), one would never have known it from a work session on the matter, hosted by the Ouray County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, March 12. A diverse group of local […]

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A Community Celebrates a Life Cut Short

03/14/13 | By | More
A Community Celebrates a Life Cut Short

‘You Want a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral’ RIDGWAY – Standing behind a lectern flanked by family photos, a teddy bear, a poster featuring the letters of the alphabet swirling above the phrase “A is for Axel,” a Strider bike and just a few of the remote controls Axel Charrette was obsessed by, friends […]

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Zip Into History in Silverton This Summer

03/14/13 | By | More
Zip Into History in Silverton This Summer

SILVERTON – If all goes according to plan, thrill-seekers young and old will be flocking to Silverton this summer for a chance to fly along a totally unique, mile-long zip line course that blends history with high adventure. Durango-based zip line developer Cameron Winters is partnering with the San Juan County Historical Society to use […]

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R&R | Nu-Funk Crusaders Polyrhythmics Hit the Summit

03/14/13 | By | More
R&R | Nu-Funk Crusaders Polyrhythmics Hit the Summit

Afrobeat Meets Funk With Polyrhythmics in Durango  The hard-driving percussive essence of traditional Yoruba music, a derivative of technical Nigerian drum styles, meets the groovy hornscape of traditional funk with Seattle’s Polyrhythmics. Only three years into their existence, the band has already dropped two standout albums with Labrador and the self-titled Polyrhythmics. Both projects implement […]

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SMVC Receives Sketch PUD Approvals for Mill and Deep Creek Parcels

03/13/13 | By | More
SMVC Receives Sketch PUD Approvals for Mill and Deep Creek Parcels

TELLURIDE – At a hearing that was sparsely attended by members of the public, the San Miguel Valley Corporation cleared three major hurdles on Tuesday on conceptual proposals to develop two subdivisions on the north side of the Hwy. 145 Spur near Telluride. The San Miguel Board of County Commissioners unanimously granted SMVC approval of […]

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Bomb Squads’ Investigation Closes Colo. Hwy. 50

03/08/13 | By | More
Bomb Squads’ Investigation Closes Colo. Hwy. 50

Suspicious Object, Determined Not Explosive, Taken Into Custody  WESTERN SLOPE – Colorado Hwy. 50, from Montrose to Gunnison, was reopened at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, following a three-hour investigation that determined a suspicious object found near the highway was not explosive, but worth further investigation nonetheless. According to the Colorado State Patrol, on Thursday, […]

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OURAY BRIEFS | Private Pot Club Discussion Exposes Philosophical Rift

03/08/13 | By | More
OURAY BRIEFS | Private Pot Club Discussion Exposes Philosophical Rift

OURAY – A divided Ouray City Council has approved on second reading an ordinance declaring a temporary moratorium on private clubs for the consumption of marijuana within the City of Ouray. The ordinance goes into effect on April 6. Despite apparent lack of interest at the public level, with only one citizen – Dave Sullivan –  […]

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Anonymous Donation Launches Montrose Recreation Foundation

03/08/13 | By | More
Anonymous Donation Launches Montrose Recreation Foundation

Upping Scholarship Fund, Adding Facilities Top the Wish List MONTROSE – The defeat at the polls last year of a temporary Montrose sale tax increase, targeted to build a recreation center, has not dampened the enthusiasm of those who would “make Montrose a leading community in Colorado for recreational opportunities.” To that end, a new […]

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Ridgway Hydropower Project Coming Along

03/08/13 | By | More
Ridgway Hydropower Project Coming Along

Initial Construction, Permit Process on Schedule OURAY COUNTY – Hydropower generated at the Ridgway dam could be flowing into the grid by next winter. On the heels of a new Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment released Feb. 25 by the Bureau of Reclamation, Mike Berry came before the Ouray Board of County Commissioners Tuesday with an […]

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Services Saturday for Dawna O’Rourke in Grand Junction

03/08/13 | By | More
Services Saturday for Dawna O’Rourke in Grand Junction

TELLURIDE – A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, in Grand Junction, for Dawna O’Rourke, who died on Feb. 28, after a long illness. O’Rourke, 77, who grew up in Telluride, married Jerry O’Rourke in 1960. She is survived by him, and their children and grandchildren. […]

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A Community-Wide Call to Aid the Homeless

03/08/13 | By | More
A Community-Wide Call to Aid the Homeless

We’re talking about human beings here.’ MONTROSE – Homelessness in Montrose is real, and is affecting every socioeconomic group from children to the elderly. That was the synopsis of a study on the quality of life for a slice of Montrose’s homeless population, as revealed Tuesday during a community meeting where stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment […]

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Dr. Peter Hackett Steps Down from Telluride Medical Center

03/08/13 | By | More
Dr. Peter Hackett Steps Down from Telluride Medical Center

Mountain Medicine Pioneer Will Continue as Director of the Institute for Altitude Medicine  TELLURIDE – Dr. Peter Hackett, a member of the emergency care team at the Telluride Medical Center, has announced his retirement, which took effect on January 1.   Dr. Hackett will continue as the director of the Institute for Altitude Medicine at the […]

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Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities Put Students Ahead of the Pack

03/08/13 | By | More
Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities Put Students Ahead of the Pack

RIDGWAY – Six seniors file into an empty classroom at Ridgway High School, flop down at various tables and flip open their laptops and textbooks, ready to take copious notes on the topic of the day: states of consciousness.  They are taking General Psychology I, a concurrent enrollment class that will win them three college […]

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TSSC-trained Skiers Head to End-of-Season Championship Events

03/08/13 | By | More
TSSC-trained Skiers Head to End-of-Season Championship Events

Thanks to Strong Finishes Throughout the Season, TSSC-trained Skiers Head to End-of-Season Championship Events TELLURIDE – Local freestyle skiers closed their season on the North American Cup (NorAm) tour with a flourish last week, with mogul skiers again posting praiseworthy results at the series’ season finale event at Stratton Mountain, in Vermont. Four of Telluride’s […]

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RAISING ELLE | Sometimes, Mommy Isn’t Perfect

03/07/13 | By | More
RAISING ELLE | Sometimes, Mommy Isn’t Perfect

Little hands, reaching for the mixing bowl, grabbing for the flour, seizing the measuring spoons. Elle snatches an egg from the open carton. Wanting to beat her sister to the prize of cracking the egg into the pancake batter, she grabs too hastily. “Elle, please! Be…” The egg slips from her fingers, cracking on the […]

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‘Boundary Management Is a Complex Issue’

‘Boundary Management Is a Complex Issue’

Editor: I appreciate the attention to boundary management at the ski area and the recent article by Martinique Davis, but there was one statement I’d like to clarify. Upper Bear Creek. isn’t closed to the public.  We rescinded the closure order about three years ago.  However, I made a decision to remove three access points […]

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Is McCarthyism Making a Comeback?

Is McCarthyism Making a Comeback?

Editor: Is Joe McCarthy back again, looking for trolls in the woodpile?  Agenda 21 is not an international conspiracy. Neither are our public agencies irresponsible to the public interest or tools of despotism. Those who raise these issues are misguided by extremist propaganda or the fear factor. Agenda 21 is nothing more than a non-binding […]

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Telluride Film Festival Celebrates the Past, Looks to Future With New Venue

03/07/13 | By | More
Telluride Film Festival Celebrates the Past, Looks to Future With New Venue

TELLURIDE – The intimate setting in which the Telluride Film Festival has flourished over the past four decades is expanding just a little – by 650 seats, to be exact – just in time for the Festival’s 40th anniversary celebration, Aug. 29-Sept. 2.  Last week, TFF, along with the Town of Telluride, announced that Telluride’s […]

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Public Comment Period for Sage Grouse Designation Extended

03/07/13 | By | More
Public Comment Period for Sage Grouse Designation Extended

MONTROSE – Officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will extend the public comment period regarding listing the Gunnison sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Western Colorado Supervisor Patty Gelatt indicated on Wednesday that the federal agency would extend the comment period, scheduled to end March 12, by three […]

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Appeal Could Lead to New Trial for Dutch

03/07/13 | By | More
Appeal Could Lead to New Trial for Dutch

Owner Ignores Court Order to Surrender Dog for Violation of Vicious Animals Ordinance MONTROSE – The attorney for Jeremiah Aguilar, whose dog Dutch attacked a Montrose woman now facing more than $28,000 in medical bills, has appealed a court ruling that the dog must be euthanized.  Amy Ondos mailed an appeal to the Montrose Municipal […]

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Ridgway School Board Addresses Firing Flap

03/07/13 | By | More
Ridgway School Board Addresses Firing Flap

RIDGWAY – At a packed, emotional meeting in the Ridgway Elementary School Library, the district board of education on Monday night took no action in the rumored firing of Secondary School principal Jim Bob Hobbs. The board did decide to let the public vent about what had become a community-wide story. Most if not all […]

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Ouray Sheriff Speaks Out Against Gun Control

03/07/13 | By | More
Ouray Sheriff Speaks Out Against Gun Control

“I’m against most of what they are trying to do.” OURAY COUNTY – As debate roiled at the state capitol earlier this week on the issue of gun control, Ouray County Sheriff Dominic “Junior” Mattivi sought to illustrate why he is against a proposed ban on semiautomatic so-called assault rifles. In his office at the […]

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R&R | One-on-One With J.P. Miller Of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

03/07/13 | By | More
R&R | One-on-One With J.P. Miller Of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

Tyler Grant and Friends Rocked the Moon, Again  For a band that averages a show every three days in a given year, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band manages to maintain a pristine reputation for playing multi-faceted, high-energy funk on a consistent basis. When they aren’t navigating the country on their funk crusade the band […]

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UPDATED STORY: 2-Year-Old Axel Charrette Killed in Mexico

03/06/13 | By | More
UPDATED STORY: 2-Year-Old Axel Charrette Killed in Mexico

Officials Report Signs of Physical, Sexual Abuse RIDGWAY – Two-year-old Axel Charrette, the son of Randy and Jen Charrette of Ridgway, was killed in Sayulita, Mexico, on Thursday, Feb. 28.A former boyfriend of the 19-year-old woman who was watching the Charrettes’ two children has been arrested in the case.In a statement released Tuesday, signed by […]

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THS Girls and Boys Basketball Heads to Regionals

03/04/13 | By | More
THS Girls and Boys Basketball Heads to Regionals

TELLURIDE – The Telluride High School basketball teams have overcome their first post-season hurdle, as both the girls and boys teams triumphed over adversity at last weekend’s District tournament and are now Regional Tournament bound. Despite scoring lapses during which the Miners couldn’t seem to find a way to the basket, both boys and girls […]

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R&R | Two Nights With Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Conference Center

03/04/13 | By | More
R&R | Two Nights With Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Conference Center

TELLURIDE – The realization of a cancer diagnosis in 2011 had to be the most trying experience that bassist David Murphy ever faced. A gruesome tour schedules, impeccable work ethic, and flagshipping an entire resurgence in live electronic music most likely paled in comparison. The cancerous tumor in his sinus cavity would take surgeries, treatments, […]

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All Points Transit Seeks Public Input on Route Adjustments

02/28/13 | By | More
All Points Transit Seeks Public Input on Route Adjustments

Two Forums Scheduled for March 13 and 15 MONTROSE – As All Points Transit continues to grow to meet the needs of riders in Montrose and the surrounding region, the nonprofit transportation provider is seeking public input on how best to adjust its Montrose City Bus Routes, with surveys and two community forums scheduled for […]

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April Council Election Cancelled in Ridgway

02/28/13 | By | More
April Council Election Cancelled in Ridgway

RIDGWAY – Ridgway’s municipal elections, which were scheduled for April, have been cancelled, according to Town Clerk Pam Kraft. The reason for the vote was to elect members to four open council seats. But only four residents put in applications, and those four were the four incumbents: Ellen Hunter, Jim Kavanaugh, Mayor Pro Tem Eric […]

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Red Ball Express Rolls on March 10

02/28/13 | By | More
Red Ball Express Rolls on March 10

TELLURIDE – Every spring, a strange and exciting migration takes place in Telluride: one hundred giant red balls take flight down a snow-covered ski slope, jostling for gravity’s graces as they are released into the wild, spectators egging them on as they race towards the finish line. The event isn’t some creative ski town take […]

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‘Progress’ Is the Watchword as Hospice Gets New Center

02/28/13 | By | More
‘Progress’ Is the Watchword as Hospice Gets New Center

MONTROSE – The word “progress” – a noun that means to move forward or onward toward a destination – is usually followed with a smile when used by Nancy Hoganson to describe the goals for Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado in 2013. Hoganson, who joined Hospice in 2005 and serves as its director of […]

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Montrose Schools Need Cash Fast

02/28/13 | By | More
Montrose Schools Need Cash Fast

Student Achievement Trending Downward as Race to Compete Heats Up MONTROSE – Improving student achievement, now trending downward in relation to both state and neighboring districts, is the number one priority, with teacher recruitment and retention coming in second according to a comprehensive report compiled by the Montrose Community School Improvement Team. The results of […]

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Mack’s, a New Family Entertainment/Sports Center, Opens March 1

02/28/13 | By | More
Mack’s, a New Family Entertainment/Sports Center, Opens March 1

MONTROSE – Beginning in March, the vast expanse of space located within 1865 East Main Street in Montrose will be full of the sound of children’s laughter, when a new family entertainment and learning center opens its doors. Montrose residents Amanda and Chris Nokes will open Mack’s Family Entertainment and Sports Center, a 9,200 square-foot […]

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9th Annual CoolScupt Thursday-Sunday

02/28/13 | By | More
9th Annual CoolScupt Thursday-Sunday

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Ninth Annual CoolSculpt event takes place from Thursday, Feb. 28- Sunday, March 3 (rescheduled from the Martin Luther King Jr. January weekend) and with two new sculpting locations, at the Oak Street Gondola Plaza, in Telluride, and the Town Hall Plaza, in Mountain Village (next to The Mountain Market).  The event […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Is Lift 8 for Town Access to the Mountain, or Just a Cudgel?

02/28/13 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Is Lift 8 for Town Access to the Mountain, or Just a Cudgel?

Once again, I got skunked out on getting up the mountain on lift 8 (Oak St.). It was 11:05 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, my date was late and lift 8 closed at 11, so it’s up the Gondola and the quarter-mile plus pole and skate over to Lower Lookout to get to lift 9 […]

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The Things Mr. Horning Could Do…

The Things Mr. Horning Could Do…

Editor: Telski CEO Chuck Horning’s current yammering about economic “sustainability” is impossible for me to understand. As one might expect from a real estate developer – by definition one who works to drive up the sale price of property – I believe he simply uses the word sustainability, with its fuzzy feel, in place of “profitability.” […]

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Support Last-Ever Daffodil Days

Support Last-Ever Daffodil Days

Editor: The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2013. Thank you for all you have done for Daffodil Days. There have been many volunteers and supporters that have made Daffodil Days such as important part of the American Cancer Society’s history over the last 40 years and in the Telluride region over […]

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Is ‘Government’ Eroding the American Way of Life?

Is ‘Government’ Eroding the American Way of Life?

Editor: The Montrose County Commissioners approved a resolution to reject the UN’s Agenda 21.  They feel it involves ‘government regulations that go too far and are prohibiting viable uses of public lands in the region.’  In other words it is contrary to ‘our American way of life’ and results in the elimination of our ‘rights […]

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TELLURIDE BRIEFS | Town of Telluride Shines Light on Successful Energy Efficiency Measures

02/28/13 | By | More
TELLURIDE BRIEFS | Town of Telluride Shines Light on Successful Energy Efficiency Measures

TELLURIDE – It’s been a full decade since the Town of Telluride put itself on an energy diet with the goal of slimming down its carbon footprint. Over the years, it has been something of a yo-yo effort. But now, thanks to a winning strategy of diet and exercise (energy efficiency measures and investment in […]

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Uncompahgre Valley Marijuana Could Be a Growing Enterprise

02/28/13 | By | More
Uncompahgre Valley Marijuana Could Be a Growing Enterprise

OURAY COUNTY – Grand Mesa Growers is poised to expand its medical marijuana grow facility south of Ridgway to accommodate what it predicts will be a huge surge in recreational demand for its product next year with the full implementation of Amendment 64. Owner Chris Sanchez and his team appeared before the Ouray Board of […]

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No Barriers USA Hosts 2013 Summit in Mountain Village Aug. 8-11

02/28/13 | By | More
No Barriers USA Hosts 2013 Summit in Mountain Village Aug. 8-11

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – Telluride and Mountain Village will welcome hundreds of assistive technology pioneers this summer, when No Barriers USA, an organization committed to exploring what’s possible in adaptive adventure, hosts its summer 2013 summit August 8-11. The four-day outdoor event embraces the philosophy that the human spirit is powerful enough to surpass any barriers […]

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Telluride Blues & Brews Tickets on Sale Friday, March 1

02/28/13 | By | More
Telluride Blues & Brews Tickets on Sale Friday, March 1

TELLURIDE – Tickets for the 20th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, celebrating  its 20th Anniversary September 13-15, go on sale Friday, March 1. Organizers say this year’s festival will offer an eclectic mix of blues, funk, rock, indie, jam band, gospel and soul performances, and samplings from some of the best microbreweries in the […]

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First Friday Stroll: Going Green

02/28/13 | By | More
First Friday Stroll: Going Green

MONTROSE – The theme for March’s First Friday Stroll is ‘Going Green.’ Cynical readers might suspect that, even though March is the month of St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns and All Things Green (including tinted beer, of course) the real green the merchants who came up with this green theme were thinking about was the color of money. […]

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Tension Mounts Between Miners and Climbers on the Camp Bird Road


02/28/13 | By | More
Tension Mounts Between Miners and Climbers on the Camp Bird Road


OURAY – Ice climbers and local guides were shocked and angered last weekend when they came across a sign that appeared to ban them from accessing a favorite backcountry climbing area alongside the Camp Bird Road. The sign, placed by County Road and Bridge Superintendent Chris Miller, states that no rock or ice climbing is […]

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TSSC Freestyle Shines in Regional, National and International Competitions

02/28/13 | By | More
TSSC Freestyle Shines in Regional, National and International Competitions

TELLURIDE – Telluride has gained a reputation as a great destination for world-class skiing, and following recent performances from local athletes, there is no doubting that the town is also known for breeding some world-class skiers. Last week, Telluride-raised mogul skiers smoked their competition on the regional, national, and international levels, proving that this ski […]

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In the Thick of Public Comment, No Decision on Visual Impact Regs.

02/28/13 | By | More
In the Thick of Public Comment, No Decision on Visual Impact Regs.

Tuesday’s Hearing Continued as Community Remains Divided RIDGWAY – After more than three years of work on an issue that has sharply divided Ouray County residents, the three hours slated for Tuesday evening’s public hearing at the 4-H Event Center were not enough for the County Planning Commission to find consensus on proposed visual impact […]

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FLORADORA SALOON

02/28/13 | By | More
FLORADORA SALOON

103 W. Colorado Ave. in Telluride, 970/728-8884   In the heart of Telluride, only a few establishments evoke the days of Telluride’s rich mining history. With its classic mining town main street exterior, rustic Western bar and rich wood-paneled walls, the Floradora Saloon does just that. Inside, it’s easy to imagine an old prospector bellying […]

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ELEVATED | The Natural World in Jewelry and Oil Painting – Plus Pub Night

02/28/13 | By | More
ELEVATED | The Natural World in Jewelry and Oil Painting – Plus Pub Night

In Telluride: Silversmith Jennifer Dewey at Ah Haa The Ah Haa School opened a new jewelry studio this winter, and silversmith Jennifer Dewey heads it up. Dewey is a Telluride local, but not a Colorado native. “I spent my childhood in Wisconsin,” she said, “and I have a great affection for oak trees and acorns.” […]

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Court Appeal Keeps Vet’s Dog Dutch Alive

02/28/13 | By | More
Court Appeal Keeps Vet’s Dog Dutch Alive

MONTROSE — The attorney for Jeremiah Aguilar, the U.S. Army Veteran whose dog Dutch was sentenced to euthanasia Feb. 14 for attacking a Montrose woman last November, has mailed in a formal appeal to the Montrose Municipal Court, according records requested by The Watch on Wednesday. Aguilar’s appeal arrived Tuesday, according to the Montrose municipal clerk, […]

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R&R | Growing A Sound: Grant Farm Brings Country-Disco Rock to the Moon Again

02/27/13 | By | More
R&R | Growing A Sound: Grant Farm Brings Country-Disco Rock to the Moon Again

Matt Haslett and All The Pretty Horses Double Billed at the Sherbino Theater Coming to us with a reputation that speaks of national flatpicking champion titles won and being a member of the famed Emmitt-Nershi Band is what brought guitarist Tyler Grant to a place in music where he could start doing his own thing. […]

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival Brings Big Names on Board

02/27/13 | By | More
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Brings Big Names on Board

TELLURIDE – The rumors have been flying for weeks now, but Planet Bluegrass has finally dropped the big headliner announcement for the 40th Anniversary of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Thursday night the album sales record breakers and Grammy award winning folk rockers Mumford and Sons will headline, with Greensky Bluegrass and The Milk Carton Kids also […]

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Charles Francis “Chuck” Lindauer | 1953 – 2013

02/21/13 | By | More
Charles Francis “Chuck” Lindauer | 1953 – 2013

“Chuck” Lindauer was a friend to many of us. In thinking back about our friend, I can’t help but smile. What a blessing to be able to laugh all the time and our friend Chuck could laugh. Chuck could laugh in times of hardship or in times of joy. He could laugh at problems and […]

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TELLURIDE BRIEFS | Council Seeks to Discourage Bear Raids Through Steeper Fines

02/21/13 | By | More
TELLURIDE BRIEFS | Council Seeks to Discourage Bear Raids Through Steeper Fines

TELLURIDE – Last summer, Telluride was invaded by hungry bears. Bears breaking into homes and garages, bears clawing their way into cars to get at groceries carelessly left inside, and most common of all, bears cruising the alleyways and raiding unsecured garbage cans throughout nearly every neighborhood in town. Wildlife experts believe spring and early-summer […]

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State Doles Out Grant Funding to Regional Airports

02/21/13 | By | More
State Doles Out Grant Funding to Regional Airports

MJT, TEX Receive Funds for More Infrastructure Upgrades WESTERN SAN JUANS – Both Telluride and Montrose regional airports are among 44 Colorado airports to receive grant funding from state aviation fuel tax revenues, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Friday, that will be used for ongoing infrastructure upgrades. The Telluride Regional Airport slated to receive $69,457 […]

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RIDGWAY BRIEFS | Heritage Days/Ranch Rodeo Planned for June

02/21/13 | By | More
RIDGWAY BRIEFS | Heritage Days/Ranch Rodeo Planned for June

RIDGWAY – Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce member Gale Ingram introduced town council on Wednesday to a new event scheduled for June. “It’s called Heritage Days and Ranch Rodeo,” Ingram said. On Saturday, June 15, organizers are planning a parade down Sherman Street (Hwy 62), though they don’t yet have the go-ahead from CDOT. Ingram […]

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MONTROSE BRIEFS | Council Welcomes New City Attorney

02/21/13 | By | More
MONTROSE BRIEFS | Council Welcomes New City Attorney

MONTROSE – Members of the Montrose City Council agreed Tuesday evening to hire Stephen P. Alcorn as the city’s new attorney with his tenure set to begin on March 11. Earning salary of $103,000, Alcorn, 46, takes over for Russ Duree following his 10 years of service at the City of Montrose. Alcorn, who was […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Ecoaction, Wilkinson Bring Kenny Ausubel to Telluride

02/21/13 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Ecoaction, Wilkinson Bring Kenny Ausubel to Telluride

We at EcoAction Partners are so excited to be partnering with the Wilkinson Public Library to bring a true visionary to town, Thursday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 22: Kenny Ausubel is a real mover and shaker – and co-founder of the Bioneers. If you don’t know Bioneers, you should! The original name came from […]

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Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas Screens Two Documentaries Set in Nepal

02/21/13 | By | More
Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas Screens Two Documentaries Set in Nepal

MONTROSE – Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas hosts a very short annual meeting Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Aquatic Center meeting room, 25 Colorado Ave., in Montrose, at 2 p.m. The meeting will be followed by the screening of a family-friendly double feature with free admission, of two award winning documentaries, both set in […]

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Old Rivals: Ridgway Tops Ouray at Homecoming

02/21/13 | By | More
Old Rivals: Ridgway Tops Ouray at Homecoming

Age-Old High School Traditions On Display in Demon Gym RIDGWAY – Neither county rival, the Ouray Trojans nor the Ridgway Demons, is having a particularly good year on the basketball floor. But that doesn’t mean games between the two, both boys and girls games, aren’t fiercely felt and hard fought. Especially on Homecoming night, where […]

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THS Miners Basketball on a Roll

02/21/13 | By | More
THS Miners Basketball on a Roll

TELLURIDE – The Telluride High School boys’ basketball team is on the up-and-up, ranked second in the league following a blazing  four-game recent winning streak. Over the weekend, the THS Miners brought down the house with two big wins over rivals Nucla and Ignacio, coming out way ahead of the Nucla Mustangs in their 80-33 […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Let’s Talk About Guns

02/21/13 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Let’s Talk About Guns

This week, the House Judiciary Committee heard two measures, which I ultimately supported, that have generated more unilateral messaging than any other issue to date since my election. Overwhelmingly, my constituents and many others have been distressed about my votes in favor of expanded background check for firearms and magazine limitations.  When I say we […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Mick Fleetwood’s $35,274.81 ‘Hog Burger,’ Maui and the Telluride Connection

02/21/13 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Mick Fleetwood’s $35,274.81 ‘Hog Burger,’ Maui and the Telluride Connection

Islands. I love them.  Whether they are surrounded by a vast ocean or hidden in a landlocked valley encircled by mountain peaks, I’m the most content when I feel away from the mass mess of city life.  My retreats of choice, along with a part of my soul, belong to the islands of Telluride and […]

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Colorado Boy Pizzeria Coming to Downtown Montrose

02/21/13 | By | More
Colorado Boy Pizzeria Coming to Downtown Montrose

Emphasis Will Be on Handmade Pizzas, Baked Fast MONTROSE – Cold, locally brewed beer and freshly baked Neapolitan-style pizzas will have a home together in downtown Montrose when Sandy and Tom Hennessey open the doors to their Colorado Boy Pizzeria. The new watering hole/eaterywill be located in the space at 320 E. Main Street, the […]

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‘Put Family First and the Violence Will Dissipate’

‘Put Family First and the Violence Will Dissipate’

Editor: The rantings and ravings from the right go on with no sound basis for the blather. Socialism?   Sharing the wealth?  They perseverate on the idea that 50 percent of the working class do not pay taxes.  According to Citizens for Tax Justice twenty-six major corporations paid no federal income tax between 2008 and […]

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Commissioners, Hospital Trustees Still at Odds Over Lease

02/21/13 | By | More
Commissioners, Hospital Trustees Still at Odds Over Lease

Montrose Commissioners, 2-1, Direct Hospital Trustees to Draft New Lease MONTROSE – The latest point of contention between the Montrose Board of County Commissioners and some members of the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees came on Tuesday when the commissioners, in a 2-1 vote, directed the trustees to bring a new office space lease […]

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OURAY BRIEFS | Ouray Wades Into Pool Improvement Project

02/21/13 | By | More
OURAY BRIEFS | Ouray Wades Into Pool Improvement Project

OURAY – The City of Ouray will soon be cutting a check for up to $20,000 to the Grand Junction-based engineering firm SGM to gather and crunch data about the Ouray Hot Springs Pool’s hot springs delivery system. SGM, a highly regarded firm in the geothermal field, will be tasked with quantifying the amount of […]

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Creative District Launch Party Coming March 1 to Sherbino

02/21/13 | By | More
Creative District Launch Party Coming March 1 to Sherbino

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Creative District is throwing itself a “coming out party.” “Is that the same thing as a debutante ball?” asked RCD board member and creative massage therapist Red Bear Taylor, tongue firmly in cheek. Not exactly, said fellow board member Jan Kudek, a fiber artist recently moved to Log Hill from Denver. […]

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House Unanimously Passes Small Hydro Legislation

02/21/13 | By | More
House Unanimously Passes Small Hydro Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act gushed past an important milestone last Wednesday, Feb. 13 when the U.S. House of Representatives approved its passage by a vote of 422-0.The bipartisan legislation seeks to streamline the federal licensing requirements for small hydro projects across the U.S. Local supporters of the bill hailed its passage. […]

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Tenth Annual Telluride Gay Ski Week Starts Friday

02/21/13 | By | More
Tenth Annual Telluride Gay Ski Week Starts Friday

TELLURIDE – “Telluride” is the operative word in Telluride Gay Ski Week, the ski- hard, party-hearty event that comes to town every year on the heels of Presidents’ Day weekend, said event co-founder John McGill. Staffers in the Telluride Ski and Golf Co.  marketing department first approached McGill and his StraightOut Media & Marketing business […]

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Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

02/21/13 | By | More
Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

TELLURIDE – Ride Music Festival promoter Todd Creel has announced that the second rendition of the annual event will be headlined by famed Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. Switching dates from their late August slot to July 13-14 this year, The Ride will bring back Big Head Todd and The Monsters, while adding Cake, Son […]

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Bear Creek Proposal Has Not Yet Been Submitted

02/21/13 | By | More
Bear Creek Proposal Has Not Yet Been Submitted

TELLURIDE – As of Monday, the U.S. Forest Service Norwood Ranger District’s office has not yet received any formal Bear Creek ski area proposal by potential developers Tom Chapman or Ron Curry. “We gave him information on how to apply, but he hasn’t yet provided a formal proposal,” Norwood District Ranger Judy Schutza stated in […]

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Out-Of-Bounds: Boundary Management in the Avalanche-Prone San Juans

02/21/13 | By | More
Out-Of-Bounds: Boundary Management in the Avalanche-Prone San Juans

TELLURIDE – In just a few weeks, snow conditions around Telluride have transformed from mediocre to marvelous. But with the nearly four feet of snow that has blanketed the slopes since late January has also come an upsurge in ski area boundary violations, from riders chomping at the bit to cut fresh lines. Since snow […]

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The Fate of a Montrose Dog, Sentenced to Be Put Down, Goes Viral

02/21/13 | By | More
The Fate of a Montrose Dog, Sentenced to Be Put Down, Goes Viral

‘Dutch Is Not What They Say He Is’ MONTROSE – Pleas to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for a pardon, a petition to the White House for intervention and a reinvigorated social media response were just some of the efforts launched on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the hours following Montrose Municipal Court Judge Richard Brown’s order […]

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Student Fashion Show Now a Vital TAB Tradition

02/21/13 | By | More
Student Fashion Show Now a Vital TAB Tradition

TELLURIDE – “Instead of fearing, we should be understanding; instead of avoiding, we should be helping.” – Tellluride Aids Benefit Student Fashion Show educational video. Telluride’s paramount fashion extravaganza and annual workhorse for HIV/AIDS education and funding, launches into its more than week-long schedule of events this evening with the TAB Student Fashion Show. The […]

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ELEVATED | Sexton, Seryn, Childs and the Dude

02/21/13 | By | More
ELEVATED | Sexton, Seryn, Childs and the Dude

Sexton and Seryn at the Sheridan   A friend left his marriage last month. He went outside, and built a big bonfire in the backyard of the house he’d lived in with his family for more than 23 years. It was the eve of his 50th birthday, and after tonight, he knew he would probably […]

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R&R | The Sheridan Offers Two Helpings of Leftover Salmon

02/21/13 | By | More
R&R | The Sheridan Offers Two Helpings of Leftover Salmon

Leftover Salmon Doubles Up at the Sheridan  Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt have more in common than a celebrated music project that dismembers the optimum pieces of mountain bluegrass and cajun rock: they take pride in doing it twice as hard as any other band in their lane. Nearly half a century into their upstream […]

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New Hope For the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act?

02/15/13 | By | More
New Hope For the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act?

WESTERN SAN JUANS – Wilderness supporters across the region on Thursday applauded Sen. Mark Udall’s reintroduction of the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Bill, piece of grassroots legislation that would federally preserve a patchwork of public lands in southwestern Colorado. “Colorado’s scenic mountains and open spaces create jobs and form the very foundation of our thriving […]

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Judge Rules Death for Dutch

02/14/13 | By | More
Judge Rules Death for Dutch

‘If This Was a Child, We Would Be Dealing With Death,’ He Declares  MONTROSE – Montrose Municipal Court Judge Richard Brown, saying he was “not willing to take the risk” of letting Dutch, the 107-pound American Allaunt canine accused of severely biting a Montrose woman multiple times last year, live to bite again, upheld a […]

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‘What Else? What Next? What More? What Deeper? What Hidden?’

02/14/13 | By | More
‘What Else? What Next? What More? What Deeper? What Hidden?’

Two Weehawken Writing Workshops to Unlock the Wild Spirit OURAY AND RIDGWAY – Weehawken Creative Arts is offering two very different but potentially equally inspiring writing workshops in the coming weeks. The first is being taught by Ouray poet Beth Paulson in just a single morning, for three hours, on Saturday, Feb. 23. The second, […]

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New Tearoom/Essential Oil Bar/Gift Shop on Main Street

02/14/13 | By | More
New Tearoom/Essential Oil Bar/Gift Shop on Main Street

TELLURIDE – Sensory indulgence has found a home in Telluride, with the opening of T Love, a tea shop, essential oil bar, and emporium of olfactory delights, located on Colorado Avenue’s west end. Vivid green walls peppered with stained glass and other art set the mood in this cozy Main Street space, where incomers are […]

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X Marks Tthe Spot

02/14/13 | By | More
X Marks Tthe Spot

TEDxTellurideLive Celebrates Ideas Worth Having TELLURIDE – Variously described as “the ultimate brain spa”, a “cocktail party without alcohol” and “a journey into the future, in the company of those creating it,” the annual four-day TED conference in Long Beach, Calif. assembles the world’s leading thinkers and doers and asks them to give the talk […]

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CCAASE Dishes Out Dollars for Arts, Events and Nonprofits

02/14/13 | By | More
CCAASE Dishes Out Dollars for Arts, Events and Nonprofits

TELLURIDE – The Commission for Community Assistance, Arts and Special Events has once again done its magic, deciding how to divvy up almost a quarter million dollars of town funds among local events, arts organizations and regional nonprofits for the coming year.  As usual, there were winners and losers in the process, with some organizations […]

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Hoggle Goggle Wins Venture Accelerator New Business Grant

02/14/13 | By | More
Hoggle Goggle Wins Venture Accelerator New Business Grant

TELLURIDE – The idea, says founder Lara Young, was simple: create a protective ski goggle cover, one that would be integrated into the goggle system, so that skiers would always have quick and easy access, but could also avoid scratching yet another pair of expensive eyewear. The concept took root after the 20-year Telluride resident, […]

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Sherbino Sundays Kicks Off a New Film Series

02/14/13 | By | More
Sherbino Sundays Kicks Off a New Film Series

Animals Fill the Screen this Sunday, Feb. 17 RIDGWAY – The movie matinee is back. Ridgway’s Sherbino Theater is inaugurating a movie series called Sherbino Sundays, beginning Sunday,Feb. 17, with free films for all ages. Sherbino film committee member Ellen Shelton hopes the 3-4:30 p.m. time slot on Sundays will be a good one: “We […]

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Application Deadline for Library Trustee Seat Extended

02/14/13 | By | More
Application Deadline for Library Trustee Seat Extended

Commissioners Have Received Two Applications So Far TELLURIDE – The San Miguel County Commissioners announced on Wednesday, Feb. 6, that they have extended the application deadline to Feb. 27 for anyone interested in filling a vacancy on the San Miguel Library District Board of Trustees. The commissioners were scheduled to make an appointment at their […]

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County, City May Cooperate on Future Road and Bridge Projects

02/14/13 | By | More
County, City May Cooperate on Future Road and Bridge Projects

MONTROSE – When possible, the City of Montrose and Montrose County plan to work together on future road and bridge infrastructure projects, possibly sharing resources and equipment, to benefit taxpayers. That was the general consensus reached at a joint Montrose City Council and Montrose County Commissioner meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 7, in Montrose. “It […]

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Acme Healing Centers Opens MMJ Dispensary in Ridgway

02/14/13 | By | More
Acme Healing Centers Opens MMJ Dispensary in Ridgway

Company Poised to Expand in Wake of Amendment 64 RIDGWAY – The sign for the new medical marijuana dispensary is discreet bordering on bland – no giant psychedelic pot fronds or trippy new age logos clamoring to catch the attention of motorists whizzing by. Just a plain green cross (the universal symbol for medical marijuana) […]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS | Telluride Vision Comes to Main Street

02/14/13 | By | More
BUSINESS BRIEFS | Telluride Vision Comes to Main Street

TELLURIDE – Dr. Suzanne M. Hazen’s new Optometry Office, Telluride Vision, providing comprehensive eye care to individuals of all ages, on the second floor of the New San Juan Building at 220 E. Colorado Ave. Suite 210.  Hazen, a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder who received her Doctorate from the Southern California […]

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ROCC Honors Pat Willits as Outstanding Citizen for 2013

02/14/13 | By | More
ROCC Honors Pat Willits as Outstanding Citizen for 2013

OURAY COUNTY – Conservationist, bartender, DJ and longtime Ridgway Mayor Pat Willits will receive the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council’s 2013 Outstanding Citizen Award, the ROCC Awards Committee announced this week. Willits will be honored at ROCC’s annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Ouray Community Center. ROCC created the Outstanding Citizen […]

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Telluride Comedy Fest at the Opera House

02/14/13 | By | More
Telluride Comedy Fest at the Opera House

TELLURIDE – “It’s a joyous occasion,” said Telluride Comedy Fest Promoter Jeb Berrier, of the four-night Presidents Weekend festival, now in its 14th year at the Sheridan Opera House, with a host of regulars including Rob Corddry, Jason Mantzoukas, Seth Morris, Scot Armstrong, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer.  “It’s kind of nice to see these […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Linking Telluride and Tibet

02/14/13 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Linking Telluride and Tibet

Judging from the number of prayer flags, the interest in yoga and dharma talks, the emphasis on films on Tibet at Mountainfilm, there definitely exists a mountain-to-mountain affiliation between Telluride and Tibet. A few years ago, Town Council even voted unanimously to try to enter into a sister city relationship with Gyantse, a town in […]

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Montrose as a College Town?

02/14/13 | By | More
Montrose as a College Town?

The Dream of a Bigger CMU Montrose Gains Momentum MONTROSE – Imagine downtown Montrose filled with college students who live and attend classes nearby. That vision of Montrose as Colorado’s next college town is gaining traction as officials at Colorado Mesa University work with local governments to envision a bigger Montrose campus integrated into the […]

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R&R | Tim O’Brien Goes Solo at the Sheridan Opera House

02/14/13 | By | More
R&R | Tim O’Brien Goes Solo at the Sheridan Opera House

The Bean Brings Two Shows to Telluride Intimate Solo Acoustic Performance With Tim O’Brien at Sheridan Opera House Where would the Colorado music scene be without the eccentric innovators that flocked from across the country to instigate a profound bluegrass and folk movement in the Front Range decades ago? Even before bands like Hot Rize, […]

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TSSC’s Tully Places First, in Fastest Run of the Day, at Saturday NorAms

02/14/13 | By | More
TSSC’s Tully Places First, in Fastest Run of the Day, at Saturday NorAms

McCargo Wins Bronze Saturday   TELLURIDE – Visiting and local mogul skiers blasted a powdery Hermit mogul course last weekend, tearing up the “hero” snow and slicing through sometimes white-out conditions during the second annual Telluride NorAm mogul competition. Rising above the already lofty field of international competitors were a handful of Telluride Ski and […]

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ELEVATED | Films With Music, Films About Music, and Modern Dance

02/14/13 | By | More
ELEVATED | Films With Music, Films About Music, and Modern Dance

In Telluride: Hot Club of San Francisco The virtuoso guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt grew up in Belgian gypsy camps, and the gypsy influence never left him. He wasn’t the most reliable performer – he would occasionally miss a performance to take a walk by the beach, or to stay in bed all day – but […]

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7-Year-Old Airlifted After Ski Accident Condition ‘Improved’

02/14/13 | By | More
7-Year-Old Airlifted After Ski Accident Condition ‘Improved’

TELLURIDE – A 7-year-old boy was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital last week after sustaining serious head injuries on Thursday, Feb. 7. The boy, who was skiing down See Forever with his father, veered off onto Woozley’s Way, whereupon he lost control and hit a tree. He was wearing a  helmet. According to Telluride Ski […]

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UPDATED: Judge Rules Vicious Dog Must Be Euthanized

02/14/13 | By | More
UPDATED: Judge Rules Vicious Dog Must Be Euthanized

MONTROSE – Judge Richard Brown ruled that Dutch, a 107-pound American Allaunt canine accused of biting a Montrose woman multiple times last year, must be euthanized. The ruling came at a hearing on Thursday morning. Brown also ruled that the Dutch’s owner, Jeremiah Aguilar, must pay a $500 fine, $1,000 in restitution and serve two days of jail time. […]

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Montrose Leaders Fear That Federal and Global Government Is Eroding the American Way of Life

02/14/13 | By | More
Montrose Leaders Fear That Federal and Global Government Is Eroding the American Way of Life

MONTROSE – Leaders in Montrose, including the Montrose County Commissioners and the Montrose City Council, aim to put their foot down to stop “overreaching” government regulation stemming from environmental and sustainable development movements that they say are eroding the American way of life. That notion was the subject of a lengthy joint work session between […]

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Watershed Group and Mining Company Partner on Proposed Reclamation Project

02/14/13 | By | More
Watershed Group and Mining Company Partner on Proposed Reclamation Project

OURAY – Caldera Mineral Resources LLC and the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership have formed an unlikely alliance with the goal of improving water quality at three abandoned mine sites near Ouray. Caldera, the new operator of the Camp Bird Mine, has pledged $50,000 in cash and in-kind services in support of UWP’s efforts to win a […]

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TAR’s First Time Home Buyer’s Program Remains Healthy, Celebrating 10

TAR’s First Time Home Buyer’s Program Remains Healthy, Celebrating 10

Editor: One of the shining moments in a Telluride local’s life, other than epic powder days and an incredible lineup at Bluegrass, is when the opportunity to purchase a home in the region becomes a reality. Fortunately, those moments happen rather frequently on account of help and support from the Telluride Association of REALTORS® (TAR) […]

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Know Your Legislators

Know Your Legislators

Editor:  The 2013 Colorado legislature session runs from January 9 to May 8 and if you have an opinion, now is a good time to let your state representative or senator know.  If you want to know what they are thinking about, www.leg.state.co.us is the place to find out.  The home page has excellent links […]

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Gourmet Delights at Over the Moon

02/08/13 | By | More
Gourmet Delights at Over the Moon

Finally, a Cheese Shop (And Then Some!) for Telluride Gourmands TELLURIDE – “This must be a summer batch,” Over the Moon co-owner Maura Coulter says from behind a counter lined with shiny tins of Sicilian olive oil and baskets brimming with Lavazza coffee and handmade Italian pastas.  She cuts a thin slice of the Tomme […]

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Telluride’s First Paramedic Jill Masters Retires

02/08/13 | By | More
Telluride’s First Paramedic Jill Masters Retires

Coworkers Remember Her Pioneering 25 Years of Service TELLURIDE – The beep of a pager trills in the night, setting into motion the community’s emergency response system. Responders abandon their beds, venturing out in all weather and conditions, to come to the rescue of someone in need. None in the Telluride community know this routine […]

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Mountainfilm Announces Climate Solutions as Symposium Theme for 2013

02/08/13 | By | More
Mountainfilm Announces Climate Solutions as Symposium Theme for 2013

TELLURIDE – Record hot temperatures were recorded around the world in 2012, evidence of a planet that is heating up even more rapidly than expected by scientists. Against the backdrop of this disturbing news, Mountainfilm in Telluride will offer real hope by focusing its 2013 Moving Mountains Symposium on the key issue of climate solutions. […]

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Telluride Council Endorses EPA Clean Air Enforcement

02/08/13 | By | More
Telluride  Council Endorses EPA Clean Air Enforcement

TELLURIDE – The Telluride Town Council upheld its commitment to green energy last week, sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supporting its recent decision to control emissions from the massive Four Corners Power Plant, and finalizing a deal to invest in a local solar farm. The letter, inked by Mayor Stu Fraser […]

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Fuel Tanker Crashes, Ruptures on Highway 141

02/08/13 | By | More
Fuel Tanker Crashes, Ruptures on Highway 141

GATEWAY – Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists and wildlife managers assessing the damage to aquatic wildlife following a Jan. 25 tanker accident on Highway 141 in West Creek near Gateway have recovered a large number of dead fish, including brown and rainbow trout, sculpin and crayfish. Officials with the Grand Junction Fire Department say the […]

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Revenue-Virginius Mine Poised to Enter Production Phase

02/08/13 | By | More
Revenue-Virginius Mine Poised to Enter Production Phase

OURAY – Star Mine Operations reached a major milestone in its efforts to revive the Revenue-Virginius Mine last month when the Colorado Department of Reclamation, Mining and Safety approved with conditions a mine permit application for the operation.  Star Mine acquired the property through a lease purchase in late 2011, and has been working since […]

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RAISING ELLE | A 5-Year-Old’s First Big Away-From-Home Playdate

02/08/13 | By | More
RAISING ELLE | A 5-Year-Old’s  First Big Away-From-Home Playdate

Packing Elle’s lunchbox, I waver, a pink, princess-covered water bottle in my hand. Is this going to be cool, or not? I wonder, attempting to transplant my 33-year-old brain into the psyche of a 5-year-old girl. Cool, I decide, shoving it in and zipping the lunchbox up tight. What is definitely not cool is the […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Report From Telluride School Board

02/08/13 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Report From Telluride School Board

As the newly seated president of the Telluride school board, I want to thank my fellow board members for their confidence and trust in electing me and I want to provide the wider community with an update regarding some important school issues. Three areas that you may have heard about, or are concerned about, involve […]

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Bootdoctors of Taos and Telluride Win Skiing Business Award

02/08/13 | By | More
Bootdoctors of Taos and Telluride Win Skiing Business Award

DENVER – The Bootdoctors of Taos and Telluride were voted Top Stores with “Most Knowledgeable Staff” in the U.S. by Skiing Business Magazine at its 2013 annual Skiing Business Awards on Jan. 31, in Denver, held in conjunction with the Snow Industries Association Trade Show. The Bootdoctors were finalists in the categories of “Best Bootfitting,” […]

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Ayurvedic Counselor Brianne Beauregard Covers Mind, Body and Spirit

02/08/13 | By | More
Ayurvedic Counselor Brianne Beauregard Covers Mind, Body and Spirit

TELLURIDE – “I’ve always wanted to help people heal,” says Brianne Beauregard, Ayurvedic counselor, holistic nutritionist and holistic esthetician, a steaming cup of chai tea clasped between her hands. In Beauregard’s Lawson Hill home, which doubles as her office, clients are engulfed by the body- and mind-soothing tools of her trade: all-organic, custom-blended Ayurvedic oils,; […]

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Firearms, Mental Health, Moral Decline: Montrose Talks Gun Control

02/08/13 | By | More
Firearms, Mental Health, Moral Decline: Montrose Talks Gun Control

School Safety Is Paramount, Says Sheriff MONTROSE – Gun violence, particularly as it relates to school safety, was the advertised topic last Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Heidi’s Deli forum and both guest speakers Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap and Montrose Police Chief Tom Chin offered some possible solutions other than new gun control measures. […]

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Forest Service to Begin Drafting New Water Rights Policy

02/08/13 | By | More
Forest Service to Begin Drafting New Water Rights Policy

WESTERN SAN JUANS – The U.S. Forest Service announced last month that it’s embarking on a public process to develop policies regarding water rights on Forest Service lands that contain ski areas and other permitted uses. The decision to move forward in developing a new codified policy for water rights comes after the U.S. District […]

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OURAY BRIEFS | State-Imposed Water Efficiency Measures Trickle Toward Ouray Residents

02/08/13 | By | More
OURAY BRIEFS | State-Imposed Water Efficiency Measures Trickle Toward Ouray Residents

OURAY – The City of Ouray, with its seemingly ample water supply, is one of Colorado’s last municipal holdouts that does not use water meters, and plenty of folks here are happy to keep it that way. But action taken by the Ouray City Council on Monday, Feb. 4, was a reminder that the days […]

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Airlines Add Spring, Summer Flights Into Region

02/08/13 | By | More
Airlines Add Spring, Summer Flights Into Region

WESTERN SAN JUANS – After attracting new flights to the region this winter, the Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization announced more positive news last week. A new daily flight into the Telluride Regional Airport will be added this spring, and flights to the Montrose Regional Airport from Houston will be returning this summer. During February […]

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ELEVATED | Of Wood, Wilde and Singing Valentines

02/08/13 | By | More
ELEVATED | Of Wood, Wilde and Singing Valentines

Woodworker Christian Burchard in Telluride   Each material has its own life, and one cannot, without punishment, destroy a living material to make a dumb and senseless thing. We must not try to make materials speak our language. We must go with them to the point where others understand their language. – Constantin Brancusi   […]

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Telluride Hosts North American Cup Saturday-Sunday

02/08/13 | By | More
Telluride Hosts North American Cup Saturday-Sunday

TELLURIDE – Telluride hosts 100 of the world’s best up-and-coming mogul skiers when the North American Cup comes to the Telluride Ski Resort this weekend.  It’s Telluride’s second year hosting the Federation Internationale du Ski North American Cup event, starting Saturday and Sunday mornings at approximately 9:30 a.m., on the Hermit ski trail. Seven Telluride […]

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Homeless in Montrose

02/07/13 | By | More
Homeless in Montrose

MONTROSE – Through the windows of a mustard-colored house on a street near downtown, sunlight pours onto century-old wood floors. “We are all alcoholics here,” said Erick, who oversees the Serenity Supportive House, a drug-and-alcohol-free residence at 137 N. Cascade for those working to free themselves from addiction.  Erick, 64, who does not want to use […]

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Skimo Phenom Janelle Smiley Schusses Toward European Glory

02/07/13 | By | More
Skimo Phenom Janelle Smiley Schusses Toward European Glory

OURAY – Alice and Larry Leeper’s living room was strewn with their daughter’s gear. Skis, boots, skins, crampons, shovel, beacon, probe, backpack, technical clothing, a via ferrata kit and all kinds of other stuff. Most of it brand new, some still sealed in plastic.  Janelle Smiley perched catlike on a chair in the middle of […]

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Ridgway Resident at Odds With Harvard Over Calderón Fellowship

02/07/13 | By | More
Ridgway Resident at Odds With Harvard Over Calderón Fellowship

Former Border Patrol Agent Starts Online Petition RIDGWAY – Despite being snubbed at the gates of Harvard University last week, Ridgway resident and former U.S. Border Patrol agent John Randolph is continuing his fight to remove former Mexican President Felipe Calderón from a Harvard Kennedy School of Government fellowship.  Following an announcement in November from […]

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Being There: The Photography of Kane Scheidegger

02/07/13 | By | More
Being There: The Photography of Kane Scheidegger

RIDGWAY – The astonishing – and astonishingly large and sharp – panoramic photographs that will be on display this Saturday (Feb. 9) beginning at 6 p.m. in Ridgway’s Independence Building were not created using a panoramic (super wide angle) camera. No, photographer Kane Scheidegger “builds” the images from multiple exposures with a traditional, 35mm digital […]

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R&R | Royal Brothers: Allmans and Nevilles Come Together at the Moon

02/07/13 | By | More
R&R | Royal Brothers: Allmans and Nevilles Come Together at the Moon

Monophonics At The Elks Lodge in Telluride  By keeping all of the groovy rhythm and horn flexing of orthodox funk, throwing down world beat progressions and topping it off with a psychedelic flare, San Francisco’s rising progressive soul act Monophonics aims to conquer Telluride yet again. Starting as a traditional instrumental act in 2005, the […]

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UPDATED: One Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting in West End

02/07/13 | By | More
UPDATED: One Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting in West End

MONTROSE COUNTY – An officer-involved shooting occurred following a traffic stop on Hwy. 145 in the West End of Montrose County Thursday morning, with one person being airlifted to a hospital. Tryllen Richards, 32, of Naturita, was taken to St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Junction for treatment of a single gunshot wound. Ashley Ware, 25, […]

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BLM Defers North Fork Leases, For Now

02/06/13 | By | More
BLM Defers North Fork Leases, For Now

Oil and Gas Parcels Are Still On the Table NORTH FORK VALLEY – In a decision that surprised many, the Bureau of Land Management announced on Wednesday, Feb. 6, that it was removing all 20 controversial North Fork Valley parcels from an oil and gas lease sale scheduled to take place Feb. 14. The decision […]

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Telluride Selected as Host Community for 2013 Ride the Rockies

Telluride Selected as Host Community for 2013 Ride the Rockies

TELLURIDE – Up to 3,000 cyclists and their supporters will descend on Telluride in early June, as the town hosts the lead stage of the 28th Annual Ride the Rockies Colorado Bicycle Tour. News of the route for the seven-day tour was released in Denver on Saturday night, Feb. 2.    Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser […]

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CSU-Extension Announces Food Growing Series

01/31/13 | By | More
CSU-Extension Announces Food Growing Series

SAN MIGUEL AND WEST MONTROSE COUNTIES – The Colorado State University Extension Office in San Miguel and West Montrose Counties is now accepting applications for its 13 week Food Growing Series.   Participants hwill receive training in Garden Planning and Design; Soil Fertility, Cover Crops and Compost;  Irrigation and Water Conservation; Culture of  Vegetables; Starting […]

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TSSC Snowriders Shine in January Competitions

01/31/13 | By | More
TSSC Snowriders Shine in January Competitions

“It was great to see so much competitive travel to kick off the New Year,” said Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club Executive Director Justin Chandler of January activities, which saw five teams on the road competing and one team hosting a home event.  “But with the club’s overall enrollment of 325 athletes and 50 coaches, […]

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ASK A SCIENTIST | How long would it take to travel to the nearest star?

01/31/13 | By | More
ASK A SCIENTIST | How long would it take to travel to the nearest star?

How long would it take to travel to the nearest star?   That depends on how much of a hurry you’re in. The nearest star to the Sun is a dim red star called Proxima Centauri. Only visible from the southern hemisphere, it’s too faint to see without a telescope. Proxima Centauri is 25 trillion […]

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Open Heart Valentine’s Art Opening at Resource Gallery

01/31/13 | By | More
Open Heart Valentine’s Art Opening at Resource Gallery

Ridgway Co-op Unveils New Works   By Peter Shelton RIDGWAY – Valentine’s Day is coming a week early this year, as Ridgway’s Resource Gallery hosts a Valentine’s Art Opening Thursday evening, Feb. 7, with wine, chocolate and art to “open the heart.” (Actual Valentine’s Day remains Feb. 14.) Resource metalworker, and founding partner Jill Rikkers […]

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Commissioners Fill Vacant Seats on Planning Commission

01/31/13 | By | More
Commissioners Fill Vacant Seats on Planning Commission

Board Considers Six Candidates for Five Vacancies NORWOOD – Kris Holstrom, Pam Hall and Marty Schmalz were reappointed to the San Miguel County Planning Commission last week, along with newcomers Ian Bald and Kevin Kell.  Following a series of interviews, the San Miguel Board of County Commissioners made the appointments at their regular meeting in […]

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MHS Band Program Thrives Under Young Director

01/31/13 | By | More
MHS Band Program Thrives Under Young Director

MONTROSE — If you were one of hundreds who attended Montrose High School basketball games recently, you couldn’t help but notice the crisp, thundering music of the high school band.    Athletes who used to warm up to hip-hop music booming from the Lloyd McMillan Memorial Gym’s loudspeakers were instead building game-time anticipation to the […]

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Colorado Courthouses Transitioning to Video Arraignment

01/31/13 | By | More
Colorado Courthouses Transitioning to Video Arraignment

 …Whether They Like it Or Not OURAY COUNTY – On a day when the new video arraignment system at the Ouray County Courthouse was supposed to be working, the system wasn’t working.  The large screen facing the courtroom where the defendant in Montrose County Jail should have appeared instead showed only the frustrated face of […]

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CASA of the 7th Judicial District Welcomes New Volunteer Coordinator

01/31/13 | By | More
CASA of the 7th Judicial District Welcomes New Volunteer Coordinator

MONTROSE – CASA of the 7th Judicial District (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has a new volunteer coordinator: Carlton Mason, who joined CASA in January, will work throughout the 7th Judicial District, with a special emphasis on developing CASA volunteers in Delta County. Affiliated with the national and state CASA organizations, CASA of the 7th Judicial […]

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Chocolate Lover’s Fling Goes to Vegas, Baby!

01/31/13 | By | More
Chocolate Lover’s Fling Goes to Vegas, Baby!

SMRC Fundraiser at Telluride Conference Center Saturday TELLURIDE – What’s better than Vegas? A Vegas-in-Telluride party, drenched in chocolate, and supporting one of the region’s most significant community service organizations. The San Miguel Resource Center, the domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center based in Telluride, rolls out its Chocolate Lover’s Fling – the nonprofit’s […]

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Density, Walkability, Character: New Study Finds Housing Market Changing

01/31/13 | By | More
Density, Walkability, Character: New Study Finds Housing Market Changing

Sonoran Institute Presents to Ridgway/Ouray Gathering RIDGWAY – “Now that we’re coming slowly, haltingly, out of the recession, it’s not if we’re going to grow, it’s how.” Clark Anderson, Colorado Director of the Sonoran Institute, was the featured speaker at two gatherings in Ridgway last week, bringing a message of change in the housing market, […]

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Gun Control Debate Heats Up in Norwood

01/31/13 | By | More
Gun Control Debate Heats Up in Norwood

Commissioners Approve Letter Asking for Quick Gun Control Measures NORWOOD – Despite heated opposition from residents, the San Miguel Board of County Commissioners decided on Wednesday, with a vote of 2-1, to send a letter urging federal legislators to act immediately in support of gun control measures. Commissioners Joan May and Elaine Fischer supported sending […]

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City Council Will Not Renew Montrose ACT Contract

01/31/13 | By | More
City Council Will Not Renew Montrose ACT Contract

MONTROSE — The Montrose City Council voted to terminate the City’s contract with the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism on Jan. 22 causing the organization to “drastically” change its program of work. “It was quite a surprise for us,” Montrose ACT Director Jenni Sopsic said last week, adding that her organization “has been on […]

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Starbucks in Mountain Village?

01/31/13 | By | More
Starbucks in Mountain Village?

Coffee Chain Opens in M.V. Core MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Mountain Village Core is in the midst of a makeover, as the Hotel Madeline, one of its centerpiece properties, undertakes a new phase of development. In a Jan. 17 press statement, Hotel Madeline announced new enhancements to the property, including new outdoor fire pits, improved […]

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Property Owners Invited to Weigh in on Historic Structures Survey

01/31/13 | By | More
Property Owners Invited to Weigh in on Historic Structures Survey

TELLURIDE – The Town of Telluride’s Building and Planning Department will be hosting a series of open house meetings and work sessions in February and March to discuss pending changes to the Telluride Historic and Architectural Survey (THAS) – the unique rating system by which structures are sorted into categories according to their contribution to […]

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Heidi Duce Wins Bronze at International Adaptive Snowboarding Competition

01/31/13 | By | More
Heidi Duce Wins Bronze at International Adaptive Snowboarding Competition

COPPER MOUNTAIN – After shredding the competition at South Tahoe last weekend, Ouray native Heidi Duce is one giant leap closer to qualifying for the first-ever U.S. Women’s Paralympic Boardercross Team. Duce, a feisty 22-year-old below-the-knee amputee, won a bronze medal at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing (IPCAS)-sanctioned race on Sunday, Jan. 27, which […]

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Grant Streamlines Preschool Funding

01/31/13 | By | More
Grant Streamlines Preschool Funding

TRI-COUNTY AREA – Some local childcare centers will receive a helping hand in 2013, when the nonprofit Bright Futures for Early Childhood and Families, together with the Denver-based Early Learning Ventures, launches a new pilot project. Eight preschools – including Mountain Munchkins in Mountain Village, A Step Ahead in Olathe, Hug a Bear in Montrose […]

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CIMARRON CAFÉ

01/31/13 | By | More
CIMARRON CAFÉ

153 Hwy. 550 North in Ridgway, 970/626-4426­­­­­ Located at one of the region’s major crossroads, where Hwy. 550 and Hwy. 62 meet in Ridgway, it would be easy for a traveler to simply pass by the Cimarron Café enroute to or from Ouray, Montrose, Telluride or Norwood. But only if that traveler doesn’t know what’s […]

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First Friday Stroll Is for Lovers

01/31/13 | By | More
First Friday Stroll Is for Lovers

MONTROSE – A woman whose business insignia is a wooden heart incised on her gallery floor, with her own initials and those of her husband inside it, knows from love. And beginning early tomorrow evening, that is exactly what Yesenia Duncan will be promoting. Duncan is a co-owner, along with her husband, Adam, of the […]

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OURAY SCHOOL BRIEFS | Ouray School Buckles Down on Safety

01/30/13 | By | More
OURAY SCHOOL BRIEFS | Ouray School Buckles Down on Safety

OURAY – A newly formed school safety sub-committee convened for the first time on Monday afternoon, Jan. 28, to discuss how to make the Ouray School a more secure place, in the aftermath of last December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.  The committee, comprised of parents, teachers, school administrators and local law enforcement personnel, focused […]

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UPDATED: 11-Year-Old Girl Thwarts Would-Be Abductor in Mountain Village

01/27/13 | By | More
UPDATED: 11-Year-Old Girl Thwarts Would-Be Abductor in Mountain Village

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – Mountain Village Police Investigator Antony Morabito confirmed Sunday morning that a local 11-year-old girl was the subject of an attempted abduction Saturday, Jan. 26, in Mountain Village. The girl, Morabito confirmed, bit her attacker to get away. A San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office Wireless Emergency Notification, or WENS Alert, was issued via […]

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‘28 Days of Generosity’ Takes Shape for February

01/24/13 | By | More
‘28 Days of Generosity’ Takes Shape for February

MONTROSE – A group of Montrose residents has come up with a 28-day plan for giving, dubbed 28 Days of Generosity, that begins on Friday, Feb. 1 (“Day to Share and Prepare for a Generous Month”).  Participants are encouraged to do anything from helping a neighbor to donating unused items to charity, helping the elderly […]

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Inner Mountain Yoga Studio Expands to Ridgway

01/24/13 | By | More
Inner Mountain Yoga Studio Expands to Ridgway

RIDGWAY – Inner Mountain Yoga Studio, a cozy, intimate space in downtown Ouray where studio owner Tracy Lockard and other yoga teachers have nurtured a small but thriving yoga community for several years, has recently expanded to a new Ridgway location. On Jan. 1, Lockard took over a space formerly occupied by Shantihi Yoga on […]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS | Palladin Opens Its Doors in Mountain VIllage

01/24/13 | By | More
BUSINESS BRIEFS | Palladin Opens Its Doors in Mountain VIllage

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – Palladin Telluride, with its emphasis on fine art and handcrafted furnishings for the home, has now opened its doors in Telluride’s Mountain Village. Palladin Telluride features the work of regional and national artists and artisans, including Adam Duncan, Meredith Nemirov and Dennis Conrad. Owner Abby Dix has carefully curated a blend of […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Dr. David Lingle Dies in Massachusetts

01/24/13 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Dr. David Lingle Dies in Massachusetts

Former President of the Telluride Choral Society  On Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. David Lingle, 58, former artistic director of the Telluride Choral Society for eight years, passed away peacefully in Sandwich, Mass.  This unbelievably talented member of the Telluride community recently discovered he was in the final stages of bladder cancer. He […]

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Ouray School Superintendent’s Contract Still In Question

01/24/13 | By | More
Ouray School Superintendent’s Contract Still In Question

OURAY – After a special meeting last week, the Ouray School Board is still stalled on the matter of approving a new multi-year contract for Superintendent/Principal Scott Pankow. Board members are unanimous in their support of Pankow, but divided in how to structure his new contract. The proposed contract guarantees Pankow’s employment at Ouray School […]

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Phase 1 of Green Gondola Project Gets the Green Light

01/24/13 | By | More
Phase 1 of Green Gondola Project Gets the Green Light

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – It is perhaps the region’s most vital transportation artery, linking the towns of Mountain Village and Telluride and pumping lifeblood into both communities as it jettisons residents and visitors alike on a one-of-a-kind trip over San Sophia Ridge. Beyond its function as the only free transportation system of its kind in North […]

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Library Numbers Game

Library Numbers Game

Editor: I wanted to pass on to the town of Telluride some financial information that my wife received from the library via a public request.  In an email from the library’s business office manager the savings achieved by closing Sundays was described as such: “The initial cost savings for closing on Sundays is $11,800 for […]

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BLM Confronts Hostile Crowd in Hotchkiss

01/24/13 | By | More
BLM Confronts Hostile Crowd in Hotchkiss

NORTH FORK VALLEY – Hard on the heels of a citizens and business-owners lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., state Bureau of Land Management officials traveled to the North Fork this week to talk about oil and gas leases due to be auctioned Feb. 14. A five-person delegation, including state BLM Director Helen Hankin, state BLM […]

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In Wake of Newtown, Elementary School to Replace Entry Doors

01/24/13 | By | More
In Wake of Newtown, Elementary School to Replace Entry Doors

RIDGWAY – Ridgway Schools Superintendent Cheryl Gomez send out a request Jan. 17 for bids to replace the aging, glass entry doors at the elementary school. “This has been on our radar for years,” she said.  But, “yes, this is a response to the terrible events” in Newtown, Conn. Bid proposals are due Jan. 31 […]

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Another Legal Blow for Alpenhof

01/24/13 | By | More
Another Legal Blow for Alpenhof

Judge Applauds City’s Concerns About Public Safety OURAY – In the latest dispatch from the battlefield, the City of Ouray has been vindicated by the Colorado Court of Appeals in its decision to deny a development application for Alpenhof LLC’s problematic “Parcel C” in the Ouray Vista subdivision.  The City received word late last week […]

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House Committee Again Embraces Small Hydro Legislation

01/24/13 | By | More
House Committee Again Embraces Small Hydro Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan bill that seeks to streamline the federal licensing requirements for small hydro projects around the nation got new wings this Tuesday, when the House Energy and Commerce Committee agreed to advance the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013. Authored by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) and […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | New Town of Telluride Historic Survey?

01/24/13 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | New Town of Telluride Historic Survey?

Dirk de Pagter is a 38 year resident of Telluride. He is a master carpenter by trade, trained in historic preservation. De Pagter is a history buff, and he and his family are the proud owners of some of the more historic buildings in Telluride, including the Tomkins Christy Hardware Store building (where Patagonia Sports […]

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Feds Propose Endangered Listing for Gunnison Sage Grouse

01/24/13 | By | More
Feds Propose Endangered Listing for Gunnison Sage Grouse

Public Comment Period Open; Meeting Scheduled for Montrose, Dove Creek WESTERN SAN JUANS – A 60-day public comment period has been opened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to gather information from the public and the scientific community concerning the agency’s recommendation to list the Gunnison sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act. Fish […]

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Soggy Dog Bath and Grooming Parlor Reopens in Ridgway

01/24/13 | By | More
Soggy Dog Bath and Grooming Parlor Reopens in Ridgway

New Owner Kristine Rosen Has Found Her Calling RIDGWAY – Kristine Rosen’s dog, Midnight Blue, came over and sat on my lap. He didn’t jump up into my lap; he sidled up and rested his black-and-white Great Dane haunches on my thigh. Rosen laughed from the grooming table at the center of her cozy space […]

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS | Explosion Destroys Rick Lamphere’s Home in Norwood

01/24/13 | By | More
COMMUNITY BRIEFS | Explosion Destroys Rick Lamphere’s Home in Norwood

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – Longtime San Miguel County resident (and Galloping Goose bus driver) Rick Lamphere lost his home and possessions following a fire caused by a leak in a propane gas tank that subsequently exploded, one mile north of Norwood on January 11. The explosion narrowly missed seriously injuring a handyman, hired by Lamphere, […]

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ELEVATED | Contemporary Dance, Fabric Art, and Back From the Dead

01/24/13 | By | More
ELEVATED | Contemporary Dance, Fabric Art, and Back From the Dead

Zikr Dance Troupe in Ouray and Ridgway   To remember. To rehearse. To celebrate. All interpretations of the word zikr, an Islamic term which means the act of cherishing God. Zikr is also the name of choreographer David Taylor’s modern dance ensemble, which he brings to the region for three days next week with the […]

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R&R | Sea Wolf’s Alex Church Goes One-on-One With Adam Smith

01/24/13 | By | More
R&R | Sea Wolf’s Alex Church Goes One-on-One With Adam Smith

Beyond their band name referencing the psych-adventure novel by Jack London, Los Angeles band Sea Wolf has an interesting narrative of their own. Formed when frontman Alex Church departed from what he formed just a week after transplanting from New York City to California, Sea Wolf was initially just a rotating cast of local musicians […]

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Ouray Pillar and Master Storyteller Roger Henn Dies At Age 95

01/23/13 | By | More
Ouray Pillar and Master Storyteller Roger Henn Dies At Age 95

Aug. 5, 1917-Jan. 17, 2013 OURAY – When Roger Henn was a small boy growing up in Ouray in the 1920s, he was fond of saying, his grandmother would whistle for a bull elk that lived in the neighborhood, and hang her laundry out to dry on its massive antlers. When she wanted the laundry […]

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UPDATED: Upper Bear Creek Telluride’s Next Ski Area?

01/18/13 | By | More
UPDATED: Upper Bear Creek Telluride’s Next Ski Area?

TELLURIDE – What began as a private property dispute over inholdings in the Bear Creek basin could become the newest ski area in the region if notorious land developers Tom Chapman and Ron Curry are successful in acquiring U.S. Forest Service permits. On Thursday, Chapman and Curry, now operating together as The Creek Associates, L.P., […]

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Weehawken Hosts 2nd Annual Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser Jan. 31

01/17/13 | By | More
Weehawken Hosts 2nd Annual Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser Jan. 31

Community Fun, Original Art and Amazing Soups from Local Chefs OURAY – Weehawken Creative Arts hosts its Annual Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser Thursday, Jan. 31, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Ouray Community Center. The event features bottomless bowls of soups, prepared by at least 10 area restaurants, and served up in over 100 hand-painted ceramic […]

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Four Seats Are Up in April Council Election

01/17/13 | By | More
Four Seats Are Up in April Council Election

RIDGWAY – Four seats on the Ridgway Town Council are up for election this spring. The nomination period for said elected positions begins on Monday, Jan. 28 and ends on Friday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m., said Ridgway Town Clerk Pam Kraft. The election takes place on Tuesday, April 2. The seats are currently held […]

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Ridgway Area Trails Group Parties at the Sherbino

01/17/13 | By | More
Ridgway Area Trails Group Parties at the Sherbino

Ulterior Motive to Discuss BLM Trails Plan RIDGWAY – Before the mountain biking season begins, the RAT is restless. The Ridgway Area Trails Group is hosting a public information session/movie/party this Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Sherbino Theater. The public information part is to discuss the proposed 16-22 miles of new single track on Bureau […]

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Chicks With Picks Slideshow Presenters Announced

01/17/13 | By | More
Chicks With Picks Slideshow Presenters Announced

OURAY – Ladies, it’s time to kick some axe. Every January and February, Chicks with Picks’ infamous “girly guides” teach women of all abilities how to ice climb at the Ouray Ice Park. But Chicks with Picks is not just about learning how to ice climb. It’s about getting inspired to move beyond self-imposed limitations. […]

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Put Big Colorado Love in Your Life

01/17/13 | By | More
Put Big Colorado Love in Your Life

John and Beth Kelly Donate 10 Percent of Profits to Charity TELLURIDE – The concept made its big splash last summer, as the guests at Telluride residents’ Beth and John Kelly’s June wedding sported custom-made hats showcasing a heart on the Colorado flag. The design was Beth’s brainchild, and the hats were surprise gifts from […]

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Positive Energy Committee Plans Solar/LED Project at School

01/17/13 | By | More
Positive Energy Committee Plans Solar/LED Project at School

SMPA, Local Businesses Help Kids With Energy Audit RIDGWAY – At a noon meeting of the Positive Energy Committee this week in Ms. Krista Javoronok’s 4th grade classroom, eight Ridgway elementary students addressed thank you notes. The group has raised over $700 so far in its bid to realize an energy audit project at the […]

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Ice Fest Founder Jeff Lowe Faces Final ‘Unimaginable Climb’

Ice Fest Founder Jeff Lowe Faces Final ‘Unimaginable Climb’

OURAY – Ever since its beginnings in 1996, the Ouray Ice Festival has been described as a sort of “gathering of the tribe.” If this tribe of dirtbag ice climbers, alpinists and climbing neophytes has a godfather, it’s got to be Jeff Lowe. The guy who in 1958, at age 7, became the youngest person […]

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TEDxTellurideLive at The Palm Feb. 27

01/17/13 | By | More
TEDxTellurideLive at The Palm Feb. 27

TELLURIDE – TEDxTellurideLive returns for a second year, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Palm Theater. This independently organized event, created in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” according to the TED website, is a locally self-organized event featuring one day’s worth of programming from the four-day host event, in Long Beach, Calif. “The title […]

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Donations for a ‘Safe and Nurturing’ Montrose Prom/Graduation


Donations for a ‘Safe and Nurturing’ Montrose Prom/Graduation


Editor: The most deadly time of the year for our teens happens to be one of the happiest times of their lives as well. It’s no coincidence that during the months of May and June more kids aged 15-19 die each year than any other time of the year, according to the US Dept of […]

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Voter Discontent

Voter Discontent

Editor: We found the offer by Art Goodtimes in his “Up Bear Creek” column of January 10 to travel to Telluride monthly and meet with citizens informally outside of regularly scheduled commissioners’ meetings quite laughable. It has been our collective experience as landowners on Wright’s Mesa for many years that getting Mr. Goodtimes to meet […]

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Ridgway Makes Good Neighbors

Ridgway Makes Good Neighbors

Editor: On the morning of December 18, our family experienced a house fire in our Ridgway rental home.  Having just moved to Ridgway, we knew very few people in town.  The outpouring of support from the community was immense and very much appreciated!  Our family would like to extend a HUGE thanks to the community […]

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Piñon Ridge License Back in the Hands of CDPHE

01/17/13 | By | More
Piñon Ridge License Back in the Hands of CDPHE

MONTROSE COUNTY – Both proponents and opponents of the proposed Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill are lauding Judge Richard Dana’s ruling on Monday to send Energy Fuels, Inc.’s application for a radioactive materials license to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for a final decision. Dana, the appointed hearing officer who presided over the […]

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‘So Long as the Game Lasts and the Indians Are at Peace With the White People’

01/17/13 | By | More
‘So Long as the Game Lasts and the Indians Are at Peace With the White People’

SOUTHWEST COLORADO – The State of Colorado and the Ute Mountain Ute tribe signed an agreement on Jan. 11 guaranteeing native hunting rights across a broad swath of southwest Colorado. Governor John Hickenlooper joined Gary Hayes, Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Chairman, Rick Cables, Director, Division of Parks and Wildlife, and John Singletary, Chair of the […]

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Batchelder Sells Efficiency, Padgett Wants to Avoid Madness

01/17/13 | By | More
Batchelder Sells Efficiency, Padgett Wants to Avoid Madness

Commissioners Meet in Work Session to Discuss 2013 OURAY COUNTY – County Commissioner Lynn Padgett invoked Albert Einstein at a BOCC work session in Ridgway this week. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss BOCC goals for 2013, and Padgett wanted to emphasize the need to break out of the rut the county has […]

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College Fair Coming to Norwood on Jan. 22

01/17/13 | By | More
College Fair Coming to Norwood on Jan. 22

WESTERN SAN JUANS – For anyone interested in furthering their education, from a soon-to-be high school graduate to an adult looking to learn new skills, the University Centers of the San Miguel and the San Miguel Resource Center will be hosting a college fair and financial information night Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4-7 p.m., at the […]

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R&R | Reverend Horton Heat Brings the Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed Tour

01/17/13 | By | More
R&R | Reverend Horton Heat Brings the Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed Tour

Catch Trout Steak Revival in Telluride and Whiskey Blanket in Durango Catch It Reverend Horton Heat at the Sheridan in Telluride The mid-80s marked the beginnings of psychobilly figure Jim Heath’s arrival on the Dallas music scene, but reflecting upon his entire discography in the present indicates an unprecedented foresight into crafting sonic colloids long […]

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ELEVATED | History on Skis and Artists’ Collaboration and Inspiration

01/17/13 | By | More
ELEVATED | History on Skis and Artists’ Collaboration and Inspiration

History on Skis, and at the Sheridan When you picture a historical museum, what do you think of? A building – maybe an old musty one, with aging exhibits. The Telluride Historical Museum is in an older building, to be sure (it’s located at 201 West Gregory Avenue, the original site of Hall’s Hospital, completed […]

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Influenza Is Here, With Hotspots Around Region

Influenza Is Here, With Hotspots Around Region

WESTERN SAN JUANS – Regional households have not been immune to the influenza outbreaks currently sweeping the nation, as the annual virus makes its rounds throughout Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel counties. The Centers for Disease Control report that flu activity was elevated across the United States for the first week of 2013, with Colorado […]

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Encore, Ines! German Climber Scores Yet Another Ice Fest Upset

Encore, Ines! German Climber Scores Yet Another Ice Fest Upset

French Climbers Dominate Men’s Competitions in Speed and Skill OURAY – Europeans dominated the competition and the podium at last weekend’s 18th Annual Ouray Ice Festival. German climber Ines Papert again proved herself the Dominatrix of the Ice, walking away with 1st place trophies in the Women’s Division in both Saturday’s Elite Mixed Climbing Competition […]

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS | Monday Night Avalanche Awareness Forum Series

01/17/13 | By | More
COMMUNITY BRIEFS | Monday Night Avalanche Awareness Forum Series

TELLURIDE – Telluride Ski Resort’s Lift Access Backcountry 101 takes place Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., at Rebekah Hall, part of the Monday Night Avalanche Awareness Forum Series, put on by the nonprofit San Juan Field School/Telluride Avalanche School.This forum will include presentations from local professionals from the U.S. Forest Service, Telluride Ski Patrol, […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Libraries Change to Accommodate Changing Times

01/16/13 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Libraries Change to Accommodate Changing Times

By the time this article is published, it will have been announced that the Board of Trustees of the Wilkinson Public Library decided at its January 10 meeting that its decision to close the library on Sundays will stand. Prior to that decision, there was a long and animated discussion within the Board, including comments […]

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The Buck Stops With Chuck at Telski

The Buck Stops With Chuck at Telski

Executive Exodus Part of ‘Reset’ TELLURIDE – Chuck Horning, the owner of the Telluride Ski and Golf Company, said this week that he has no intention of stepping back from day-to-day, hands-on management of the business. Nor does he have any interest in selling the company, Horning said in an interview scheduled at the request […]

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Telluride Leaders Endorse Gun Reforms

Telluride Leaders Endorse Gun Reforms

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Despite Council Concerns, Pavilion Moves Forward

Despite Council Concerns, Pavilion Moves Forward

The unanimous enthusiasm with which the Telluride Town Council originally greeted the pending Town Park Pavilion project appears to be unraveling. However, with Mayor Stu Fraser and a slim majority of council still behind the project, planning and implementation will continue full steam ahead to meet the Aug. 1 deadline.  The goal of the project […]

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Forever Fund Grant Announces 2012 Grant Recipients

01/10/13 | By | More
Forever Fund Grant Announces 2012 Grant Recipients

MONTROSE – For the past two decades the Montrose Community Foundation has given more than a half-million dollars to local charities every year through its Forever Fund grant program.The Foundation’s 2012 cycle included grants to 16 nonprofit organizations, including Christ’s Kitchen, which feeds lunch to 65-125 people every day; the Sharing Ministries Food Bank, distributing […]

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Mule Deer Foundation Montrose Launch, and Banquet

01/10/13 | By | More

MONTROSE – The National Mule Deer Foundation is launching an Uncompahgre Mule Deer Chapter on the Western Slope of Colorado in Montrose, organized by Chairmen Mark Harmon and Bruce Leben, who will host the chapter’s first annual banquet and auction on Jan. 26, at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose. Tickets cost $60 and include […]

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Commissioners Fill Vacancies On Montrose Hospital Board

01/10/13 | By | More
Commissioners Fill Vacancies On Montrose Hospital Board

Ongoing Disputes Over Control of MMH MONTROSE – The governance of Montrose Memorial Hospital has been sharply debated for the past two years, dividing hospital leadership against Montrose County commissioners, with each side claiming their actions best serve the general citizenry. Following years of litigation, each new decision regarding the hospital is closely scrutinized.On Monday, […]

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Globe-Trotting Runner Shares Secrets of Success

01/10/13 | By | More
Globe-Trotting Runner Shares Secrets of Success

‘It’s Not Easy and Fortitude is Essential’ OURAY – For runners and those who aspire to run, there’s something magical about the number 26.2. John Ferguson should know. The 57-year-old retired school teacher from Austin, Texas (now a city councilor in Ouray) has run marathons in all 50 states, and all seven continents. So far, […]

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Amendment 64 Crops Up for Discussion in Ouray

01/10/13 | By | More
Amendment 64 Crops Up for Discussion in Ouray

Council May Be Divided Over Whether To Restrict Pot The last time the Ouray City Council tackled the topic of marijuana, it turned into a contentious and impassioned months-long debate that in one instance saw over a hundred citizens show up at a meeting to protest the specter of medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities within […]

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Beth Hess Recovering From Car Accident

01/10/13 | By | More
Beth Hess Recovering From Car Accident

San Miguel County resident Beth Hess is recovering at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Grand Junction, from injuries suffered in a Jan. 4 car accident.Hess, whose vehicle plummeted 700 feet off the fourth uphill turn on Norwood Hill at approximately 7:30 p.m., was rescued by emergency crews, and airlifted, unconscious and in critical condition, to Grand […]

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In the New Year, TMVOA Faces Budget Challenges

In the New Year, TMVOA Faces Budget Challenges

Traditional Programs Will Come Under Scrutiny MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Town of Mountain Village’s Owners’ Association is looking to refocus the organization and reconnect with its members in the new year, as it ushers in a new board member, a new (and former) president and assesses the budgetary challenges ahead.At its annual meeting, held in […]

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ReNeWest Interactive Art Crawl All-Inclusive Arts Festival on W. Main

01/10/13 | By | More
ReNeWest Interactive Art Crawl  All-Inclusive Arts Festival on W. Main

MONTROSE – The ReNeWest Interactive Art Crawl, debuting Thursday, Jan. 17, in the up-and-coming West Main Street-area of downtown Montrose, offers local artists new venues for displaying their artwork and engaging with the community – and gives local business owners increased exposure.The Jan. 17 event kicks off what will be a Third Thursday of every month […]

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R&R | New Orleans Funksters Earphunk To Groove Down at The Abbey

01/10/13 | By | More
R&R  | New Orleans Funksters Earphunk To Groove Down at The Abbey

Earphunk at The Abbey in Durango With plans for knocking out a staggering 40 shows throughout East and West Coast over the next two months, including multi-night runs with buzz bands like Monophonics, Brownout and Shmeens and the Expanded Consciousness, Earphunk is an adept funk five-piece from Louisiana to pay some mind when they visit […]

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Allegiant Air Offering Two-for-One Airfares

01/10/13 | By | More
Allegiant Air Offering  Two-for-One Airfares

Must Purchase Tickets Before Jan. 31 MONTROSE – It’s an unbeatable deal for skiers and riders living in Phoenix, Ariz. and Oakland, Calif. It’s also unbeatable for those living on the Western Slope who may need a warm getaway.Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization, the Telluride Ski Resort, the Telluride […]

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TASP Fundraiser With Erik Weihenmayer

01/10/13 | By | More
TASP Fundraiser With Erik Weihenmayer

TELLURIDE – Dinner in the Dark, a Saturday, Jan. 19 fundraiser for Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, will feature an inspiring presentation by Erik Weihenmayer. Featuring cocktails, a three-course gourmet dinner (served in the dark!), a live auction and a presentation by Weihenmayer, the first blind adventurer to summit Mt. Everest.On May 25, 2001, Weihenmayer became the […]

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Library Board Hears Objections To Sunday Closure

01/10/13 | By | More
Library Board Hears Objections To Sunday Closure

Deeper Service Cuts Are Likely TELLURIDE – Late last year the Wilkinson Public Library announced it would close on Sundays as part of an effort to close a looming budget deficit.On Tuesday, the five members of Wilkinson’s Board of Trustees told a group of unhappy library patrons that the Sunday closure was likely to be just […]

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Ouray Ice Festival Swings Into High Gear This Weekend

01/10/13 | By | More
Ouray Ice Festival Swings Into High Gear This Weekend

OURAY – It’s here! Ouray’s annual celebration of all things icy gets underway today and continues throughout the weekend with nonstop chills and thrills for ice climbers and spectators alike. There are climbing clinics, gear demos, free zipline rides and walk-up climbing for adults and children, two exciting climbing competitions on Saturday and Sunday, and […]

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FilmAid, Gallery Art, and Montrose Puppetree

FilmAid, Gallery Art, and Montrose Puppetree

Film Aid Stash Wislocki is best known for being the man behind the Telluride AIDS Benefit and the producer of the MountainFilm Festival. This weekend, Wislocki will bring a different sort of festival to the region, when he and his colleague, Justin Clifton, screen films from their latest collaboration. The two men know movies – Clifton, […]

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THAI PARADISE

01/03/13 | By | More
THAI PARADISE

146 N. Cora Street, Ridgway, 970/626-2742 Hopelessly addicted to the sweet, spicy, salty and tangy nuances of Thailand’s national dish – pad Thai – I spent the better part of a year seeking out the best version of the popular noodle dish in one of America’s most notorious foodie cities, Portland, Ore. And after tasting […]

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Thoreson Releases New Single, ‘Last Dollar Saloon’

01/03/13 | By | More
Thoreson Releases New Single, ‘Last Dollar Saloon’

Former Telluride resident (and Watch music columnist) Rebecca Lynn Thoreson is nearing completion of her new full-length album, titled Come on Home.  She has released the single, Last Dollar Saloon. “‘Last Dollar Saloon’ is a song that I began writing while on the road with a band in Austin, Texas,” she recalls.  “We were playing […]

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Sherbino Theater Meets Its Match

01/03/13 | By | More
Sherbino Theater Meets Its Match

RIDGWAY – Members of the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, operators of the Sherbino Theater, announced this week that they met their goal of raising $25,000 by the end of 2012, a total that has been matched by an anonymous Ridgway donor. The total for the 60-day fundraising period has now exceeded $50,000, said Pat Willits, Chautauqua […]

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Local Family Unveils Wizard Emporium and Framing

01/03/13 | By | More
Local Family Unveils Wizard Emporium and Framing

A Market Revolution Has Pushed the Wizard Toward Its Next Chapter TELLURIDE – The family business is a family affair at Wizard Custom Framing and Emporium, the co-creation of longtime Telluride locals Jackie and Chuck Arguelles and their children Jessie McConnell and Jarrett Arguelles.The Arguelleses have operated Wizard Entertainment for the last 12 years, and are […]

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RAISING ELLE | Here’s Hoping That ‘Love Is All You Need’

01/03/13 | By | More
RAISING ELLE | Here’s Hoping That ‘Love Is All You Need’

I am hovering in that blissful state that exists between today and tomorrow, my bed a haven to which I have been drawn, cocooned in the sweet promise of sleep.Then, creeping into my drifting consciousness, an appeal.“Mom? Mom. Mommy? Mommm-eeee.”It’s persistent, like an alarm clock buzzer; but this one, I can’t turn off.That doesn’t stop […]

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18th Annual Ouray Ice Festival Jan. 10-13

01/03/13 | By | More
18th Annual Ouray Ice Festival Jan. 10-13

OURAY – Ice climbers from around the world are flocking to Ouray in anticipation of the 18th Annual Ouray Ice Festival, Thursday, Jan. 10- Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.Presented by Asolo and Rock and Ice, the annual celebration of all things icy is replete with climbing clinics, free zip-line rides and walk-up climbing for adults and […]

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Pea Green Comes Alive With Music, Once a Month

Pea Green Comes Alive With Music, Once a Month

WESTERN SLOPE – At a crossroads in corn country, between Olathe and Delta, chairs are pulled and unfolded, the coffeepot has been switched on and strings are tuned.Although the fresh, locally grown bluegrass show is scheduled for 7 p.m., for many fans who know the venue, it’s better to get here early and claim a chair, […]

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Telluride Olive Oil Co. Comes to Main Street

01/03/13 | By | More
Telluride Olive Oil Co. Comes to Main Street

TELLURIDE – Foodies needn’t travel far to experience their next culinary journey, as Telluride’s Main Street recently became home to a new gastronomic emporium.Telluride Olive Oil Company is a tasting gallery specializing in olive oils and balsamics from around the world, offering yet another means for Telluride’s epicures to expand their culinary horizons.True to its […]

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Aril Wine Debuts To Top Marks

01/03/13 | By | More
Aril Wine Debuts To Top Marks

Harmon and Joanne Brown’s Aril Wine Comes to Telluride When Harmon Brown and his wife, Joanne, bought a home in California’s Napa Valley in 2006, they were not thinking of starting a winery. “We just wanted a beautiful setting in which to enjoy retirement and our families,” said Brown, who ran Telluride’s popular Harmon’s restaurant […]

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Ridgway’s Dr. Sherwood Moves Out on His Own

01/03/13 | By | More
Ridgway’s Dr. Sherwood Moves Out on His Own

Family Physician, and Artist, Sets Up Shop in Trail Town RIDGWAY – Dr. Dave Sherwood does sinus infections. And he does sheetrock.The longtime Ridgway family-medicine doctor and stalwart of Ouray County Search and Rescue has left the practice at Mountain Medical Center after 16 years to start his own business in Trail Town, across the river.Sherwood […]

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Energy Fuels Continues to Expand Its Uranium Resources

01/03/13 | By | More
Energy Fuels Continues to Expand Its Uranium Resources

Canadian Mining Company to Acquire A 19.9 Percent Interest in Virginia Energy WESTERN SAN JUANS – Just before the close of the year, the Canadian mining company planning to build a new uranium mill in the West End of Montrose County, Energy Fuels, Inc., announced that it is working to acquire 19.9 percent interest in […]

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Best Appliance and Home Gallery to Close Its Doors

01/03/13 | By | More
Best Appliance and Home Gallery to Close Its Doors

Best Family to Close Retail Business; Service Business Will Continue MONTROSE – It’s a “bittersweet” time for Becky and Travis Best, owners of Best Appliance and Home Gallery in Montrose, as the two will be closing the doors of the long-standing retail portion of their business on Friday, Jan. 11.Since 1995, customers from around the region […]

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Seed-Storage Warehouse Opens Northwest of Delta

01/03/13 | By | More
Seed-Storage Warehouse Opens Northwest of Delta

WESTERN SLOPE – Grass and forb seed – which land managers say are critical to habitat restoration –  are now being collected in a 9,000-square-foot storage facility northwest of Delta. The new $1.2-million warehouse was constructed on land within the Escalante State Wildlife Area, and completed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife with funds from the […]

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As Assessed Valuations Decline, So Does County Budget

01/03/13 | By | More
As Assessed Valuations Decline, So Does County Budget

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – Facing declining assessed property valuations, the San Miguel Board of County Commissioners is continuing belt-tightening measures even after it approved the county’s 2013 budget on Dec. 21.According to county Finance Manager Ramona Rummel, assessed valuations have decreased by $5,750,280 in 2012, representing a loss in county property tax revenue of $58,192. […]

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Wright Opera House Welcomes New Executive Director

01/03/13 | By | More
Wright Opera House Welcomes New Executive Director

OURAY – The new year promises to be a good one for the Wright Opera House. Not only is the grand old theater building in the heart of the National Historic District of Ouray celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2013; it’s also getting a new roof, and a new boss. Colorado’s State Historical Fund announced […]

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CAIC Thanks

01/03/13 | By | More
CAIC Thanks

Editor:We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the local businesses and community members who donated to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s Telluride and Ouray fundraisers. The Center operates on a limited budget and we thank you for your support in order to continue this important work. Since 1973, the CAIC has been […]

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Don’t Close Wilkinson Library on Sundays

01/03/13 | By | More
Don’t Close Wilkinson Library on Sundays

Editor: I was dismayed to hear that (the Board of Telluride’s Wilkinson Library is) going to close the library on Sundays. I understand the need to meet budgetary shortfalls, however, closing on Sundays is an insult to those of us who work and may not be able to come to the library on weekdays. Opening […]

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Telluride 8th Grader Discovers Jurassic Era Dinosaur Fossil

Telluride 8th Grader Discovers Jurassic Era Dinosaur Fossil

TELLURIDE – Fourteen-year-old Telluride Mountain School student Sylvan Bald knew he had spotted a fossil of importance on a family hike in the Ilium Valley back in 2011. But he had no idea the fossil would turn out to be a piece of pelvic bone of, perhaps, one of the most fearsome carnivorous dinosaurs that […]

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Toward Ridgway’s Future: DOLA Returns With Main Street Report

01/03/13 | By | More
Toward Ridgway’s Future: DOLA Returns With Main Street Report

Resource Team to Host Discussion at Ridgway Town Hall Tuesday RIDGWAY – Three months ago a team from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs came to Ridgway for a whirlwind two days to get a sense of the place, which had just been named a “candidate community” (along with Montrose, Fruita, Rifle, Victor, Westcliffe, and […]

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Making Healthier Communities, One Photo at a Time

01/02/13 | By | More
Making Healthier Communities, One Photo at a Time

LiveWell Montrose Olathe PhotoVoice Project Gives Input Into Strategic Plan MONTROSE – Following creative photojournalism work from some Montrose and Olathe residents, as well as some Vista Charter School students, a plan to improve healthy lifestyle options in the two communities is now in the works. During the month of September, 20 photographers from Montrose, […]

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Fire Conditions Worsen; Fire Restrictions Tightened

06/28/12 | By | More

Fourth of July fireworks displays cancelled in Telluride, Ouray and Montrose.

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Raptor Pole Installation Complete on Valley Floor

09/15/11 | By | More

Attracting more predators like eagles and hawks to the Valley Floor is hoped to help control the growing prairie dog colony.

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Huck Finn Day Thanks

06/23/11 | By | More

The Telluride Elks Lodge would like to thank the following people who helped sponsor The Huck Finn/Becky Thatcher Day on June 4 in the Telluride Town Park

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Meet Hotel Madeline, Now Replacing the Capella Telluride

02/03/11 | By | More
Meet Hotel Madeline, Now Replacing the Capella Telluride

The Hotel Madeline Telluride is open for business, and coming into clearer focus every day as a luxury hotel with an international client base.

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Receiver: Capella Will Continue to Operate

11/22/10 | By | More

The court-appointed receiver controlling the Capella and Inn at Lost Creek is looking for ways to improve the properties and to make them self-sufficient.

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Five-Day Yamabushi Mountain Experience Comes to Telluride

09/17/10 | By | More

Learn the teaching and philosophies of the Yamabushi at five-day, hands-on intensive in Telluride.

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Friday Is Moving Day for Valley Floor Prairie Dogs

07/01/10 | By | More

Note to prairie dogs: no squatting west of Boomerang Road.

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Capella Teams Up With East Meets West for Spring Show

03/18/10 | By | More

Meet the artists of the Four Corners Region at Capella’s ‘Four Corners Artists’ Show

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Urban Sprawl a Possibility, Study Finds

07/02/09 | By | More

Telluride and Mountain Village are poised to become second homeowner enclaves that could create a domino effect of development throughout the region.

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Region Sees a Grand Opening of a Grand Hotel

02/12/09 | By | More
Region Sees a Grand Opening of a Grand Hotel

Nine years and a reported $200 million later, there is a major new hotel in the Telluride region, the Capella Telluride.

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Capella Telluride Announces February 2009 Opening

11/21/08 | By | More
Capella Telluride Announces February 2009 Opening

Capella Telluride to Open in February; Peaks names new sales team; New Sheridan to open next month.

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Capella Manager Eyes a Mid-February Opening

09/10/08 | By | More
Capella Manager Eyes a Mid-February Opening

Hiring for the new hotel in Mountain Village will begin soon.

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Bubble Lounge Receives License Renewal With New Measures

06/18/08 | By | More
Bubble Lounge Receives License Renewal With New Measures

The bar owners have been required to further soundproof their establishment to keep their liquor license.

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County Commissioner Vern Ebert Looks Forward to Retirement

05/30/07 | By | More

Ebert and his wife Bobbie began visiting the Telluride area while Ebert was still in the Army.

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Felicelli for County Commissioner | Watch Endorsement

08/04/06 | By | More

Pam Hall has dropped her Independent bid for San Miguel County Commissioner, assuring that the victor in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election will occupy the second district seat being vacated by Vern Ebert. The choice for registered Democrats is between Joan May and Rube Felicelli. Longtime county residents may recall that a decade ago, these two […]

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X-Rated, X-Treme Botany Wraps Up Bear Creek Lecture Series

06/13/06 | By | More
X-Rated, X-Treme Botany Wraps Up Bear Creek Lecture Series

You might not expect a PowerPoint presentation on wildflowers to be X-rated but then perhaps you didn’t know that flowers are a plant’s genitals. According to plant ecologist and self-styled “extreme botanist” Katherine Darrow, who closed out this year’s fourth annual Bear Creek Stewardship Course, sponsored by the Pinhead Institute, “wildflowers are all about sex.” […]

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Pandora Mill Still Standing But Fate Up in the Air

05/26/06 | By | More

“For 100 years it was what we lived with and was our livelihood.” So summed up Johnnie Stevens to the Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday as he urged preservation of the Pandora Mill at the eastern end of the Telluride canyon. Enumerating a long list of bygone historical landmarks and emblems of the region’s […]

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Take a Glimpse at Telluride’s Tumultuous Past | The YX Factor, Thursday, March 16, Sheridan Opera House

03/14/06 | By | More

The early 70s were a time of rebellion, reinvention and experimentation. Telluride was changing – mining was dying, skiing was on the rise. As the nation reeled with social upheaval and anti-war demonstrations, creativity and exploration flourished. What emerged from these times was a community with lively characters intent on forging a new lifestyle, all […]

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KOTO Seeks Fixed Concert Date on Summer Calendar

10/15/04 | By | More

KOTO radio’s Janice Zink told the Telluride Town Council on Tuesday that the community radio station would no longer co-present shows with Clear Channel communications. And KOTO will not seek flexible dates on the summer calendar, but will instead apply for a fixed date from the Telluride Commission on Arts and Special Events. Members of […]

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