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Ice Farmers Grow Cool Crop at Ouray Ice Park

11/21/14 | By | 38 More
Ice Farmers Grow Cool Crop at Ouray Ice Park

Today’s sophisticated, gravity-fed plumbing system uses more than 7,500 feet of pipe and 235 shower heads, spraying more than 270,000 gallons of water on the canyon walls on a typical winter night.

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Ouray County Poised to Lift Marijuana Prohibitions

11/20/14 | By | 99 More

The legislation is timed to go into effect early next year.

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Council Nixes Movement Calling for OHVs on City Streets

11/19/14 | By | 67 More

There is no way for OHVs to get from town into the high country without going on Highway 550.

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Ouray Blotter: Stranded Motorist, Report of Possible Gunfire

11/18/14 | By | 47 More

11-10-2014 * Officer conducted a directed patrol of the 800 block of Main Street. * Officer conducted a directed patrol of Oak Street. * Officer conducted a bar check at O’Brian’s Pub. * Officer conducted a security check at the Box Canyon visitors center. * Officer responded to the Box Canyon falls parking lot for […]

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The Day They Died | Remembering the Revenue Mine Tragedy

11/12/14 | By | 991 More
The Day They Died | Remembering the Revenue Mine Tragedy

“It was like walking through a haunted house with a bunch of fog,” survivor Cory Geist recalled.

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Mountain Lion Road Kill, Deer Attack in Ouray County

11/12/14 | By | 205 More

Residents of the region who spot a mountain lion should report it to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Office.

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Ouray Blotter: Mountain Lion Attacks Deer on Oak Street, Welfare Check on Children Missing from School

11/11/14 | By | 157 More

Nov. 05, 2014 • 3 directed patrols were conducted at the school at various times of the day by both the day and evening shift officers. • A directed patrol was conducted on Oak Street. • A directed patrol was conducted on Main Street. • Foot patrols were conducted on Main Street by both the […]

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Ouray County Blotter: Newspaper Box Stolen, Deceased Mountain Lion on Roadway

11/11/14 | By | 48 More

11-6-2014: Prisoner transport to court.

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Silverton Homicide Case Bound Over for Trial

11/11/14 | By | 547 More
Silverton Homicide Case Bound Over for Trial

An arraignment for Dec. 12 has been set when Michael McFarland is expected to make a plea.

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McLachlan’s Re-Election Bid Still Hangs by a Thread

11/10/14 | By | 119 More
McLachlan’s Re-Election Bid Still Hangs by a Thread

McLachlan, so far, has declined to concede to Brown, hoping to find 35 more votes which would be enough to trigger a mandatory recount.

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Tisdel in Ouray, May in San Miguel, Davis in Montrose

11/05/14 | By | 462 More
Tisdel in Ouray, May in San Miguel,  Davis in Montrose

Telluride voters narrowly approve a school bond while Montrose voters decisively defeat a school tax increase and Ouray rejects recreational pot.

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Ouray County Briefs: County Regs Clash with HOA Covenants Pertaining to ‘Nontypical Structures’

11/05/14 | By | 95 More

A “yurt” in the Dallas Meadows subdivision has led County Planner Mark Castrodale to decide the regulations may need to be amended.

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Forest Service Plans Controlled Burn Near Ouray

11/05/14 | By | 81 More
Forest Service Plans Controlled Burn Near Ouray

The large, heavily wooded Amphitheater Campground has been hard-hit by an onslaught of bark beetles over the past few years

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Wild Card Demons Vie for State Volleyball Title this Weekend

11/04/14 | By | 51 More
Wild Card Demons Vie for State Volleyball Title this Weekend

A total of 60 teams from 1A through 5A schools will be competing, but only a handful of them are from the Western Slope.

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Ouray County Blotter: Domestic Violence, DUI Arrests

11/04/14 | By | 166 More

Criminal mischief, County Road 1 and County Road 22. Political signs damaged.

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Ouray Blotter: Underage Possession/Consumption of Marijuana, Phone Scam, Possible Credit Card Fraud

11/04/14 | By | 80 More

• Officer responded to the 300 block of Main Street for the report of a male party throwing objects at passing cars.

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Phone Scam Targets ‘Ouray Power Company’ Consumers

11/04/14 | By | More

SMPA has received several reports of calls and “the calls are definitely a scam.”

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Fighting for Fiber on the Western Slope

11/02/14 | By | 90 More

Problems with accessibility, affordability and redundancy are at the center of the rural broadband problem.

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Ridgway Yoga Shala Offers a Home for Seekers of All Stripes

11/01/14 | By | 251 More
Ridgway Yoga Shala Offers a Home for Seekers of All Stripes

Ridgway’s newest yoga studio has only been open for about two months, but already, it has a devoted following.

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No New Roads Included in Planning Commission’s VIR Recommendation

11/01/14 | By | 42 More

Ouray County officials hope to bring a years-long, tortuous process of enacting visual impact regulations to a conclusion.

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Muddy Mine Waters Spill Into Sneffels Creek

10/30/14 | By | 175 More

Authorities reported to the CDPHE incident hotline that “nothing harmful was thought to be dissolved in the water.”

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As RAT Singletrack Network Grows, So Does Potential for Conflict

10/29/14 | By | 282 More
As RAT Singletrack Network Grows, So Does Potential for Conflict

Cyclists have also reported that some of the carconite signs restricting all-terrain vehicles were defaced.

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City of Ouray: OHV Capital of the World?

10/28/14 | By | 173 More
City of Ouray: OHV Capital of the World?

Some lodgers allege that the city is literally driving away their business to communities like Silverton.

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Ouray Briefs | Budget Back in Black for 2015

10/24/14 | By | 65 More
Ouray Briefs | Budget Back in Black for 2015

Council nixes fee waiver requests…OHV worksession scheduled.

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Rocky Start Yields to Record-Breaking Summer in Ouray

10/23/14 | By | 64 More

The City of Ouray’s economy appears to have bounced back after a banner summer season that has lingered well into fall.

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Feds Blame Star Mine Management for Revenue Fatalities

10/22/14 | By | 108 More
Feds Blame Star Mine Management for Revenue Fatalities

An MSHA release on Tuesday blamed mine management for improperly disposing of deteriorated explosives.

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Ridgway Volleyball Squad Vies for District Title at Home This Weekend

10/22/14 | By | 41 More
Ridgway Volleyball Squad Vies for District Title at Home This Weekend

Ridgway has a tough round of games coming up this Saturday on their own home court.

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MSHA: Revenue Mine Deaths Were ‘Entirely Preventable’

10/21/14 | By | 121 More

MSHA determined the fatal accident occurred due to management’s failure to dispose of deteriorated explosives in a safe manner.

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Clinic for Homeless Pets Gives More Animals a Second Chance

10/21/14 | By | 50 More
Clinic for Homeless Pets Gives More Animals a Second Chance

“This is such a tremendous asset for the shelter and our region,” said SCHS Executive Director Kelly Goodin.

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Donors Sought for Upcoming Blood Drive at Ridgway Secondary School

10/21/14 | By | More

The RSS chapter of the National Honor Society is working with United Blood Services to orchestrate the event.

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Silverton Fetes Long-Awaited Fiberoptic Arrival

10/19/14 | By | 117 More
Silverton Fetes Long-Awaited Fiberoptic Arrival

Despite the rocky ground, the fiber link from Durango to Silverton should be complete by next spring at the very latest.

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Mike McLachlan: Working Both Sides of the Aisle to Get Things Done

10/17/14 | By | More
Mike McLachlan: Working Both Sides of the Aisle to Get Things Done

Now Mike McLachlan is the incumbent and J. Paul Brown, the challenger.

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J.Paul Brown: Unfinished Business in House District 59

10/17/14 | By | 82 More
J.Paul Brown: Unfinished Business in House District 59

Former State Rep. J. Paul Brown is making an aggressive bid to reclaim the Colorado 59th House District seat in 2014.

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Retail Pot Lights Up Ouray’s Ballot This November

10/17/14 | By | 60 More

Ouray voters will decide this November whether to allow retail marijuana stores within city limits.

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Ouray School District’s Measure 3B: Re-Roofing the Heart of the Ouray Community

10/17/14 | By | More

The school district emphasizes that while the “bones” of the building are good, the structure is getting old.

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City of Ouray’s Ballot Measure 2C Seeks to De-Bruce Property Taxes

10/17/14 | By | 39 More

Approved by voters in 1992, TABOR is a constitutional amendment designed to limit government growth and spending.

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Ouray County Predicts Budget Boost in 2015

10/16/14 | By | 41 More

The proposed $8.9 million budget takes several strides toward correcting last year’s necessary but painful belt tightening measures.

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Deadline Looms for Draft Colorado Water Plan

10/16/14 | By | 39 More

The plan is intended to close a projected gap between water needs and developed supplies in Colorado in the coming decades.

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ROCC Talk Demystifies Recycling Process

10/14/14 | By | More

The program, presented by the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council (ROCC), will take place Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at the Ridgway Town Hall.

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Award-Winning Author Leads Writing Workshop in Ouray

10/14/14 | By | 118 More
Award-Winning Author Leads Writing Workshop in Ouray

How to tell, and sell, your story.

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Ridgway Briefs | Stephen Barnes Appointed to Fill Town Council Vacancy

10/14/14 | By | 52 More
Ridgway Briefs | Stephen Barnes Appointed to Fill Town Council Vacancy

Barnes is a self-employed consultant who designs and develops outdoor equipment.

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Ouray County Briefs | Maintenance Agreements Expose Conflict Over Camp Bird Road

10/11/14 | By | 108 More

Planning commissioner launches review of Section 9…Pot licensing discussed at work session.

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To De-Bruce, or Not to De-Bruce; That is the Question for Ouray Voters

10/10/14 | By | 73 More

Will it be third time’s a charm this November in Ouray?

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Ouray Sheriff’s Blotter: Identity Theft, Skateboarders on Highway 62

10/09/14 | By | 188 More

For Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

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Two Montrose Men Charged in Drunken Ouray Melee

10/08/14 | By | 434 More
Two Montrose Men Charged in Drunken Ouray Melee

The incident involved intoxicated subjects who created a disturbance at three different locations over the course of the evening.

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Ouray Briefs | Kansas Man Wins OCRA Jeep Raffle

10/08/14 | By | 41 More

Ouray city council deems proposed pot regulations ‘too restrictive.’

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ROCC Talk Demystifies Recycling Process

10/07/14 | By | More

The program, presented by the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council, takes place Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at the Ridgway Town Hall.

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Fortune Minerals Completes Purchase of Revenue Silver Mine

10/07/14 | By | 136 More
Fortune Minerals Completes Purchase of Revenue Silver Mine

The Canadian company closed on the deal Wednesday, Oct. 1.

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Ouray Police Blotter | Shoplifting on Main Street, Trespassing at BIOTA

10/07/14 | By | 57 More

For Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2014

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Ouray Sheriff’s Blotter | Car vs. Motorcycle Accident, Unattended Death on Portland Road

10/06/14 | By | 113 More

For Sept. 22-Sept. 28

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Annual Quilter’s Tea Celebrates Decades of Quilting in Ouray

10/06/14 | By | 43 More
Annual Quilter’s Tea Celebrates Decades of Quilting in Ouray

The 2014 event will be an English “high tea,” presented with all the traditional trappings of fine china and sterling silver.

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Winona LaDuke Headlines WCC’s 34th Annual Meeting

10/06/14 | By | More
Winona LaDuke Headlines WCC’s 34th Annual Meeting

LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist who has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of native communities.

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WISE Hosts Election Forum on Oct. 14

10/06/14 | By | More

The question and answer session with the candidates begins at 7 p.m. Audience members may submit questions for the candidates in writing. Dee Williams will moderate.

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Pilots Recount Amelia Project at Sherb Talk Next Thursday

10/05/14 | By | 330 More
Pilots Recount Amelia Project at Sherb Talk Next Thursday

Jordan and Earhart will reunite at Sherbino Theater next Thursday evening, Oct. 9, to talk about their adventures in the next installment of the Sherb Talks lecture series.

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Ouray Native Daughter Bids Adieu to Home of 92 Years

10/04/14 | By | 152 More
Ouray Native Daughter Bids Adieu to Home of 92 Years

Last week, at age 92, she packed up her things and left Ouray to live with her daughter Roxanna in Rock Island, Wa.

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Ouray Teen Earns Pilot License on 17th Birthday

10/04/14 | By | 924 More
Ouray Teen Earns Pilot License on 17th Birthday

She is now an FAA certified private pilot and can carry passengers anywhere in the U.S. and other countries in visual flying conditions in a single engine airplane.

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Family Cries Foul After Blasting Accident at Revenue Mine

10/01/14 | By | 514 More
Family Cries Foul After Blasting Accident at Revenue Mine

Federal officials have cited 92 significant and substantial violations at the mine during a 12-month review period ending July 31, 2014.

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Ouray Blotter | Speeding on Main Street, DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back

10/01/14 | By | 60 More

For Sept. 22-Sept. 28.

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Time Bank Movement Heats Up in Ouray County

09/27/14 | By | More

One hour you spend providing support to another member earns you a time credit to be used to receive a service.

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Roll Out the Barrel for Ouray Oktoberfest and Jeep Raffle

09/27/14 | By | 241 More

The barrel of fun rolls out at the Ouray Community Center, 320 Sixth Avenue from 5-10 p.m.

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MSHA Issues Pattern of Violations Notice to Revenue Silver Mine

09/26/14 | By | 86 More

MSHA cited 92 significant and substantial violations at Revenue Mine during the 12-month review period beginning Aug. 1, 2013, and ending July 31, 2014.

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It All Comes Down to Water: Justice Hobbs Meanders Through Water Law

09/25/14 | By | 381 More
It All Comes Down to Water: Justice Hobbs Meanders Through Water Law

This is the system under which Hobbs has labored during his 19-year tenure on the Colorado Supreme Court bench.

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Ouray Blotter | Burglary Alarm, Warrant Arrest, Domestic Violence

09/24/14 | By | 76 More

For Sept. 15-Sept. 19.

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Tweaked Hermosa Creek Bill Raises Conservationists’ Ire

09/24/14 | By | 81 More

The version approved late last week contained amendments inserted by Tipton at the eleventh hour.

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Music with a Mission: Piano Concert Honors Legacy of Pioneer Violinist in Ouray

09/24/14 | By | 61 More
Music with a Mission: Piano Concert Honors Legacy of Pioneer Violinist in Ouray

As much as she loves performing the classics, Huber is also an advocate of new music.

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Hinkson Returns to Ouray School Board to Fill One-Year Vacancy

09/23/14 | By | 47 More
Hinkson Returns to Ouray School Board to Fill One-Year Vacancy

Hinkson served as a board member for eight years and stepped down last year after being term limited.

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Ouray Sheriff’s Blotter | Lost Hunter, Found Goat

09/23/14 | By | 54 More

For Sept. 15-Sept. 21.

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Open Bard Poetry Launches New Season Next Week

09/23/14 | By | 44 More

A nature poet to be sure, Scott intersperses his poems of Ocho with observations of a man who lives in areas where winter holds on long into summer.

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Steeled for Success

09/22/14 | By | 55 More
Steeled for Success

Metal Artist Jeff Skoloda Hits His Stride

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Ouray Blotter | Protection Order Violation, Indecent Conduct, Rescue of Fallen Hiker

09/22/14 | By | 39 More

For Sept. 8-14, 2014.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Ouray Municipal Day Scheduled for Next Friday

09/21/14 | By | More

Information session set for de-Brucing question on Sept. 22…Community policing meetings scheduled.

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Ridgway Digs Into Lake Otonowanda Rehab Project 

09/20/14 | By | 156 More
Ridgway Digs Into Lake Otonowanda Rehab Project 

Workers focused on advancing this tunnel system jokingly calling for “holy water” last week, to expedite the laborious tunnel-boring process.

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Feds Reject Ouray County’s Bid for Funding to Fix County Road 1

09/20/14 | By | 51 More
Feds Reject Ouray County’s Bid for Funding to Fix County Road 1

It was the third time since 2009 that Ouray County has unsuccessfully applied for a TIGER grant.

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Immerse Yourself in the World of Fiber

09/19/14 | By | 39 More
Immerse Yourself in the World of Fiber

Come celebrate all things fiber Sept. 26-28 at the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway.

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Climbers Recount Daring Mt. Sneffels Rescue Mission

09/17/14 | By | 3,788 More
Climbers Recount Daring Mt. Sneffels Rescue Mission

“I’ve always said, I’m the luckiest dude on the planet,” the injured climber said following rescue.

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dZi Spins to Podium Finish in Third Trois Etapes

09/16/14 | By | More
dZi Spins to Podium Finish in Third Trois Etapes

Altogether, the 104 participating riders raised over $1.5 million for their chosen charities.

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Ridgway Chautauqua Society on Track to Buy Sherbino

09/16/14 | By | More

“It has always been our desire to own rather than lease the property,” said Ridgway Chautauqua Society Board President Patrick O’Leary.

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A Theatre Group Offers Playwriting Workshop in Silverton

09/16/14 | By | More

Visiting artist Peter Gil-Sheridan leads a master class in playwriting on two consecutive Saturdays at the Blue Raven Gallery in Silverton

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Colorado Supreme Court Justice Hobbs to Speak at ‘Water 101′ Seminar

09/16/14 | By | More

The seminar features a line-up of qualified speakers, including keynote speaker Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.

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Ouray County Railroad Days Sept. 18-21

09/16/14 | By | More

The weekend kicks off on Thursday and Friday with guided hikes along the route of Otto Mears’ Silverton Railroad.

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Forest Service Seeks Answer for Dying Forests

09/13/14 | By | 159 More
Forest Service Seeks Answer for Dying Forests

The rise of the spruce bark beetle comes just as the pine beetle infestation in northern Colorado is tapering off.

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High Times at the Bon Ton

09/11/14 | By | 175 More
High Times at the Bon Ton

A restaurant that is a destination in itself.

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A Preservation Celebration at the Ghost Town of Animas Forks

09/11/14 | By | 101 More
A Preservation Celebration at the Ghost Town of Animas Forks

Now, the ghost town will be able to withstand many a harsh winter to come.

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OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Contractors Uncover Secret Tire Stash at Gunn Dump

09/10/14 | By | 221 More
OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Contractors Uncover Secret Tire Stash at Gunn Dump

Social media policy comes under scrutiny…Road dispute flairs up again.

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Ouray County Announces Reminders for Upcoming General Election

09/09/14 | By | More

Beginning the week of Oct. 14, mail ballots will be sent to all active, registered voters at their address on file.

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Central City Opera Brings ‘Saints and Sinners’ to the Wright

09/08/14 | By | 37 More
Central City Opera Brings ‘Saints and Sinners’ to the Wright

“Saints and Sinners” promises to transport the audience to a world of operatic extremes.

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Ouray Sheriff’s Blotter: Water Dispute, Motorcycle Accident

09/08/14 | By | 81 More

For Aug. 25-31.

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Riding Into the Future of Ridgway’s Ranching Heritage

09/07/14 | By | 129 More
Riding Into the Future of Ridgway’s Ranching Heritage

Some kids take the bus to school. Others walk, or ride their bike. Gentry Gobey rides a horse named Zipper.

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Lt. Gov. Garcia Appoints Judges in 7th Judicial District

09/05/14 | By | 67 More

Steven Schultz has been in private practice and David Westfall currently serves as Ouray County Court Judge.

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Hot Springs Pool Overhaul Poised to Launch this Fall

09/05/14 | By | 156 More
Hot Springs Pool Overhaul Poised to Launch this Fall

Much of what needs to be fixed is not readily apparent to anyone except those who are intimately familiar with its archaic workings.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Fate of Retail Pot Now Lies in Hands of Voters

09/04/14 | By | 75 More

De-Brucing question heads to ballot as well.

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Hickenlooper Shines Spotlight On Local Business Success Stories

09/03/14 | By | 110 More
Hickenlooper Shines Spotlight On Local Business Success Stories

“Ridgway is emblematic of Colorado,” HIckenlooper said.

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Miner Airlifted ‘As Precautionary Measure’ Following Accident at Revenue Silver Mine

09/03/14 | By | 240 More

The worker was engaged in blasting activity deep inside the mine, when part of a rock slab hit him in the back of the neck.

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Silverton Homicide Case Inches Toward Trial

09/02/14 | By | 91 More

“Right now, we are anticipating that it will go to trial,” said McFarland’s attorney Joel Fry.

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Man Survives Single-Vehicle Accident on Red Mountain Pass

09/01/14 | By | 776 More
Man Survives Single-Vehicle Accident on Red Mountain Pass

The victim spent a night exposed to the elements before emergency responders rescued him on Monday morning.

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Council Agrees to ‘Let the Voters Have Their Say’ on Retail Pot in Ouray

08/31/14 | By | 51 More

Council drew the line at retail sales, agreeing to draft an ordinance that would ban the other three commercial uses.

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Ouray Schools Seek $2.5 Million Bond to Shore Up Aging Infrastructure

08/30/14 | By | 63 More
Ouray Schools Seek $2.5 Million Bond to Shore Up Aging Infrastructure

Topping this list was a recommendation to build a new sloping metal roof.

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Ouray Sheriff Blotter | Male Arrested for Assault and Cruelty to Animals

08/29/14 | By | 92 More

For Aug. 18-24.

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Completion of Fairgrounds Project Took ‘A Great Many Hands’

08/29/14 | By | 80 More
Completion of Fairgrounds Project Took ‘A Great Many Hands’

The community has come together again, to help build the new rodeo grounds.

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Ouray Police Pursue Suspect in Burglary Investigation

08/27/14 | By | 83 More

The suspect, whose identity has not yet been released, is believed to have stolen between $3,000 and $3,500 from a cash drawer.

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OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Ouray County Gives Acme Green Light to Grow

08/27/14 | By | 79 More

Colorado foreclosure lawsuit could make waves…High-speed Internet coming to 4-H Center soon.

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Loghill Lungbuster:  Short But Challenging 

08/26/14 | By | 39 More

The 16-mile time trial will begin between noon and 12:15 p.m. for elite cyclists on Sept. 7.

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Ouray Blotter: OHVs on Oak Street ; Main Street, Juveniles Fishing Illegally, Theft at Miners Park

08/26/14 | By | 72 More

For Aug. 18-Aug. 24

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Ouray County Sheriff Blotter: Stolen Vehicle, Restraining Order Violation, Stranded Hiker

08/25/14 | By | 43 More

8-11-2014            Follow up on water dispute. Civil process attempt. Agency assist – Colorado State Patrol, stand down. Agency assist – Ouray EMS, traffic control for ambulance. Fingerprints at the office. Phone call request. Civil process served. Report of possible one vehicle accident, Highway 550, Mile Marker 89. Motorist assist, Highway […]

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Celebrate Ouray County’s New Fairgrounds at the Labor Day Fair and Rodeo

08/24/14 | By | 140 More

The all-new Ouray County Fairgrounds are the place to be for the fantastic five-day celebration over Labor Day Weekend.

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Ouray and Ridgway Schools Launch a Year of New Beginnings

08/23/14 | By | 110 More
Ouray and Ridgway Schools Launch a Year of New Beginnings

Students across Ouray County head back to school on Monday, Aug. 25, but the faculty, staff and administrators who will be greeting them at schools in Ouray and Ridgway are already back on the job.

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Fortune Announces New Terms for Acquisition of Revenue Silver Mine

08/21/14 | By | 104 More

The new terms include a significantly lower purchase price under an accelerated payment schedule, said Troy Nazarewicz, Fortune’s Investor Relations Manager.

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For Local Pot Growers, Ouray County’s Lukewarm Embrace May Be Too Little, Too Late

08/21/14 | By | 149 More

The proprietors of Ouray County’s sole grow facility say they are in limbo, and may need to expand elsewhere on the Western Slope.

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BREAKING: Female Suspect Sought in Olathe Bank Robbery

08/20/14 | By | 320 More

A weapon was possibly involved in the incident.

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RIDGWAY BRIEFS | RiverSage Residents Ask Town to Maintain ‘A Road More Traveled’

08/20/14 | By | 43 More

$2K for the Ouray County Soccer Association…Axel Bicycle Classic, KVNF Fundraiser

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San Juan Mountains Mineral Symposium Offered in September

08/19/14 | By | 55 More
San Juan Mountains Mineral Symposium Offered in September

Ouray’s mining heritage will be front and center in an upcoming mineralogy symposium.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Hilton, Cockle Appointed to Ouray City Council

08/18/14 | By | 104 More
OURAY BRIEFS | Hilton, Cockle Appointed to Ouray City Council

They were two of six community members vying for the two vacancies.

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Ouray Sheriff Blotter: Unattended Death, Rollover Accident, DUI Arrest

08/18/14 | By | 313 More

For the week of Aug. 4-Aug. 10

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It’s All a Facade

08/18/14 | By | 128 More
It’s All a Facade

Among Mesker enthusiasts, Ouray is a hands-down favorite, with 14 surviving examples.

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Ouray Police Blotter: Stolen Vehicle, Vicious Animal, Graffiti

08/18/14 | By | More

For Aug. 8-17.

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Six Applicants Vie for Two Ouray City Council Vacancies

08/16/14 | By | 49 More

The appointees will be sworn in during the Sept. 2 council meeting.

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How the Montrose Mouse ‘Saved the Dallas’

08/15/14 | By | 156 More
How the Montrose Mouse ‘Saved the Dallas’

But for a cartoon mouse and 1,500 urine sample bottles, the Ridgway Reservoir may never have existed.

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Oil and Gas Compromise Puts Final Nail in Coffin for Public Trust Initiatives

08/13/14 | By | 37 More

The compromise between the two Democrats headed off a brewing multi-million dollar election maelstrom over local control issues pertaining to oil and gas drilling.

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CDOT Zooms In on Design for Ridgway’s Streetscape Project

08/13/14 | By | 95 More
CDOT Zooms In on Design for Ridgway’s Streetscape Project

CDOT envisions breaking the Highway 62 component of the project into three distinct phases.

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Tour, Symposium Plumb Riches of Ouray’s Geology

08/12/14 | By | 46 More
Tour, Symposium Plumb Riches of Ouray’s Geology

Two dozen geology buffs from around the region journeyed well over a billion years back in time on the second annual Geology Tour.

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Ouray Sawtooth Mountain Ranch Project Finds Funding

08/12/14 | By | 105 More
Ouray Sawtooth Mountain Ranch Project Finds Funding

The Sawtooth Mountain Ranch Project complements 15,000 acres of land already protected along the San Juan Skyway.

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A Grand New Look for the Ouray County Fairgrounds

08/12/14 | By | 74 More
A Grand New Look for the Ouray County Fairgrounds

Ribbon cutting ceremonies are planned for Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m. and Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. respectively.

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Ouray Blotter: Illegal Camping, ATV on City Streets, Criminal Mischief at Ouray School

08/12/14 | By | 86 More

Ouray Police blotter for Aug. 4-10.

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ROCC Presents ‘Uranium Drive-In’ at the Sherbino

08/11/14 | By | More

Director Suzan Beraza immersed herself in debates and hearings on the proposed mill and spent two years getting to know Naturita residents.

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Discover Your Roots at Upcoming OCHS Genealogy Workshop

08/11/14 | By | More

The morning session will cover the basics of genealogy research, types of documentation available, and online sources for information.

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Grill and Chill at Ouray’s Annual Brew, Music Fest

08/11/14 | By | 37 More

Entrance to Grillin’ & Chillin’ is free for all; beer-tasting costs $25 which includes a commemorative tasting glass.

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No Holds Bard Puts the ‘Play’ Back in Plays 

08/10/14 | By | 37 More

See their Much Ado About Nothing at the Wright Opera House Aug. 14-15.

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Zac Marion Snags Inaugural Ouray 100 Ultramarathon Title

08/08/14 | By | 122 More
Zac Marion Snags Inaugural Ouray 100 Ultramarathon Title

Marion and Dauwalter were the first of 19 runners (out of 29 starters) to complete the Ouray 100 in its inaugural year.

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OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Commissioners Eye Limited Pot Operations

08/07/14 | By | 59 More
OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Commissioners Eye Limited Pot Operations

Firehouse Moves Ahead … Alpine Ranger Program Wins Grant…

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Ouray Improves Ditch, Pursues New Water Rights

08/07/14 | By | More
Ouray Improves Ditch, Pursues New Water Rights

The city improves its water system with an eye to what will likely be a shrinking water supply across the West.

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dZi Foundation Rides Again in Trois Etapes Cycling Event

08/06/14 | By | More
dZi Foundation Rides Again in Trois Etapes Cycling Event

The Trois Etapes is a grueling, multi-day “fantasy camp” of European road racing.

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Charges Filed in Homicide Case Suggest Recklessness Rather Than Intent

08/06/14 | By | 45 More

Michael McFarland was arrested after authorities found Jessica McFarland’s body in the couple’s Silverton home on the morning of June 6.

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Richard Kersen Resigns from Ouray City Council

08/05/14 | By | More

Ouray City Councilor Richard Kersen announced on Tuesday, Aug. 5 that he is resigning from the Ouray City Council.

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Call for Artists in Upcoming Ridgway Open Exhibition

08/05/14 | By | More

The exhibit will remain on display through October at Resource Art Gallery & Co-op in Ridgway.

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Fortune Minerals Announces Extension of Revenue Silver Mine Purchase Agreement

08/05/14 | By | More

Fortune Revenue will continue to act as operator of the mine pending completion or termination of the transaction.

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Walk Through Ouray County’s History on Four Guided Tours 

08/05/14 | By | More
Walk Through Ouray County’s History on Four Guided Tours 

Paulson’s tour includes detailed explanations of the museum’s many ranching and mining artifacts.

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Ouray County RSA Hosts Open House, Seeks New Members

08/04/14 | By | More

The Ouray County Regional Services Authority is hosting an Open House on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 6-7 p.m. at Mountain Medical Center, 295 Sherman Street in Ridgway.

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San Juan Chamber MusicFest Offers Master Classes to Local Students

08/04/14 | By | More
San Juan Chamber MusicFest Offers Master Classes to Local Students

One of the highlights of MusicFest is when the festival’s guest musicians teach master classes to local music students.

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See You at the Rendezvous!

08/04/14 | By | More
See You at the Rendezvous!

Perennial favorites are back, along with a variety of outstanding new vendors in all categories from across the country.

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DOLA Grants $200K to Kickstart Ouray Pool Improvements

08/02/14 | By | More
DOLA Grants $200K to Kickstart Ouray Pool Improvements

Combined with a $100,000 cash match from the city, the grant will pay for a feasibility study.

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Ouray County Loosens Belt (a little), Thanks to Full PILT Funding for 2014

07/31/14 | By | More

With the extra money in the Road and Bridge fund, county officials plan to commission a Road and Bridge needs assessment, hiring a consultant to provide guidance on staffing, equipment usage and how the department can create more efficiencies.

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Ouray County Blotter: Restraining Order Violation; Motorhome vs. Cyclist Accident

07/31/14 | By | More

Ouray County Sheriff’s Office blotter for July 21-27

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Ridgway’s Rick Hodges Gets Hardrock Ticket Punched for 10th (and Final?) Time

07/30/14 | By | More
Ridgway’s Rick Hodges Gets Hardrock Ticket Punched for 10th (and Final?) Time

Hodges has always loved the challenge of a nice long run, and the training that leads up to it.

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Artists Alpine Holiday Delights the Senses, Soothes the Soul

07/30/14 | By | More
Artists Alpine Holiday Delights the Senses, Soothes the Soul

AAH is one of the oldest and best-loved juried art shows in Colorado.

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Proposed New ‘Section 9′ Point System Makes Blending the Big Bang

07/29/14 | By | More

In order to pass the new point system, proposed structures must amass at least 100 points through a combination of these five categories.

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Event Planned to Honor Builders of Ridgway Dam and Reservoir

07/29/14 | By | More
Event Planned to Honor Builders of Ridgway Dam and Reservoir

Construction eventually started in 1978 and the reservoir filled completely for the first time in 1990.

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Red Mountain Pass Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified; Eye Witness Recounts Accident

07/29/14 | By | 241 More

Authorities have concluded their investigation and released the name of a man who died in a motorcycle crash.

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Sherbino Theater Lecture Wraps Up OCHS ‘Evenings of History’ Series

07/28/14 | By | More
Sherbino Theater Lecture Wraps Up OCHS ‘Evenings of History’ Series

The final ‘Evenings of History’ lecture for 2014 will explore the history of Ridgway’s oldest performing arts venue.

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U.S. Olympic Runner Seeks Course Record in Mt. Sneffels Half-Marathon

07/28/14 | By | More
U.S. Olympic Runner Seeks Course Record in Mt. Sneffels Half-Marathon

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team (10,000 meter), is competing in this year’s race.

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Sherbino Theater Hosts Talk on Historic Wagon Routes

07/27/14 | By | More

Horn will trace the history of wagon road development from the early 1870s when the discovery of precious minerals in the San Juan Mountains made southwestern Colorado a destination.

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Ouray County Adopts a Road Map for the 21st Century

07/24/14 | By | More

Despite an eleventh hour interjection from the U.S. Forest Service, the Ouray County Commissioners made history this week, unanimously voting to adopt a new county road map that brings it into the 21st century.

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Lightning Strike Sparks Wildfire on Log Hill Mesa

07/22/14 | By | More

The second wildfire of the season flared up Sunday, July 20, on Log Hill, sparked by a lightning strike.

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Bears Feast on Fast Food Around Ouray

07/22/14 | By | 43 More
Bears Feast on Fast Food Around Ouray

A bear entered a kitchen, opened the fridge, had a drink, climbed back out the window with some food and sat out on the porch to eat it.

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Ouray Mountain Rescue Team Retrieves Injured Rider from Lou Creek Pass

07/22/14 | By | More

On a steep section of trail, a horse started sliding backwards, tripping and landing on its rider.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Downwind Residents Make a Stink About Malingering Sewage Project 

07/22/14 | By | More

Council nixes request to purchase city property…Morgenthaler heads to Telluride.

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Authorities Seek Answers in Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Red Mountain Pass

07/21/14 | By | 120 More

There are conflicting reports about what happened after the fatal accident.

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OCHS Seeks Vintage Quilts for 2014 Quilt Show

07/21/14 | By | More

The show is open to both quilters and non-quilters, in that individuals may enter family heirlooms or quilts made by friends and acquaintances in the past.

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Mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill Presents Everest-Lhotse Lecture at the Wright

07/18/14 | By | More

As O’Neill tells it, 2012 was a “crazy year to be climbing Everest,” with bad weather, scarce snow and overcrowding conspiring to lead to the deaths of six climbers.

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Ouray City Council Poised to Adopt Water Efficiency Plan

07/16/14 | By | More

The plan has been crafted to evaluate, prioritize and implement water efficiency activities.

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Initiative 75 Withdrawn From Ballot

07/16/14 | By | More

The measure aimed to give communities sweeping powers over oil drilling and other industrial activity within their jurisdiction.

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Growing Pains in Pot-Friendly Ridgway

07/16/14 | By | More

The Ridgway Town Council discovered a Pandora’s box of unintended consequences.

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Volunteers Needed for Top of the Pines Clean-up

07/15/14 | By | More

Join the volunteer clean-up crew at the Top of the Pines Sunday, July 20, at 2 p.m.

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OCHS Presents History of Mountain Top and Grand View Mines

07/14/14 | By | More
OCHS Presents History of Mountain Top and Grand View Mines

The story of two significant Ouray County mines will unfold at the Ouray County Historical Society’s next “Evening of History’ lecture on Tuesday, July 22.

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Kilian Jornet Sets New Record in Hardrock 100 | ‘Basically, He’s the Best in the World’

07/13/14 | By | 68 More
Kilian Jornet Sets New Record in Hardrock 100 | ‘Basically, He’s the Best in the World’

Jornet shatters the standing course record of the Hardrock Hundred with a time of 22 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds.

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Learn the Secrets of Ancestral Puebloans at Next ‘Evenings of History’ Lecture

07/12/14 | By | More
Learn the Secrets of Ancestral Puebloans at Next ‘Evenings of History’ Lecture

Wilshusen will discuss the early Pueblo great house communities and their leaders in both Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon, and present evidence that Mesa Verde and Chaco’s beginnings are deeply intertwined and may go back as far as AD 750.

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OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Property Values Still Lag in Ouray County

07/11/14 | By | More

The trending line for property values in Ouray County will likely remain flat in 2015

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Ridgway Community Vets Streetscape Project

07/09/14 | By | More
Ridgway Community Vets Streetscape Project

The town will focus next year on working to mitigate construction impacts and to celebrate the creative spirit of the town.

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Ouray Student Takes a Swing at National Golfing Title

07/09/14 | By | More

Alvarez, now 8, took 1st place in his age category at a local qualifying round of the PGA’s Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at Grand Junction’s Lincoln Park Golf Course on June 24.

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Ferguson Resigns from Ouray City Council

07/09/14 | By | More

“It has been an educational and fulfilling last four years that I would recommend to any one,” Ferguson wrote.

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Hardrock 100 Ultra-Endurance Run Takes Place This Weekend

07/09/14 | By | More

This Friday, 140 runners from across the country and around the world will gather in the cool dawn out in front of the Silverton School gym for the 21st running of the Hardrock 100.

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Ouray County Man Arrested in Connection With Auto Theft

07/09/14 | By | More
Ouray County Man Arrested in Connection With Auto Theft

The case is still under investigation and authorities are not sure whether Lisk, who resides in Ouray County, is the one that stole the vehicle.

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A Day for the Record Books at Ouray’s Water Fights

07/08/14 | By | More
A Day for the Record Books at Ouray’s Water Fights

At least two new records were likely set at last Friday’s Fourth of July water fights in Ouray – the shortest battle, and the longest winning streak.

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A History of Ouray County, in Groceries

07/06/14 | By | More

Presenter Don Paulson, curator of the Ouray County Historical Museum, will focus on the history of individual stores in the county’s towns from 1876 to 1950, as well as that of the people who operated them.

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Local Geologists Lead OCHS Geology Tour in August

07/06/14 | By | More

The tour is limited to 24 participants and spaces are filling fast.

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Udall’s Re-Election Strategy Hinges on Finding New Voters, Chasing Ballots

07/03/14 | By | More
Udall’s Re-Election Strategy Hinges on Finding New Voters, Chasing Ballots

Udall predicts the election, which pits himself against Congressman Cory Gardner, will be very close.

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Get Hosed at Ouray’s Fourth of July Water Fights

07/03/14 | By | More
Get Hosed at Ouray’s Fourth of July Water Fights

The Fourth of July promises to be drenched in drama once again this year.

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Colo. Supreme Court Blocks Progress of Public Trust Doctrine Measure

07/03/14 | By | More

Water policy watchdogs across Colorado breathed a small sigh of relief this week upon learning that Initiative 103, the so-called “Public Trust Doctrine”

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Ouray County Commissioners Delay Decision on Road Map Adoption

07/02/14 | By | More

Public comment will be confined only to documented information regarding “clerical, ownership, alignment and inclusion” matters pertaining to the proposed map.

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Judge Postpones Filing of Charges Against Mike McFarland

07/02/14 | By | More

Attorney Risberg asked that the filing be rescheduled for late July, so investigators can have ample time to complete their investigation into the death of McFarland’s wife.

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Decision Looms Today on Ouray County Road Map Adoption

07/01/14 | By | More

The last time an official county road map was prepared in Ouray County was in August, 1961.

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Authors Donate Books to Help Raise Funds for Ouray Perimeter Trail

07/01/14 | By | More
Authors Donate Books to Help Raise Funds for Ouray Perimeter Trail

Completing the next section of the trail will require constructing a bridge.

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Enjoy an Old-fashioned Fourth of July in Ouray

06/30/14 | By | More
Enjoy an Old-fashioned Fourth of July in Ouray

Ouray’s Independence Day celebration fizzes with good, old-fashioned patriotic fun, from sun-up to sun-down and beyond.

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‘Evenings of History’ Lecture Presents an Environmental History of Rocky Mountain National Park

06/28/14 | By | More

Frank’s talk will examine the tensions between tourism and ecology that have impacted Rocky Mountain National Park’s natural environment over the past century.

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Fortune Minerals Settles in for Long Haul at Revenue Silver Mine

06/26/14 | By | 81 More
Fortune Minerals Settles in for Long Haul at Revenue Silver Mine

Work at the Revenue Silver Mine is progressing at a brisk clip, following the Canadian company’s move to acquire the property last month.

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Ouray County Economic Consortium Emerges from Dust of ‘Bottom Up’ Discussions

06/25/14 | By | More

The newly formed Ouray County Economic Development Consortium is currently focused on how to define economic development within Ouray County.

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Ouray Trail Group Nears Fundraising Goal for New Segment of Perimeter Trail

06/25/14 | By | More
Ouray Trail Group Nears Fundraising Goal for New Segment of Perimeter Trail

The finished bridge will be installed over Oak Creek Canyon with the help of a helicopter.

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Ridgway River Festival Makes a Splash This Weekend

06/24/14 | By | More

The event also features a White Water Rodeo for adults, including the popular “Junk of the Unc” race where families put together unique watercraft.

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Ridgway Council Seeks Applicants to Fill Vacancy Following Kavanaugh Resignation

06/18/14 | By | More

Council also approves new regulations and fees for the use of town property… And invests in solar…

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Memorial Service Planned Sunday for Jessica McFarland

06/18/14 | By | 110 More

McFarland’s widowed husband Michael McFarland was arrested and charged with her murder on June 6.

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Uncompahgre Utes Subject of Upcoming OCHS Lecture

06/18/14 | By | More

Baker’s talk and PowerPoint presentation will offer descriptive summaries of the UVUP’s findings on many important Ute-related sites and activities

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How High Is Too High? Ouray Council Ponders a Taxing Question

06/18/14 | By | More

Council began its meeting this Monday, June 16 with a moment of silence for former Ouray Public Works Director Dan Fossey, who died unexpectedly earlier that day.

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Woman’s Club of Ouray County Hosts Huge Annual Rummage Sale June 20-21

06/16/14 | By | More
Woman’s Club of Ouray County Hosts Huge Annual Rummage Sale June 20-21

True rummage sale die-hards look forward to the event all year long, and come back several times while it is underway.

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Red Mountain Pass Opens to Two-Way Traffic

06/16/14 | By | More
Red Mountain Pass Opens to Two-Way Traffic

Officials from CDOT the City of Ouray, Town of Silverton, and Ouray Chamber Resort Association gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ruby Walls rockfall site on Thursday evening.

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Ouray Area Homeowners Urged to Participate in Wildfire Risk Analysis

06/15/14 | By | More

The effort is “kind of a big deal,” said Alan Staehle of the OFPD, because it signifies a change in focus in Colorado.

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Gunnison Basin Roundtable Defines Goals for State Water Plan

06/14/14 | By | More

That overriding goal is simply to protect existing water uses in the Gunnison Basin.

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Red Mountain Pass Now Open to 2-Way Traffic

06/14/14 | By | More
Red Mountain Pass Now Open to 2-Way Traffic

OURAY COUNTY – A new Corvette belonging to former Colorado Transportation Commissioner Steve Parker was the first car to roll over a newly paved section of US 550/Red Mountain Pass after a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening to mark the completion of months of rockfall mitigation work there. The transportation artery between Ouray and Silverton […]

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At Long Last, Ridgway Dam Hydro Plant Is Spinning Water Into Energy

06/12/14 | By | 38 More
At Long Last, Ridgway Dam Hydro Plant Is Spinning Water Into Energy

The emissions reduction benefit is equivalent to removing about 4,400 cars off the road each year.

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Ouray Embraces ‘Flower Power’ to Beautify Main Street

06/12/14 | By | More
Ouray Embraces ‘Flower Power’ to Beautify Main Street

The Main Street Flower Project has blossomed over the years from a grass roots volunteer effort into a full scale professionally executed project.

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