Western Colorado is not insulated from the threat posed by Mexican drug cartels.
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For the last two decades, the competition route setters of the Ouray Ice Festival have dished out endless permutations of pain and punishment. This year is no different.The psych was high in the Ouray Ice Park last Sunday afternoon for Sasha DiGiulian — the 22-year-old rock star of the climbing world who is making her […]
Daytime action at the Ice Park, evening parties abound in townThe Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray’s annual homage to all things icy, is right around the corner, from Jan. 8-11. Presented by Asolo and Rock and Ice, the Fest is replete with climbing clinics, free walk-up climbing for adults and children, two exciting climbing competitions on […]
Construction makes a comeback in the western San JuansThings are pretty quiet inside the Montrose Workforce Center on a recent December afternoon. Nobody is sitting at the reception desk, but in a cubicle beyond the counter, there is a low thrum of conversation going on between a counselor and a job seeker. Elsewhere in the […]
The legislation is timed to go into effect early next year.
There is no way for OHVs to get from town into the high country without going on Highway 550.
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 […]
“It was like walking through a haunted house with a bunch of fog,” survivor Cory Geist recalled.
Residents of the region who spot a mountain lion should report it to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Office.
Ouray Blotter: Mountain Lion Attacks Deer on Oak Street, Welfare Check on Children Missing from School
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 […]
11-6-2014: Prisoner transport to court.
McLachlan, so far, has declined to concede to Brown, hoping to find 35 more votes which would be enough to trigger a mandatory recount.
Telluride voters narrowly approve a school bond while Montrose voters decisively defeat a school tax increase and Ouray rejects recreational pot.
A “yurt” in the Dallas Meadows subdivision has led County Planner Mark Castrodale to decide the regulations may need to be amended.
A total of 60 teams from 1A through 5A schools will be competing, but only a handful of them are from the Western Slope.
Criminal mischief, County Road 1 and County Road 22. Political signs damaged.
• Officer responded to the 300 block of Main Street for the report of a male party throwing objects at passing cars.
SMPA has received several reports of calls and “the calls are definitely a scam.”
Ridgway’s newest yoga studio has only been open for about two months, but already, it has a devoted following.
Ouray County officials hope to bring a years-long, tortuous process of enacting visual impact regulations to a conclusion.
Cyclists have also reported that some of the carconite signs restricting all-terrain vehicles were defaced.
The City of Ouray’s economy appears to have bounced back after a banner summer season that has lingered well into fall.
An MSHA release on Tuesday blamed mine management for improperly disposing of deteriorated explosives.
Ridgway has a tough round of games coming up this Saturday on their own home court.
MSHA determined the fatal accident occurred due to management’s failure to dispose of deteriorated explosives in a safe manner.
“This is such a tremendous asset for the shelter and our region,” said SCHS Executive Director Kelly Goodin.
The RSS chapter of the National Honor Society is working with United Blood Services to orchestrate the event.
Now Mike McLachlan is the incumbent and J. Paul Brown, the challenger.
Former State Rep. J. Paul Brown is making an aggressive bid to reclaim the Colorado 59th House District seat in 2014.
The school district emphasizes that while the “bones” of the building are good, the structure is getting old.
Approved by voters in 1992, TABOR is a constitutional amendment designed to limit government growth and spending.
Barnes is a self-employed consultant who designs and develops outdoor equipment.
Planning commissioner launches review of Section 9…Pot licensing discussed at work session.
Will it be third time’s a charm this November in Ouray?
The Canadian company closed on the deal Wednesday, Oct. 1.
For Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2014
The 2014 event will be an English “high tea,” presented with all the traditional trappings of fine china and sterling silver.
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.
Last week, at age 92, she packed up her things and left Ouray to live with her daughter Roxanna in Rock Island, Wa.
Federal officials have cited 92 significant and substantial violations at the mine during a 12-month review period ending July 31, 2014.
For Sept. 22-Sept. 28.
The barrel of fun rolls out at the Ouray Community Center, 320 Sixth Avenue from 5-10 p.m.
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.
This is the system under which Hobbs has labored during his 19-year tenure on the Colorado Supreme Court bench.
The version approved late last week contained amendments inserted by Tipton at the eleventh hour.
As much as she loves performing the classics, Huber is also an advocate of new music.
Hinkson served as a board member for eight years and stepped down last year after being term limited.
Information session set for de-Brucing question on Sept. 22…Community policing meetings scheduled.
It was the third time since 2009 that Ouray County has unsuccessfully applied for a TIGER grant.
“I’ve always said, I’m the luckiest dude on the planet,” the injured climber said following rescue.
“It has always been our desire to own rather than lease the property,” said Ridgway Chautauqua Society Board President Patrick O’Leary.
Visiting artist Peter Gil-Sheridan leads a master class in playwriting on two consecutive Saturdays at the Blue Raven Gallery in Silverton
The seminar features a line-up of qualified speakers, including keynote speaker Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.
Now, the ghost town will be able to withstand many a harsh winter to come.
Beginning the week of Oct. 14, mail ballots will be sent to all active, registered voters at their address on file.
“Saints and Sinners” promises to transport the audience to a world of operatic extremes.
Some kids take the bus to school. Others walk, or ride their bike. Gentry Gobey rides a horse named Zipper.
Steven Schultz has been in private practice and David Westfall currently serves as Ouray County Court Judge.
Much of what needs to be fixed is not readily apparent to anyone except those who are intimately familiar with its archaic workings.
De-Brucing question heads to ballot as well.
“Ridgway is emblematic of Colorado,” HIckenlooper said.
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.
The victim spent a night exposed to the elements before emergency responders rescued him on Monday morning.
Council drew the line at retail sales, agreeing to draft an ordinance that would ban the other three commercial uses.
Topping this list was a recommendation to build a new sloping metal roof.
The community has come together again, to help build the new rodeo grounds.
The suspect, whose identity has not yet been released, is believed to have stolen between $3,000 and $3,500 from a cash drawer.
Colorado foreclosure lawsuit could make waves…High-speed Internet coming to 4-H Center soon.
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 […]
The all-new Ouray County Fairgrounds are the place to be for the fantastic five-day celebration over Labor Day Weekend.
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.
The new terms include a significantly lower purchase price under an accelerated payment schedule, said Troy Nazarewicz, Fortune’s Investor Relations Manager.
The proprietors of Ouray County’s sole grow facility say they are in limbo, and may need to expand elsewhere on the Western Slope.
A weapon was possibly involved in the incident.
$2K for the Ouray County Soccer Association…Axel Bicycle Classic, KVNF Fundraiser
Ouray’s mining heritage will be front and center in an upcoming mineralogy symposium.
They were two of six community members vying for the two vacancies.
For the week of Aug. 4-Aug. 10
The appointees will be sworn in during the Sept. 2 council meeting.
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.
CDOT envisions breaking the Highway 62 component of the project into three distinct phases.
The Sawtooth Mountain Ranch Project complements 15,000 acres of land already protected along the San Juan Skyway.
Ouray Police blotter for Aug. 4-10.
The morning session will cover the basics of genealogy research, types of documentation available, and online sources for information.
Entrance to Grillin’ & Chillin’ is free for all; beer-tasting costs $25 which includes a commemorative tasting glass.
Marion and Dauwalter were the first of 19 runners (out of 29 starters) to complete the Ouray 100 in its inaugural year.
Firehouse Moves Ahead … Alpine Ranger Program Wins Grant…
The Trois Etapes is a grueling, multi-day “fantasy camp” of European road racing.
Michael McFarland was arrested after authorities found Jessica McFarland’s body in the couple’s Silverton home on the morning of June 6.
The exhibit will remain on display through October at Resource Art Gallery & Co-op in Ridgway.
Fortune Revenue will continue to act as operator of the mine pending completion or termination of the transaction.
Paulson’s tour includes detailed explanations of the museum’s many ranching and mining artifacts.
One of the highlights of MusicFest is when the festival’s guest musicians teach master classes to local music students.
Combined with a $100,000 cash match from the city, the grant will pay for a feasibility study.
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.
Ouray County Sheriff’s Office blotter for July 21-27
Hodges has always loved the challenge of a nice long run, and the training that leads up to it.
AAH is one of the oldest and best-loved juried art shows in Colorado.
In order to pass the new point system, proposed structures must amass at least 100 points through a combination of these five categories.
Construction eventually started in 1978 and the reservoir filled completely for the first time in 1990.
Authorities have concluded their investigation and released the name of a man who died in a motorcycle crash.
The final ‘Evenings of History’ lecture for 2014 will explore the history of Ridgway’s oldest performing arts venue.
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team (10,000 meter), is competing in this year’s race.
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.
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.
On a steep section of trail, a horse started sliding backwards, tripping and landing on its rider.
Council nixes request to purchase city property…Morgenthaler heads to Telluride.
There are conflicting reports about what happened after the fatal accident.
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.
The plan has been crafted to evaluate, prioritize and implement water efficiency activities.
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.
Jornet shatters the standing course record of the Hardrock Hundred with a time of 22 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds.
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.
The trending line for property values in Ouray County will likely remain flat in 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
Udall predicts the election, which pits himself against Congressman Cory Gardner, will be very close.
Water policy watchdogs across Colorado breathed a small sigh of relief this week upon learning that Initiative 103, the so-called “Public Trust Doctrine”
Public comment will be confined only to documented information regarding “clerical, ownership, alignment and inclusion” matters pertaining to the proposed map.
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.
The last time an official county road map was prepared in Ouray County was in August, 1961.
Completing the next section of the trail will require constructing a bridge.
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.
Work at the Revenue Silver Mine is progressing at a brisk clip, following the Canadian company’s move to acquire the property last month.
The finished bridge will be installed over Oak Creek Canyon with the help of a helicopter.
The event also features a White Water Rodeo for adults, including the popular “Junk of the Unc” race where families put together unique watercraft.
Council also approves new regulations and fees for the use of town property… And invests in solar…
McFarland’s widowed husband Michael McFarland was arrested and charged with her murder on June 6.
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.
True rummage sale die-hards look forward to the event all year long, and come back several times while it is underway.
The effort is “kind of a big deal,” said Alan Staehle of the OFPD, because it signifies a change in focus in Colorado.
That overriding goal is simply to protect existing water uses in the Gunnison Basin.
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 […]
The emissions reduction benefit is equivalent to removing about 4,400 cars off the road each year.
The Main Street Flower Project has blossomed over the years from a grass roots volunteer effort into a full scale professionally executed project.