Western Colorado is not insulated from the threat posed by Mexican drug cartels.
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Letting the people speakAnn E. Cheeks is a landscape painter and art educator whose most recent exhibit, a joint show with fellow artist (and Ouray resident) Ann Dettmer entitled For the Love Of It, is up at the Ah Haa School through the end of the month. Here she is on proud moments, oaks as […]
At the Wailers show at the Telluride Conference Center a few weeks ago, the lead singer shouted out, “Be part of the solution, not part of the confusion.” In my confusion that night, I lost my iPod. This is the second iPod I have lost in Telluride. I lost my first 30 GB iPod in […]
Ouray tour operator offers access to backcountry Untracked, knee-deep powder. Skiers travel thousands of miles and spend just as much money for the chance to sink into a few feet of soft, undisturbed snow. In recent winter weeks, when snow has been in relatively short supply and temperatures have hovered in the 50s even at […]
Letting the people speakMusician Scott Doser has overseen arts programs at the Telluride Arts Council, the Wilkinson Library and the Palm Theatre. He’s also a drummer. Here he is on career change, drum-theft and feeding people. Childhood Ambition: I’ve always been an artist. It never occurred to me that I could do anything else. I […]
A friend of mine posted a quote attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald on Facebook that started with the words “For what it’s worth.” I reposted it with the comment “There’s something happening here.” Why? Because the Buffalo Springfield protest song begins with the lyrics “there’s something happening here” (footnote: this was the first song that […]
Search and rescue dogs are always on the job Telluride ski patroller Eric Larson informed a crowd at Ridgway State Park last Sunday that “Mona,” his avalanche-search dog “Could care less about you. She wants the toy.” It raised the question: Does the human train the dog or does the dog train the human? The […]
George Gardner Fund helps continue outdoor education If I wasn’t just five minutes from my breakfast spot, I could easily imagine being on the edge of the last Ice Age as I descended into the Box Canyon that is home ground for the Ouray Ice Park. Looking up from the bottom is a chaotic glimpse […]
Letting the people speakRusty George is the head of Montrose High School’s Science Department and the founder of its outdoor and climbing clubs. Here he is on nature, nurture and backpacking with John Denver. Childhood Ambition: Early on it was to be a boxer. I was really short when I was young – a little […]
While this is generally a music column, I sometimes explore other passions of mine and one of those is football. And while there may be a wealth of discussion about the Super Bowl this week, it will be over soon and football will fade away until resuscitated again by autumn’s sweet arrival. And in the […]
Dear editor, State legislators from every political persuasion are our last best hope for realigning the federal government to the limited powers granted to its three branches by the U.S. Constitution and releasing its stranglehold on states and individuals. The framers of our Constitution designed one of its seven articles in anticipation of this constitutional […]
Letting the people speakErin Stadelman is president of the Ouray County Cattlemen’s Association, which holds its annual Cattlemen’s Banquet Feb. 14, and the Ouray County Rodeo Association. Here she is on cowboys, ranching and living the dream. Childhood Ambition: When I was in kindergarten, I got an assignment that asked, “What do you want to […]
One Step Ahead of the BluesFire is by far the most exciting of the four elements. Earth, water and air just don’t hold a candle to fire. Fire is exciting. It’s fun to look at, it warms you up, it spreads fast, and it’s dynamic, perpetually in motion and incredibly dangerous. Just the light of […]
Dear Editor, I feel privileged to serve as the newly elected President of the San Miguel Educational Fund, which oversees KOTO FM, a commercial-free, non-underwritten radio station serving the Telluride community since 1975. The San Miguel Educational Fund is currently seeking letters of interest from the community to fill one open seat on its board […]
Dear Editor, Sunday night I watched “60 Minutes” on CBS. I had no idea the program included an interview with John Boehner, House Speaker, and Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the Senate. Though a staunch Democrat, I decided to listen openly to what they had to say. I was astounded at their pronouncing most of President […]
“Putting the Euro in Ouray” I’ve long thought that San Juan ski mountaineers and backcountry skiers proved true the adage about how difficult it is to herd cats: it’s impossible, because they drift in opposing directions, and everything they do is secretive. Backcountry skiers are the same way. You see evidence of this all the […]
Letting the people speakMichelle Dally is a travelling veterinarian who makes house calls in Telluride, Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose. Here she is on life before vet school, her pet “pet” and fanaticism Childhood Ambition: To be a bestselling author. Why did you decide to become a vet? What did you do before? I got a […]
The recall election to remove Ray Farnsworth and Joe McClure from their positions on the board of the San Miguel Education Fund, the governing body of KOTO, is finally over. The two were not recalled and will remain on the board until November when their seats will be up for re-election. The recall was, at […]
Dear Editor, My husband Bruce and I would like to express our deepest gratitude towards all of the friends and community members that showed up for our daughter Faye’s benefit in November. Faye, one of our two-year-old twins developed a type of Brainstem Encephalitis back in September. Her doctors at Children’s Hospital had never diagnosed […]
Ex-CIA officer lives in TellurideWhen a dream evaporates from the memory in the morning, it matters not how vivid it was. That dream, like an assassination victim, will never come back. Former CIA officer Robert Baer has written “The Perfect Kill, 21 Laws for Assassins,” 331 pages of adventure and intrigue. It is a “meditation […]
Letting the people speakAlpinist and outdoor gear company Marmot Ambassador Jim Nowak is President and Co-Founder of Ridgway’s dZi Foundation, which partners with remote Himalayan communities in India and Nepal to build schools, sponsor children’s education and build toilets and clean-water taps. Here he is on charity, ice climbing and who inspires him most. Childhood […]
Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw gets credit for the aphorism, “Youth is wasted on the young.” Obviously he wasn’t talking about Ridgway resident Chance Ronemus, who at the age of 16 scaled over 5,000 feet of granite in Yosemite Valley in a mere seven days last summer and is giving a presentation on his ascents […]
Letting the people speakMontrose painter and gilder Mike Simpson is the owner of the Main Street art gallery that bears his name. Here he talks about art and motorcycling – and moose and grizzly – in the West. Childhood Ambition: To be a cowboy. Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were my heroes. I am in […]
Dear Editor, Several recent letters and op-eds in local newspapers stated that KOTO spent over $5,000-6,000 to “fight the recall” or to “lawyer up” against a special election. I was initially hired by the KOTO board last March to address if KOTO could hold a special election or not, how to conduct it, and could […]
Letting the people speakOuray poet Beth Paulson is the co-founder, along with Kierstin Bridger, of the Open Bard Poetry Series that meets each month in Ridgway. Here, she reflects on reading, writing and listening. Childhood Ambition: My favorite Christmas gifts were a toy typewriter when I was about 6, and later, my own desk wrapped […]
Dear Editor, For me, the KOTO recall election is about preserving democracy and saving KOTO from gross financial mismanagement. Ray Farnsworth, elected in 2011, was to run for re-election in 2013 but didn’t. Joe McClure was appointed, not elected. Both promised to run for election one year ago at the request of the membership and […]
Dear Editor, In October 2013, Montrose County commissioners rejected a permit for a large, long-term gravel pit and asphalt/concrete plants four miles south of Montrose. Unfortunately, another permit application for the same operation will soon be on the commissioners’ agenda. While some details may change on the new application, most facts remain the same. The […]
Letting the people speakTelluride Mayor Stu Fraser will be in the spotlight this Wednesday evening on the town’s courthouse steps, ushering in the New Year. Here, he speaks of life onstage. Childhood Ambition: Just being able to graduate. I was probably not the best student around; I spent a lot of time in different colleges […]
The rock n’ roll records of 2014 provided audiences with one heck of a good time. Some of the biggest bands in the world delivered memorable records. There were also some newer faces, super groups and compilations that were also outstanding efforts. Here are my top 10 albums of the year. 10) Karl Denson’s record “New […]
Dear Editor, A recent letter to the editor tried to create categories for the people involved in the current KOTO crisis — categories that were, in my opinion, inaccurate and insulting. But the author missed the most detrimental category of people weighing in on the crisis — people who don’t read the financial statements, don’t […]
Letting the people speakTelluride Theatre’s artistic director, Sasha Sullivan, premieres her original holiday production, “Playing Santa” at the Sheridan Opera House this week. Here, the high-spirited actor-writer-director-stripper (she invented the raucous annual fundraiser, Burlesque) plays only herself. Childhood ambition: To be a unicorn. I really wanted to be a unicorn! [laughs] Failing that, the President […]
Rhonda Muckerman, director of the Telluride Choral Society, has a big weekend coming up: She will conduct more than 60 singers — 30 adults and over 30 children — in the choral society’s 21st annual holiday program, WinterSing. She grew up in New Jersey, attended college and graduate school in the Midwest, and had a […]
Dear editor, Through continued support from the community, Tri-County Health Network is seeking to grow the San Juan Kids Cavity Prevention Program, also known as Skippy. TCHNetwork partners with 16 schools throughout Delta, Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel counties twice a year to provide oral exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and oral hygiene instruction to […]
Dear Editor, I’ve been asked this a lot lately so I will share my perspective on the KOTO SMEF board of directors election. KOTO has been going through tumultuous times and I have refrained from airing dirty laundry and pointing fingers in a public forum and will continue to do so in the spirit of […]
In a season of good cheer, Telluride Arts’ Programs Director Britt Markey appears the perfect example. Except for one thing: she’s ebullient year-round. Though she was raised in Albuquerque and Phoenix, “My great-grandfather worked as a miner in Telluride, and my grandfather was a miner in Rico,” she says. “Growing up, I spent my summers […]
‘The discussion about the role of special events goes far back into KOTO history, but became more prevalent in the fall of 2011.’
Dolly and Little Sparrow’s “Shine” to Pop Staples to “Please Be With Me”…
Columbine Is the priority, board and staff agree.
Language in the “prohibitive uses” section in the General Agricultural and General Residential districts could be removed if the commission agrees to amend that portion of the county’s zoning guidelines.
One witness said Trinidad was “trying to hit every passing car with the hammer.”w
On Tuesday, the Forest Service announced that it has finalized its policy guidelines that open opportunities for ski areas to promote year-round recreation activities that are natural resource-based.
Geoff Hanson writes about the making of the soundtrack of his 1996 film, ‘Scrapple,’ and reminisces about his early days with Taj Majal.
In response to their constituents’ inquiries, the board wants to ensure adequate time for constituents to review the contract.
The Measure A ballot initiative to partially fund Ridgway’s long-awaited Streetscape project got a lot sweeter this week.
The sub-context hung heavy in the room, following the ongoing saga surrounding the fate of Ridgway School District Superintendent Cheryl Gomez (who has resigned) and Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs
Flight instructor, pilot and winch launch gliding enthusiast Jim Pilkington of Ouray is at the helm of the event. He will be using a winch that he owns to launch fellow glider pilot Carl Keil into the air in a fiberglass Ventus glider.
The agreement was made with the stipulation that to the degree possible, local subcontractors will have the opportunity to participate in the project.
The next meeting of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable takes place Monday, June 2, at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose, and precedes a “State of the River” informational event.
A jazz artist in Ridgway, a guided hike in Canyonlands, and a poet nominated for the Colorado Book Award, all in the arts this week.
Current efforts to develop a Colorado Water Plan have been largely driven by a large projected gap between urban water needs and developed supplies, but Gunnison Basin water planners focus on the gap between agricultural needs and developed supplies.
Each week features a different genre of music, from indie to funk, and bluegrass to rock and blues. The bands are selected to appeal to all ages and to get the crowds dancing and enjoying the gorgeous summer evenings from 6-9 p.m.
All contestants have to do is describe what flair they would bring to the campsite. It could be anything from sword-swallowing to storytelling to song-singing to fiddle playing to fixin’ a mean barbecue.
Ouray residents will now be permitted to park an RV less than 25 feet in length in front of their house on the city right-of-way for an unlimited amount of time.
April 17 ROCC event, titled Wildfire: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, features multi-media presentations from two experts in the field.
Showing at 6 p.m. each of those three nights, the show answers such questions as, “What do you call a lightning bolt that stretches ‘cross the sky? What do you call a lemon squirt that gets you in the eye?
The building will tower over the cribs and ruin the historic neighborhood.
FR: Black Canyon of the Gunnsion National Park Press Release MONTROSE — The combined efforts of search and rescue teams from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Ouray Mountain Rescue, West Elk Mountain Rescue, and Western State Mountain Rescue, resulted in a successful evacuation of an injured climber on Sunday, April 13. Rangers at […]
Phase One, to be built this summer, includes an inner pathway, bouldering wall, zip line, preschool play area, and outdoor classroom with shade sails, all with ADA-compliant access.
It will be the subject of his next two editions of ‘One Step Ahead of the Blues,’ airing Wednesdays, April 17 and 24 on KOTO-FM radio, 3-5 p.m.
The festering controversy has taken its toll on the Ridgway School Board.
“Our initial reaction was screaming, obviously, when the glass shattered,” said Russell Clark, of the bottle rocket that crashed through his window early Monday morning, setting fire to the blinds.
An accident last Sunday that claimed the life of a National Guard soldier working in Montrose is being called a “tragic loss,” and the 947th Engineer Company stationed in Montrose is planning a memorial service.
The voters have spoken, and the Montrose Recreation District is moving forward in creating a citizen oversight committee for the project.
Alice in Wonderland in Montrose, farewell to a local arts doyenne, and two authors from this region nominated for a Colorado Book Award, all in the arts this week.
“Some of the apple should stick out just a little,” he said, treating the slippery slices with care. I rolled another, making sure to follow his instructions.
Remembering a time when the efficient ongoing use of the agricultural water rights ensured that those rights would not be abandoned.
The production of hash oil and other concentrates pose a danger to Telluride, council said, but small-scale kitchens don’t.
Spring Youth Art exhibits will inject art lovers with color and imagination when they open during the town-wide Youth Art Walk at a number of galleries in Telluride, this Thursday, April 3, from 5-8 p.m.
On behalf of the Wilkinson Public Library I would like to thank the Telluride Education Foundation (We-R1) and the Telluride School District for their collaboration in bringing author Jeffrey Bennett to our community.
The Jimmy Hill family wishes to thank all of those who aided in the recovery of our beloved.
Along with films, the Adventure Film Festival will bring a host of speakers, activities and open discussions to Montrose April 4-6.
Performances by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Spoon, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joan Osborne, Lucero, The Hold Steady, Vintage Trouble, Rival Sons, Delta Rae, The Wood Brothers and many others.
Blotter: Underage party leads to juveniles cited for marijuana
The event is a fundraiser for the dZi Foundation, and will conclude with a brief presentation from dZi Executive Director Mark Rikkers on “Deep Development in Nepal.”
The announcement was made at the Ouray County Republican Assembly on Tuesday, March 25, according to party chair Susan Watson.
Visiting poet in Ridgway and poetry plus Burlesque in Telluride, all in the arts this week.
Editor: Service to others is a hallmark of the American character and central to how communities meet their challenges and, increasingly, the nation’s mayors are turning to national service programs like AmeriCorps and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet community needs. AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers increase the impact of the organizations they serve, both through […]
Retta Mae Vela dies at 108; Operated Telluride Bowling Lanes in the 1950s on the corner of Fir Street and Colorado Avenue.
Although no decisions were made, it appears that Superintendent Cheryl Gomez is on her way out, and Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs will be staying.
Divers will descend to the aircraft, get a point of reference while stabilizing themselves and then coordinate with the surface where to place lines around the plane.
Live electronica in the club and reggae bands on the mountain this week.
Ice climbing in Ouray winds down this weekend with the pending closure of the Ouray Ice Park for the season. The last day of climbing in the park is Sunday, March 30.
“It’s great… to see these young athletes rise to the occasion and see the future of the team in front of our eyes.”
She’s back! Oprah WInfrey has returned to Telluride, buying two lots, totaling 60 acres, making it the largest single property in Mountain Village.
Telluride Blues & Brews Announces First Round of Artists Including George Clinton and Violent Femmes
Additional artists include Anders Osborne, Robert Cray, Black Joe Lewis, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Shakey Graves, Dumpstaphunk, and Kipori Woods.
Tisdel will run as an unaffiliated candidate.
The special election for five KOTO board seats will not happen, said its Board President and Directors.
The commissioners unanimously agreed to purchase the property for $650,000 on Monday.
In the last minute of STS9’s Peaceblaster album, an unidentified young woman’s speech is featured, in which she states, “There is only hope through action. No one changed the world by sitting on their couch wishing that someone would do something…stop hoping for action and be action.” This simple, almost random excerpt interjected at the […]
Additional artists include the renowned Lee Fields and the Expressions, Shakey Graves, Dumpstaphunk, and Kipori Woods.
Early/absentee voting is underway for the Town of Ridgway’s municipal election on Tuesday, April 1, at which the fate of funding for the proposed Streetscape project will be determined.
The new system is based in part on student performance and test scores, and allows for the dismissal of tenured teachers when performance is low and or for other reasons.
The city intends to request monetary support for the increased costs in what the city must pay to operate the Regional 911 Dispatch Center.
RIDGWAY — Ouray County officials said today that they expect salvage contractors to arrive at the Ridgway Reservoir this evening and tomorrow to plan recovery actions Thursday to remove the downed aircraft. They also said they are aware of new weather advisories forecasting high winds and thunderstorms over the area beginning Wednesday. The National Weather […]
No indications of what caused Saturday’s crash; eyewitnesses’ statements consistent.
For Duce, the 5th place finish (just behind teammate Cristina Albert) left her “a little less than stoked.” But considering that she was racing on a broken foot, her placement was amazing.
“This could get messy,” warned Olivia St. Claire, pulling a frosted chocolate donut out of her bag, and offering a scandalous suggestion about what to do with it (and a man) in bed.
Montrose joins forces with climbing capitals – including Chamonix, France; Santiago, Chile; Sydney, Australia; and Asheville, N.C. – to host the internationally acclaimed Adventure Film Festival, April 4-6.
Due to the extensive damage and orientation of the plane, the divers were not able to recover the victims’ bodies, which will remain within the wreckage until it can be safely brought to shore.
Thanks to a new culinary series at the famed Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., Scothorn will get to share his work in a new dining room on March 21 and 22.
Yes, he will have his puppies Mama, Jake and Rosa that he adopted in Sochi with him during the celebration.
Core members David Hinds and Selwyn Brown are set to bring the entire ensemble to the Telluride Conference Center tonight at 9 p.m. as part of the Winter Music Series presented by the Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Ski Resort.
From January through March 2013, there were 13 documented offenses relating to the drug; seven of those cases involved minors. So far in 2014, there have been 17 cases involving marijuana, six of them linked to minors.
The State of Colorado released its initial revenue figures for retail marijuana sold in January. Telluride saw considerable revenues from the new commerce.
War Horse, Brooklyn Castle and farm-to-table delights, all in the arts this week.
County Commissioner Mike Fedel moved to appoint Baskfield and Peters after a lengthy interview process that also included applicants Sheelagh Williams and John Mitchell of Ridgway
Montrose School District moving from national TCAP to Colorado-developed CMAS.
The legislation seeks to protect the Hermosa Creek Watershed – a 108,000 acre area in the San Juan National Forest between Durango and Silverton – by designating 38,000 acres of new Wilderness.
The Drug Trafficking Organization had confirmed connections to Las Vegas, California and into high level Mexican drug cartel subjects.
By the end of the day Thursday, with support from Montrose High School staffers and representatives from the League of Women Voters, he signed up more than 50 students.
Colorado has been attracting more and more film and television projects over the past two years, thanks to its fledgling film incentive program, created through the passage of House Bill 1286 in 2012.
After further review of budget expenditures, and recognizing the need for an experienced golf course manager, City Manager Bill Bell said the city carved out an annual salary of $30,000 to $35,000 for a professional.
While there were few substantial decisions made at Tuesday’s meeting, the trustees indicated they intended to perform their duties as a board in a different manner than the previous boards have in the past.
Montrose city staff are preparing to go before councils in Telluride and Mountain Village with a proposal to provide the region with a reliable cost-effective public transit system.
The intense courtroom drama, familiar to those who saw the 1992 film starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson, takes on fresh life and new immediacy in the stage version now playing in Montrose.
But three rounds of brutal competition on an icy course at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center sent many contenders crashing spectacularly or (in Duce’s case) slipping out-of-bounds.
Body Recovered From the Uncompahgre Plateau Identified
The decision hinged on the timing of the state’s historic adjudications of water rights in the late 1800s.
Denver flights to Telluride will be suspended from April to June.
On Tuesday, council urged voters to approve Measure A in April, which will re-establish the city’s right to provide telecommunication services and broadband infrastructure.
Martinique Davis wonders, of a troubling time in childhood, “if it’s fair for me to continue to keep these snapshots of my existence hidden from my children?”