Zipped up in a plaid flannel shirt and black jacket, Donovan Holveck is shy, with blue eyes and a good haircut. He is polite and articulate. Like Winders, Holveck also passed through Montrose High School. “I can’t deal with large groups of people,” he explains. “So I didn’t do Montrose High School very well.” After […]
Alli Winders sits at a table in the library at Vista Charter School, books stacked in cubbies that encircle the small room. She wears a maroon hoodie, the Colorado Avalanche insignia swooping across the front. Her hair is also tinted maroon with eye shadow to match and fingernails painted peacock blue. Winders spent her freshman […]
Vista Charter School helps students graduate through individualized instructionEditor’s Note: This is the first in a series profiling alternative schools. Vista Charter School Principal Beth Sass stands in the front entryway of the school building, wearing a black blazer with a matching straight skirt. She has short hair and a friendly smile. She’s no-nonsense and […]
4th graders of Maslow Academy solve world problemsIn Amber Gardner’s 4th grade class at Maslow Academy, her students enthusiastically sit and interact around a 4-by-4-by-4 foot Plexiglas structure representing the total planet in four layers and participate in the World Peace Games. The goal of the game is to inspire critical thinking, comprehend world issues […]
By the time Ridgway resident Jim Nowak, president of the dZi Foundation, began thinking about how he might partner with Telluride’s Mountainfilm it wasn’t just a pipe dream. Nowak had a substantial body of work to bring to the discussion. He also had an in-depth understanding of collaboration, which was at the core of his […]
The U.S. Forest Service has Smokey the Bear. The Bureau of Land Management in southwest Colorado has Chris Barth. Though one is a 70-year-old fictional character in an advertising campaign and the other is a 42-year-old Ridgway resident who works at the Montrose Public Lands Center, both are devoted to preventing fires on and around […]
The Utes lived on this land for more than 1,000 years before they were forcibly removed in 1881. Now, San Miguel County is apologizing — and discussing reparations. It was sunny and somber at Fort Duchesne, Utah last Monday when San Miguel County, Colorado Commissioner Art Goodtimes walked into a meeting 134 years in the […]
Central Colorado area a huge hit for rafting, fishingPresident Barack Obama was poised to declare Colorado’s Browns Canyon near Salida a National Monument on Thursday, according to conservation groups who have lobbied for years for its protection. The Arkansas River flows through the canyon, which stretches over 22,000 acres of land in central Colorado and […]
State has lowest vaccination rate in the nationThe Telluride Medical Center is urging parents to vaccinate their children in light of a recent measles outbreak, especially in light of data that shows Colorado has the lowest vaccination rate for the disease in the U.S. “The more our population is vaccinated, the better we can protect […]
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 […]
Marijuana tax dollars distributed among 16 organizationsWith the goal of preventing teen marijuana use, the Center for Mental Health distributes grant awards with community partners. The Center for Mental Health in Montrose gathered on Feb. 12 with affiliated youth service organizations and other community agencies in honor of a $422,575 grant collected through marijuana tax […]
Local governments want to generate more of their own small-scale renewable electricity. Will Tri-State give them any static? In small mountain communities across the American West, residents are increasingly taking a harder look at their electric bills and wondering where their energy is coming from. Their scrutiny, in turn — coupled with smaller snow packs, […]
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 […]
Montrose Medicine creates worksite wellness program for employee health With the goal of creating a healthier community, Montrose Medicine has collaborated with Montrose Memorial Hospital in creating a program called Healthy Works or informally, the worksite wellness program. Healthy Works is an employer-sponsored program that educates employees and encourages healthy lifestyle choices as well as […]
Former employee claims she was fired because she was pregnantThe Montrose County Board of Commissioners is fighting a lawsuit from a former county employee who says she was fired from her job because she told her supervisor she was pregnant, and then miscarried five days after her termination. Stephanie Barnett was the internal services director […]
I did it for research and you should tooLike most of us do, I was perusing Facebook when I came across a post stating, “Keep Calm and Speed Date.” The event was to be held on Feb. 6 at 2 Rascals Brewery in Montrose, benefitting the Colorado Mesa MC Voice Group and I was strangely […]
Spurred by the local food movement, Colorado’s craft distilling industry is boomingA decade ago, America — with the state of Colorado leading the way — was exploding with new microbreweries. Small craft brewing companies began popping up in every town, introducing beer drinkers to previously unheard of types of suds — hoppy India Pale Ales, […]
Commissioners stray from Tipton-Long’s recommendationAfter reviewing applications from a college student, a grocery store clerk, a paramedic and 20 others, the Montrose Board of County Commissioners Monday appointed Tressa Walker Guynes clerk and recorder following the January resignation of Fran Tipton-Long. “I fully understand my roles and duties as an elected official. This, however, was […]
Fresh products from free-range animalsFarmer George Burkhardt knows that a happy animal makes a good product. Burkhardt, the founder of Happy Hog Farms with his partner Sylva Hamilton, believe that the natural raising of animals creates not only a healthier product but also makes it tastier. They both say their customers will all attest to […]
Scholarship in his name will support youth interested in climbing and mountain rescueOuray lost one of its most loved climbing teachers last week when Mark Miller fell from a route while guiding clients near Silverton. He was 50 years old. Miller taught several generations of climbers through decades of guide work, and stepped up to […]
Environmentalists and proponents of oil and gas extraction look for middle ground.Western settlers first came to southwestern Colorado to dig deep into mountainsides looking for precious metals. Gold and silver mining served as the economic impetus for the rapid growth and sustainability of communities like Ouray and Telluride, where mining has — for the most […]
School honors eighth graderAn eighth grader from Olathe Middle High School died Friday, Jan. 23 during a school ski trip at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Thirteen-year-old Luis Olide was in an accident around 2 p.m. on Lower Treasury, an intermediate trail, and was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, according to a […]
Dogs have killed or injured elk in incidents across Colorado this winterDomestic dogs who are allowed to roam off-leash or wander when their owners are at work have killed three elk and harmed dozens more in Southwestern Colorado so far this winter, state wildlife officials said. In one incident near Crestone in the San Luis […]
“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 […]
Few details about two assailants in trailer park attackAs of Wednesday morning, the Montrose Police Department was still investigating a Jan. 16 shooting at the Mountain Home Park trailer park on Highway 50 east of town. Nobody was injured in the shooting, but police continue to search for two suspects, according to Commander Gene Lillard. […]
County passes junk ordinance to get rid of residential nuisancesOne particular property in the Aspen Cove subdivision just outside Montrose city limits in Montrose County was the impetus for a new rubbish and junk ordinance passed by the Board of County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday morning. “We’re well aware that over the years there […]
In Southwest Colorado, activists are opposing new development they fear is erasing the scenic splendor that draws visitors.In Southwestern Colorado, Red McCombs, a billionaire from Texas, wants to build a new luxury development adjacent to the family-owned Wolf Creek Ski Area. For years, his plan has been handicapped by opposition from environmental groups insisting the […]
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 […]
The region’s old mines, mills and boarding houses are an homage to yesteryear. How many will be saved?Precariously perched on a cliff of Galena Mountain four miles northwest of Silverton, 2,000 feet above the valley floor, sits the Old Hundred Boarding House. Built 111 years ago, the state historic landmark at one time housed 24 […]
Land managers proposing updates that concern environmentalists The San Juan wilderness inspires many different types of users who venture off the main path and meander along the trail system into the most remote corners of the craggy, vibrant mountains. And while there’s not as much conflict between motorized and human-powered trail users as there is […]
Plans to use business experience ‘to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’Newly elected Montrose County Commissioner Glen Davis was sworn into his new position Tuesday morning, along with other elected officials in the county. Davis said he would focus on creating jobs and protecting Montrose County from state and national government incursions. […]
Facility expands tele-health optionsMontrose-area veterans have a new home for healthcare as of last week with the completion of the Montrose Veterans Administration Clinic. “The construction is done and the move is complete,” VA Public Relations Officer Paul Sweeney said. “As of [Monday] all the equipment is up and running.” The new clinic — on […]
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 […]
Riddle of a route at Ouray Ice Festival creates some haters but mostly loversOn Saturday afternoon, shadows of the fading evening light crossed first over the mixed climbing competition route at the Ouray Ice Festival and then over the bleachers filled with spectators across the gorge as the world’s best rock and ice climbers flailed […]
Purchased 40 panels in SMPA solar farmThe Ridgway Public Library has gone green with the purchase of 40 solar panels in the San Miguel Power Association Community Solar Array. The library bought a 9.4 kW solar PV system in the array, which is located in Paradox Valley in Montrose County’s west end. The panels are […]
Tipton-Long stepping downMontrose County Clerk and Recorder Fran Tipton-Long is resigning after 16 years with the county, but the county commission refrained from appointing her successor at their Monday meeting after several members of the public expressed concern about the openness of the process. Tipton-Long began working for the county in the motor vehicle department […]
A fatal car accident occurred on U.S. Highway 550 near mile marker 97 between Ouray and Ridgway in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. At approximately 4:08 a.m., Jan. 1, Ridgway resident Benton “Cody” Willis was driving his 2007 Toyota Tacoma northbound when he crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided […]
Sasha DiGiulian, the world’s best female sport climber, is competing as an ice climber at this weekend’s ice festival in Ouray. Here, she discusses juggling her career as a climber with being a full-time student at an Ivy League university. Childhood ambition: To be a veterinarian and a children’s book writer. How I got into […]
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 […]
Event has an emphasis on funEver since fat biking has b taken off all over the region, skiing has some competition over its monopoly on snow sports. Although fatties were initially invented to be snow bikes, in Telluride and Montrose they have become popular to ride year-round, both for their amazing versatility and better traction […]
A Montrose Local Stands the WatchWhen it came right down to it — when the Jolly Old Elf launched his reindeer last week and began circumnavigating the globe, delivering Christmas presents — it turned out that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its vaunted Christmas Eve Santa-tracking system had nothing on the U.S. […]
Food and Farm Forum helps producers grow food, and their businessesCarol Parker personifies the idea of eating local. With more than four decades’ worth of experience in breeding grass-finished, chemical-free beef, growing organic hay and organic gardening, “I’ve raised most of our family’s food and put it up,” she says. Parker recently accompanied her husband […]
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 […]
Better education the solution for misusing and abusing pot It has been one year since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, and although the state didn’t burn down, or turn into a sea of lazy, stoned, unproductive hippies as some critics of legalization feared, pot is still a substance that is prone to being abused. […]
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 […]
Essential photographic guidebook for skiing now available in Telluride, Ridgway and OurayThere is no such thing as being too safe in the San Juan backcountry, and Andy Sovick, the founder of Off-Piste Ski atlases, newly available at stores in Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray, wants you to be as safe as possible when ski touring in […]
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 […]
Could public transportation be the answer to curbing DUIs, deaths?Do you have $10,270 laying around you would like to donate to the state of Colorado? According to an informational pamphlet published by the Colorado Department of Transportation, along with other entities such as DUI Checkpoint Colorado, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Colorado State Patrol, […]
Feeds about 55 Ouray County families each week in winterThe Ouray County Food Pantry is in the midst of its busiest time of year, serving 55 Thanksgiving meals, rationing out noodles, beans, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice and shampoo to the needy and making sure no county residents go hungry during the holidays. “I bet […]
Political maneuvering could stymie conservation effortsThe United States Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened last month, but two recent political maneuvers could hinder the ability of the agency to enact further protections of the species, which exists exclusively in southwestern Colorado and a small portion of southeastern Utah. Last week, the […]
Local mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill leads expedition to determine Southeast Asia’s highest peak After weeks of trudging along 150 miles of post-monsoon muddy trails, winding through steaming jungles on motorbike and on foot, Hilaree O’Neill was almost there. Nine days of demanding climbing up the jagged western slope of imposing peak Hkakabo Razi brought the Telluride […]
Mountain towns host weeks-long holiday eventsColorado mountain towns can be feast or famine when it comes to the economic boost provided by visitors. Two San Juan mountain towns are capitalizing on their unique attributes — small, friendly, snowy — to try and bring visitors not just for the holidays, which can already be busy, but […]
The Southwest Basin Roundtable submitted its draft water plan to Gov. Hickenlooper on WednesdayOn a recent evening, the historic, single-room Placerville Schoolhouse was aglow in the dark as cars crunched over snow and gravel in the parking lot and a small stream of residents from across the entire San Miguel River Basin trickled into the […]
Last month, the governing boards of Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County and Habitat for Humanity of the Telluride Region unanimously decided to merge in a move designed to streamline resources and strengthen the organization, newly rebranded as Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans.
In the aftermath of the heated debate surrounding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision in November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, another rare bird native to southwestern Colorado is the subject of FWS scrutiny. FWS announced Monday they were extending the public comment period for their proposed […]
Kim Reynolds is a natural born athlete, putting on her first pair of skis at the age of three and road tripping with her family by station wagon from their lakeside home in Minnesota to the mountains of Colorado throughout the years as she was growing up. Reynolds studied outdoor leadership at Prescott College and […]
In 2009, the mayors of Telluride and Mountain Village pledged to run their towns off of completely renewable sources of energy by 2020. It was called Telluride Renewed. Seven years later, that ambitious goal seems like a long-shot, with officials coming to terms with the fact that they bit off more than they can chew. […]
Tarantino and a crew of over 100 are in the process of transforming Schmid Ranch on Wilson Mesa into a small post-Civil War town as the setting for ‘The Hateful Eight.’
I walked into the office of the Telluride Times-Journal in November 1990, armed with an article I had written in college about the Neville Brothers and told Marta I wanted to cover arts for the paper.
FBO’s COO says lawsuit only slowing process down, keeping money from local contractors.
Telluride Ski Resort will be opening more terrain on the first day of ski season than in years past.
Randall Pitcher faces up to six months in federal prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both.
Patients will be provided care inside the dedicated therapy space as well as throughout the CRC including the therapy pool, walking track and the fitness area.
“I think this is a modest increase, and it does allow us to achieve some goals,” said MV Mayor Dan Jansen.
Christopher Loncarich sold mountain lion hunts for between $3,500 and $7,500 and bobcat hunts for between $700 and $1,500.
Tri-County Health Network and LiveWell Montrose-Olathe will represent San Miguel, Montrose and Olathe counties as Phase II Health Equity Advocacy Grantees.
“The Grand Canyon wolf is a prime example of what wolves can do if only we let them.”
The amended version of the bill, which would protect more than 100,000 acres of the Hermosa Creek Watershed in the San Juan National Forest north of Durango.
The legislation is timed to go into effect early next year.
With $100,000 approved to fund the program, the county will divvy up that amount between the towns, depending on project importance and project costs.
There is no way for OHVs to get from town into the high country without going on Highway 550.
The plan grew out of several Meadows residents’ input on the lack of desired infrastructure and amenities.
Fish and Wildlife also designated 1.4 million acres of critical habitat as necessary for the species.
“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.
McLachlan, so far, has declined to concede to Brown, hoping to find 35 more votes which would be enough to trigger a mandatory recount.
The final decision was announced at a regularly scheduled THD board meeting on Friday.
The Makerspace in Montrose is open to those who want to see their ideas materialize
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.
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.”
The SMA Board is immediately seeking her replacement
Another round in a long-running legal battle over who has ultimate control.
Ouray County officials hope to bring a years-long, tortuous process of enacting visual impact regulations to a conclusion.
Elected officials from the City of Montrose are hoping to find common ground.
The San Miguel County Transit Committee says it must cut two existing bus routes and modify existing routes.
Cyclists have also reported that some of the carconite signs restricting all-terrain vehicles were defaced.
The boards two conservation districts adopted a set contingency plans if water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell continue to drop.
‘Trying to preserve the historic character of the community is an extraordinary thing to do in these prosperous times. – ‘Thomas Jefferson’
Principal Benjamin Stephenson hopes to create thoughtful digital citizens.
MPD officers searched the suspect’s motel room after he was safely in custody, and no firearms or explosives were found.
Timothy Major was killed in an accident at the intersection of East Main Street and Cedar Avenue.
The exchange would involve exchanging a Wilson Peak property for private parcels, including several near Alta Lakes and the Skyline Ranch,
The meat tastes more like beef than any other animal, and does not have a gamey flavor, like elk or buffalo.
An MSHA release on Tuesday blamed mine management for improperly disposing of deteriorated explosives.
A public hearing over SMVC’s development plans was continued to Dec. 10.
The commissioners decide that a single-family subdivision was not the place for a multi-building condominium complex in rural location.
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.
Pediatric Associates of Montrose is leading the way in a progressive strategy to promote healthier lifestyle choices for youth.
Both looked to prove they have the knowledge, dedication and leadership capabilities for the job.
The public is invited to participate in a marked walking tour of property, prior to a key Oct. 21 meeting.
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?
‘Even after scaling up production nothing was lost and we still won again. We have the process nailed.’
Mayfly Outdoors plans to make Montrose its corporate headquarters, thanks to a incentives package approved last week.
No formal charges have been filed and a hearing has been set for Oct. 16 by the district attorney’s office.
The Canadian company closed on the deal Wednesday, Oct. 1.
The pending vacancy will go into effect on Jan. 13, 2015, when current Ouray County Judge David Westfall becomes a Colorado 7th Judicial District judge.
Last week, at age 92, she packed up her things and left Ouray to live with her daughter Roxanna in Rock Island, Wa.
Montrose High School led the district in ACT testing, ahead of Olathe High School, Peak Virtual Academy and both Passage and Vista charter schools.
While there have been no identified cases in Colorado at this time, the Montrose County and local authorities are taking appropriate precautions.
Aviation DirectorLloyd Arnold confirmed Wednesday that building plans have been submitted as required.
Federal officials have cited 92 significant and substantial violations at the mine during a 12-month review period ending July 31, 2014.
Beau Weiher made a big impression through his pursuit of BASE jumping off of iconic Ouray landmarks.
While the film will be shot on Wilson Mesa, the cast and crew will stay in Telluride for the 49 days of local production.
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.
Career military man found a home in Telluride’s outdoors and with its people.
At a work session last week, city staff and councilors heard about the new transition plan to make sidewalks more accessible in the downtown area.
The version approved late last week contained amendments inserted by Tipton at the eleventh hour.
Hinkson served as a board member for eight years and stepped down last year after being term limited.
From preschool to second grade, the school employs a Montessori approach to learning.
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.
‘The discussion about the role of special events goes far back into KOTO history, but became more prevalent in the fall of 2011.’
The amount of hops produced this year in Colorado is expected to be a new record, but it’s relative.
“I’ve always said, I’m the luckiest dude on the planet,” the injured climber said following rescue.
Police arrested 30-year-old Florence Erma Young and are searching for her alleged accomplice Cindy Quintero.
“It has always been our desire to own rather than lease the property,” said Ridgway Chautauqua Society Board President Patrick O’Leary.
The CDPHE and Energy Fuels filed separate motions to dismiss the complaint in September 2013.
According to Parks and Wildlife Public Information Officer Joe Lewandowski, a portion of the elk was found on private property in the West Meadows subdivision.
Now, the ghost town will be able to withstand many a harsh winter to come.
Although there have been some hurdles to overcome, Superintendent Kyle Schumacher is optimistic.
Will Colorado’s gubernatorial election hinge on the death penalty?
Forest Service says proposed GMUG project will improve water service, fire protection and electricity for Mountain Village.
Candidate Gardner excoriates Sen. Udall fo suggesting “ISIL does not present an imminent threat to this nation.”
The Udall-Gardner race is considered one of the most critical races in the U.S.
Some kids take the bus to school. Others walk, or ride their bike. Gentry Gobey rides a horse named Zipper.
CORA fees climb…New language added to employee handbook…Sept. 3 named Jim and Sharen Branscome Day.
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.
“We’ve received a lot of interest from private sector companies wanting to expand in Montrose,” says Virgil Turner, director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement.
De-Brucing question heads to ballot as well.
Councilors said the city will hand over to MEDC money held in escrow following a July real-estate deal in the Airport Industrial Park .
“Ridgway is emblematic of Colorado,” HIckenlooper said.
The Pandora Water Treatment Plant, which began construction in 2011, is a component of the town’s overall efficiency plan.
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.
Lower than expected costs for the Nucla-Telluride transmission line result in a lower monthly surcharge for SMPA customers.
The victim spent a night exposed to the elements before emergency responders rescued him on Monday morning.
Pat Mulroy took issue with the much-repeated statement that Las Vegas is most at risk as lake levels fall.
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.
Wrapped in white plastic, Cortina was a glaring symbol of how hard the Great Recession hit Telluride.
Out for a mushroom hunt, the couple spent a cold night in the wilderness.
The proposed Telluride law would limit the legality of panhandling by restricting places, methods and times it can occur.
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.
Make sure to have your say when it comes to the health care needs in the region by participating Tri-County Health Network’s community survey available now until Sept. 15.
Initial concepts for improvements include enhanced arrival experience and lobby area, expanding the pool area, and creating a retail storefront for the Spa at Madeline.
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 board held fast to its decision to not join with The Ride Festival in an application for next year.
The tour was developed to give local officials and residents a first-hand experience of the river since improvements were made.
The proprietors of Ouray County’s sole grow facility say they are in limbo, and may need to expand elsewhere on the Western Slope.
The end of recession and a better economy ushers in a wave of new projects.
A weapon was possibly involved in the incident.
$2K for the Ouray County Soccer Association…Axel Bicycle Classic, KVNF Fundraiser
The question will ask voters if they would prefer to see a med center, a rec center or affordable housing on the property.
They were two of six community members vying for the two vacancies.
The appointees will be sworn in during the Sept. 2 council meeting.
The board is scheduled to approve the ballot language later this month during a board work session Aug. 26.
Montrose District Superintendent Dr. Mark MacHale describes district results on statewide TCAP tests as a “mixed bag.”
The RTA feasibility study addressed the costs, benefits and challenges of building and funding a public transportation system.
Although the issue of keeping the Medical Center in Telluride was a common theme, it was conspicuously absent from the formal presentation.
Every summer, Olathe Spray Service Air Tractor planes and Bell helicopters buzz over rural the farmlands of the Western Slope.
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.
At the end of the second quarter in 2013 the median single-family home price was approximately $162,000. This year, that median price is up to $170,000.
Firehouse Moves Ahead … Alpine Ranger Program Wins Grant…
Bentley claims the government had no authority to close the entrance.
Michael McFarland was arrested after authorities found Jessica McFarland’s body in the couple’s Silverton home on the morning of June 6.
Conservation groups condemned the decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Big plans for Montrose County Fairgrounds…MMH Board of Directors candidates needed.
At Monday’s City Council work session, Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn said commercial burglaries were up 73 percent.
Fortune Revenue will continue to act as operator of the mine pending completion or termination of the transaction.
Afghanistan-born Azim Salehi will speak about the future of his country Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m., at Wilkinson Library.
Typical signs of infection in humans are fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, chest pain, and coughing.
Combined with a $100,000 cash match from the city, the grant will pay for a feasibility study.
‘Felons who are prohibited from owning firearms sometimes put others up to purchasing guns illegally for them.’
Second Chance, will now be operating both shops to directly support animal rescue and outreach programs.
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.
Telluride has received a total of $89,752 for the five months of retail and medical marijuana sales.
A public lands advocate and local radio commentator has been arrested by federal authorities for tearing down an access gate along the Cushman Creek Trail near Olathe.
In order to pass the new point system, proposed structures must amass at least 100 points through a combination of these five categories.
Authorities have concluded their investigation and released the name of a man who died in a motorcycle crash.
Telluride scrambles to remain under consideration as a location for a new medical center, after declining to join in the Hospital District’s site selection process.
Language in the “prohibitive uses” section in the General Agricultural and General Residential districts could be removed.
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.
Olathe farmer John Harold says the goal this season is to harvest 620,000 boxes of corn.
While Mountain Village finds sites for two proposed new facilities, Telluride appears bogged down by process.
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.
Amy Rossett, 38, of Montrose was arrested on charges of first-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and theft under $500.
There are conflicting reports about what happened after the fatal accident.
The plan would transform two city blocks of downtown to open space.
Kimble Avery, a fourth grader at Johnson Elementary School, is participating in her first year of Montrose County 4-H.
Attorney says GHDC has access to Bear Creek on Bear Creek Road, just not vehicular access.
The plan has been crafted to evaluate, prioritize and implement water efficiency activities.
The town will also consider an ‘aggressive panhandling’ ordinance.
Jornet shatters the standing course record of the Hardrock Hundred with a time of 22 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds.
At a BOCC meeting in March,the two governments had agreed to meet within 45 days to discuss use of the sales tax; as of press time, it has been 116 days since the March 17 request.
The trending line for property values in Ouray County will likely remain flat in 2015
Both County Attorney Steve Zwick and County Planning Director Mike Rozycki made it clear that the blanket prohibition in the ordinance would only apply to residential areas.
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.
San Miguel County’s Land Use Code now has language that both permits and regulates short-term rentals of single-family residences.
Anthony Labato Appointed to MMH Board of Trustees
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.
The victims were Edward Bollman, 23, and Carly Sansone, 21, both from Michigan, and Garrett Laforce, 26, of Littleton, Colo.
The eight talks include a question and answer period and cover the following topics: rebate programs and grants; renewable energy incentives and financing options and more.
Once the transfer is completed, the planned uranium mill will move from a publicly traded company to a local private company.
Udall predicts the election, which pits himself against Congressman Cory Gardner, will be very close.
Options presented to Montrose City Ccouncil Tuesday for a regional transit service included a van-pool, bus or mini-coach.
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.
The town’s approval process and the hospital district’s location selection process are not matching up.
The BEST fund was created in 2008 as a way to help with renovation and construction in Colorado schools.
Tasteful signs point the way…Telluride’s newest festival could feature fire performers and fire art installation.
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 system is a high-speed telephone emergency notification system that allows public safety personnel to send messages directly to residents, whether they are home or away.
Jeremy Silva’s business is serving as a success story even though he doesn’t actually sell marijuana in any form.
MMH spokesperson Leann Tobin told the Watch the score does not reflect the hospital’s committed efforts to improve patient care.
On Tuesday this week Delta Police Officers obtained a warrant seeking the arrest of Roberto Nieto, 30, a resident of the Delta, Montrose area.
The finished bridge will be installed over Oak Creek Canyon with the help of a helicopter.
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.
The Science of Bugs will cover bug biology, anatomy, and evolution.
Laurel Robinson’s ambitions extend well beyond giving the traditional Telluride Wine Festival a jolt of new energy.
“Marti is tireless in her efforts to achieve the highest standards for our patrol,” said Scott Clements, the director of Telluride Ski Patrol, of Martinique Prohaska being named Ski Patroller of the Year.
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.
On Saturday, June 21, Welcome Home Montrose holds its Mission No Barriers 5K Run/Walk at the Bridges of Montrose. Registration and festivities begin at 9 a.m
Also in Briefs, the Montrose Recreation District is now selling the certificates of participation to the public to finance construction of a new Community Recreation Center.
The effort is “kind of a big deal,” said Alan Staehle of the OFPD, because it signifies a change in focus in Colorado.
Beck invited the group to talk about the need to help veterans, and the process involved in opening a center to help those most in need of a fresh start with community-oriented resources.
For the BCRLT, there’s plenty to celebrate next week including a new office location, new executive director and a history of conservation.
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.
The goal is to also to keep prices lower by offering more low-cost alternatives.
Judge James Schum, after hearing closing arguments, took the matter under advisement and said he would render a written decision as soon as possible.
There are a number of issues, including funding, that are yet to be worked out.
In Ridgway, a new purpose-built Dog Den at Second Chance Humane Society’s Animal Resource Center doubles the shelter’s capacity and ability to save lives.
A funding question is likely headed to the November ballot.
It is a challenge keeping bees healthy and poison-free.
The Gunnison Basin Implementation Plan will join the state’s eight other basin plans to comprise the Colorado Water Plan.
Frank Casias was a young man on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy.
Council agreed that retail marijuana should be kept out of residential zones altogether.
Green was one of six climbers killed in a 3,300-foot fall along the precipitous, avalanche-prone north slope of Mount Rainier.
A new Telluride Medical Center could open its doors in five years.
The structure will look as much like a giant pine tree as a 100-foot-tall communications tower.
Did the Town of Mountain Village made substantive changes to private trail rights when the town amended a legal document to correct a previously recorded subdivision plat?
The Ouray School stage will be named after Nixon, and a special bench in the playground will be dedicated to Kern.
The Telluride School District may send a bond question to voters in November, if the board approves it.
Michael Morgan calls the Majestic agreement ‘unjustly discriminatory.’
Golden Circle Seniors Inc. accuses the city of not allowing the seniors to operate in the center’s kitchen, and that the city unexpectedly locked the doors earlier this month.
The Ouray City Council voted 3-2 on Monday, May 19 to kill on first reading an ordinance that would have allowed Off-Highway Vehicles to operate on city streets this summer.
Montrose physician Bill Faragher lost his 33-year-old sister when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the building.
Judge rules that historic access to upper Bear Creek came from Wasatch Trail, not Gold Hill Road.
Motorists and local business owners will get a reprieve over the upcoming holiday weekend from the rockfall mitigation work on U.S. 550 Red Mountain Pass.
“Due to the frustration he incurred, we felt it was appropriate to give him additional severance.”
The delicate dance of commercial design guidelines…
The deprivation of global citizens’ basic human rights emerged as a major topic.
Although America used to be the leader in education, today college graduates are increasingly ill-equipped for the workplace.
The emergency declaration results from a massive landslide earlier in 2014 that has closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass for extended periods of time.
The two applications are among the biggest development proposals Telluride has seen in years.
Montrose Schools RE-1J teachers and district officials say that to stay competitive, a massive technology upgrade is required before the start of the 2014-15 school year.
And a busy season ahead for town construction projects.
UPDATED | May 14, 4:30 p.m. A School Board meeting devolved into a yelling match between board members, parents and Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs as students watched on in dismay.
Areas treated through the pilot program will prioritize the preservation of old-growth and large trees, if possible, while still promoting forests that are resistant to insect and disease.
The money will be used to purchase a prefabricated, “snap-together” combination roping and roughstock arena.
The problem is that elections don’t happen in just one day anymore, and they’re not just about voting booths and ballots.
This year, TAB will be distributing over $177,000 to its seven beneficiaries and is a record amount donated by TAB in a single year.
Chacho, Rackay Appointed to MMH Board of Trustees… County Seeks $2.6 FAA Grant for Commercial Apron Expansion.
Thomas Ornelas, 41, was shot and killed Thursday after firing upon two CSP troopers on I-70 near mile marker 129 near Dotsero yesterday.
This summer, the Alpine Ranger Program will take a different form.
The project thus far has been a real collaborative effort, bringing together diverse elements of the community.
Councilors also deny request for de-annexation for city resident.
The new directors take office at the MFPD board meeting on May 20.
The key to making it all work was to establish an open line of communication between the police and property managers.S
With the library now stabilized following a period of turmoil, Interim Library Director Brenda Carns is passing the baton to a new library director.
Robinson seeks an injunction against the city’s operation of the course while the court determines and enforces “the reciprocal legal relations and duties.”
While serving as acting and interim county manager, Norris will continue his responsibilities with the facilities division from the administration office.
Soon, the millions of beetles that have hatched and spent the winter munching on newly dying trees will start flying again.
Persons arrested for other reasons will not be detained for possible immigration violations unless the federal agency files an arrest warrant signed by a U.S. Magistrate.
Expressing a desire to expel the toxic political vapors at the Ridgway Secondary School, the Ridgway School Board voted not to renew Principal Jim Bob Hobbs’ contract.
Real estate sales and volumes are up, foreclosures are down. But the market still has a long way to go.
Ouray off-highway vehicle enthusiasts of all stripes will likely be allowed to operate their vehicles on city streets this summer.
CDOT plans more road closures of Highway 550/Red Mountain Pass beginning next week where there was a massive rockslide last winter.
The feds have not yet released their final report on the contributing factors and root cause of the accident that killed two miners last November.
Columbine Is the priority, board and staff agree.
Town Council narrowly voted (4-3) in January to prohibit retail marijuana, but that was clearly not an indication of deep misgivings about permissiveness with respect to traditional intoxicants.
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.
Uranium exploration, mine development and reclamation will be permitted to continue on 31 lease tracts of land in West End for the next 10 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The production of hash oil and other concentrates pose a danger to Telluride, council said, but small-scale kitchens don’t.
Along with films, the Adventure Film Festival will bring a host of speakers, activities and open discussions to Montrose April 4-6.
The announcement was made at the Ouray County Republican Assembly on Tuesday, March 25, according to party chair Susan Watson.
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.
She’s back! Oprah WInfrey has returned to Telluride, buying two lots, totaling 60 acres, making it the largest single property in Mountain Village.
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.
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.
No indications of what caused Saturday’s crash; eyewitnesses’ statements consistent.
“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.
Yes, he will have his puppies Mama, Jake and Rosa that he adopted in Sochi with him during the celebration.
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.
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.
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.
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.