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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | In Search of an ‘Obtuse Classic’

10/29/14 | By | 168 More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | In Search of an ‘Obtuse Classic’

Paul Pena’s “Jet Airliner,” and then some.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | The Joys of Filling in for No Man

10/22/14 | By | 131 More

Norman Squier (NoMan’s Land) is kind enough to sometimes entrust to me his Saturday morning show from 9 a.m.-12 –noon, when he is unable to do it.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | A Look Back at the Summer in Music

10/18/14 | By | 35 More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | A Look Back at the Summer in Music

As Always, Telluride hit the author with its best shots.

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A Classic American Burger Joint With a Healthy Twist

10/09/14 | By | 483 More
A Classic American Burger Joint With a Healthy Twist

Instead of grilling or frying up an oily, greasy burger, they have harnessed the power of steam to cook their meat.

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R&R | Jaden Carlson Band and Oh Whitney Bookend the Music Season

10/01/14 | By | 78 More
R&R | Jaden Carlson Band and Oh Whitney Bookend the Music Season

Austin’s latest rock transplants Oh Whitney come to Telluride.

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Dog Problem

09/30/14 | By | More

Montrose County man reports to dispatch that neighbors dogs are harassing his horses and chickens and “would like to shoot them” but thought he better talk to a police officer first. #Scanner

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Lone Cone Legacy Trust Presents Norwood Harvest Dinner

09/26/14 | By | 59 More

Local group launches its first annual fundraiser benefiting three local nonprofits.

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Anglers Find Dead Man in Uncompahgre River

09/18/14 | By | 703 More

Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn: “At this point in time we are still investigating the man’s identity.”

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | The Year the Weather Stole the Show

09/18/14 | By | 61 More

Steve Gumble is a true impresario in the sense that he is not solely concerned with profits.

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Montrose Man Shot, Taken To Jail

09/17/14 | By | 237 More
Montrose Man Shot, Taken To Jail

MONTROSE — A 26-year-old Montrose man suffered injuries to his hand during a shooting near Olathe Tuesday night. Following treatment of his injures the man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken to jail. At approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Deputies with the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3,500 block of 6200 Rd. for […]

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High Times at the Bon Ton

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

A restaurant that is a destination in itself.

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R&R | The Telluride Blues & Brews Music Survival Guide

09/10/14 | By | 241 More
R&R | The Telluride Blues & Brews Music Survival Guide

A Look at the Top Acts, and Who Not to Miss The Headliners Boasting a live album that sold a staggering six-million copies (that has also probably been streamed by countless Millennials who have a clue), Peter Frampton is arguably one of the most prominent guitarists in rock music. His association with bands like Humble […]

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Loveland man dies while fishing on Blue Mesa Reservoir

09/10/14 | By | 144 More
Loveland man dies while fishing on Blue Mesa Reservoir

GUNNISON – A 72-year-old man from Loveland died last week after a small fishing boat he and a friend were in capsized on Blue Mesa Reservoir. Strong winds and high waves are said to be factors in the accident. The incident occurred last Thursday near the “Old Highway 50″ beach, according to a National Park […]

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Savor the San Juans: A Home-and-Chef Tour

09/10/14 | By | 78 More
Savor the San Juans: A Home-and-Chef Tour

Savor the San Juans showcases the region’s best locally produced offerings, from delectables to buildings to design.

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Kipori Woods Continues to Conquer the Western Slope Music Scene

09/08/14 | By | 90 More
Kipori Woods Continues to Conquer the Western Slope Music Scene

Woods has played noteworthy shows in a range of unique venues, from intimate breweries to the Blues Train, in a change of pace from the Big Easy.

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R&R | The Road To Blues & Brews: One-On-One With Bombino

09/04/14 | By | 178 More
R&R | The Road To Blues & Brews: One-On-One With Bombino

Bringing music from his Saharan city of Agadez in Niger, Bombino talks about his Tuareg history and major moments in his music career.

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ALERT: Missing Teens Found Safe

09/04/14 | By | 447 More
ALERT: Missing Teens Found Safe

  BREAKING: Missing teenagers Abigayle Sue Wietharn, William “Billy” Mundell and Julian Melchor-Zeferino have been found safe. A single sentence from a Delta Police Department news release states: “They are safe and with police officers in another city as of approximately 3:30 p.m. today.” More details coming in. *** (Earlier report from today) WESTERN SLOPE […]

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Woman Killed in Head-on Collision Identified

09/02/14 | By | 525 More
Woman Killed in Head-on Collision Identified

The Friday accident took place on Hwy. 50 east of Montrose.

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Stretching Local Food Sources for Schools

08/31/14 | By | 145 More
Stretching Local Food Sources for Schools

At each middle and high school in the Montrose district students are eating more fruits and vegetables at salad bars and deli lines and staying away from processed, frozen food substances.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Nine Soundtracks to Remember

08/28/14 | By | 59 More

I’ll start with the soundtrack of a film that was another zenith in my career as a cinephile: Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs.”

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R&R | Telluride Bluegrass Fest Band Contest Winners Return

08/27/14 | By | 40 More
R&R | Telluride Bluegrass Fest Band Contest Winners Return

Trout Steak Revival makes second appearance in Telluride this Summer with a multi-night run at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon.

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Man shot after pointing gun at officer

08/25/14 | By | 127 More
Man shot after pointing gun at officer

MONTROSE — A 42-year-old Montrose man whose identify is not being released remains at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction with gunshot wounds after officers say he pointed a gun at them. According to a department news release at approximately 9:59 p.m. Montrose Police Officers were dispatched to the address at 901, 65.30 Road on a […]

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Search On For Olathe Bank Robbery Suspect

08/20/14 | By | 508 More
Search On For Olathe Bank Robbery Suspect

OLATHE — Law enforcement officers are searching for an unknown female who allegedly brandished a weapon at a bank teller in an attempted robbery at the Bank of Colorado in Olathe this afternoon. A description given was that a female suspect, dressed in a black or dark colored hoodie or sweatshirt, flashed an unknown weapon to […]

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R&R | Acoustic Guitar Legend Leo Kottke at the Palm Theater

08/20/14 | By | 81 More
R&R | Acoustic Guitar Legend Leo Kottke at the Palm Theater

one-off show of this caliber doesn’t happen often in the region.

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R&R | Get Aboard The Durango Blues Train

08/20/14 | By | 96 More
R&R | Get Aboard The Durango Blues Train

This “moving” experience places passengers intimately next to six blues and zydeco acts each night of its run through the canyons of Colorado’s San Juan National Forest.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Talkin’ With Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil

08/07/14 | By | More

A few days prior to the band’s upcoming show Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil talks about everything from Deervana to labels to how the band got its ‘appropriately repulsive’ name with Geoff Hanson.

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Black Canyon Search and Rescue Reunites Family

08/06/14 | By | 67 More
Black Canyon Search and Rescue Reunites Family

Black Canyon Search and Rescue Reunites Family MONTROSE — A family is reunited following an overnight search and rescue in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. A father and two boys from New Mexico were found along the Gunnison River at midnight Tuesday evening by Park Rangers after family members reported them missing. […]

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Summer Sensations at Smak Bar and Restaurant Rev

08/06/14 | By | 46 More
Summer Sensations at Smak Bar and Restaurant Rev

Both have always incorporated local ingredients on their menu and currently feature items from Zephros Farms, Tomten, Farms, Avalanche Goat Dairy and the Southwest Fresh Farm Co-op.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | One on One With Dragon Smoke’s Robert Mercurio

07/30/14 | By | More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | One on One With Dragon Smoke’s Robert Mercurio

Galactic’s rhythm section – Robert Mercurio and Stanton Moore – are also the rhythm section behind the band Dragon Smoke, a New Orleans super group that closes the Telluride Jazz Festival Sunday, Aug. 3.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Remembering JJ Cale

07/24/14 | By | 83 More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Remembering JJ Cale

Geoff Hanson remembers the day the “king of the slow groove” had to ‘Kiss the World Goodbye.’

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Up-and-Coming Acts to Remember From the Ride

07/21/14 | By | More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Up-and-Coming Acts to Remember From the Ride

Everyone loves discovering new music, and you can rest assured that playlists everywhere are being loaded up with songs from new favorite bands discovered at The Ride.

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A Food and Wine Spectacular at The Peaks

07/16/14 | By | More
A Food and Wine Spectacular at The Peaks

An evening like this – the food and wine spectacular – is, it would seem, becoming as much of an attraction as any other art form or type of entertainment on a high-end resort’s menu of offerings.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Thievery Corp. Will ‘Put a Torch to It’

07/10/14 | By | More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Thievery Corp. Will ‘Put a Torch to It’

Thievery’s music explores myriad styles including Brazilian, dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian and Middle Eastern rhythms.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Big Sam From Big Sam’s Funky Nation

07/09/14 | By | More
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Big Sam From Big Sam’s Funky Nation

One of New Orleans’ premier trombone players, Big Sam also sings his guts out and can bust some serious moves on command.

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Suspected Drive-by Shooter Arrested

07/02/14 | By | More

Roberto Nieto, 30, a resident of the Delta, Montrose area was arrested Tuesday on unrelated charges, according to Lakewood police. He had been wanted since June 22.

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REPORT: Pilot Encountered Dust Devil Before Crash

06/30/14 | By | More

REPORT: Pilot Encountered Dust Devil Before Crash By William Woody DURANGO — A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board said the pilot of a single engine Cirrus SR22 airplane that crashed in Durango earlier this month encountered a “dust devil” before he crashed. The pilot was not injured. The report, released last Friday, said […]

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Telluride Fireman’s Barbecue Keeps Going From Perfect to Even Better

06/27/14 | By | More
Telluride Fireman’s Barbecue Keeps Going From Perfect to Even Better

It’s a barbecue unlike any other.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | A Most Memorable Bluegrass Festival

06/26/14 | By | More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | A Most Memorable Bluegrass Festival

Thoughts on the 41st Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

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Flash Cadillac Hits Sunset Stage in Mountain Village

06/25/14 | By | More

The Cadillac dream comes alive at the Sunset Concert Series in Mountain Village on June 25.

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R&R | Beach Music Washes Up In Telluride

06/25/14 | By | More
R&R | Beach Music Washes Up In Telluride

Simplified’s hit “Wake ‘n Bake” earned them a title as being one of the highest rated independent bands on Pandora Radio.

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R&R | One-on-One with Nicki Bluhm

06/18/14 | By | More
R&R | One-on-One with Nicki Bluhm

Nicki Bluhm has an affinity for winning fans over on festival stages with her beautiful, soul-inspired vocals that seem to have no range limit. The admiration fans feel for her is similar her own early admiration for her now-husband, Tim Bluhm. She would go see his band The Mother Hips perform live; and, husband and […]

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | The Reigning King of Telluride

06/18/14 | By | More

This past May I worked the Base Camp Theater at Mountainfilm in the park and was flabbergasted at the state of the stage. It is literally coming apart, floorboard by floorboard.

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What the Chef Learned on His Summer Vacation

06/14/14 | By | More
What the Chef Learned on His Summer Vacation

The best thing about the chef taking time off — from his customer’s point of view, at least — is that we get to taste what he learned while he was gone. At Cosmopolitan in Telluride, this summer that means Baby Grilled Octopus served with a potato and egg salad, duck bacon and roasted red pepper […]

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ALERT: Dry Creek, Section 25 fires burning southwest of Naturita

06/13/14 | By | More

From: Southwest District Fire Management – Colorado BLM News Release MONTROSE, COLO— Two wildfires on Bureau of Land Management managed lands were reported on Wednesday, June 11. Both wildfires were caused by lightning that moved through the area on Wednesday morning. The Section 25 Fire is located approximately 2.5 miles southwest of Naturita, Colorado. The Section […]

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Looking for a Gold Nugget and Finding a Treasure Chest


06/13/14 | By | More

Trolling the internet for “Till the Morning Comes Around” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals leads to a revelation.

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R&R | Telluride Blues & Brews Release Late Night Juke Joint Schedule

06/11/14 | By | More
R&R | Telluride Blues & Brews Release Late Night Juke Joint Schedule

SBG Productions has released the late night schedule for the 21st Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Juke Joint shows. Music starts on Thursday night with Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers headlining the Bal de Maison. From there highlights include newcomer Bombino on Friday in the brand new Pavilion venue, and intimate experiences with Black […]

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Montrose Teen Drowns in Delta County

06/06/14 | By | More

Teen reportedly jumped in to save life of another swimmer.

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Daily Specials Are Not to Be Missed at Taco Del Gnar

06/05/14 | By | More
Daily Specials Are Not to Be Missed at Taco Del Gnar

This “progressive taco” shop progressively gets better and better.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Muscle Shoals: A Curious Place in Rock ‘n’ Roll History

06/05/14 | By | More

There were multiple epicenters of rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues in the U.S. Then there was Muscle Shoals.

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R&R | The Best Moments From The 2014 Durango Blues Train

06/02/14 | By | More
R&R | The Best Moments From The 2014 Durango Blues Train

The 4th Annual Durango Blues Train took place this past weekend on May 30th and 31st aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train in Durango, Colorado. The two night event featured four full bands and six solo performers, including the likes of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Sugar Thieves, Kipori Woods, and Gino […]

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Spicy Sauce, Tender Meatball, Chewy Bread

05/29/14 | By | More
Spicy Sauce, Tender Meatball, Chewy Bread

What if The Brown Dog in Telluride could do something else that that falls into the category of better-than-it-has-any-right-to-be? I’m thinking of the Detroit style pizza and specifically the 3-1-3 — ricotta, Genoa salami, peppers, arugula, basil, parmesan — which came in first in the world at the 2013 International Pizza challenge.  Proprietors Dan Lynch and Jeff […]

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R&R | Next Up? Spafford to Enter Telluride Jamband Proving Grounds

05/29/14 | By | More
R&R | Next Up? Spafford to Enter Telluride Jamband Proving Grounds

Will Arizona-based jamband Spafford’s first appearance in Telluride make waves? Adam Smith waxes rhapsodic.

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Marley’s Ghost Plays Moab Folk Festival Benefit Friday, May 30

05/27/14 | By | More
Marley’s Ghost Plays Moab Folk Festival Benefit Friday, May 30

The Moab Folk Festival hosts its First Annual Benefit Concert on Friday, May 30.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | In Search of Good Times

05/22/14 | By | More

The curious thing about “Good Times.”

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R&R | The Next Generation of Dublin Rock Comes To Telluride

05/22/14 | By | More
R&R | The Next Generation of Dublin Rock Comes To Telluride

Little Green Cars travel from Dublin to the Western Slope, and the Fox Street All Stars make their first appearance in Telluride.

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R&R | Sheridan Arts Foundation Announce Lake Street Dive, Jeff Austin and More

05/21/14 | By | More
R&R | Sheridan Arts Foundation Announce Lake Street Dive, Jeff Austin and More

While the Summer music calendar is already starting to fill up nicely, the Sheridan Arts Foundation has dropped some of their show dates extending from now until next year. Here is a run down of what they have to offer for now: Jimmy Cliff will headline the Telluride Conference Center on Wednesday, July 30th. The […]

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Man accused of shooting two dogs over weekend

05/12/14 | By | More

Staff Report MONTROSE — The Montrose County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing whether to file official charges against 20-year-old Kristoff Wilson, a Montrose County man who is accused of shooting two dogs over the weekend. According to records, Montrose County Deputies responded Saturday at 12:47 p.m. to a report animal cruelty in the in the 59300 […]

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Finding the Perfect Line

05/10/14 | By | More

(For link to music, paste https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/ovwfgc in your browser) For people who love music, deejaying at KOTO is like skiing three feet of powder on a bluebird day. Sitting in the deejay stool with a blank slate of musical possibilities in front of you is simply nirvana. For two years, I deejayed the afternoon drive at […]

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Montrose PD Conduct Drug Search

05/09/14 | By | More

MONTROSE — Members of the Montrose Police Department’s Drug Task Force and Special Weapons And Tactics team or SWAT conducted a drug search at a home near the intersection of 6700 Road and Sunnyside Road this morning. Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn said he could not provide any details as of 1 p.m. today stating “it’s […]

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Trooper Shot, Suspect Dead Following Shooting on I-70

05/08/14 | By | More

Staff Report GARFIELD COUNTY COLO – According to a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office news release the Colorado State Patrol Trooper shot this morning during a routine traffic stop has been transported to the Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The suspect is dead on scene located on Interstate 70 in the eastern part of the […]

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | A Very Personal Soundtrack From 2001

05/05/14 | By | More

Dolly and Little Sparrow’s “Shine” to Pop Staples to “Please Be With Me”…

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NEW: Missing Nucla man Gerry Dwight (Hoop) Reed sought

05/01/14 | By | More

  Fr: Montrose County Press Release Montrose, COLO — On April 26, 2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person from the town of Nucla. At that time, it was reported that Gerry Dwight (Hoop) Reed of 580 West 5th Avenue, Nucla, had not been seen or […]

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Next Generation of the Burger Joint Coming to Telluride

05/01/14 | By | 83 More

Owners Stanya and James Gorraiz plan to create a revolutionary burger experience on Telluride’s Main Street.

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Blotter: Montrose teen facing charges for stealing car

04/28/14 | By | More

Blotter: According to Montrose police records, last Saturday morning at 10:18 a.m., officers made contact with a 13-year-old boy in the 1100 block of North Townsend Avenue after the teen was reported to have stolen a vehicle and caused a accident. The teen is facing possible charges for aggravated motor vehicle theft along with reckless […]

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES| From ‘Hey Now’ to ‘Israelites,’ Not to Mention Janis Joplin’s Showstopping Version of ‘To Love Somebody’

04/25/14 | By | More

Hanson writes about some of these mixes and also sprinkle in some contemporary radio shows from KOTO (One Step Ahead of the Blues airs every other Wednesday from 3-5 p.m., and my next show is Wednesday, April 30).

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Fest for Foodies!

04/23/14 | By | More

Ouray offers an amazing deal to foodies.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Assembling the ‘Scrapple’ Soundtrack

04/18/14 | By | More

Geoff Hanson writes about the making of the soundtrack of his 1996 film, ‘Scrapple,’ and reminisces about his early days with Taj Majal.

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NEW: Commissioner Henderson Admitted to Hospital

04/17/14 | By | More

Fr: Montrose County News Release
MONTROSE — This morning, Commissioner Ron Henderson was admitted to Montrose Memorial Hospital. He is being treated for a blockage.

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NEW: Injured Climber Successfully Rescued From Black Canyon

04/14/14 | By | More

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 […]

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Ruminations on Taj Majal and the Making of ‘Scrapple’

04/12/14 | By | More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Ruminations on Taj Majal and the Making of ‘Scrapple’

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.

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NTSB releases preliminary report on Ridgway crash

04/04/14 | By | More

NTSB Press Release

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R&R | Edward Sharpe and Spoon Set To Headline The Ride Festival in 2014

04/02/14 | By | More

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.

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Blotter: Underage party leads to juveniles cited for marijuana

04/01/14 | By | More

Blotter: Underage party leads to juveniles cited for marijuana

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Telluride Blues & Brews Announces First Round of Artists Including George Clinton and Violent Femmes

03/26/14 | By | More

Additional artists include Anders Osborne, Robert Cray, Black Joe Lewis, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Shakey Graves, Dumpstaphunk, and Kipori Woods.

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Ridgway plane to be salvaged Thursday, high winds and thunderstorms in forecast

03/25/14 | By | More

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 […]

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Cosmo’s Chad Scothorn Takes Center Stage in Estes Park

03/21/14 | By | More

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.

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Body Recovered From the Uncompahgre Plateau Identified

03/13/14 | By | More
Body Recovered From the Uncompahgre Plateau Identified

Body Recovered From the Uncompahgre Plateau Identified

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BREAKING: Body Recovered from Uncompahgre Plateau

03/12/14 | By | More

Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap reports that a women’s body was recovered from Sawmill Mesa area of the Uncompahgre Plateau.

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Man killed in Saturday crash identified

03/10/14 | By | More

According to the Montrose County Coroner’s Office, Michael Alan Wagner, 49, of Fridley, Minn., died of multiple traumatic injuries suffered in a two vehicle motor vehicle collision south of Montrose.

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Roast Your Vegetables

01/23/14 | By | More
Roast Your Vegetables

Honey, where did you put the vegetable steamer?

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