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Ouray County Poised to Lift Marijuana Prohibitions

11/20/14 | By | 159 More

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

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Council Nixes Movement Calling for OHVs on City Streets

11/19/14 | By | 70 More

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

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Mountain Lion Road Kill, Deer Attack in Ouray County

11/12/14 | By | 220 More

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

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Silverton Homicide Case Bound Over for Trial

11/11/14 | By | 614 More
Silverton Homicide Case Bound Over for Trial

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

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

11/10/14 | By | 123 More
McLachlan’s Re-Election Bid Still Hangs by a Thread

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

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Forest Service Plans Controlled Burn Near Ouray

11/05/14 | By | 83 More
Forest Service Plans Controlled Burn Near Ouray

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

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Ridgway Yoga Shala Offers a Home for Seekers of All Stripes

11/01/14 | By | 268 More
Ridgway Yoga Shala Offers a Home for Seekers of All Stripes

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

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Muddy Mine Waters Spill Into Sneffels Creek

10/30/14 | By | 181 More

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

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As RAT Singletrack Network Grows, So Does Potential for Conflict

10/29/14 | By | 287 More
As RAT Singletrack Network Grows, So Does Potential for Conflict

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

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City of Ouray: OHV Capital of the World?

10/28/14 | By | 178 More
City of Ouray: OHV Capital of the World?

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

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Ouray Briefs | Budget Back in Black for 2015

10/24/14 | By | 67 More
Ouray Briefs | Budget Back in Black for 2015

Council nixes fee waiver requests…OHV worksession scheduled.

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Rocky Start Yields to Record-Breaking Summer in Ouray

10/23/14 | By | 71 More

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

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Ouray County Predicts Budget Boost in 2015

10/16/14 | By | More

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

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Deadline Looms for Draft Colorado Water Plan

10/16/14 | By | 45 More

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

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Ridgway Briefs | Stephen Barnes Appointed to Fill Town Council Vacancy

10/14/14 | By | 56 More
Ridgway Briefs | Stephen Barnes Appointed to Fill Town Council Vacancy

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

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

10/10/14 | By | 77 More

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

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Ouray Briefs | Kansas Man Wins OCRA Jeep Raffle

10/08/14 | By | 42 More

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

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Fortune Minerals Completes Purchase of Revenue Silver Mine

10/07/14 | By | 151 More
Fortune Minerals Completes Purchase of Revenue Silver Mine

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

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Family Cries Foul After Blasting Accident at Revenue Mine

10/01/14 | By | 552 More
Family Cries Foul After Blasting Accident at Revenue Mine

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

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Time Bank Movement Heats Up in Ouray County

09/27/14 | By | More

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

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Roll Out the Barrel for Ouray Oktoberfest and Jeep Raffle

09/27/14 | By | 242 More

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

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MSHA Issues Pattern of Violations Notice to Revenue Silver Mine

09/26/14 | By | 86 More

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

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

09/25/14 | By | 398 More
It All Comes Down to Water: Justice Hobbs Meanders Through Water Law

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

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Tweaked Hermosa Creek Bill Raises Conservationists’ Ire

09/24/14 | By | 81 More

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

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

09/24/14 | By | 64 More
Music with a Mission: Piano Concert Honors Legacy of Pioneer Violinist in Ouray

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

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

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

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

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OURAY BRIEFS | Ouray Municipal Day Scheduled for Next Friday

09/21/14 | By | More

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

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Ridgway Digs Into Lake Otonowanda Rehab Project 

09/20/14 | By | 159 More
Ridgway Digs Into Lake Otonowanda Rehab Project 

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

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

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

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

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Climbers Recount Daring Mt. Sneffels Rescue Mission

09/17/14 | By | 3,845 More
Climbers Recount Daring Mt. Sneffels Rescue Mission

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

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dZi Spins to Podium Finish in Third Trois Etapes

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

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

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Ridgway Chautauqua Society on Track to Buy Sherbino

09/16/14 | By | More

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

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Forest Service Seeks Answer for Dying Forests

09/13/14 | By | 163 More
Forest Service Seeks Answer for Dying Forests

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

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A Preservation Celebration at the Ghost Town of Animas Forks

09/11/14 | By | 110 More
A Preservation Celebration at the Ghost Town of Animas Forks

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

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

09/10/14 | By | 229 More
OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Contractors Uncover Secret Tire Stash at Gunn Dump

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

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

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

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

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

09/04/14 | By | 78 More

De-Brucing question heads to ballot as well.

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Hickenlooper Shines Spotlight On Local Business Success Stories

09/03/14 | By | 112 More
Hickenlooper Shines Spotlight On Local Business Success Stories

“Ridgway is emblematic of Colorado,” HIckenlooper said.

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

09/03/14 | By | 253 More

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

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Silverton Homicide Case Inches Toward Trial

09/02/14 | By | 97 More

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

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

08/30/14 | By | 71 More
Ouray Schools Seek $2.5 Million Bond to Shore Up Aging Infrastructure

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

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

08/24/14 | By | 141 More

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

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Ouray and Ridgway Schools Launch a Year of New Beginnings

08/23/14 | By | 119 More
Ouray and Ridgway Schools Launch a Year of New Beginnings

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

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

08/21/14 | By | 164 More

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

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

08/20/14 | By | More

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

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OURAY BRIEFS | Hilton, Cockle Appointed to Ouray City Council

08/18/14 | By | 103 More
OURAY BRIEFS | Hilton, Cockle Appointed to Ouray City Council

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

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Six Applicants Vie for Two Ouray City Council Vacancies

08/16/14 | By | 48 More

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

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

08/13/14 | By | 43 More

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

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CDOT Zooms In on Design for Ridgway’s Streetscape Project

08/13/14 | By | 109 More
CDOT Zooms In on Design for Ridgway’s Streetscape Project

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

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A Grand New Look for the Ouray County Fairgrounds

08/12/14 | By | 84 More
A Grand New Look for the Ouray County Fairgrounds

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

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No Holds Bard Puts the ‘Play’ Back in Plays 

08/10/14 | By | More

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

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Zac Marion Snags Inaugural Ouray 100 Ultramarathon Title

08/08/14 | By | 152 More
Zac Marion Snags Inaugural Ouray 100 Ultramarathon Title

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

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Ouray Improves Ditch, Pursues New Water Rights

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

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

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dZi Foundation Rides Again in Trois Etapes Cycling Event

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

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

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Charges Filed in Homicide Case Suggest Recklessness Rather Than Intent

08/06/14 | By | 54 More

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

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Richard Kersen Resigns from Ouray City Council

08/05/14 | By | More

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

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DOLA Grants $200K to Kickstart Ouray Pool Improvements

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

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

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

07/31/14 | By | More

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

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

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

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

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Artists Alpine Holiday Delights the Senses, Soothes the Soul

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

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

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

07/29/14 | By | More

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

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

07/29/14 | By | 264 More

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

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Ouray County Adopts a Road Map for the 21st Century

07/24/14 | By | More

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

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Lightning Strike Sparks Wildfire on Log Hill Mesa

07/22/14 | By | More

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

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Bears Feast on Fast Food Around Ouray

07/22/14 | By | 51 More
Bears Feast on Fast Food Around Ouray

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

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Ouray Mountain Rescue Team Retrieves Injured Rider from Lou Creek Pass

07/22/14 | By | More

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

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

07/22/14 | By | More

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

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Authorities Seek Answers in Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Red Mountain Pass

07/21/14 | By | 127 More

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

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

07/18/14 | By | More

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

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Ouray City Council Poised to Adopt Water Efficiency Plan

07/16/14 | By | More

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

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Initiative 75 Withdrawn From Ballot

07/16/14 | By | More

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

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Growing Pains in Pot-Friendly Ridgway

07/16/14 | By | More

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

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

07/13/14 | By | 89 More
Kilian Jornet Sets New Record in Hardrock 100 | ‘Basically, He’s the Best in the World’

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

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Ridgway Community Vets Streetscape Project

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

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

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Ferguson Resigns from Ouray City Council

07/09/14 | By | More

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

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Hardrock 100 Ultra-Endurance Run Takes Place This Weekend

07/09/14 | By | More

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

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Ouray County Man Arrested in Connection With Auto Theft

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

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

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Colo. Supreme Court Blocks Progress of Public Trust Doctrine Measure

07/03/14 | By | More

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

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Enjoy an Old-fashioned Fourth of July in Ouray

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

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

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

06/28/14 | By | More

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

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

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

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

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Red Mountain Pass Opens to Two-Way Traffic

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

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

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Ouray Area Homeowners Urged to Participate in Wildfire Risk Analysis

06/15/14 | By | More

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

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Gunnison Basin Roundtable Defines Goals for State Water Plan

06/14/14 | By | More

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

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Silverton Man Arrested for Suspected Homicide

06/09/14 | By | More

San Juan County Coroner Keri Metzler identified the victim as Jessica McFarland, 32.

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A Rugged Tradition: Ouray Jeep Raffle Enters 50th Year

06/08/14 | By | 499 More
A Rugged Tradition: Ouray Jeep Raffle Enters 50th Year

The retail value of the Raffle Jeep with all its bells and whistles is a record $40,000.

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Siefkin Is Interim Secondary School Principal

06/07/14 | By | More

Chuck Siefkin, who has an administrative license, will replace outgoing Ridgway Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs.

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OURAY BRIEFS | With Election Looming, Retail Pot is Back on Ouray’s Agenda

06/05/14 | By | More

Council agreed that retail marijuana should be kept out of residential zones altogether.

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Moving On: Ouray School Bids Adieu to Three Beloved Teachers

05/30/14 | By | More
Moving On: Ouray School Bids Adieu to Three Beloved Teachers

The Ouray School stage will be named after Nixon, and a special bench in the playground will be dedicated to Kern.

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Wright Opera House Set to Reopen This Weekend

05/29/14 | By | More
Wright Opera House Set to Reopen This Weekend

This Saturday the opera house reopens to the public with a sold-out Hayes Carll concert.

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OURAY BRIEFS | OHV Ordinance Crashes and Burns on First Reading

05/24/14 | By | More
OURAY BRIEFS | OHV Ordinance Crashes and Burns on First Reading

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.

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Filmmakers Workshop Gives Sneak Peak of Jeff Lowe’s ‘Metanoia’

05/22/14 | By | More
Filmmakers Workshop Gives Sneak Peak of Jeff Lowe’s ‘Metanoia’

Telluride MountainFilm Festival hosts a filmmaker’s workshop on the making of Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia on Saturday, May 24, from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

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A Temporary Halt to Rockwall Work Coming This Weekend

05/22/14 | By | More
A Temporary Halt to Rockwall Work Coming This Weekend

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.

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Kudos to Samantha Wright

05/15/14 | By | More

Editor: I want to commend you and The Watch on the excellent reporting regarding the current situation in the Ridgway School District. I believe that Samantha Wright has done an excellent job of reporting the news objectively and is providing an excellent service to your readers. It is an absolute pleasure to read a paper […]

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Ouray Police Chief Poised to Implement Community Policing Program

05/05/14 | By | 43 More
Ouray Police Chief Poised to Implement Community Policing Program

The key to making it all work was to establish an open line of communication between the police and property managers.S

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The Watch’s Samantha Wright Wins Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award

04/30/14 | By | More

Judges selected 85 honorees from nearly 1,800 submissions.

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Ridgway School Board ‘Clears the Slate,” Votes 4-1 Against Hobbs

04/29/14 | By | More

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.

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OURAY BRIEFS |OHVs Get Green Light to Operate on Ouray’s City Streets

04/28/14 | By | More

Ouray off-highway vehicle enthusiasts of all stripes will likely be allowed to operate their vehicles on city streets this summer.

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Star Mine Resumes Limited Operations at Revenue-Virginius Under Mounting MSHA Scrutiny

04/28/14 | By | 115 More

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.

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