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Fri
17
Apr

CITY OF OURAY: No easy answer for dead trees

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Fifty percent of the landscape around Ouray is on the verge of death. It’s a fact that’s as disturbing to hear as it is to see. The once healthy, green white firs that line the canyon walls have been reduced to crumbling specks of brown rot as the fir engraver beetles complete their feasts. Even more unsettling, according to U.S. Forest Service silviculturist Todd Gardiner: there’s really nothing we can do.



Fri
17
Apr

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Gunning leaving AD, council positions

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Ridgway Athletic Director and Town Councilor Jason Gunning, who teaches history, economics and government at the secondary school, is stepping down from his responsibilities as he prepares to attend law school in New York.

Thu
16
Apr

OURAY COUNTY: Summer road closures planned on Red Mountain Pass

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

City and county residents and business owners received a shocking blow on Wednesday night when news of summer road closures on Red Mountain Pass surfaced.

Thu
16
Apr

WESTERN SLOPE: Ouray to get a seat at regional dispatch table

Montrose Sheriff Rick Dunlap (standing) hands out documents to Ouray Police Chief Justin Perry and Ouray County Sheriff Junior Mattivi

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

As subscribers to the Montrose Interagency Dispatch Center, Ouray County emergency agencies will have some representation on its budding advisory board. The weight of the county’s contributions, however, is not yet known.

Thu
16
Apr

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Board interviews three candidates

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The Ridgway School Board interviewed three candidates for the position vacated by outgoing board member Steve Larivee during a work session on April 14.

Wed
15
Apr

OURAY COUNTY: Arsenic found near Cutler Creek

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Residents in Ponderosa Village and the surrounding neighborhood are advised to check their water, as traces of arsenic have been found near Cutler Creek.

Tue
14
Apr

OURAY SCHOOL: Student actors spring into more serious roles

Junior Mackenzie Webb and senior JP Preston rehearse lines for the upcoming high school performance of “Suddenly, Last Summer” by Tennessee Williams.

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Junior Mackenzie Webb sat solemnly in the spotlight. Fingers fidgeting and eyes cast downward, she poured her being into capturing the essence of her tormented character.

Mon
13
Apr

WESTERN SLOPE Weighing water needs in the Gunnison Basin

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

As water shortages rise in the minds of many across the West, representatives of water interests in the Gunnison Basin, which encompasses the Uncompahgre River Basin in Ouray County, identified the need to protect existing water uses as their primary goal in the Colorado Water Plan.
On April 6, members of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable voted to approve the Gunnison Basin Implementation Plan, subject to final committee revisions, during a regular meeting in Montrose.

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Fri
10
Apr

OURAY SCHOOL: Bon travail! French teacher earns praise

Taylor Chase. Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Only four years ago, Taylor Chase began teaching foreign languages. While her specialty and qualifications are mainly in French education, she also teaches Spanish and Russian at Ouray School.

Thu
09
Apr

CITY OF OURAY: Volunteers needed to battle beetles

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

As the chilling winds of winter fade away, the fiendish armies of bark beetles prepare to take flight, hungry for the forests that surround Ouray. But the city and its citizens refuse to stand by as the tiny forest terrors begin their spring flight and are asking for volunteers to fight off the threat of bark beetles on local trees.

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