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Fri
20
Jun

WESTERN SLOPE Lynx recovery in Colorado


Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis). Courtesy photo by Colorado Parks and Wildlife

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Since its listing as "threatened" species in 2000, the elusive Canada lynx has benefitted from consideration in national forest planning documents, but climate change, combined with the species' unsteady life history of rapid population growth and contraction, may slow the recovery process.

Thu
19
Jun

OURAY COUNTY: Fossey dies unexpectedly

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

County and former city employee Dan Fossey died unexpectedly on Monday afternoon, June 16.

Thu
19
Jun

WESTERN SLOPE Building support for hospice services

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Providing the region with unmatched end-of-life care for decades, an advisory committee of HopeWest Hospice met in Ridgway on June 10 to discuss ways to find more support for the organization's operating costs and programming from donors in Ouray County.

Mon
16
Jun

OURAY COUNTY: Local governments talk pot

By Sheridan Block and Bill Tiedje
sheridan@ouraynews.com
bill@ouraynews.com

As recreational marijuana use and operations expand in Colorado, local governments are rolling out regulations to monitor commercial pot within their jurisdictions.

Sat
14
Jun

OURAY COUNTY Hydropower online at Ridgway dam


The hydropower station (tan building in center of photograph) houses both generators. A penstock, or pressurized water pipe, draws water from the main outflow (left of the hydropower station) to the generation station. From the hydropower station, the electricity first goes to the substation (foreground, right) before entering the grid at the interconnection switch yard (background, right). Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Ridgway dam is now one of only three percent of dams in the U.S. that produce clean, renewable energy using hydropower.

Fri
13
Jun

OURAY COUNTY Non-commercial camping regulations approved

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Individuals camping on private land in Ouray County for more than 30 days may soon be required to register with the county and comply with sanitation and occupancy standards, or face fines of up to $1,000 per day.

Fri
13
Jun

OURAY COUNTY: Local historian passes away


Doris Gregory celebrated her 90th birthday at the Beaumont Hotel in 2007.

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Expert historian, researcher and author Doris Gregory passed away in Montrose on May 24. Considered a leading authority on local history, Gregory played a vital role in preserving knowledge of Ouray County’s rich background.

Thu
12
Jun

OURAY COUNTY: Both lanes to open at Red Mountain Pass this weekend

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

After nearly a month-long series of road closures due to rockfall mitigation work, Red Mountain Pass is expected to be completely opened by Thursday evening, June 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Thu
12
Jun

OURAY COUNTY The beetle mosaic

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

It's no surprise to many residents that beetle infestations have been damaging and killing trees in Ouray County, but the high degree of diversity in both tree species and beetle pests requires a nuanced response.

Mon
09
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: OCRA uses last year's challenges to refocus next year's goals

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Last year proved to be a satisfying one for the economic wellbeing of the City of Ouray. Tourists explored Main Street shops and stayed in local hotels, leading to a healthy growth of sales tax revenue and lodging and occupancy tax funding. Behind the scenes, however, the Ouray Chamber Resort Association, the organization responsible for marketing and attracting visitors to the city, found 2013 to be one of the group's more difficult years.

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