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Fri
09
May

OURAY COUNTY The history of "The Ouray Water Gap"


The "Ouray Water Gap" includes the upper Uncompahgre River Valley as it runs north from Ridgway, including Ridgway Reservoir. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Before a reservoir and a highway filled the high-banked valley where the Uncompahgre River flows north from Ridgway, the "Ouray Water Gap" was home to a self-reliant group of farmers, road builders and entrepreneurs.

Fri
09
May

COLORADO: School finance bills headed to Hickenlooper

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Just at the end of the legislative session this week, the House and Senate passed two bills that would funnel funds back into K-12 resources after cuts during the recent recession.

Thu
08
May

OURAY COUNTY BOCC gives staff go-ahead on Ridgway Fire proposal

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

After a lengthy discussion on Tuesday, the Board of Ouray County Commissioners directed County Attorney Marti Whitmore to begin drafting a potential intergovernmental agreement with the Ridgway Fire District regarding shared use of the fire district's new facility.

Thu
08
May

CITY OF OURAY: Citizens encouraged to protect trees from fir beetles

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

The warm, dry months of summer are only a few weeks away and with that, the threat of hungry bark beetles looms over Ouray’s dwindling number of fir trees. As bark beetles prepare their search for new host trees in the city’s forests, citizens are encouraged to take action against these destructive insects.

Tue
06
May

CITY OF OURAY: Loans available for businesses impacted by Red Mountain Pass closure

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

When rockslides shut down Red Mountain Pass for nearly a month in January, businesses in Ouray and Silverton received an economic blow. Now that the pass is temporarily closed again during the weeks of May, businesses fear another period of financial adversity.

 

Mon
05
May

COLORADO: Concerns with Public Trust run deeper than clean water

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

In an attempt to protect Colorado’s natural resources, the Public Trust Initiative is again trying to make waves and earn its spot on ballots this year. While the initiative aims to secure protection for the state’s precious resources — particularly water — many local ranchers and water users are vehemently against the proposed measure.

Fri
02
May

OURAY COUNTY HOA changes in Colorado

 

By Bill Tiedje

bill@ouraynews.com

 

Presenting information on new state requirements for homeowners' associations in Colorado, Gary Kujawski, HOA Information Officer with the Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA), spoke to HOA residents, board members and managers during an educational session held in Ridgway on April 25.

Fri
02
May

OURAY COUNTY: Cedar Hill Cemetery manages to make ends meet on a tight budget

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Since the 1800s, the Cedar Hill Cemetery has been the site where Ouray residents and their loved ones were laid to rest. Over the years, however, the cemetery has been met with struggle after struggle, and in most cases the hardships could be narrowed down to one thing: money.

Thu
01
May

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Board votes 4 to 1 against Hobbs' contract renewal

By Bill Tiedje

bill@ouraynews.com

 

 

Ridgway School Board voted 4 to 1 not to renew secondary principal Jim Bob Hobbs' contract at a regular meeting on Monday. 

Thu
01
May

WESTERN SLOPE: Ryan recovering from 1,800-foot fall

By Sheridan Block and Alan Todd
sheridan@ouraynews.com
atodd@ouraynews.com

Despite a terrible ski accident in Telluride last week, Ridgway outdoorsman Joe Ryan is back home from the hospital and well on the road to recovery.

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