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Mon
06
Jul

OURAY COUNTY Catching fish to save fish

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Whoever illegally stocked smallmouth bass in Ridgway Reservoir probably had one thought in mind — catching big bass.

Fri
03
Jul

CITY OF OURAY Forest health in Ouray debated


(Left to right) Ouray County Commissioner Ben Tisdel, U.S. Forest Service West Zone Assistant Fire Manager Thad Chavez and USFS Ouray District Ranger Tammy Randall-Parker fielded questions from the public regarding forest health during a community meeting in Ouray on June 29. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Forest health issues including beetle epidemics, fire danger and options for tree removal were discussed during a three-hour community meeting on June 29 in Ouray.

Thu
02
Jul

OURAY SCHOOL: Abating asbestos "quite a process" for construction

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Students, teachers and community members will be thrilled to hear that work is officially underway for capital improvements to the Ouray School building.
“Fences are up, dumpsters are in place and work has begun on the roof,” said owner’s representative Mike Fedel in a construction update to the school board during its meeting on Monday.
Crews have begun preparations for demolition of the rooftop, including taking down vents and removing mechanicals. According to a three-week schedule received Monday afternoon, Fedel said, demolition, layout and surveying work is expected to begin this week and “you will see some actual changes in the roof by the end of the week.”

Thu
02
Jul

OURAY COUNTY Walking in The Duke's footsteps

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Ouray County's newest tourism attraction, the “True Grit” walking tour is expected to be completed in coming weeks and will highlight 11 landmarks from the classic 1969 film that stars movie icon John Wayne.

Wed
01
Jul

OURAY COUNTY: Red Mountain Pass work begins next week


Crib wall on US 550 needing repair. Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

A four-month long schedule to repair crib walls along Red Mountain Pass is slated to begin next Tuesday, July 7, which will limit US 550 to one lane of alternating traffic for the rest of the summer.
The work comes as no surprise, especially after a community uproar earlier this year when Colorado Department of Transportation initially announced it would begin work in June and continue through the summer. Residents and business owners were upset at the lack of communication from CDOT and voiced concern over how construction and road closures would affect the city’s revenues during the busiest time of the year. To appease the community, CDOT opted to begin work after the Fourth of July holiday and continue after a winter hiatus in mid-April.

Mon
29
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: New RV park owners in it for the long haul

By Sheridan Block

sheridan@ouraynews.com

Not so long ago, Jason and Amber Perkins were living out of their 2012 Airstream travel trailer packed tightly with all their belongings, two dogs, a cat and a baby on the way. One year later the growing family is on the other side of the camper, building a business and a legacy as the new owners of the Ouray RV Park.


For the Perkins family, RV-ing is more than a hobby — it's a lifestyle. In 2013, the couple had sold their home and many possessions and took an 18-month vacation across the country. They traveled from coast to coast twice, visiting 35 states in nearly two years while maintaining their careers — Jason as a computer specialist with Microsoft for 16 years and Amber as a traveling ICU nurse. 

Thu
25
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: Country rockers return with new sounds


Courtesy photo

By Sheridan Block

sheridan@ouraynews.com

Laser lights bouncing off the canyon walls with fireworks bursting in the night sky above made for an “epic, lifetime moment” when front man Cruz Contreras and the Black Lillies took the stage at last year’s Fourth of July concert. Contreras is expecting another memorable night as the Knoxville, Tennessee band heads back to Ouray this week to play the final concert of June’s Mountain Air Music Series.

“It was almost like a dream. One where there should be cupcakes for everybody,” Contreras said, reminiscing about the band’s last visit to Ouray. “It was just amazing. Any time you want us there, we’re ready.”

Wed
24
Jun

CITY OF OURAY Community meeting on beetle kill set

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Experts will be on hand June 29 in an outreach meeting to provide information and answer questions with regard to the multi-agency strategy being developed to deal with the white fir engraver beetle infestation occurring in the Ouray area.

Tue
23
Jun

OURAY COUNTY Calling compassionate volunteers

Plaindealer Staff Report
plaindealer@ouraynews.com

Continuing the tradition of helping neighbors in need, local volunteers are gearing up for this year's Compassion Weekend projects.

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