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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.

Mon
09
Jun

WESTERN SLOPE USDA rolls out new partnership-based conservation program

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled a new conservation program aimed at creating partnerships among businesses, non-profits and other organizations to support regional soil and water conservation projects.

Sun
08
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: What Ouray can learn about OHV regulations from neighboring communities

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Off-highway vehicle regulations have been an ongoing battle for the city of Ouray. Council has gone back and forth on the issue, debating whether or not OHVs should be allowed to operate on city streets.

Fri
06
Jun

RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Board appoints Siefken, considers strategic planning


Chuck Siefken. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Chuck Siefken was appointed interim principal of Ridgway Secondary School for the 2014-2015 school year by an unanimous vote of the Ridgway School Board on May 8.

Fri
06
Jun

NATION: Local guide among six dead in Mt. Rainier tragedy


Friends gathered at the Ouray Ice Park on Tuesday, June 3, to share memories of Eitan Green.

Eitan Green. Coutesy photo by Alpine Ascent International

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Thu
05
Jun

CITY OF OURAY: Sisters of SHEL kick off music series

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

A touch of folk, a pinch of pop and a hint of classical sounds will create a beautiful blend of harmonies when the sisters of SHEL take the stage during the Mountain Air Music Series in Ouray on Thursday.

Thu
05
Jun

TOWN OF RIDGWAY Preserving Ridgway's railroading past


Volunteers from across the country, including visitors from Texas and Arizona, worked to restore the Denver and Rio Grande business car at the Ridgway Railroad Museum on Monday, June 2. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Striving to preserve and educate the public about the region's historic railroads, a small group of dedicated volunteers is participating in the Ridgway Railroad Museum's annual restoration week, June 2-5.

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