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Sun
19
Jan
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ROCKFALL WORK CONTINUES ON US 550 SOUTH OF OURAY

Red Mountain Pass to remain closed into next week, a reopen date is undetermined at this time.

Tue
14
Jan
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OURAY COUNTY Rock slide closes Red Mountain Pass

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Red Mountain Pass remained closed Tuesday morning as Colorado Department of Transportation crews worked to clear the highway of rubble and debris following a series of rock slides that began Sunday evening.
Around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, CDOT closed a 12-mile stretch of Highway 550, from mile marker 80 to 92, after a “great deal of rubble” poured across the roadway approximately 900 feet above the highway near mile marker 90, just two miles south of Ouray.

Tue
07
Jan
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CITY OF OURAY Creating competition at the Ice Fest

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

With the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival just around the corner, spectators and climbers alike are eager to see what’s in store for competitors during the Elite Mixed Climbing Competition.
A major attraction to the ice lover’s weekend, the mixed competition will feature 25 competitors who will race against the clock, climbing up a set route in the Ouray Ice Park. The challenge features a unique combination of natural and artificial elements, testing the strength and skill of the fearless racers.

Tue
07
Jan
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COLORADO/OURAY COUNTY Retail pot rolls out in the new year

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Along with the new year, Colorado’s retail marijuana industry is rolling out, as 136 pot shops have begun sales this week.
Jan. 1 marked the first day medical marijuana facilities were able to make the crossover into recreational marijuana sales.
Last week, on Dec. 23, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division mailed out 348 retail marijuana licenses to prospective establishments. Included in those are 136 marijuana stores, 178 cultivation facilities, 31 products manufacturing facilities and three testing facilities.

Sat
28
Dec
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Caldwell Poem

2013 Woman of the Year

Tue
24
Dec
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OURAY COUNTY Ridgway State Park to participate in national 1st day hike program

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

On New Year’s Day, Ridgway State Park will host two guided hikes as part of the national "First Day Hikes: America's State Parks" event.
The event is a nationwide effort to encourage people to get out and enjoy their state parks in the New Year.
At Ridgway State Park, Park Ranger Chelsea Murray will lead a one mile hike along the Dallas Creek nature trail, starting at the confluence parking area at the Dallas Creek entrance.
The hike will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will tour a unique riparian area, offering great views of the Sneffels Range in a rarely visited portion of the park.
Murray said this hike would be suitable for all ages and all skill levels and would provide a great opportunity to see animal sign and bird life along the Uncompahgre River inlet, including bald eagles.

Tue
24
Dec
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CITY OF OURAY Small effort brings annual New Year’s tradition

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

At the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, colorful flares and sparkling flashes will light up the night sky as crackles and booms ring in the new year in the mountains of Ouray.
The major annual tradition for the small city finds its humble beginnings in the hands of two local women.
In the mid-1980s, Barbara Morss worked as the manager for the Ouray County Chamber of Commerce. Going about her daily duties, Morss received a letter from an individual looking for more information about the city and its traditions. The letter cited rumors that back in the day, miners would set off fireworks on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the end of the year and ring in the next.
“I never heard that and thought it was cool,” Morss said.

Mon
16
Dec
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Feb. 8, 2006: HB effort focus of 'Streetscape'

Mon
16
Dec
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Apr. 13, 2005: Voters approve sales tax

From The Ridgway Sun: April 13, 2005
Voters approve sales tax

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