By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Building girls of courage, confidence and character — this is the mission of the long-lived Girl Scouts program, and it is a tradition worth preserving in Ouray County, said local troop leader Nancy Sanders. For nine years, Sanders has devoted... + continue reading
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com When the coldest nights of the year come around, the San Juan Snakes emerge from their daily routines for Thursday night hockey practice at the Ouray Ice Rink. This dedicated group of hockey players has kept the tradition alive across three decades... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Families and friends visiting loved ones in Ouray now have another (legal) lodging option: camping in RVs on private property. Originally, the city code allowed for RV camping only in designated spaces at licensed RV parks and it placed... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Ridgway resident and co-owner of Shining Mountain Herbs Sheila Manzagol enthusiastically clapped her hands as her husband Tim Manzagol displayed a triumphant grin during the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. It was an historic moment for... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com In a second public presentation — this one required by law — Ouray School and its architects detailed to the city planning commission their plans for this summer’s major building renovation. The purpose of an initial meeting at... + continue reading

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03/29/2015
Plaindealer Staff Report plaindealer@ouraynews.com April’s visiting poet in the Open Bard Poetry Series is Michelle Battiste, a Boulder resident who has taught poetry workshops and whose poems have appeared in poetry reviews. Battiste is the author of “Uprising” and... + continue reading
03/28/2015
Plaindealer Staff Report plaindealer@ouraynews.com Women in Support of Education is accepting applications for its 2015 Emma Lou Wilder Memorial Scholarship. Female graduates of Ouray and Ridgway high schools who have completed a full year at the university level or who are enrolled in a... + continue reading

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03/13/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com It was no horse that took down the Trojans this weekend, but a pack of Wildcats instead. On Thursday, the mighty reign of the Ouray Trojans came to an end when the Fleming Wildcats booted the team from the state tournament. Paired up against the... + continue reading
03/11/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com The score had been tied at 59 with about 14 seconds remaining on the clock. A turnover gave the Ouray Trojans the ball and the pressure was on as one shot stood between the Ouray Trojans and their ultimate goal of heading to the state championships... + continue reading
03/06/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com After claiming victory over their competition at the District 1A tournament in Olathe last weekend, the Ouray Trojans march to battle in Glenwood Springs for the regional basketball tournament on Saturday. The boys will face one opponent in the epic... + continue reading
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Next week is "Sunshine Week," celebrating transparency in government. In Colorado, the Colorado Open Records Act, or CORA, and the Colorado Open Meetings Law, or COML. Before CORA was... + continue reading

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