(Left to right) Ouray District Ranger Tammy Randall-Parker, Collbran Job Corps Lead Carpentry Instructor Tim Parlove, CJC member Erik Gonzalez, CJC member Cory Cruz, CJC member Brittany Gomez, Forest Supervisor Scott Armentrout, Specialist Amanda Walker, CJC member Derek Meyers and Ouray District Recreation Staff Andrew Maher dedicated a new kiosk at the Blue Lakes Trailhead on Thursday, Oct. 9. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com A new kiosk was dedicated at the Blue Lakes Trailhead on Thursday in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. "There's not a day that goes by in the summer that the parking lot is not full," said U.S. Forest Service... + continue reading

Stephen Barnes, newly-appointed Ridgway Town Council member. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Town councilor Stephen Barnes brings new energy and a wealth of recreation development and planning experience to the town of Ridgway. Last week Ridgway Town Council appointed Barnes to the seat recently vacated by Jim Kavanaugh. A New Hampshire native... + continue reading

Shredding operations at the staging area ceased following an order from CDPHE on Sept. 24. Photo courtesy Ouray County
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Now that all the tires have been dug up, it is clear that the Gunn waste tire cleanup project will be much larger and more costly than anticipated. That was the message delivered by Ouray County Administrator Connie Hunt to the Board of Ouray County... + continue reading
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By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com We’re in the midst of election season and candidates are making every effort to pull in votes. Board of County Commissioner hopefuls Lezah Saunders and Ben Tisdel participated in the first local debate of the season last Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com It was late Saturday morning at Kettle Creek Ranch when rancher Cristy Orvis went out to check on her cattle. What she expected to find was the herd grazing in the fields; instead she was shocked to see that an arrow was lodged in the face of one of her... + continue reading

(Left to right) Ouray District Ranger Tammy Randall-Parker, Collbran Job Corps Lead Carpentry Instructor Tim Parlove, CJC member Erik Gonzalez, CJC member Cory Cruz, CJC member Brittany Gomez, Forest Supervisor Scott Armentrout, Specialist Amanda Walker, CJC member Derek Meyers and Ouray District Recreation Staff Andrew Maher dedicated a new kiosk at the Blue Lakes Trailhead on Thursday, Oct. 9. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

Stephen Barnes, newly-appointed Ridgway Town Council member. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

Shredding operations at the staging area ceased following an order from CDPHE on Sept. 24. Photo courtesy Ouray County
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10/20/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com The Ridgway Town Council heard a request from Chipeta Solar Springs Resort and Spa to purchase town property for parking lot expansion, approved the interest rate for the Streetscape bond, and heard a number of funding requests during its regular meeting on... + continue reading
10/19/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Despite the looming headlines and paranoid speculations, the threat of ebola in the states is extremely unlikely. Nevertheless, it’s always best to be prepared for the worst case scenario, and the Ouray County Public Health Department has a plan... + continue reading

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A new WeatherBug weather station at Ridgway Elementary school is online and providing up-to-date weather conditions in Ridgway. Weather data can be received from the WeatherBug mobile application or at weatherbug.com. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
09/25/2014
  By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com   After a three-year absence, the Friends of Ridgway Schools has been revitalized to support school activities, build school spirit and help out teachers. Consisting currently of new and longtime Ridgway parents, the group is open to any... + continue reading

Tom Bennett of Ridgway rides the Ridgway trails system located on Bureau of Land Management lands north of Ridgway on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Ridgway Fall Festival will be held in Hartwell Park on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to raise funds for completion of the Ridgway Area Trails' multi-use stacked loop system. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
09/18/2014
    By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com   This Saturday, the Ridgway Area Trails group will host the Ridgway Fall Festival in Hartwell Park to keep the momentum going for construction of a new multi-use trail system north of Ridgway.   With live music, five local... + continue reading

A Black Hawk helicopter airlifts the injured hiker from near the summit of Mt. Sneffels of Saturday morning. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block
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Ouray Mountain Rescue responder and paramedic Ruth Stewart monitors the hiker as they wait for helicopter response. Courtesy photo
09/17/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com A military helicopter was summoned in a Ouray Mountain Rescue Team operation this weekend at Mt. Sneffels. On Saturday, early morning hikers watched as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter hovered near the peak of the mountain before airlifting an injured... + continue reading
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