By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comCity and county residents and business owners received a shocking blow on Wednesday night when news of summer road closures on Red Mountain Pass surfaced.Through most of June, and creeping dangerously close to the Fourth of July weekend, crews from San Miguel... + continue reading
Montrose Sheriff Rick Dunlap (standing) hands out documents to Ouray Police Chief Justin Perry and Ouray County Sheriff Junior Mattivi
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comAs subscribers to the Montrose Interagency Dispatch Center, Ouray County emergency agencies will have some representation on its budding advisory board. The weight of the county’s contributions, however, is not yet known.Ouray County Sheriff Dominic “Junior”... + continue reading
By Bill Tiedjebill@ouraynews.comThe Ridgway School Board interviewed three candidates for the position vacated by outgoing board member Steve Larivee during a work session on April 14.Candidates Tim Taplin, Laura Thomas and Carolyn Snowbarger answered a list of questions in a panel discussion... + continue reading
Junior Mackenzie Webb and senior JP Preston rehearse lines for the upcoming high school performance of “Suddenly, Last Summer” by Tennessee Williams.
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comJunior Mackenzie Webb sat solemnly in the spotlight. Fingers fidgeting and eyes cast downward, she poured her being into capturing the essence of her tormented character.At first glance, you wouldn't know this was Webb's first performance. Throughout her Ouray... + continue reading
Taylor Chase. Courtesy photo
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comOnly four years ago, Taylor Chase began teaching foreign languages. While her specialty and qualifications are mainly in French education, she also teaches Spanish and Russian at Ouray School.Chase still considers herself to be a "baby teacher," which is why... + continue reading
Montrose Sheriff Rick Dunlap (standing) hands out documents to Ouray Police Chief Justin Perry and Ouray County Sheriff Junior Mattivi
Junior Mackenzie Webb and senior JP Preston rehearse lines for the upcoming high school performance of “Suddenly, Last Summer” by Tennessee Williams.
Taylor Chase. Courtesy photo

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04/17/2015
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comFifty percent of the landscape around Ouray is on the verge of death. It’s a fact that’s as disturbing to hear as it is to see. The once healthy, green white firs that line the canyon walls have been reduced to crumbling specks of brown rot as the fir engraver... + continue reading
04/17/2015
By Bill Tiedjebill@ouraynews.comRidgway Athletic Director and Town Councilor Jason Gunning, who teaches history, economics and government at the secondary school, is stepping down from his responsibilities as he prepares to attend law school in New York.A Long Island native, Gunning said he will be... + continue reading

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(Left to right) Girl Scouts Lexi Todd, Lia Todd, Chiara Degenhardt and Kia James sell everyone's favorite cookies last year outside of City Market. James graduated last year and with Degenhardt graduating this spring, the remaining troop members and other prospective girls are hoping to find adult volunteers to keep the local pack going. Courtesy photo by Dee James
03/23/2015
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
03/23/2015
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

Arlene Crawford, Ouray resident and co-owner of Swiss Village Mobile Home Park, urges council to allow for RV camping on private property during the city council meeting on Monday.
03/20/2015
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
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04/16/2015
The notice read: "You are herby summoned to APPEAR at the JOHNSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE…".  Who or what is a "herby"? I wondered. Typos happen; apparently proofreading at a certain county courthouse... + continue reading

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