By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Preservation of Sawtooth Mountain Ranch was secured last week with $3 million in funding through the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program. On Wednesday, Aug. 6, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet announced the award, which will protect the... + continue reading

Construction crews cleared the future site of the new Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department building, located off Hunter Parkway, on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Rather than wait for a decision from the county, the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department will seek lease-purchase financing to begin construction of its new facility. The option to purchase or lease a portion of the building for the use of Ouray County... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com At least 700 runners from across the country will take their marks in Ouray on Saturday morning, testing their speed and endurance during the annual Mt. Sneffels full and half marathons. Hosted by the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, this year marks... + continue reading

The town of Ridgway has hired a consultant on wayfinding and signage, using monies from the Creative District, to determine a cohesive plan for signs in Ridgway. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Proper placement and design of signs can increase legibility and create an identity for the town of Ridgway through "place-making," explained Kristin Cypher, a way-finding and signage consultant for the town. During a meeting held on July 31... + continue reading

Rep. Mike McLachlan addressed voters at the Secret Garden in Ouray on July 25. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Stopping in Ouray on July 25 to talk with voters, state Rep. Mike McLachlan made it clear he is ready for a long, hard fight to maintain his District 59 seat against his opponent, Republican J. Paul Brown. "We can win this election, (but) it... + continue reading

Construction crews cleared the future site of the new Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department building, located off Hunter Parkway, on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

The town of Ridgway has hired a consultant on wayfinding and signage, using monies from the Creative District, to determine a cohesive plan for signs in Ridgway. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

Rep. Mike McLachlan addressed voters at the Secret Garden in Ouray on July 25. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

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08/17/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com City council will appoint two new members during its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 18. This will be the second time this year and the third time since last summer that council has had to fill vacancies on the board. Six candidates are vying for... + continue reading
08/15/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com With six hopefuls applying for the two city council vacancies, the Plaindealer interviewed each of the candidates to give the community an idea of their qualifications and stances on local issues. At the time of press, candidate Kevin Koprek did not... + continue reading

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Caja Ashcroft's Nissan pickup truck overturned about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning on County Road 24A, just south of Dallas Creek. Ouray County EMS transported her to the fairgrounds, where a CareFlight helicopter picked her up. The 23-year old mother of two died from her injuries. Photo by Beecher Threatt.
08/01/2014
  By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com       The driver involved in a rollover accident that occurred July 30 on County Road 24A west of Ridgway has passed away from her injuries.         A mother of two, Caja Ashcroft, 23, of Montrose was headed... + continue reading

The San Juan Skyway, a Colorado Historic and Scenic Byway, turns 25 this year. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
08/01/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com This year the San Juan Skyway celebrates its 25th anniversary as a Colorado Historic and Scenic Byway, and a series of meetings is planned to discuss the future of the iconic Southwest Colorado loop. From Ridgway, the Skyway heads south on US 550 to... + continue reading
07/30/2014
By Beecher Threatt beecher@ouraynews.com A Nissan pickup truck overturned about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning on County Road 24A, just south of Dallas Creek. Ouray County EMS transported the female driver, 23-year-old Caja Ashcroft, to the fairgrounds, where a CareFlight helicopter picked her up... + continue reading
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Dear Editor, I share the views expressed in Mr. Todd’s July 24 editorial regarding the three road signs that grace the roadsides of Colona, Ouray and Log Hill. They are a hideous eyesore with... + continue reading

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