Ridgway’s Kaitlyn Rutherford spikes the ball over a Sargent opponent. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Facing stiff competition at the Denver Coliseum, the Demons volleyball squad was again defeated by Resurrection Christian on Friday but overpowered Sargent in their final match in the state tournament. With 467 kills in the regular season, Ridgway's... + continue reading
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By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Driving up the rugged terrain of County Road 18, it’s hard to miss the decrepit remains of the old loadout facility for the Michael Breen mine. A caved-in rooftop and splintered wood panels are the least of concerns, with drainage from the mining... + continue reading

Gunnison sage grouse. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com On Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act. Describing the American West's "sagebrush sea" as an area in... + continue reading

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By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Democratic incumbent Mike McLachlan is fighting tooth and nail to maintain his position as the House District 59 representative. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Secretary of State's unofficial election results reported that Republican... + continue reading

Tree thinning work along County Road 1 heading up the escarpment to Log Hill will protect this important evacuation route. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Property owners on County Road 1 heading up to Log Hill Mesa have teamed up with West Region Wildfire Council and Colorado State Forest Service to undergo a tree thinning project to reduce fire dangers on this important evacuation route. "There are... + continue reading

Ridgway’s Kaitlyn Rutherford spikes the ball over a Sargent opponent. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
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Gunnison sage grouse. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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J. Paul Brown

Tree thinning work along County Road 1 heading up the escarpment to Log Hill will protect this important evacuation route. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

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11/26/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com A task force assigned to improve the state's edible marijuana regulations failed to produce results last week as the group was unable to reach a consensus on how to distinguish pot-infused products. Instead, the working group — made up of... + continue reading
11/25/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Three weeks after Election Day, the battle for House District 59 is finally over. On Thursday, Nov. 20, Democratic incumbent Mike McLachlan conceded the race to Republican opponent J. Paul Brown. McLachlan and Brown were part of one of the tightest... + continue reading

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11/05/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Ouray resident Ben Tisdel will replace outgoing Commissioner Mike Fedel on the District 2 seat for the Board of County Commissioners. "I am honored and thankful for the tremendous support over the last 10 months of this campaign," Tisdel... + continue reading

Ben Tisdel has been elected to the Board of Ouray County Commissioners. Courtesy photo
11/04/2014
Independent candidate Ben Tisdel has been elected to the Board of Ouray County Commissioners. Tisdel received 55.2 percent of the vote. Other Ouray County highest vote total winners include: Colorado Governor:  John Hickenlooper, 53.6 percent; U.S. Senate:  Mark Udall, 50.45 percent... + continue reading
11/03/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com One of Ouray's great debates continued this week, as city council hosted a work session on Monday regarding OHVs. Over the last few years, supporters and opponents have appealed to council in an effort to legalize or prohibit the use of these... + continue reading
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11/14/2014
This report comes to you from “The Road,” as Bobbie and I chase Ms Autumn south and west across the climatically and recreationally gifted state of Utah on a prolonged immersion amongst... + continue reading

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