Ouray County Planning Commission Chair Randy Parker discusses the format of the meeting during a public hearing on Land Use Code: Section 9, Visual Impact Regulations. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com   In a public hearing Thursday night, the Ouray County Planning Commission voted four to one to approve the changes to Visual Impact Regulations made by the Board of Ouray County Commissioners, with their recommendations, but did not support... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Each year, the Colorado Association of School Boards recognizes the outstanding commitment and service of select board members throughout the state. This year, Ouray School Board president Jerry Hellman was an honored recipient of CASB's McGuffey... + continue reading

New campsites at Top of the Pines feature picnic tables, level tent pads and direct views of the Sneffels Range. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Earlier this month, a seven person crew completed construction of nine campsites, including tent sites, picnic tables and fire pits, at Top of the Pines, an open space preserve located five miles southwest of Ridgway. Camping will be available for groups... + continue reading

Rev. Harry Strong. Courtesy photo
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com After three years as pastor of United Church of the San Juans, Rev. Harry Strong will retire in November, handing over his role to Leslie Wood of Colorado Springs. "I've had a wonderful experience," Strong said, describing his time at UCSJ... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Newly hired community development coordinator John Strandberg officially began his role in Ouray last week and is already looking forward to bringing improvements to the city’s planning system. Coming from Maple Valley, Washington, Strandberg said... + continue reading

Ouray County Planning Commission Chair Randy Parker discusses the format of the meeting during a public hearing on Land Use Code: Section 9, Visual Impact Regulations. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

New campsites at Top of the Pines feature picnic tables, level tent pads and direct views of the Sneffels Range. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

Rev. Harry Strong. Courtesy photo

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10/30/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com The county is looking at a preemptive approach to avoid potential conflicts with users on the Ridgway Area Trails system near County Road 10. During the call to the public period of the Board of County Commissioners meeting, RAT representative... + continue reading
10/27/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com As the Dec. 10 deadline for the first draft of the Colorado Water Plan approaches, the Colorado River District is questioning why the findings of each of the seven Basin Implementation Plans have been glossed over in the state plan. "First and... + continue reading

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Second Chance Medical Director Dr. Michelle Dally exam- ines Clarence in the new clinic. Courtesy photo
10/23/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Thanks to a $20,000 donation from a devoted Denver charity, the Second Chance Humane Society now has a on-site medical facility to treat animals as well as conduct low-cost public spay and neuter clinics. Cindy Lee and the Wags and Menace Makes a... + continue reading
10/22/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com The Mine Safety and Health Administration dealt former mine operator Star Mine Operations LLC over $1 million in fines as a result of last year's tragic accident that claimed the lives of two miners. On Tuesday, MSHA released a full report on... + 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
10/17/2014
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
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