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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

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
  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
    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
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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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

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

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

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09/29/2014
  By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com     Volunteer firefighters protect all of Ouray County and serve 70 percent of the total land surface of Colorado, but with rigorous training requirements, unpredictable hours and the inherent physical demands of the job, these men and women... + continue reading
09/27/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com One year and 92 citations later, the Revenue silver mine was issued a Pattern of Violation notice by the US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration on Thursday. Under the Mine Act, MSHA is required to identify mines that... + continue reading

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USFS Gunnison Service Center Scientist Jim Worrall discusses Sudden Aspen Decline during a USFS field trip east of Lake City on Sept. 4. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
09/11/2014
  By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com   Faced with the continued expansion of bark beetle and aspen decline on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service is proposing to adapt its forest management and timber sale procedures to keep pace with the... + continue reading
09/08/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com In celebration of one year of services from the Ouray County Food Pantry at its new home, 257 Sherman St. in Ridgway, a local community food and fundraising event will be held at the Sherbino Theater and adjacent Clinton Street block. The event will... + continue reading
09/06/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Judge David Westfall will take on a new role in the judicial system after being appointed as a district court judge for the Seventh Judicial District on Friday, Sept. 5. In a statement from the state distributed late last week, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia... + continue reading
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10/01/2014
Dear Editor,   I recently visited your wonderful town as part of my summer vacation to the western states. It is indeed a beautiful and special place. The townsfolk are warm and... + continue reading

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