CDOT crews spent Monday and Tuesday plowing snow from the highway. Courtesy photo
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com After nearly two full days of closure, Red Mountain Pass re-opened to traffic Tuesday evening following avalanche reduction work by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The pass was closed late Sunday night when a natural slide covered the... + continue reading

Parents, teachers and students attended the architectural design meeting with RTA Architects on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com While there's no doubt that a new rooftop design is necessary, Ouray School parents, teachers and students can all agree there is another much-needed area of improvement: drainage. Whether it’s a slippery slope of rock slides down 7th... + continue reading

Joe Ryan updates the BOCC on plowing concerns for CR 5 Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com It's been an ongoing issue on CR 5 — who is responsible for plowing the road? The question was raised by local outdoorsman and founder of San Juan Huts Joe Ryan during the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. In past years,... + continue reading

Ouray's Caleb Preston in a mid-season game against Ridgway. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Loss is not easy. Especially not for the proud group of high school warriors on the Ouray boys basketball team. Despite a crushing blow from the Mancos Bluejays in an away game last weekend, the Trojans lift their heads high as they march into battle at... + continue reading

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Crews successfully pulled out the vehicle on Thursday Courtesy photo
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com A tragic discovery ended the search of Danish traveler Jin Junge when extraction crews recovered his vehicle and body on Thursday. According to a press release from Ouray County Public Information Officer Marti Whitmore, the white Cadillac... + continue reading

CDOT crews spent Monday and Tuesday plowing snow from the highway. Courtesy photo

Parents, teachers and students attended the architectural design meeting with RTA Architects on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block

Joe Ryan updates the BOCC on plowing concerns for CR 5 Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block

Ouray's Caleb Preston in a mid-season game against Ridgway. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block

Jin Junge Courtesy photo
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Crews successfully pulled out the vehicle on Thursday Courtesy photo

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02/25/2015
Plaindealer Staff Report plaindealer@ouraynews.com Second Sunday Cinema will present “Rosewater,” the true story of a Canadian journalist, born in Iran, who bravely transmitted footage of Iranian street riots to the BBC in June 2009. Maziar Bahari was tortured and interrogated for... + continue reading
02/24/2015
Plaindealer Staff Report plaindealer@ouraynews.com Open Bard Poetry Series will present its second Youth Night Poetry Reading on Thursday evening, Feb. 5, at the Sherbino Theater.     All Ouray, Ridgway, Montrose and Telluride children and young people, grade school through... + continue reading

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Attempts at using the crane to extract the vehicle on Wednesday were unsuccessful. A wrecker was brought in Thursday morning. Courtesy photo by Colorado Department of Transportation
02/19/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Red Mountain Pass remains closed today as the Ouray County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation continue efforts to extract a vehicle from the canyon floor. According to a report from CDOT Wednesday evening, the... + continue reading

Steve Larivee. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
02/19/2015
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com After serving on the Ridgway School Board for five years, Board Member Steve Larivee will resign, effective April 1, due to health concerns and to be closer to his grandchildren. In an interview on Feb. 16, Larivee said he and his wife Ann would be... + continue reading

Renowned musician Judy Collins will perform at the Montrose Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 13. Courtesy photo
02/10/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com At 75 years old, singer-songwriter Judy Collins is still powering through the music industry, continuing to prove her talents through new songs and world tours. Next Friday, Feb. 13, the Grammy award winner will bring her beloved talents to the Montrose... + continue reading
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02/28/2015
It's been five years since we moved to Ouray County, after being behind the Pine Curtain in East Texas for over a decade. We stay in touch with folks and root around for news from time to time.... + continue reading

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