(Left to right) Ouray County Commissioner Ben Tisdel, U.S. Forest Service West Zone Assistant Fire Manager Thad Chavez and USFS Ouray District Ranger Tammy Randall-Parker fielded questions from the public regarding forest health during a community meeting in Ouray on June 29. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedjebill@ouraynews.comForest health issues including beetle epidemics, fire danger and options for tree removal were discussed during a three-hour community meeting on June 29 in Ouray.U.S. Forest Service Ouray District Ranger Tammy Randall-Parker stressed the need to focus on dead tree... + continue reading
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comStudents, teachers and community members will be thrilled to hear that work is officially underway for capital improvements to the Ouray School building.“Fences are up, dumpsters are in place and work has begun on the roof,” said owner’s representative Mike... + continue reading
By Bill Tiedjebill@ouraynews.comOuray County's newest tourism attraction, the “True Grit” walking tour is expected to be completed in coming weeks and will highlight 11 landmarks from the classic 1969 film that stars movie icon John Wayne.In an interview, Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce Board... + continue reading

Crib wall on US 550 needing repair. Courtesy photo
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comA four-month long schedule to repair crib walls along Red Mountain Pass is slated to begin next Tuesday, July 7, which will limit US 550 to one lane of alternating traffic for the rest of the summer.The work comes as no surprise, especially after a community... + continue reading
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comNot so long ago, Jason and Amber Perkins were living out of their 2012 Airstream travel trailer packed tightly with all their belongings, two dogs, a cat and a baby on the way. One year later the growing family is on the other side of the camper, building a... + continue reading

(Left to right) Ouray County Commissioner Ben Tisdel, U.S. Forest Service West Zone Assistant Fire Manager Thad Chavez and USFS Ouray District Ranger Tammy Randall-Parker fielded questions from the public regarding forest health during a community meeting in Ouray on June 29. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

Crib wall on US 550 needing repair. Courtesy photo

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07/06/2015

By Bill Tiedje
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Whoever illegally stocked smallmouth bass in Ridgway Reservoir probably had one thought in mind — catching big bass.


But biologists fear that single-minded decision could lead to... + continue reading

06/24/2015

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Experts will be on hand June 29 in an outreach meeting to provide information and answer questions with regard to the multi-agency strategy being developed to deal with the white fir... + continue reading

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06/25/2015

By Sheridan Block

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Laser lights bouncing off the canyon walls with fireworks bursting in the night sky above made... + continue reading


The Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery is now in the capable hands of award winning brewer Daniel Richards of Echo Brewing. Founders Tom and Sandy Hennessy will remain a part of brewing operations at the Colorado Boy's Ridgway location. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
06/12/2015

By Bill Tiedje
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Tom and Sandy Hennessy, owners of the Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery, are passing their iconic Ridgway brewery to the capable hands of a younger brewer and former student from Frederick, Colorado.

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Non-residential landowners in Ouray County can received 50 percent cost share for chemicals to treat leafy spurge, pictured above. Courtesy photo
06/11/2015

By Bill Tiedje
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As spring rains give plants in the region an added boost, it’s time to think about controlling problematic weed species in Ouray County.


Ouray County Vegetation Manager Ron Mabry... + continue reading

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Dear Editor,Ouray County Cares sponsored by Ridgway Community Pride is looking for a few good people to coordinate the annual holiday program providing gifts, food and toys to families in need. This... + continue reading

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