CDOT Engineer Ed Archuleta presents an improved construction schedule for mitigation work on Red Mountain Pass this summer during Monday's city council meeting.
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comCommunity members laid down their pitchforks and torches this week as the Colorado Department of Transportation and San Miguel Power Association announced they would postpone summer construction projects on Red Mountain Pass.Last week, CDOT and SMPA announced... + continue reading
Montrose Sheriff Rick Dunlap (standing) hands out documents to Ouray Police Chief Justin Perry and Ouray County Sheriff Junior Mattivi
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comAs subscribers to the Montrose Interagency Dispatch Center, Ouray County emergency agencies will have some representation on its budding advisory board. The weight of the county’s contributions, however, is not yet known.Ouray County Sheriff Dominic “Junior”... + continue reading
By Bill Tiedjebill@ouraynews.comThe Ridgway School Board interviewed three candidates for the position vacated by outgoing board member Steve Larivee during a work session on April 14.Candidates Tim Taplin, Laura Thomas and Carolyn Snowbarger answered a list of questions in a panel discussion... + continue reading
Junior Mackenzie Webb and senior JP Preston rehearse lines for the upcoming high school performance of “Suddenly, Last Summer” by Tennessee Williams.
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comJunior Mackenzie Webb sat solemnly in the spotlight. Fingers fidgeting and eyes cast downward, she poured her being into capturing the essence of her tormented character.At first glance, you wouldn't know this was Webb's first performance. Throughout her Ouray... + continue reading
Taylor Chase. Courtesy photo
By Sheridan Blocksheridan@ouraynews.comOnly four years ago, Taylor Chase began teaching foreign languages. While her specialty and qualifications are mainly in French education, she also teaches Spanish and Russian at Ouray School.Chase still considers herself to be a "baby teacher," which is why... + continue reading

CDOT Engineer Ed Archuleta presents an improved construction schedule for mitigation work on Red Mountain Pass this summer during Monday's city council meeting.
Montrose Sheriff Rick Dunlap (standing) hands out documents to Ouray Police Chief Justin Perry and Ouray County Sheriff Junior Mattivi
Junior Mackenzie Webb and senior JP Preston rehearse lines for the upcoming high school performance of “Suddenly, Last Summer” by Tennessee Williams.
Taylor Chase. Courtesy photo

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04/25/2015
Plaindealer Staff Reportplaindealer@ouraynews.comColorado Creative Industries has announced winners of the 2015 Governor's Creative Leadership Award. They are Lissette Riviere of Montrose, Jessica Cooney of Greeley and Don Richmond of Alamosa. Thirty-nine individuals and organizations... + continue reading
04/24/2015
By Sheridan BLocksheridan@ouraynews.comAnyone looking to voice an opinion about road conditions around the county now has the opportunity to do so with the Road and Bridge Department’s online community survey.In addition to the department audit, the survey is intended to solicit the community’s... + continue reading

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District 2 Ouray County Commissioner Ben Tisdel and Ouray City Manager Patrick Rondinelli discuss options for forest treatment work near Ouray during a field trip on March 20. A motivated group of local officials is planning to develop a coordinated response to the loss of fir trees in Ouray. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
03/30/2015
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com In a coordinated effort to address loss of white fir trees in and around Ouray, a group of interested officials and industry partners met on March 20 to discuss possible actions and answer questions about insects, fire danger and treatment options.... + continue reading

(Left to right) Girl Scouts Lexi Todd, Lia Todd, Chiara Degenhardt and Kia James sell everyone's favorite cookies last year outside of City Market. James graduated last year and with Degenhardt graduating this spring, the remaining troop members and other prospective girls are hoping to find adult volunteers to keep the local pack going. Courtesy photo by Dee James
03/23/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Building girls of courage, confidence and character — this is the mission of the long-lived Girl Scouts program, and it is a tradition worth preserving in Ouray County, said local troop leader Nancy Sanders. For nine years, Sanders has devoted... + continue reading
03/23/2015
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com When the coldest nights of the year come around, the San Juan Snakes emerge from their daily routines for Thursday night hockey practice at the Ouray Ice Rink. This dedicated group of hockey players has kept the tradition alive across three decades... + continue reading
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04/16/2015
The notice read: "You are herby summoned to APPEAR at the JOHNSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE…".  Who or what is a "herby"? I wondered. Typos happen; apparently proofreading at a certain county courthouse... + continue reading

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