Press release from SJCSO. Courtesy Silverton Standard and The Miner.
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com   A guided climb ended in tragedy when longtime climbing instructor Mark Miller fell to his death on a route in San Juan County. On Friday, Miller, a guide for San Juan Mountain Guides, led a group of ice climbers on an ascent of Gully One... + continue reading

Extreme skier Kim Havell will lead the presentation during the Chicks with Picks fundraiser on Saturday. Courtesy photo
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Serious snow shredder and extreme skier Kim Havell will headline part two of the annual Chicks with Picks presentation and auction on Saturday night. As part of the group’s major fundraiser, influential outdoorswomen are invited to inspire... + continue reading

Construction will begin as early as March and could last through the fall on the Colorado Department of Transportation's rock fall mitigation project on US 550 north of Ridgway. Crews will remove 1,500 feet of rock face to reduce rock fall in the area. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Construction is slated to begin as early as March on the Colorado Department of Transportation's rockfall mitigation project on US 550 north of Ridgway near the intersection with County Road 24. CDOT Region 5 Communications Manager Nancy Shanks said the... + continue reading

Fairgrounds Manager Susan Long
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com After 10 years of organizing events and maintaining facilities at the Ouray County Fairgrounds, manager Susan Long will soon say goodbye to the remarkable venue she helped establish. Long intends to retire from her long-held position by the end of... + continue reading

Mayor John Clark recognized Randy Barnes of Ridgway Public Works on behalf of the council for Barnes' dedicated service to the Town of Rigdway for the past 34 years. Clark described Barnes as the "perfect example of the face of Ridgway staff. The guy just goes above and beyond the call of duty.” Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com The Ridgway Town Council tabled for further discussion a ballot question that would have increased Ridgway's lodging taxes during its meeting last Wednesday. But the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce, which sought to increase tourism promotion funding with... + continue reading

Press release from SJCSO. Courtesy Silverton Standard and The Miner.

Extreme skier Kim Havell will lead the presentation during the Chicks with Picks fundraiser on Saturday. Courtesy photo

Construction will begin as early as March and could last through the fall on the Colorado Department of Transportation's rock fall mitigation project on US 550 north of Ridgway. Crews will remove 1,500 feet of rock face to reduce rock fall in the area. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

Fairgrounds Manager Susan Long

Mayor John Clark recognized Randy Barnes of Ridgway Public Works on behalf of the council for Barnes' dedicated service to the Town of Rigdway for the past 34 years. Clark described Barnes as the "perfect example of the face of Ridgway staff. The guy just goes above and beyond the call of duty.” Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

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01/30/2015
Plaindealer Staff Report plaindealer@ouraynews.com Ouray and Ridgway schools were successful in San Miguel Power Association, Inc.’s 2015 Power of Knowledge Tournament at Telluride Middle School/High School on Monday, Jan. 26. Other schools in the competition were Telluride, Norwood, Nucla... + continue reading
01/30/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com With construction slated to begin this summer, the Ouray School Board is working to secure contracts before breaking ground. During its regular meeting on Monday, the board reviewed how it will commit funds to contractors throughout the capital project... + continue reading

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01/22/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Phase Two of the Box Cañon Geothermal Water Line project is ready to begin as soon as next month, assuming Mother Nature cooperates. In a work session Tuesday evening, Public Works Director Dennis Erickson led a presentation for city council... + continue reading
01/15/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com The search for a new Ouray County Fairgrounds manager will soon be underway, as longtime department head Susan Long plans to retire by the end of February. During Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved a Position... + continue reading
01/15/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Only one stood tall, claiming victory and conquering its opponents at the 20th Annual Ouray Ice Festival last weekend: the Krampus. A true tower of terror, the unique feature of the Mixed Elite Climbing Competition obstacle was unforgiving and bested all... + continue reading
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01/11/2015
Warning: At the risk of being labeled “Mr. Grinch,” I'm about to take a leak on the annual guilt-induced, corporate-shakedown madness known as "The Holidays.... + continue reading

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