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

A sample of the two inch thick HDPE pipe that will further insulate and protect the water line.
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
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
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

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

A sample of the two inch thick HDPE pipe that will further insulate and protect the water line.

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01/27/2015
Plaindealer Staff Report plaindealer@ouraynews.com Biologists and field staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife have started a long-term monitoring program for lynx aimed at determining how the big-footed felines are faring in the southern Rockies.
 The monitoring effort began last fall... + continue reading
01/26/2015
Plaindealer Staff Report plaindealer@ouraynews.com The Ridgway Creative District, the Sherbino Theater and Weehawken Creative Arts will host Ridgway Creative District MoonTalk on Feb. 3, a new variation on the monthly MoonWalks in Ridgway. Also in Ridgway, both the Creative District... + continue reading

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Chance Ronemus at the 2015 Ouray Ice Festival. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
01/15/2015
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com After placing 11th out of 20 male competitors at the 2015 Ouray Ice Festival Mixed Climbing Competition last weekend, Ridgway Secondary School senior Chance Ronemus will present a slideshow of his adventures last summer in Yosemite National Park at the... + continue reading

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Willis (center) and Ferguson (right) with a friend on a winter climb. Courtesy photo.
01/08/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com A somber spirit spread throughout the county this week. Early on the morning of New Year's Day, Benton "Cody" Willis, 30, was killed in a tragic accident north of Ouray. According to reports from the Colorado State Patrol, at 4:08 a.m... + continue reading

Rev. Leslie Wood. Courtesy photo
01/07/2015
Plaindealer Staff Report plaindealer@ouraynews.com United Church of the San Juans has a new pastor. Reverend Leslie Wood arrived in Ridgway this week to lead the multi-denominational church, located at the corner of Lena and Charles streets in Ridgway. “We are thrilled to have called... + 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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