This is one of numerous historic photographs of Ouray County taken by photographer Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration circa 1940 and available at the Library of Congress website. This photograph was labeled: “Pushing load of hay onto hay stacker. Ouray County, Colorado.”

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

by Carolina King About 200 photographs of Ouray County are available to view on the Library of Congress website, and 100 of them are historic. The bulk of the photos were taken by photographer Russell Lee circa 1939-1940, as part of the work he did as a major contributor... + continue reading
by Dalton Carver Colorado River District Board of Directors appointed the first woman officer in its 82-year history at its quarterly meeting in January. Marti Whitmore, Ouray County resident and veteran in water law, will serve as vice president for two years and have... + continue reading

Bark beetles continue their campaign on trees in Colorado. In some areas, it looked as if infestations may slow down, but last summer's severe drought may change that.

Photo courtesy of the United States Forest Service

by Dalton Carver Over the past several years, Colorado has been held hostage by a force of nature that seems insatiable. It numbers in the hundreds of thousands, flies and has an unquenchable taste for some of Colorado’s most beautiful residents – trees.... + continue reading

A CDOT snowplow clears US 550 of snow last week following scheduled avalanche mitigation. More snow than anticipated accompanied the knockdowns, extending the road's closure for the entire day.

Photo courtesy of CDOT

by Dalton Carver Colorado Department of Transportation is known for handling road construction and improvement on public highways throughout the state, but some of their employees are also trained in a skill not many study up on – explosives and triggering... + continue reading

The Western scrub jay's name is now Woodhouse's scrub jay.

Photo courtesy of Sue Hirshman

by Sue Hirshman with Kent Nelson Every turn out-of-doors becomes   full of delight and surprises      about birds.    —Birds in the Bush January turned out with bitter cold temperatures and lots of snow for Ouray County. The snow was welcomed... + continue reading

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by Dalton Carver

Ridgway Town Council unanimously approved waiver of building permit and planning fees for the Ridgway Public Library’s expansion project at last Wednesday’s council... + continue reading


by Dalton Carver

After breaking ground last fall and installing preliminary elements, members of the Ridgway Community Garden are preparing for an opening this May. Ridgway Town... + continue reading

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Who's to blame next? No telling. In fact, we don't know who's to blame now, though there are plenty of folks in Ouray looking for answers after the city council unanimously voted to... + continue reading