Montrose, Colorado, July 13, 2018 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Ouray Ranger District has issued an emergency closure order for a section of the Bear Creek Trail (NFST #241) over public safety concerns following a recent rock slide. The closure... + continue reading
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UPDATE: (5:30 PM, July 9)   The Colorado Department of Transportation opened US 550 south of Ouray Monday evening after mud and rock slides blocked the highway in several spots Sunday. Motorists can expect delays as one-lane, alternating traffic is allowed, controlled by portable traffic... + continue reading

A modeled aerial view of the Lena Street Commons housing development project. The Riverway Trail sits to the east (above the model) and Lena Street sits to the west (below the model). Otto Street is to the north (left) and the library to the south (right).

Plaindealer image by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver Another housing development in Ridgway is one step closer to breaking ground after a preliminary plat approval by town council at its regular meeting the evening of June 13. Lena Street Commons, a project that was originally proposed in August 2016,... + continue reading

Henry Jupille (standing) presents his elaborate spreadsheet that blends revenue amounts with different road maintenance scenarios.

Plaindealer photo by Carolina King

by Carolina King County commissioners are considering new revenue sources to repair and maintain roads, and a member of the Road and Bridge Committee has developed a spreadsheet tool to assist them. On Monday, June 11, commissioners and the committee convened a work... + continue reading

The Box Canon sign renovation nears completion.

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by Alan Todd The “Five Guys" who set out last year to refurbish the Box Canon sign received the final word Thursday they had been awaiting from the U.S. Forest Service, granting approval to replace and relight the letters of the iconic Ouray sign. Ralph... + continue reading

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by Dalton Carver

Following voluntary water restrictions enacted last April, Ridgway residents will have their water restricted even further on recommendation from Town Manager Jen... + continue reading


by Carolina King

The Board of County Commissioners met Wednesday, June 13, with representatives from the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and the Trust for Land Restoration and with... + continue reading

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Here we go again, although it's been three years since we last said that. The lease for our 8th Avenue office is up at the end of May. We could have renewed for another three years, but it's... + continue reading