Plaindealer Staff Report The Colorado Deparment of Transportation announced Friday morning that US 550 Red Mountain Pass is officially open to the public. The pass was closed for more than two weeks, beginning March 3. As the snow continues Friday, motorists... + continue reading

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Plaindealer Staff Report Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department conducted a live burn training at a property at the intersection of County Road 1 and 24 on March 9, thanks to a donation by property owner Mark Hartman. The fire department had the opportunity to conduct... + continue reading

An aerial view of the Riverside snow shed as CDOT continues south clearing snow. CDOT is working around the clock to get the pass cleared, but it may be another few weeks before it opens.

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by Dalton Carver Beginning last Sunday, Colorado Department of Transportation crews on Red Mountain Pass have been working 24 hours a day to get US 550 open for motorists. Despite the increased shift activity, CDOT predicts it will be at least the end of the month... + continue reading

Ouray High School Knowledge Bowl team won first place in the state 1A competition. Team members are, left to right, Ry Gulde, Colin Sills, Cooper Rondinelli, Rock Gibbs, Joy Vann and Georgia Pieper. The team was coached by Jen Ballard and Aimee Vann.

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Plaindealer Staff Report Ouray and Ridgway high school Knowledge Bowl teams ended their seasons on a high note last weekend in Fort Collins. The Trojans took first place in the state 1A competition, bringing home gold for the last five years out of six. The... + continue reading

Gov. Jared Polis answered questions and spoke on education and healthcare at Ridgway Town Hall Saturday afternoon. Also participating was House District 59 Rep. Barbara McLachlan (left).

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by Carolina King At least 75 people packed into Ridgway’s Town Hall to hear from Gov. Jared Polis on a beautiful Saturday afternoon last week. The stop in Ridgway was part of a tour around the state to take questions and promote his plans for early childhood... + continue reading

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Markus Van Meter gave Ouray School Board members an idea of what students will do on a spring break trip to Panama in 2020 at the board’s meeting on Monday. Van Meter... + continue reading


by Carolina King

After having their hopes dashed with the failure of Amendment 73 last year, which would have raised funds for Colorado schools, Ridgway School Board members had that... + 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