Glenn Boyd smiles with children on the Nyakach Plateau, Kenya. His trip was organized by humanitarian organization Straw to Bread. Straw to Bread has an orphan sponsorship program that provides schooling, a uniform, shoes, a meal a day and medical insurance for a donation of $300 a year.

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by Carolina King Glenn Boyd, county emergency manager and Ouray City Council member, and Kim Mitchell, county chief paramedic, recently returned from their 16-day trip to the Nyakach Plateau, Kenya in east Africa. This trip made Boyd’s second and Mitchell’s... + continue reading
Ouray County Sheriff Junior Mattivi has declared Stage 2 fire restrictions in the unincorporated areas of Ouray County. Late last week, the City of Ouray entered into Stage 2 fire restrictions. A complete list of banned activities is included in the posting (attached), among which are all... + continue reading
An order expected to be signed Tuesday, June 12, will close the San Juan National Forest, including entry by the general public. The purpose of the closure is to protect natural resources and public safety, as Forest Service enters Stage 3 fire closure due to the danger of wildland fire. The... + continue reading

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    UPDATE-  JUNE 10: From CDOT as of noon 6/10/18: The north US 550 closure point has been moved from Cascade to the summit of Molas Pass approximately six miles south of Silverton. The full US 550 closure is from Hermosa (MP 32) to Molas Pass (MP 64). Updated Statistics, 9:... + continue reading

A smoky haze, caused by the 416 Fire just north of Durango, settled over Ouray Tuesday morning.
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by Dalton Carver With the continuing threat of the 416 Fire near Durango, Ouray County did its part to help those affected by the incident, which has grown to more than 5,000 acres and forced the evacuation of thousands of area residents. Upon request of La Plata County... + continue reading

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by Carolina King

Nine Ouray County teens from Ouray and Ridgway schools have been awarded science internships by the Pinhead Institute for the summer of 2018.
The Pinhead Institute... + continue reading


by Beecher Threatt

Gov. John Hickenlooper has vetoed nine bills sent to him by the 2018 Colorado General Assembly. Two concern transparency in government.
A bill that would... + 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