The patch of ground sandwiched between the two sets of motel rooms at Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs should be vacant. It was Fourth of July weekend — the apex of tourist season – when thousands jam Ouray's shops and restaurants and cash registers work overtime. In between the parade, the water…
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, As the professional association representing Montrose, Ouray and Ridgway Realtors, we were dismayed to read Tim Menger’s recent letter to the editor. He’s absolutely right that affordable housing is a complex problem but his For Sale By Owner (FSBO) solution is…
The Ouray hydrodam’s occasional release of sediment into the Uncompahgre River doesn’t have significant impacts on water quality, according to the findings of a study presented to Ouray County Commissioners on Tuesday. Ashley Bembeneck, the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership’s technical coordinator…
FROM THE PUBLISHER As new publishers, we find folks want to know where we stand on things. What’s your plan for the newspaper? Are you going to print stories or letters about this or that? Will you write editorials on the stories you cover? So-and-so used to write this or that, and I hated it/loved…
WESTERN COLORADO The Colorado West Land Trust has received a grant to develop a stewardship program aimed at educating and equipping private landowners in southwest Colorado with resources to protect their properties from wildfire. Great Outdoors Colorado recently awarded the land trust a $111,854…
“Now the turmoil…normally hidden from view…is hitting home.” ~The Guardian, June 21, 2019 The article called to my attention was not about immigration or abortion (a.k.a., “reproductive rights”). Not about collusion or obstruction or impeachment. Not about fake news or fork-tongued politicians or…
A three-car accident on U.S. Highway 550 between Ridgway and Ouray that sent three people to the hospital on July 5 was triggered by a mechanical failure of one of the vehicles, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The accident occurred around 1 p.m. at mile marker 98 when a 1997 Jeep Cherokee,…
Music lovers will have a chance to hear the rare sounds of a guitjo in a performance from “new acoustic” musicians Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire of Acoustic Eidolon on Saturday. Scott’s one-of-a-kind instrument, a type of six-string banjo with the neck of a guitar, combines with Alkire’s cello to…
Ouray County commissioners will remain neutral on a mining permit application for the Von Doose Mine, but have issued a warning about the owner illegally plowing the road to access the property in the winter. The commissioners discussed the property at their last three meetings, which is located in…
RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Ridgway School Board members will interview candidates next month after a vacancy opened on the board when Cindy Lystad accepted the position of interim Secondary School principal. A public meeting during which board members will interview candidates for her replacement will be held…
The Ouray hydrodam’s occasional release of sediment into the Uncompahgre River doesn’t have…
CITY OF OURAY Lillian McMurrin worked hard to make sure her mother was as comfortable as possible…
OURAY COUNTY A 259-acre ranch near Ridgway is the new home of a shooting location for the world’s…
The patch of ground sandwiched between the two sets of motel rooms at Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs should be vacant. It was Fourth of July weekend — the apex of tourist season – when thousands jam Ouray's shops and restaurants and cash registers work overtime. In between the parade, the water fights and the fireworks, many of them climb into all-terrain vehicles and bump around miles of world-renowned dirt roads and trails that traverse the San Juans and take in the sweeping vistas that draw them back year after year. But this holiday…
Ouray County commissioners will remain neutral on a mining permit application for the Von Doose Mine, but have issued a warning about the owner illegally…
RIDGWAY SCHOOLS Ridgway School Board members will interview candidates next month after a vacancy opened on the board when Cindy Lystad accepted the position…
WESTERN COLORADO The Colorado West Land Trust has received a grant to develop a stewardship program aimed at educating and equipping private landowners in…
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CITY OF OURAY A special presentation on the Idarado Mine next week at the Wright Opera House will display a rich history of the “mine next door” and features…