An image created by Assistant Planning Director Bryan Sampson illustrates the difference between regulation floor area and square footage in the high alpine residential development regulations.

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by Dalton Carver The controversial high alpine development regulations have returned to the Ouray County Planning Commission for a guided review of specific sections, but some planning commissioners have a feeling Section 24’s return may be more complicated than... + continue reading

Seeking to protect the river corridor, town council is considering a river overlay district inspired by the 2011 Land Use Plan.

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by Dalton Carver Despite changes from its previous introduction, another attempt to introduce an ordinance that would create an overlay district for the Uncompahgre River failed after significant public input, mostly directed against the proposed regulation. The... + continue reading

A map provided by USDOT shows the narrow path of totality across the United States.

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by Dalton Carver A solar eclipse will soon sweep across the United States, and residents of Ouray and Montrose counties will see about 85 percent of the astronomical event Monday, Aug. 21. Although the event may be a grand and enjoyable spectacle for many across the... + continue reading
by Beecher Threatt Beloved Ouray resident Joan Fedel passed away in the early morning of Monday, Aug. 7. She was 95. Hundreds of friends posted tributes on social media in honor of the longtime teacher’s strength of character and open heart. Granddaughter Kentee... + continue reading

Ridgway firefighter Mary Reinhardt drives a tractor train at the Ridgway Rendezvous last year. The train transported kids and parents around the park and through the various art exhibits.

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by Mary Menz Ranked nearly as high as the prestigious and long-running Cherry Creek and Crested Butte annual arts festivals, Ridgway Rendezvous is a must-attend festival for professional artists nationwide. In historic rendezvous custom, the public looks forward to... + continue reading

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by Dalton Carver

A deal is in the works for a private company to purchase the non-water rights part of Camp Bird Mine, but that agreement could include some area clean-up by both the company and the... + continue reading


Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Board and membership of the Woman’s Club of Ouray County, we would like to thank those of you who donated to, volunteered for and shopped at our recent Rummage Sale. This year, for the first time, we held the sale at the 4H Event Center in Ridgway, which... + continue reading

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Summer is most assuredly in full swing. The heat around here has been a little much for me. I don’t know what you do to cool off...there are many options, I know. Around here there is the... + continue reading