The Colorado Springs Gazette ran strange line figure drawings of the June 22, 1878 eclipse in its Aug. 3, 1878 issue. This one depicts a gentleman who went about town just prior to the eclipse with a sample coffin under his arm, since so many were expecting the eclipse to usher in the end of the world.
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by Alan Todd On July 22, 1878, the "American Eclipse” passed over the western part of the American frontier. Predicted by scientists, this rare event stretched from Montana through north and east Texas. According to David Baron's book "American Eclipse... + continue reading

A fire break cut into the base of Mt. Baldy is visible from much of Ridgway. When originally carved into the hillside, the swath was cut to mineral earth and looked like a dirt road. Now, after the annual monsoon, it has greened up and is populated with nearly three feet of new growth, mostly grasses and other plants.

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By Mary Menz At last Thursday’s West Region Wildfire Council meeting in Montrose, wildlife biologist Steve Woodis presented an outline for a project to improve the habitat of the Ouray bighorn sheep population. Still in the early stages, the project described by... + continue reading

Town of Ridgway public works employee Danny Powers was honored at the August council meeting for 20 years of service to the town.

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by Dalton Carver As town residents have recently noticed, a bear problem has struck Ridgway. Walking through town in the early hours of the morning, one can follow the path bears have taken by following the scattered trash, knocked-over cans and even splintered wooden... + continue reading

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

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Following up on a water assessment conducted by Wright Water Engineers in 2016, the Board of County Commissioners authorized the path to the next step to ensure county water viability at a... + continue reading


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

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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