Erin McIntyre and Mke Wiggins purchased the Ouray County Plaindealer Thursday from Alan Todd and Beecher Threatt.

      by Alan Todd   A Western Slope couple and Colorado natives purchased the Ouray County Plaindealer on Thursday. Mike Wiggins, former managing editor of The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction and Erin McIntyre, former reporter... + continue reading

The Pasek family, (left to right) Cavan, Cliona, Kentee and Tim, moved to Ouray, where Kentee grew up, about 10 years ago. Kentee has been named manager of Ouray Hot Springs Pool.

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by Beecher Threatt Kentee Pasek has always sought to balance recreation and art in her life. As newly-hired Ouray Hot Springs Pool manager, the recreation side is getting more attention. “This is the job I’ve wanted my whole life,” Pasek said.... + continue reading

The combined Ouray Ridgway speech team traveled to Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch for the state tournament last weekend. (Left to right) Coach Kentee Pasek, Emmalee Taylor (Ridgway), Cliona Pasek (Ouray), Nerea McKnitt (Ridgway) and Caeley Eddy (Ouray).
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by Beecher Threatt The combined Ouray-Ridgway speech team finished a successful season with Nerea McKnitt placing 11th at the state tournament in Drama last weekend. Cliona Pasek competed in Poetry, and Caeley Eddy, Emmalee Taylor and Cliona Pasek attended extra... + continue reading

Commissioner Don Batchelder (standing, rear) asks Ouray business owners, officials and citizens for a show of hands on who would support a county-wide property tax increase as opposed to a sales tax and property tax combination to fund county road maintenance and improvements.

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by Carolina King A potential ballot initiative proposing a county-wide sales tax of 0.25 percent received overwhelmingly negative feedback at presentations the Board of County Commissioners gave to officials and business owners in both Ouray and Ridgway. The amount of push... + continue reading

Lauren Fairchild, Ouray senior basketball player, was named the district's first Player of the Year for the San Juan Basin League. Fairchild has worked toward this honor over four seasons as a Trojan.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver

by Dalton Carver With a practice session taking place across the court, Lauren Fairchild aims at the basket that towers over the eighth grader. Just before she releases the ball, she hears a shout come across the gym. “If I was shooting, I’d probably hold... + continue reading

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by Beecher Threatt

Gov. Jared Polis has signed the following bills into law:
Retain and assist rural educators

District 59 Rep. Barbara McLachlan... + continue reading


by Carolina King

The successful Skippy+ dental program, which provides basic cleanings twice a year to students in local schools via its mobile clinic, is expanding to meet the needs of... + 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