Some Ouray County business owners are calling on elected officials to require masks indoors, citing confrontations with visitors who refuse to follow the businesses’ rules. Local governments thus far have encouraged — but not required — people to wear face coverings, leaving it up to individual…
Ridgway is the latest addition to the list of officially designated “dark sky” communities, as of this week. The International Dark Sky Association awarded the designation to the town, which comes after about two years of hard work from those who work to preserve the night sky and limit light…
Ouray County commissioners late this afternoon unanimously approved a public health order requiring that masks be worn inside most businesses in the county and all government buildings. The commissioners gathered as the board of health for an emergency meeting to adopt the order, pushed by the…
A woman in her 50s has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing Ouray County's total number of cases to 12. This case was detected with a swab test for active virus, performed at the Ouray County Public Health Department on Tuesday, June 30. This case is the third in two weeks for the county.…
Ouray County is expected to approve a public health order to require masks to be worn indoors and encouraging them to be worn outdoors if safe distancing isn't possible. Commissioners are expected to meet as the board of health in an emergency meeting at 4 p.m. Friday to adopt the order. Elected…
Voters decisively ousted Sheriff Lance FitzGerald in the county's first recall election, after a bipartisan effort to remove him from office succeeded a nd he was unseated in a landslide. Unofficial election results show 2,527 votes, or 93 percent of the ballots cast in the recall election, were in…
A trio of high-country accidents Sunday and Monday sent a motorcycle rider down a steep slope off U.S. Highway 550 and left a young boy with a serious head injury. The first and least serious incident occurred around 11 a.m. Sunday when a Jeep slid off Engineer Pass about a halfmile up from U.S.…
Ranch history museum opens The Ouray Cou nty Ranch History Museum is open for the season. The museum, located at 321 Sherman St., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays and is expected to keep this schedule until mid-October. For more information…
The Ouray School Board passed a budget without step increases to staff salary on Monday after lengthy deliberation during that meeting as well as a meeting June 25 on how to balance budget shortfalls on one side with surpluses on another. The district has a deficit of $180,000, but has received $…
Ouray County commissioners told County Administrator Connie Hunt last week during her annual performance evaluation that she works too hard and is too good at what she does, and tasked her with taking a vacation. Commissioners gave the glowing performance evaluation in the sunny courtyard outside…
Ouray County has another new case of COVID-19 – a woman in her 30s who has tested positive. This is the third positive case of the virus in the past 12 days, and the 11th active case of the virus detected overall. The woman was tested on June 25 and a swab test was used to detect active virus. This…
Voters decisively ousted Sheriff Lance FitzGerald in the county's first recall election, after a…
Colorado is bracing for a long, hot summer and more than 80 percent of the state is already in…
The candidates seeking to replace Sheriff Lance FitzGerald have raised three times as much in…
Some Ouray County business owners are calling on elected officials to require masks indoors, citing confrontations with visitors who refuse to follow the businesses’ rules. Local governments thus far have encouraged — but not required — people to wear face coverings, leaving it up to individual business owners to decide whether they’ll require customers to wear them and how they’ll enforce that decision. Expectations vary from business to business, creating conflicting messages for people shopping in town and fueling conflict with some…
Ridgway is the latest addition to the list of officially designated “dark sky” communities, as of this week. The International Dark Sky Association awarded the…
Ouray County commissioners late this afternoon unanimously approved a public health order requiring that masks be worn inside most businesses in the county and…
A woman in her 50s has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing Ouray County's total number of cases to 12. This case was detected with a swab test for active…
The Ouray County Fair isn’t canceled – but it’s definitely going to look different this year due to COVID-19. There won’t be any indoor exhibits, no pie-baking…
By Robert Stoufer Editor's Note: This column was printed in this week's edition of the Plaindealer as part of a special section from the Ouray County…
By Don Paulson Editor's note: This column was printed in the Plaindealer as part of a special section for the Ouray County Historical Society. Please pick up a…