Katie Sickles, who has been serving as interim city administrator in Ouray since November, will be interviewed for the permanent position Thursday afternoon. Sickle's contract with the city expires Friday.

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by Alan Todd atodd@ouraynews.com A decision to extend the contract of Mark Garcia of Gov-Plus, who has been retained since August to conduct a hiring search for a new Ouray city administrator, was continued until Thursday after an executive session by the Ouray city council on Tuesday.... + continue reading

Ridgway Town Council discussed the issues and process of snow removal from town sidewalks at its last regular session Jan. 10, including when cars should park offstreet to allow room for snowplows.

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by Dalton Carver dalton@ouraynews.com After the recent dustings of snow Ridgway has received, Mayor Pro Tem Eric Johnson hasn’t approved of what he’s seen on many sidewalks throughout town. Johnson has noticed walkways remaining covered with ice and snow after winter weather... + continue reading

Mary Southerland worked her way up the S#*thouse Wall route during the Fourth Annual Ouray Ice Festival in 1999. It was Southerland's first day of ice climbing. The festival attracted a then-record 1,000 climbers.

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by Dalton Carver dalton@ouraynews.com The Ouray Ice Festival is back for its 23rd year this weekend, featuring daily vendor exhibitions, ice climbing tool demonstrations and more than 100 climbing clinics for every skill level of the sport. One of the event's biggest draws is the mixed... + continue reading

Kate Boehnke (center, looking up) attended her first county planning commission session Jan. 16 since being appointed by the Board of County Commissioners late last year. Boehnke is filling the vacancy left by Chris Carr, who recently stepped down from the board.

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by Dalton Carver dalton@ouraynews.com This story continues coverage of a public hearing dating from Dec. 12. The hearing was continued to allow staff to gather more information on the application. The Ridgway Area Joint Planning Board, composed of the Ouray County Planning Commission and... + continue reading

Indigo Krois (left) and Maizy Gordon are on a mission to replace plastic bags with eco-friendly alternatives. To accomplish this goal and to fund their Bag It project, the girls will sell canvas bags with their group logo. The bags are not yet available, but those interested in the project can donate.

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by Dalton Carver dalton@ouraynews.com Two Ridgway School District students have embarked on a journey to help their town understand the impacts plastic can have on the environment. Indigo Krois and Maizy Gordon recently came before town council to propose their project goal –... + continue reading

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West Region Wildfire Council staff touted Ouray County’s wildfire mitigation efforts at the council’s meeting on Jan. 11. WRWC shared with stakeholders its accomplishments of... + continue reading


by Dalton Carver

Although the Uncompahgre River Overlay District (UROD) ordinance was scheduled for adoption at this month’s regular council meeting, the final decision has been... + continue reading

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If you've missed any of our reporting over the last year or so as it relates specifically to recent sexual assault cases in Ouray County, no worries. A local neighboring publication, printed... + continue reading