The third year of San Juan Skijoring featured an increase in nearly every aspect of the competition - the money offered to winners, the amount of competing teams, the amount of spectators showing up to cheer on the skiers and riders and the size of the jumps attempted throughout the weekend. Saturday's portion of the competition also featured the UtePils beer garden, which was packed throughout the day and offered a variety of beers from around the region.

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by Dalton Carver Another year of skijoring has come and gone, but it left several big winners holding trophies and large cash prizes for their competitive efforts. In the open division, the team of rider Josh Abbott and skier Colin Cook rose to the top, leaving local... + continue reading

A homestead that was documented by the Old Dallas Historical Archaeological Program sits just outside the pool area of the planned Dallas Dam construction around 1979. The final ODHAP report was finished in the early 1980s and documents prehistoric and historic artifacts and sites surveyed prior to the construction of Ridgway Reservoir.

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by Dalton Carver Inspired by the reemergence of history at Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison County, the Plaindealer was interested to know what may sleep beneath the pool of our local water reserve, Ridgway Reservoir. This story, focusing on the archaeological survey... + continue reading
US 550 Mountain Corridor Closed Due to Snow Storm and Avalanche Concern     Friday, Jan. 18, 7:30 a.m. ― The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has closed the US Highway 550 mountain corridor north of Durango, due to adverse weather and avalanche concerns. The closure... + continue reading

Heidi Pankow of the Ouray Tourism Office holds her large certificate from the State of Colorado appointing her as Representative of the Western Byways organization.

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by Carolina King Heidi Pankow is excited to take on another role that meshes seamlessly with her current position. Pankow is the Director of Industry, Media and Consumer Engagement at the Ouray Tourism Office and was recently appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve... + continue reading

Lance FitzGerald, newly-elected Ouray County sheriff, was sworn in last Tuesday and already has an idea of how he will run the department.

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by Dalton Carver Lance FitzGerald, newly sworn-in sheriff for Ouray County, first saw the sign on his way to Ouray several months ago – out of the corner of his eye, a blur of yellow and red in the distance. Initially unsure of what it was, he dismissed the sign... + continue reading

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The Ouray Steering Committee met Thursday, Jan. 10 with members of the Ouray City Council and Ouray Planning Commission to discuss affordable housing as part of a... + continue reading


by Dalton Carver

After moving forward in December with a stricter version of a plastic bag ban than originally discussed, some town council members took to the streets to poll... + continue reading

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Nothing like a funeral to tear a family apart. My family may be the outlier. I'm doubting it, though. This sort of thing probably goes on in a good number of families. Before my mom passed, the... + continue reading