Ridgway Elementary crosswalk guard Michael Goldstein, or Mr. G as he is referred to by students, wears a bright vest and carries a stop sign, but he still has trouble with traffic heeding his requests for them to stop for children walking and biking to and from school.

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by Carolina King news@ouraynews.com Superintendent Susan Lacy reported to the Ridgway School Board last Thursday on an ongoing dangerous situation for students walking or biking to school where Amelia Street crosses Sherman Street. Lacy said that on Thursday, Oct. 4, one of the teachers... + continue reading

The Carry On! Ridgway Reuses student group proposed a single-use plastic ban ordinance at the September town council meeting. The group has worked to raise awareness about single-use plastics, as well as selling reusable bags to replace plastic ones.

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by Dalton Carver dalton@ouraynews.com With the introduction of an ordinance last Wednesday, Ridgway may be ready to permanently ban disposable plastic bags. Town council, however, isn’t ready to take the lead on prohibiting all plastics throughout town. The ordinance, if adopted next... + continue reading
Montrose, Colorado, July 13, 2018 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Ouray Ranger District has issued an emergency closure order for a section of the Bear Creek Trail (NFST #241) over public safety concerns following a recent rock slide. The closure... + continue reading
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UPDATE: (5:30 PM, July 9)   The Colorado Department of Transportation opened US 550 south of Ouray Monday evening after mud and rock slides blocked the highway in several spots Sunday. Motorists can expect delays as one-lane, alternating traffic is allowed, controlled by portable traffic... + continue reading

A modeled aerial view of the Lena Street Commons housing development project. The Riverway Trail sits to the east (above the model) and Lena Street sits to the west (below the model). Otto Street is to the north (left) and the library to the south (right).

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by Dalton Carver dalton@ouraynews.com Another housing development in Ridgway is one step closer to breaking ground after a preliminary plat approval by town council at its regular meeting the evening of June 13. Lena Street Commons, a project that was originally proposed in August 2016,... + continue reading

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by Carolina King

A crowd of about 50 heard candidates for county sheriff and treasurer answer their questions at an election forum presented by ROCC (Ridgway-Ouray Community Council) and... + continue reading


by Alan Todd

Members of the Ouray community went to the fights Monday, and a city council workshop meeting broke out over proposed short term rental regulations sent to council from the... + continue reading

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Dear Editor, It is that time of the year for renewing my subscription to the Ouray County Plaindealer. And in the memory of David F. Day, who began a publication in Ouray called the Solid Muldoon... + continue reading