Everyone knew about the pact. When Adobe Inn kitchen manager John Pizzarusso grew tired of coming in each afternoon to make the restaurant’s famous chips and salsa and tomal en elote — corn casserole — owners Joyce and Terre Bucknam would call it quits, too. It was a joke imbued with an unstated…
  The search for Ouray’s next police chief has narrowed to four candidates, and the community will have the chance to meet them later this month. Ouray Police Officer Bernie Chism; Douglas Ford, the chief of police in Clovis, New Mexico; Dallas Police Lt. James Lewis; and Jeffrey Wood, a commander…
SILVERTON - Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., made a stop in Silverton on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 4, and promised to pressure the Forest Service and BLM to devote more resources to the increasingly popular Alpine Loop. Gardner, facing a likely tough re-election fight next year, heard from Sheriff…
By Carolina Brown & Erin McIntyre Ten-year-old Jack Jaime can ride his bike to the baseball field near his house in Ridgway. But there’s no point, really, since it’s a field of crunchy weeds. Though the scoreboards still stand watch over the ball field next to the old brick schoolhouse on…
From the Ouray County Herald and Ouray County Plaindealer: 50 Years Ago September 11, 1969 - Sixty experts in public health from throughout the nation are conducting one of the most comprehensive monitoring and surveillance programs of the total environment ever undertaken in connection with…
  Bears seeking food to fatten up for winter targeted a Ouray restaurant early Wednesday, destroying a freezer and scattering debris through the alley. The standing freezer, located behind The Goods restaurant at 219 Seventh St., stood battered after the incident in which the bear gained entry by…
“Smoke gets in your eyes”—famous words from a show tune in a 1933 musical. The song was destined to become one of America’s favorite love songs whose lyrics generations of lovers young and old — especially the old ones — knew by heart. It happens to be true: smoke does get in your eyes. And your…
  Singer-songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto has been described as eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing. On Saturday, Ouray audiences will have a chance to listen to him at the Wright Opera House and describe him for themselves. Tsukamoto, who was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, is bringing his blend of…
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, I want to sincerely thank the 40 voters who recently signed my candidacy petition for Ridgway School District Board of Education - your encouragement and enthusiasm was a compliment that means a great deal to me. Although I promise to seek other ways to serve our…
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, Recent Plaindealer reports suggest that many Ridgway business owners think Ridgway “owes” them a water rate break because business does “so much” for the Town. Business owners (like me) should remember that business would not exist without the patronage of citizens…
  An elderly Nucla man remains hospitalized this week after he drove his car over a cliff on Colorado Highway 141, crashed into the San Miguel River and was found days later by his grandson. Robert McLeroy, 82, was in fair condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction as of Tuesday, according…
  Ouray County voters will have a roads-funding question to consider on the ballot in November,…
  Bears took advantage of a blogger who left food in her open-topped Jeep last week at the KOA…
  Ridgway town councilors began the process of selecting a new town administrator, after Jen Coates…
  Everyone knew about the pact. When Adobe Inn kitchen manager John Pizzarusso grew tired of coming in each afternoon to make the restaurant’s famous chips and salsa and tomal en elote — corn casserole — owners Joyce and Terre Bucknam would call it quits, too. It was a joke imbued with an unstated seriousness, something the kitchen and wait staff knew about. So when Pizzarusso dialed Joyce’s number on Aug. 22 and told her it was one of the hardest calls he’s ever made, she knew what was coming next before he uttered the words. She told him it…
SILVERTON - Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., made a stop in Silverton on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 4, and promised to pressure the Forest Service and BLM to devote…
Ridgway town councilors are considering a new outdoor lighting ordinance – one that would incorporate rules aligning with International Dark Sky Association…
By Carolina Brown & Erin McIntyre Ten-year-old Jack Jaime can ride his bike to the baseball field near his house in Ridgway. But there’s no point, really,…
  This month I am pleased to share a poem written by local writer Greg Hunter who lives in Ridgway and has been jeeping in the San Juan Mountains since 1979.…
TOWN OF RIDGWAY There’s a spectacular view of Mt. Abram in Ridgway now. You were expecting the Cimarrons or Mt. Sneffels, perhaps. But, no. Barthold and Cat…
  Singer-songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto has been described as eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing. On Saturday, Ouray audiences will have a chance to listen to…