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Shame on Ouray County for greediness with tax measure Dear Editor, Shame. About three years plus of volunteer effort by Mssrs. Jupille and Beckhardt provided the county with a detailed set of road projects, each with engineering estimates of required materials, labor, engineering and supervision…
  After months of debate Ridgway’s town council unanimously adopted a new water rate structure, raising the minimum cost of water for residential customers and adjusting the points at which overage charges will kick in for those who use more water. The new rates, which begin on Nov. 1, will reduce…
  The following is an excerpt of cases handled by the Ridgway Marshal's Office from Sept. 24 to Oct. 7, 2019. If you have information on any of the below active cases or of any other incident that you have information on or feel needs reporting, contact the Marshal’s Office at 970-626-5196. 24…
A guest column by Henry Jupille and Dave Beckhardt  Approval of Ouray County Referendum 1A provides funding for substantial road improvements during the next 12-14 years including long term maintenance. Who will benefit and why? Everyone who drives on county roads will directly benefit by having…
When a government entity puts out a request for proposal, it's usually done in a manner to make the playing field level for any and all wanting to bid on the proposal. The RFP should be set up in a way so as not to show any bias toward any business, group or individual wanting to apply, including…
A guest column from George Kerber Please vote NO on the Referendum 1A massive tax increase for Road/Bridge even if you believe additional funding is needed. Referendum 1A is poorly written, incomplete and deceitful both for what it includes and what it doesn't include. Referendum 1A taxes based on…
SILVERTON - Three people were injured in a off-highway vehicle accident on Stony Pass on Sept. 26, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Bruce Conrad said there were actually two accidents reported, one at 4:45 p.m., and one about 45 minutes later, involving the same RZR OHV,…
  All four candidates for the Ridgway School Board agree teacher pay and retention are the top issues for the district, they said during a candidate forum Tuesday night. Candidates Brian Patton, John Countryman, Aimee Quadri and Valene Baskfield all said they support a mill levy increase to reach…
  John Wayne fans who made the pilgrimage to Ridgway from near and far weren’t fazed by chilly temperatures last weekend, turning out in large numbers to tour scenes from the movie “True Grit” and celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Plaindealer tagged along with 25 fans from as close as Grand…
  Despite concerns about the size and impact of the project, the Ouray Planning Commission has recommended approval of a major expansion of the Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs. With only three of the five Planning Commission members available — there’s a vacancy on the board, and Twin Peaks co-…
  Ouray City Council candidates disagreed on how the city should fix its overburdened sewage…
  Just weeks before voters will decide whether to fund maintenance for Ouray County’s aging roads,…
By Olivia Exstrum, Special to the Plaindealer As a lieutenant with the Dallas Police Department,…
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  When Bette Maurer attended a Ouray City Council candidate forum on July 24, she did so with the intention of helping others understand the ins and outs of…
  John Wood was, in his words, “awestruck and gobsmacked” when he first laid eyes on Ouray nearly 20 years ago. It’s the place he wants to live the rest of his…
  Ouray and Ridgway both have new law enforcement leaders, officially. Though Ridgway’s new marshal, Shane Schmalz, is a familiar face, he was promoted to the…
  John Wayne fans who made the pilgrimage to Ridgway from near and far weren’t fazed by chilly temperatures last weekend, turning out in large numbers to tour…
Brian Patton , Valene Baskfield , John Countryman , Aimee Quadri
  Valene Baskfield, MSW Age: 48 Profession: Educator. Currently the director of a local scholar’s program (the Chang Chavkin Scholars Program) providing…
  Rep. Barbara McLachlan fielded some tough questions from students at Ridgway Secondary School on a visit last week. McLachlan, representative for Colorado’s…