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Ouray School fourth grade class went before Ouray City Council Monday night to propose construction of a sign for the fish pond at Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Class members took turns reading portions of the proposal. The sign will display a history of the fish pond, researched by the class. The class... + continue reading

Local a capella group Heartbeat may vary its members year to year, but it is always composed of seven or eight women. This photo is from the group’s 2017 tour “Big Love.”

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by Mary Menz Heartbeat is a vocals-only group of local women that brings its unique and thoughtful musical expression of love, unity and living in harmony to the Sherbino Sunday, March 14, at 4 p.m. Its “Live as One” tour is inspired by the John Lennon chart-... + continue reading

Ridgway Elementary School second-graders shared with the board of education last week readings from a book they and teacher Julie Furstenfeld recently published. The book, “All Star Journal of Gratitude,” features colorful illustrations and carefully penned reasons for being grateful. Pictured left to right: Emma Baer, Elijah Clark and Claire Bailey.

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by Mary Menz At its monthly work session last week, the Ridgway School District board of education heard elementary school principal Trish Greenwood describe the school’s plans to celebrate differences in family constructs, noting: some families are traditional in... + continue reading

Matt Wade of Peak Mountain Guides addresses Ouray City Council, Ouray Ice Park, Inc. board of directors and mediator Andrew Gorgey at Thursday night's mediation session.

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by Alan Todd Ouray City Council and the Ouray Ice Park, Inc. board of directors (OIPI) sat down Thursday afternoon with a mediator to clear the air, identify needs and work toward a short and long-term operating agreement for the Ouray Ice Park. The two sides will come... + continue reading
For the second time this week, Ouray City Hall was evacuated Friday due to gas odors. Coupled with the gas odors, the city found that a boiler was malfunctioning and producing elevated carbon dioxide levels. City Administrator Katie Sickles said the city was working Friday to repair the problem... + continue reading

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by Dalton Carver

Charging ahead with a plan to rid Ridgway of all plastic bags, Ridgway Secondary School students will host a screening of “Bag It!” at the Sherbino Theater on March... + continue reading


by Mary Menz

Dissimilar schedules—especially foreign travel trips for students—prevent the two area high schools from hosting a joint prom and after-prom event this year. In lieu of... + continue reading

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Here we go again, although it's been three years since we last said that. The lease for our 8th Avenue office is up at the end of May. We could have renewed for another three years, but it's... + continue reading