Lance Fitzgerald, unaffiliated candidate for the sheriff's seat in Ouray County, has won the race, pending a post-election audit by the clerk's office.

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by Dalton Carver After all the ballots were counted Thursday morning, Lance Fitzgerald is still in the lead for the sheriff's seat in Ouray County. The unaffiliated candidate was leading by only two votes in the preliminary results after election night on Nov. 6... + continue reading

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership recently completed a reclamation project at the Atlas Mine site near Sneffels Creek. The site will continue to receive reclamation work in 2019 from UWP, Trout Unlimited and Ouray Silver Mines.

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by Dalton Carver Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership recently completed three mine reclamation projects and plans to do even more work in 2019. The Atlas Mill, Micheal Breen and Vernon mine sites all received attention from UWP over the last five years, resulting in... + continue reading

From left: Ridgway volunteer firefighters Michael Inmon, John Robinson and John Fee carry out a "victim" in last Saturday's active shooter drill at Ridgway Secondary School. The drill involved 37 different response agencies and took just a little more than two hours to complete.

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by Dalton Carver Shortly after dispatch fades out on the radio, a Ridgway marshal’s deputy speeds through the secondary school parking lot, kicking up dust and gravel behind the patrol car. Skidding to a stop before the back entrance of the school, the deputy... + continue reading

Danika Gilbert (front), grant writer, and Nicole Skoloda (far left), Ouray School Board vice president, received a tour of the Ouray School playground last Thursday from the youth task force. The task force was set up to get input from other students and compile data prioritizing the most needed playground updates to request in an application for a GOCO grant.

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by Carolina King A panel of experts on the Ouray School playground has been meeting after school on a regular basis to discuss a much-needed playground update. The panel consisted of five students from grades 1 through 7 at the most recent meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1.... + continue reading

A giant boulder barely missed the residence of Bill and Rena Fries in Ouray after a rockfall event near their home on Pinecrest Drive. However, their RV a little ways down the hill wasn't so lucky - a boulder hit the back end of the vehicle, tipping it on its side and causing significant damage.

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by Carolina King Bill and Rena Fries of Ouray woke around 6:00 the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 31 to a “loud smashing bang” coming from near the corner of their house on Pinecrest Drive. It was too dark to see what had caused the sound and as they were waiting... + continue reading

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A hearing on Tuesday in Ridgway municipal court on an administrative appeal of notices of violation of sign regulations was cut short as Attorney Marti Whitmore,... + continue reading


by Carolina King

Representatives of Colorado State Forest Service gave presentation to West Region Wildfire Council on Thursday, Nov. 8, regarding their work with logging companies to... + continue reading

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