Susan Lacy, Ridgway resident, has been appointed as the Ridgway School District's new superintendent.

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by Mary Menz Ridgway resident Susan Lacy was appointed superintendent of Ridgway School District at a special session of the board of education Thursday evening. A five-minute discussion about the three superintendent finalists kicked off the meeting that also included a... + continue reading

Ouray’s Katheryn Bixler (third from left) poses with another Oklahoma City University Law School student, Andra Holder (second from left), and with the judges who presided over the school’s annual Moot Court competition. Bixler and Holder, both first year law students, won the competition.

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by Mary Menz First year law student Katheryn Bixler of Ouray and fellow first year student Andra Holder recently won the Oklahoma City University Law School annual Moot Court Competition. More than 30 teams participated in the simulated appeals court proceedings.... + continue reading

Ouray School juniors Griffin Holifield, Max Austin and Scout Manley are flanked by Washington D.C. police officers who hailed the quick reactions of the three first responders at an accident site during a recent school trip to the nation’s capital.

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by Mary Menz At the start of the regular board of education meeting Monday evening, superintendent Scott Pankow acknowledged three Ouray High School juniors for providing immediate assistance to victims of a vehicle collision. They witnessed the accident while on a school... + continue reading

Marty McComb, EPA on-scene coordinator, updates the Board of County Commissioners on the agency's Camp Bird mine clean-up project at last Tuesday's regular meeting.

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by Dalton Carver The Environmental Protection Agency’s project on the Camp Bird Mine near Ouray will restart later this month, EPA representatives informed the Board of County Commissioners at its regular meeting the morning of May 1. The work will be the end of the... + continue reading

Tom McKenney (far left), Visual Impact Review Committee member, questioned granting a variance on a County Road 1 structure that will visually break the skyline upon construction. Despite McKenney's opposition, the variance was passed by his fellow committee members, including John Clark, Patsy Miller and Doug Macfarlane.

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by Dalton Carver A limited building site convinced the Ouray County Visual Impact Review Committee a skyline break variance is necessary, in a public hearing the afternoon of April 30, but the committee added a condition for approval. The owner, Hartman Family Trust,... + continue reading

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by Beecher Threatt

Two county commissioners approved a limited planned unit development on County Road 24 on Tuesday. They expressed reservations but noted the land use code allows... + continue reading


by Dalton Carver

In preparation for its final decision in mid-May, Ridgway town council conducted a work session the evening of April 25 to discuss the ongoing dilemma of animal-... + 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