After weeks of asking that people wear masks and fielding reports of conflicts between visitors and business owners who require face coverings, Ouray County has adopted a mandatory mask ordinance. The county has become the latest in Colorado to require people to wear masks in public, after health…
Ridgway is the latest addition to the list of officially designated “dark sky” communities, as of this week. The International Dark Sky Association awarded the designation to the town, which comes after about two years of hard work from those who work to preserve the night sky and limit light…
The crowds were smaller, the parades shorter, and no water fights or fireworks marked Independence Day in Ouray, but locals were determined to find ways to celebrate during an unusual time. After official events were canceled due to the cornnavirus pandemic, J. Gary Dunn and Richard Weber III each…
A pandemic wasn’t going to stop local musicians from releasing their tribute to the mountains and the area they love. Ouray band You Knew Me When released its latest album, “Songs of the San Juans” recently, and is hoping the io tracks serve to remind locals of the special nature of the area, as it…
After waiting more than two months to receive coronavirus tests this spring, the Ouray County Public Health Agency received 300 kits in May, only to find that dozens were defective and unusable. Public Health Director Tanner Kingery said about 45 of the 300 tests he received had problems. Each test…
A man who tried to run for mayor in Ridgway has been banned from contact with a woman who accused him of accosting her at a liquor store in May and continuing to harass her online and by impersonating her. County Court Judge Kurt Beckenhauer granted a permanent restraining order prohibiting David…
The Ouray County Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend county commissioners approve a special use permit for the reopening of the store on Highway 550 in Colona. Charles Van Alsburg, a Loghill Mesa resident, applied for the permit to open County Line Mercantile, which will be a…
It no longer has a lucrative contract from the city of Ouray to market to tourists far and wide. But with a new name and logo and plans to launch a new website, leaders of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association say they will continue to advocate for their members while encouraging responsible…
I spent most of my first week in Ouray County walking around wide-eyed, overwhelmed by how stunning it is, unable to believe I could somehow, actually, get to live here. I had an idea of where I was headed from reading old Plaindealer stories, countless Google searches, and late nights scrolling…
GUNNISON The ire of Gunnison Valley second homeowners over restrictions imposed during the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the formation of a political action committee (PAC). In April, Gunnison County health officials issued a fifth amended Public Health Order which banned…
As tourists flock to Ouray County, including many from states where coronavirus cases continue to climb, officials worry visitors could be carrying and spreading the virus unknowingly, with limited reporting and contact-tracing capability to monitor it. “We could literally have 100 cases here in…
Ridgway is the latest addition to the list of officially designated “dark sky” communities, as of…
A man who tried to run for mayor in Ridgway has been banned from contact with a woman who accused…
Voters decisively ousted Sheriff Lance FitzGerald in the county's first recall election, after a…
After weeks of asking that people wear masks and fielding reports of conflicts between visitors and business owners who require face coverings, Ouray County has adopted a mandatory mask ordinance. The county has become the latest in Colorado to require people to wear masks in public, after health officials and government leaders pushed for a mandate in light of a surge in tourists from states experiencing a spike in new coronavirus cases and a recent uptick in regional infections. Acting as the board of health on July 3, Ouray County…
As tourists flock to Ouray County, including many from states where coronavirus cases continue to climb, officials worry visitors could be carrying and…
GUNNISON The ire of Gunnison Valley second homeowners over restrictions imposed during the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the formation…
It no longer has a lucrative contract from the city of Ouray to market to tourists far and wide. But with a new name and logo and plans to launch a new website…
FRIDAY, JULY 10 LIVE MUSIC: David Nunn at the Courtyard at 610 in Ridgway. Two 90 minute seatings available at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10, reserve online.…
Kelly Schaffner had just watched “True Grit” for the first time — the original, of course. And now she approached the window at the Ouray Visitors’ Center,…
A pandemic wasn’t going to stop local musicians from releasing their tribute to the mountains and the area they love. Ouray band You Knew Me When released its…