Lisa Thomason, executive director of Voyager Youth Program, and Ridgway Mayor John Clark cut the ribbon at a ceremony celebrating the permanent home of the Voyager Youth Program at 280 N. Cora St., Ridgway. At center, Danelle Hughes Norman (left), program manager, and Alex Durham, prevention coordinator, hold plaques honoring Victoria Hearst, whose donation, among others, allowed Voyager to purchase the building.

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by Carolina King Voyager Youth Program now has a permanent home thanks to a major donation from local resident Victoria Hearst, as well as other community contributions. At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Hearst, though not present, was honored with a personalized... + continue reading

Tom Austin, assistant chief of Log Hill Mesa Volunteer Fire Department, inspects each of the nine firefighters' fire shelters to see if they were correctly deployed against simulated wind created by a high-powered fan in the Log Hill Fire Station.

Plaindealer photo by Carolina King

By Carolina King Local firefighters showed up from all over the county Saturday morning to make a three-mile trek in the blustery snow, wearing 40-pound vests in the required time of just over 46 minutes at Log Hill Mesa’s 7,800 feet of elevation. Log Hill Volunteer... + continue reading
By Mike Wiggins Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald won't commit to enforcing a new state law designed to temporarily remove firearms from people deemed at high risk of harming themselves or others, saying he wants to research the issue further. "I guess you could... + continue reading
By Erin McIntyre Ridgway’s town marshal has left her position to become a patrol deputy with another agency, citing differences with the town manager in her vision for the department. Marshal Tammy Stroup left her position April 12 and deputy Shane Schmalz will lead... + continue reading

Erin McIntyre and Mike Wiggins purchased the Ouray County Plaindealer Thursday from Alan Todd and Beecher Threatt.

      by Alan Todd A Western Slope couple and natives of Colorado purchased the Ouray County Plaindealer last week. Mike Wiggins, former managing editor of the The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction and Erin McIntyre, former reporter for... + continue reading

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by Carolina King

Thanks to extra moisture this winter, spring forecasts are for a less fearsome fire season for the state as a whole and particularly for the San Juans. Some of that moisture, in fact, kept Bureau of Land... + continue reading


By Mike Wiggins

The search for the next Ouray city administrator is staying in-house.
City Council members unanimously agreed Monday to field only internal applicants for the city's top executive post. Applications are... + continue reading

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Who's to blame next? No telling. In fact, we don't know who's to blame now, though there are plenty of folks in Ouray looking for answers after the city council unanimously voted to... + continue reading