Authorities are looking for this man in connection with the burglaries of two businesses in Sawpit and Placerville early Monday morning.

Photo courtesy of San Miguel County Sheriff's Office

A suspect involved in two early-morning burglaries is believed to have headed toward Ridgway and to have stolen license plates from the parking lot of a local hotel. Interim Ridgway Marshal Shane Schmalz confirmed deputies are looking for a man believed to be responsible for burglaries in... + continue reading

Chris Lance points to vandalism at the Ridgway Community Garden, which was found earlier this week. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ridgway Marshal's Office.

By Mike Wiggins The first sign that something was awry was the sign itself. Chris Lance arrived at the Ridgway Community Garden Monday morning and found yellow paint smeared across the lettering Ridgway Elementary School students hand-painted 11 years ago when the garden... + continue reading
Plaindealer Staff Report   Ouray County Plaindealer co-publisher Erin McIntyre earned three awards for her journalism in the past year by the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado chapter last week. The Top of the Rockies Contest, open to journalists... + continue reading

Justin Perry was named the only finalist for the Ouray city administrator position.

by Mike Wiggins The interim tag is close to peeling off. The Ouray City Council voted unanimously Monday night to name interim City Administrator Justin Perry the sole finalist for the permanent position, a move that surprised few people. Councilors emerged from a two-hour... + continue reading

Forester Austin Shelby of the Colorado State Forest Service uses a staple gun to attach a packet of pheromones to a Douglas Fir tree near Cascade Falls. Volunteers are helping him distribute the chemicals to 700 trees, funded by the City of Ouray. Trees on federal forest land are also being targeted for protective pheromone treatment this week, to guard against the Douglas Fir beetle.

Plaindealer photo by Erin McIntyre

By Erin McIntyre These aren’t the trees you’re looking for. That’s the message sent by the scent wafting from the Douglas Fir trees on Ouray’s perimeter. The smell emanates from bubble packs stapled to the trees, which contain chemicals manufactured... + continue reading

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By Carolina King

The man in charge of keeping up Ouray County's roads says he's spent nearly all of his maintenance budget with seven months left in the year.

"This year alone, I'm already at 90 percent of my budget... + continue reading


By Erin McIntyre


Business owners concerned about skyrocketing water bills have the ears of town councilors, who agreed to meet and discuss possible solutions to the situation.

True Grit Café owner Tammee... + continue reading

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by Mike Wiggins I never wanted to be in a club. As a shy kid, I didn't join the Boy Scouts or the school Drama Club. As a less-shy 20- and 30-something, I had little... + continue reading