All 11 members of the Ouray/Ridgway FBLA team qualified for the state tournament in Vail in April. Team members are, left to right: Gene McArdle, Cooper Rondinelli, Paul Cammack, Alannah Wister, Zach Briggs, Johnathan Bruss, Faith Kinne, Lauren Fairchild, Jack Leo, Abigail Link and Audrey Gibbs.

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Plaindealer Staff Report Ouray/Ridgway FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) team traveled to Colorado Mesa University on Feb. 12 for the District 9 competition. The 10 districts in Colorado will meet at the state event in April in Vail. All 11 of the local... + continue reading

From left: Bob Larson, county surveyor; Susie Mayfield, county assessor; Michelle Nauer, county clerk and recorder; Colleen Hollenbeck, county coroner; and Ben Tisdel, county commissioner, announced their intent to maintain their elected seats this coming election. The group publicly announced their intentions on the steps of the courthouse the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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by Dalton Carver Several elected officials announced their intent to run for their offices again on the steps of the courthouse the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 13. Ben Tisdel, county commissioner; Colleen Hollenbeck, county coroner; Susie Mayfield, county assessor;... + continue reading

Jeanne Casolari, treasurer and public trustee for Ouray County, tells a small gathering Monday that she will not seek reelection for her position. Jillian Mihelich, chief deputy in the office, announced she will be seeking the position in November's election.

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by Alan Todd   Jeanne Casolari announced Monday morning on the Ouray Courthouse steps that she will not run for re-election as treasurer and public trustee for Ouray County in the 2018 election. "I've served the county for 21 years, going on 22 years,... + continue reading

Levi Krey is the new case manager for the Partners mentoring program in Ouray County.

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by Mary Menz Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray recently hired a dedicated Ouray County case manager for its youth mentoring program. Levi Krey started the job in January and hopes to make an immediate difference in the lives of area youth. Few people can say they... + continue reading

The 12-person jury took about two hours to come to a decision on the Brian Scranton criminal case.

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by Dalton Carver After six days of jury selection, opening and closing statements, witness testimony and cross-examination, Ridgway resident Brian Scranton was found not guilty of both counts of sexual assault leveled against him by the 7th Judicial District. The 12-... + continue reading

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The West Region Wildfire Council welcomed representatives from the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute to its meeting of area partners and homeowners last week.
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Educational consultant and instructional coach Susan Lacy presented the results of her science curriculum audit to the Ridgway School District board of education at a... + continue reading

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Beecher and I actually left the state last week, together, on the same trip. Which meant for a brief period in time we didn't think about ink and paper. That brief period, for me, was when we... + continue reading