Suspect sought in burglary case, has ties to Ridgway

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 Placerville and Sawpit early Monday morning. The businesses, the Sawpit Mercantile and M&M Mercantile, were hit within minutes of each other. They’re located within five miles of each other on Colorado Highway 145.

County road dollars drained

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 for maintenance cost and I'm in May. I have an aging fleet that is dying, and can't keep up currently," the usually quiet Road and Bridge Supervisor Steven Calkins told the Board of County Commissioners at a May 8 work session.

Council agrees to talk water rates with businesses

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 Tuttle came to the council meeting armed with her own history of water bills and those of 11 other local businesses, compiled by Ridgway resident and retired certified public accountant Bob Collins.

Plaindealer co-publisher earns writing awards

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 working in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, celebrates work published by radio, TV and newspaper journalists.