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Jul
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Having faith in healing

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
― Abraham Lincoln

Wed
16
Jul
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Fear, loathing and hiking in the land of lightning

One of the magical things I love about living in the San Juans is the set-your-watch-by-it arrival of the monsoon season. Seldom do thunderstorms fail to crank up sometime in the first week in July — just when June’s glaring sun and single digit humidity begins to wear on heat-intolerant mountain folk. Talk about “afternoon delight,” cool, soothing rain is mood medicine. The downside of our thunderstorms is unpredictable lightning; it can be deadly, especially for those who feel compelled to wade alpine meadows of wildflowers or bag one of our sundry peaks. Last week a group of eight hikers were stuck by lightning in Rocky Mountain National Park, followed a few days later by a couple. Sadly one person died and several were hospitalized in the first group. The lady in the second event narrowly survived; her hiking boots were literally blown off her feet.  

Wed
16
Jul
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Thanks, Ridgway, for your partnership

Dear Editor,
For the past three years I have served on our Town Council, from which I will step down as of July 15. In order to better address health concerns of my family, we will be moving to Durango. It is a new life chapter for us, starting with a mix of loss and gain, heaviness and hope.  
When I first placed my name on the ballot in 2011, after only a year in the community,
I was surprised to win a seat, and then pleased to receive a warm welcome by Council members. I soon learned that my initiation as a public representative had little to do with my notion of “politics.”
The term comes from the Greek word “politikos,” meaning “of, for, or relating to citizens.” This definition comes closer to my experience on the Council: open-minded thinking, respectful dialogue, creative problem solving and happy envisioning – for and
with local people. While I confess to initially wondering about the party affiliations of

Fri
27
Jun
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Summer discoveries of wildflowers and road trips

June, thank God. Summer has all but burst onto our mountain stage, much to the relief and glee of upstream Crevice dwellers in Lovely Ouray. Yes, long shadows are in retreat, lilac blossoms perfume the air and waterfalls gush headlong from burgundy cliffs in veils of white that’d be the envy of any blushing bride. Ours is a vertical world; the angle of scenic repose in Ouray cricks the necks of flatlanders who, beyond the rare eclipse, never had reason to look up before.
Warmth inches into the high country, eating away at the last vestiges of winters’ dirty white sheets. Blame it on Utah’s windborne red dirt; it seems to soil our snow every spring. Now, a couple feet of snow and June are all that stand between us and a bazillion alpine wildflowers bending in the breeze. As a sum- mertime loving hiker, photographer and ama- teur watercolorist, I’m itching for the upcoming “limited engagement” show.

Fri
27
Jun
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Wolves, sharks and crocs: World's deadliest animals?

A new study published in Science magazine shortly after this article was written has found that the current rate of species extinctions is more than 1,000 times greater than the natu- ral rate. The estimates are based on the fossil record and genetic data spanning millions of years. "These are higher than previously esti- mated and likely still underestimated. Future rates...are poised to increase. [R]apid progress in developing protected areas...are not ecolog- ically representative, nor do they optimally protect biodiversity."
Hmm. Maybe snakes are the world's dead- liest, come to think of it. Certainly, the answer is one of these four "deadly" animals, right?

Fri
27
Jun
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Woman's Club sale a success due to many

Dear Editor,

Fri
27
Jun
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Fizz, Boom, Read!

Dear Editor,

Fri
27
Jun
atodd's picture

An open heart

Dear Editor,

Ouray has lost a valuable community member.
Dan Fossey passed away suddenly on Monday June 16. Dan was not only a selfless friend to the Witherspoon family but to anyone in our community who accepted his friendship. Dan's ability as a leader was second to none.
He served many mayors, city administrators, county commissioners and superintendents in his life. Dan worked to the height of his ability to prove to his superiors he was "the man for the job," but most of all, he deeply respected the men and women who worked for and with him.
There was almost nothing he would not do for his workmates. We should all aspire to continue his legacy. "An open heart and strong work ethic."
Please keep Dan's family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ed and Christine Witherspoon
Ouray

Fri
27
Jun
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We would be nothing if not for a whole lot of nothing

Summer is here and Ridgway is suddenly full of noise and activity. Motorcycles and RVs fill the roads. Bicycle tours, fireworks, music festivals, weddings and family visits fill the weekends. People are rushing around making money, planting gardens and throwing BBQs. So I guess it must be time for another in my series of unrelated articles — this month I will be writing about nothing.  
Now you might think that there is not much one can write about nothing. But in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing is all around us and takes a very big role in our world and in our brains. It might even be fair to say that we wouldn’t be what we are without nothing.

Wed
12
Mar

It all sounded so great

Dear Editor,
I can understand why you might have supported the Affordable Care Act. You liked what Obama told you. In speech after speech across the nation, to the applause and exhortations of his enthusiastic public, he said, “I’m here because of folks seeing their premiums go up 20 and 30 and 40 and 50 and 60 percent in a year.” “It’s about the millions of lives that would be touched and in some cases saved, by making health insurance more secure and more affordable.” “We’ll work to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year.” “Your employer, it’s estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent, which means they could give you a raise.” “So if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
 

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