50 YEARS AGO February 25, 1971 - Mary Tell Ficco was born in Romeno, Austria June 12, 1894. She arrived in the United States at the age of 19, and came to Ouray, Colorado soon after She married Tom Fellin in Ouray about three years later To this union was born a son Tom and a daughter Vera.

Northern Harrier a different kind of hawk

Watching a hawk is refreshing and needful to the Human Spirit. — “World of Birds” The Northern Harrier is a magnificent hawk, so different from other hawks in everything from its overall shape to its unique facial expressions.

Something’s fishy about that ‘wrong’ turn

Josh White manages a ranch locally. He has a blue heeler named Josie. She’s not your typical heeler. Most blue heelers would pick a fight with a chainsaw, but Josie is a sweetheart. Josh and Josie are inseparable. Whenever you see Josh, Josie is almost always with him. Anytime he leaves the ranch, Josie is riding shotgun.


50 YEARS AGO February 4, 1971 - Editorial: We suggest the scientists are deliberately overlooking another “effect” when they categorize what they believe is having adverse effects on the weather. Prominent scientists are studying atmospheric changes.

Joy of Purpose: Finding meaning in the outdoors

Buddha’s real name was Siddhartha, which means, “He who has found meaning in existence, and attained his goals.” Steve Boyle of Ouray agrees being in the wilderness can teach you about life, and he enjoys introducing others to the outdoors and helping them find meaning in it. As the current president of the Ouray Trail Group board and a wildlife biologist, he’s had up-close, personal experience with this.

Same coverage, different format

You might notice something a little different about this week’s edition of the Plaindealer. We’ve incorporated our monthly business and real estate section back into the regular-sized tabloid newspaper design.

The rest of winter has a lot of making up to do

2020 is officially tied with 2016 for the hottest year ever recorded on Earth, according to NASA and the European Copernicus Climate Change Service. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls it the second-hottest by a mere 0.02 degrees Celsius (0.04 degrees Fahrenheit) behind 2016, writes meteorologist Jeff Masters (”NOAA names 2020 second-hottest year on record; NASA says it tied for hottest ever,” Eye on the Storm, Yale Climate Connections, Jan. 14, 2021).