50 YEARS AGO October 8, 1970 - Judge George Kempf found in favor of the petitioners, the Ouray County commissioners, in the continuing dispute over the extension of County Road 5 from “Kelly’s Gate” to the National Forest. Respondents were Wayland Phillips, Colorado Livestock Production Credit Assoc., Rosamond Rohlfs Zetterholm, Anna Louise Rohlfs Sanders.
Most of us who live here know that the city and county were named for Chief Ouray. We’ve seen his photos along with his wife Chipeta. Maybe we’ve even visited the Ute Museum in Montrose or attended programs about our region’s history. There’s definitely more to Chief Ouray’s story if you look a little deeper Some of the accounts offer slightly differ ent facts, which makes it challenging for a lay historian.
50 YEARS AGO October 1,1970 - Editorial: Patience is playing out with telephone service in Ouray again. After the last go-arounds with different phone officials at least a year ago, things did improve for a time, but irate reports are again coming in, and with good reason.
The day before I flew to Colorado in May, I spent a long evening at my grandma’s house, wearing a mask and talking from across the room, trying to figure out how to keep my distance and still take advantage of time together before moving 2,251 miles away.
September’s welcome early rain and snow have greened up the natural areas of Ouray, Ridgway and points between after an unseasonably hot and very dry summer. The high peaks of the San Juans sport snow-lined gullies. We could all be forgiven for anticipating a wet autumn.
When I was tO, my brother Carl and I lived with our mom and stepdad, Roger Gleason. Roger leased summer pasture on Dallas Divide. Every Sunday we would go there to check the cattle. We had pasture leased along Leopard Creek where Ski Dallas used to be. Carl and I wanted to camp there and fish.
The decades following the Civil War brought changes to the Western Slope of Colorado. The miners and prospectors came searching for rich mineral veins, and the homesteaders, ranchers, and farmers soon followed. They arrived by foot, in wagons and on horses.