Pining for that peck on the cheek

At 17 years of age, my dad (Fred Richardson) went to work for Marie Scott. Marie was the previous owner of what is now the Double RL Ranch. I remember Marie as a person who was tougher than a $4 steak and a genuinely good human being. She used to bring us kids storebought cookies from time to time. Dad worked for Marie off and on for many years.

Animas Forks: Our backyard ghost town

Editor's note: We hope you enjoy the first column from our newest contributor, Carolyn Snowbarger of Ridgway. Carolyn is a retired teacher who has a curiosity for the history of this region. Her column will appear in this space once a month.

Speed of economic return depends on staying safe

Life as a legislator these days is unusual and challenging. Our time at home is spent working, navigating a world of new problems and new concerns. We’re getting ready to return to Denver in May to fulfill our constitutional obligation to pass the state budget and school finance law.

Warm, dry spring offers chance at adaptation

March 2020 in Ouray was warm and droughty, following a dry, cold February. Highs for the month averaged 47.5 degrees; normal is 3 degrees lower, 44.6. Lows were proportionately even warmer, averaging 28.5; normal is six degrees lower, 22.4. Precipitation was 1.48 inches, with only 12.1 inches of snow; normal precip is 2.28, snow 25.9. (Only August typically has more precipitation than March, 2.33 inches. March is usually the snowiest month of the year, too.)