50 YEARS AGO July 3o, 1970 - A 2-year-old child was hit by a car and reportedly dragged under it at Rotary Park campground Monday morning. No details were reported to any local authors.


YEARS AGO July 23,1970 - The fifth annual spraying for mosquito control in the Ridgway area was completed July zo with Jack Tanner of Tanner Flying Service out of Cortez at the controls of the plane. The weather cooperated with near 5o degrees and still air at about 5:45 a.m.


50 YEARS AGO July16, 19.7o - Two children were seriously injured in a car-bicycle accident at u:55 a.m. Monday, four and eight-tenths miles north of Ouray, on U.S.


50 YEARS AGO July 9,1970 - Letter to the Editor: Today I have been informed that my sons, ages 11 and 13 cannot operate a power lawn mower, outside of their own yard. I really thought I was being a responsible parent when I helped and encouraged them to find mowing jobs.

After racing through 50 years, it's time to slow

The idea of aging has been on my mind lately. I'm not really sure why. Perhaps the impending half-century celebration of my birth is it. Yes, pretty sure that's it. I will be so in December. When I was 12, I was pretty darn sure I didn't want to be so. I felt so was the "ancient" age. I didn't have to ask for help with anything at 35 so why would I want to ask for help at nearly so? That's admitting that I am older and in need of help. Goodness knows, as does anyone who knows me, that the word HELP really doesn't exist in my vocabulary, unless I am helping someone else. We are blessed that we live in Ouray County for more reasons than the beautiful scenery and decadent weather. We are blessed to live in a community filled with older fo lks who are full of life and fully invested in the belief that age is just a number. Perhaps that is where my thoughts should go. Age is just a number and 50 is a good number, for now. So, if my thoughts are firmly detoured to the belief that so is just a number, when wiU my mind convince my body to "get on board"?

A historic coronavirus link to Ouray

The coronavirus is now a household word and we are all wearing masks and social distancing to protect ourselves from what has become a world-wide pandemic. Thanks to P. Balaram, Emeriti Professor of Biochemistry, The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India, we have learned that one of the original mid 1960s discoverers of the corona family of viruses, Dorothy Hamre Brownlee, spent the last 21 years of her life living in Ouray.

Lawman William Jasper ‘Jesse’ Benton: ‘The right man in the right place’

Many lawmen in the old west had short careers. Some served for a couple of years, or a few months. One southwestern Colorado lawman served his communities for more than 30 years, mostly in Ouray. He was fearless, a superb marksman, and steadfast in was also a successful businessman and a devoted family man. In his time and place he was a legend; today he is largely forgotten. His name was Jesse Benton.