City paves way for sidewalk service

The City of Ouray has long been known as the Switzerland of America. This summer, thanks to recent action taken by the Ouray City Council and new state guidelines, its downtown business district may take on a little extra European flair, as restaurants and taverns morph into sidewalk cafes and beer gardens to make up for restricted indoor seating due to COVID-19 social-distancing measures.

'Open up my playground,' boy pleads

Rowan Huffman finished up his last day of third grade at home on the morning of May 22, made a homemade sign out of cardboard from the packaging of his parent's new dining set and headed to Ridgway Farmers' Market from his Loghill Mesa home with his parents, Maurice and Sheila Huffman.

Virus concerns keep visitor center closed

The Ridgway Visitor Center will remain closed for the rest of the year, with operators citing concerns about the health and •ƒˆ‡›‘ˆ‘Ž‡‡•™Š‘•ƒsafety of volunteers who staff the facility.

Woman, 61, latest ‘probable’ case in county

A 61-year-old Ouray County woman who recovered from a suspected case of COVID-19 after having symptoms back in March is being counted as a “probable” case of coronavirus by the state. This makes the county’s 8th case the state is counting, with two others confirmed by blood antibody tests. The Plaindealer is reporting the cases confirmed by swab tests, antibody tests and “probable” cases being reported by the state health department at this time.


Joshua Kinne, left, plays the guitar while his 9-year-old son, Samuel, plays the hand drums during an impromptu parade in Ridgway’s River Park subdivision on May 21. The neighborhood jam, organized by Joshua Kinne, lasted more than an hour.

Back on the menu

Colorado’s restaurants will be allowed to reopen at 5o percent capacity for in-person dining, with specific protocols, beginning this week This will be the first time they’ve been allowed to serve customers food at their establishments since March 16, when the state shut down dining due to COVID-19 concerns.