Feature Coverage

First-time award for longtime coach

The cross country meet results Bernie Pearce dutifully distributes each week during the fall to school staff, parents and community members are replete with PRs. That stands for personal record — a student’s best time in a 5K race — and it’s something he promotes as much as he can.

Q&A with commissioner candidate John Peters

Editor’s note: These answers have been edited for length and clarity, and in some instances have been paraphrased. Age: 61 Party affiliation: Unaffiliated Years lived in Ouray County: Since 1995 Profession: Landscape architect Why do you want to serve as county commissioner in District 1? Peters cited his background in land-use planning, dealing with complex issues and his experience over the past four years as well as his time on the planning commission as attributes he’d like to continue bringing to the position if he’s re-elected.

Q&A with commissioner candidate Lynn Padgett

Editor’s note: These answers have been edited for length and clarity, and in some instances have been paraphrased. Age: 49 Party affiliation: Democrat Years lived in Ouray County: Since 1999 Profession: Government affairs and natural resources director for San Miguel County Why do you want to serve as county commissioner in District 1? Being a county commissioner was my favorite job ever.

New business helps customers get ‘Centered’

For Jennie Peterson, Centered isn’t just a new business she opened in Ridgway earlier this month, offering an abundance of body treatments such as therapeutic massage, yoga and mentorship. It’s a state of being in both body and mind.

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.

LOOKING BACK

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.

Restaurants left out in the cold

A large pile of snow sits on the corner of Cora and Clinton streets in Ridgway, where Colorado Boy customers spent the summer eating pizza, drinking beer and taking advantage of the weather.

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.

THE VIA FERRATA’S RAPID ASCENSION

When a line began to form on summer weekends as the day’s first light peeked over the top of the Amphitheater and spilled into the Uncompahgre Gorge — that’s when the operators of the Ouray Via Ferrata knew.