Feature Coverage

'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.

Mobile mask making in Ridgway on Friday

Ridgway resident Cat Lichtenbelt sews custom fabric masks for people in her mobile sewing studio — a travel trailer she set up next to the Ridgway Fire House during Farmer’s Market on Friday.


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.

Plaindealer sweeps state press awards

The Ouray County Plaindealer earned the top award for newspapers in its class from the Colorado Press Association for its work in 2019, along with recognition for general excellence, editorial excellence and public service. While the association’s convention was canceled due to coronavirus concerns, the awards were presented to newspapers virtually.

Personal services cautiously reopen

On May i, when state officials announced that personal service businesses in Colorado could reopen their doors, the news was met with mixed feelings, even from those in the business. For Kendra Manley, owner of Salon Monti in Ouray, it was an “emotional roller coaster” filled with some anxiety and an abundance of caution.

Down time for most, boom time for some

The new coronavirus has dealt significant financial blows to most Ouray County businesses, keeping tourists, the lifeblood of the local economy, at bay and forcing shops and restaurants to severely

Ridgway pizzeria has new owners

Ridgway favorite Panny’s Pizza has new owners, but the menu and management will stay the same, ensuring happy customers continue to enjoy pizza, soup and ice cream.