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Chief Ouray: A leader caught in the middle

Most of us who live here know that the city and county were named for Chief Ouray. We’ve seen his photos along with his wife Chipeta. Maybe we’ve even visited the Ute Museum in Montrose or attended programs about our region’s history. There’s definitely more to Chief Ouray’s story if you look a little deeper Some of the accounts offer slightly differ ent facts, which makes it challenging for a lay historian.

How to hunt safely

Hunting accidents have declined rapidly since the passage of two laws in 1970. One law requires hunter education training for all hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1949. The other requires hunters to wear at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing above the waist--including a head covering visible from all directions.

High-altitude survival tips

Every year more than a few hunters must be rescued from the wilds and high country of Colorado. Hunters get trapped by snowstorms, injured in various types of accidents or simply get lost in the woods.


David Emory —Speical to the Ouray County Plaindealer Ouray School cross-country runner Cory Thomsen pushes uphill during the Sweitzer Lake Invitational near Delta on Sept. 25. Thomsen finished 12th out of 48 runners in the 5K run with a time of 19:26.

Market through the roof

For years, Dana and Andy Rodes talked about retiring in Colorado.

A Colorado Springs native, she planned to eventually leave Texas and return to the mountains where she grew up.


50 YEARS AGO September 24,1970 - Editorial: The Ouray City Council has voted to open the municipal swimming pool on a trial basis during the fall months. The pool will be open weekends, starting Sept.

Help your parched landscaping get through fall

September’s welcome early rain and snow have greened up the natural areas of Ouray, Ridgway and points between after an unseasonably hot and very dry summer. The high peaks of the San Juans sport snow-lined gullies. We could all be forgiven for anticipating a wet autumn.