Feature Coverage

New Ridgway principal prepared for storm

Ridgway Secondary School's new principal is prepared to weather whatever storm may lie ahead with the reopening of school in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Raised in Oklahoma, where he started his career in education 25 years ago, Russell Randolph has seen his share of storms.

A new job in a familiar place

Tod Lokey has returned to his childhood playground. The 43-year-old was hired as superintendent and high school principal of Ouray School in May amidst COVID-19 closures across the state and country and officially took on the role last month, for the most part working alone in the empty building.

Larger than life

Duane Beamer was shoeing horses the first time he met Vince Kontny. It was summer 1987 at the San Juan Guest Ranch.

New chapter for Ridgway library

The additional conference rooms are ready for the board meetings and LEGO club get-togethers. An expanded children’s area featuring stands of aspen trunks, a play kitchen and an activity room is ready for the playful and curious.

Hardrockers Holidays rock on despite pandemic

SILVERTON — Judy Kuhlman adjusted her blue surgical mask and pink gloves before settling herself on the long, wooden platform, resting the heels of her boots against the ridges in preparation for another round of tug of war.

Ouray County Rodeo canceled

The Ouray County Rodeo Association has canceled this year’s rodeo, citing unsustainable costs if attendance is limited due to COVID-19.

ISOLATION’S TOLL

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Jean Bosworth’s life had a rhythm: weekly senior luncheons on Mondays, long card games and potlucks on Fridays and church services on Sundays. Bosworth, 95, is in two book clubs and typically plays monthly games of mahjong with friends, a Chinese game played with tiles, like cards.