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For music classes, the beat goes on

As her students lined up in front of the truck carrying the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, Ouray School music teacher Karisa Hoover reminded them to keep their “arm space,” maintaining distance between them as they prepared to sing.

Looking back: The tradition of Elks Santas turns 50

December 22, 1977 Elks Santas A 50-Year-Old Tradition Here The warm, friendly glow of porch lights shining from homes throughout Ouray City and County on Christmas Eve will serve as a welcoming beacon for the Santa Clauses that will soon appear. In this tiny mountain community Santa Clauses will make visits in person to children in every home in the city and county and leave gifts of candy, popcorn balls and peanuts.

Pages of the past: What the 1918 flu pandemic looked like in Ouray County at the holidays

Editor’s note: With Ouray County and the rest of the world still wrestling with COVID-19 here at the end of the year, we thought it would be interesting to look back at how the county’s forebears handled their own pandemic. We spent some time searching through the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library. Here’s a sampling of the headlines in Ouray County at this time more than a century ago.

A new bird species for Ouray County

Nature awaits many surprises For thee — Enos Mills A surprise came to me Friday, Nov. 6, when my friend Chris Lance of Ridgway notified me that she had a Brown Thrasher on her property and she thought this was a rare occurrence.

The winter of arts’ discontent

The tiny ballerinas, dressed in their wings and halos, should be in the midst of rehearsals in Ridgway for The Nutcracker, the popular annual holiday production that always packs the Montrose Pavilion. It should be a time for gingerbread house workshops and office Christmas party rentals.


The young — and young at heart —turned out en masse to trick-or-treat on Main Street in Ouray on Saturday. Buoyed by unusually warm weather, dozens of costumed characters wandered from store to store. The Ouray Elks Lodge used PVC pipe to create a socially distanced “candy shoot” for kids, while O’Toys sponsored a costume contest.