The Ridgway Town Council will meet during a special meeting Monday night to finalize their decision to offer the town manager job to Preston Neill, who is currently the assistant town manager of Avon. However, the council already made its decision on Nov. 8, as reported previously in The…
  Local organizers of Operation Christmas Child are asking for the community's help in gathering donations for boys and girls across the world. Ridgway Community Church, 685 W. Sherman St., is a drop-off location this year and will accept donations for Ouray and San Miguel counties. This is where…
  A public hearing on a land use code amendment regarding wildfire regulations was continued last week to Nov. 19 after commissioners were not satisfied with the document’s ability to address high-density lots that could be the key to undertaking affordable housing in the near future. The Planning…
  Ridgway town councilors are negotiating a contract with Preston Neill, who may be hired as the next town manager. Neill was one of four finalists who visited Ridgway last week, met community members and interviewed for the job. He was the chosen finalist to be offered the job, according to Mark…
  Ouray Tourism Office Executive Director Kat Papenbrock has resigned to take an economic development job with the state of Colorado, leaving behind a role in which she led the growth of the tourism industry in Ouray but struggled with agency financial trouble last year and delays in launching the…
  San Miguel Power Association is proposing a 5 percent across-the-board rate increase next year it says will help cover the cost of a variety of construction projects, including one in the near future that will be the largest and most expensive in the rural cooperative's history. The access charge…
WESTERN COLORADO Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests office locations beginning Monday. Each tree permit costs $8 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at National Forest office and vendor locations. stump,…
  Ridgway School Board President Greg Lawler presented departing board members Heather Yeowell and Renee Marr with plaques and flowers at a work session Nov. 7. Lawler said it was “hard to say goodbye” to both Marr and Yeowell. Yeowell, the vice president, has served on the board for six years.…
SILVERTON - Students at Silverton School are being equipped with backpacks and water bottles for field trips, thanks to donations from Jimmy S. Keene II, Jim Harper and Brenna Stevens. And on Wednesday, Oct. 30, the kindergarten and first grade class were the first to receive the Osprey packs and…
The story in The Washington Post grabbed my attention. It was an article about a ranch. I was a graduate student in the swamp called D.C. during much of Richard Nixon’s presidency. Facing impeachment (think Watergate, Katherine Graham, Woodward and Bernstein, “Deep Throat”), Nixon resigned in…
From the Ouray County Herald and Ouray County Plaindealer: 40 Years Ago November 15, 1979 - Cloudseeding operations may begin December 1st in the southwestern San Juan mountains, but important limitations were included in the permit renewal granted this week to Western Weather Consultants Inc., a…
  Ouray Tourism Office Executive Director Kat Papenbrock has resigned to take an economic…
By Mike Wiggins and Erin McIntyre Ouray County voters rejected a proposal to fund a series of roads…
By Carolina Brown and Erin McIntyre Ouray School District is "in need of a culture shift" and…
The Ridgway Town Council will meet during a special meeting Monday night to finalize their decision to offer the town manager job to Preston Neill, who is currently the assistant town manager of Avon. However, the council already made its decision on Nov. 8, as reported previously in The Plaindealer. The council selected Neill for the job and directed their consultant to negotiate a contract with him last week, at the end of a long day of interviews the finalists had with councilors and stakeholders. The special meeting Monday was scheduled…
A story about the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act on Page 6 in the Nov. 7 edition of the Plaindealer incorrectly suggested grazing isn't permitted…
SILVERTON - Students at Silverton School are being equipped with backpacks and water bottles for field trips, thanks to donations from Jimmy S. Keene II, Jim…
  Ridgway School Board President Greg Lawler presented departing board members Heather Yeowell and Renee Marr with plaques and flowers at a work session Nov. 7…
  Local performers You Knew Me When will debut some of their new mountain-inspired songs on Saturday, where local audiences will get the first crack at hearing…
  Ragtime and boogie-woogie pianist Bob Milne will perform Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Wright Opera House in Ouray. Milne has had an extraordinary musical career…
  Local organizers of Operation Christmas Child are asking for the community's help in gathering donations for boys and girls across the world. Ridgway…