Columns

Warm, dry November may linger into December

Its been a classic Colorado November here in Ouray, a true transition month: 17 warm, sunny and short days; six cloudy days with rain, snow and sleet; two blustery ones with 40 mph winds. On the warm and dry side, November 2020 has averaged 29-degree nights and 52-degree days, approximately 6-7 degrees above normal as of this Monday.

Black Canyon train was an experiment in adventure

In the late 1880s, William Jackson Palmer and his Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG) West Railroad had big dreams of conquering the Rocky Mountains to tap into the wealth flowing in and out of the new mining districts. Railroad companies knew building tracks through the mountains would be challenging and expensive.

An ode to my wife, the love of my life

For over two years, Sandy's been busy as a bee Taking care of her horse Digger, the cat Hobo, and me. Diggers' not much trouble, and Hobo's so easy it's silly, But it's a full time job wrangling Willie.

LOOKING BACK

50 YEARS AGO October 8, 1970 - Judge George Kempf found in favor of the petitioners, the Ouray County commissioners, in the continuing dispute over the extension of County Road 5 from “Kelly’s Gate” to the National Forest. Respondents were Wayland Phillips, Colorado Livestock Production Credit Assoc., Rosamond Rohlfs Zetterholm, Anna Louise Rohlfs Sanders.

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.

LOOKING BACK

50 YEARS AGO October 1,1970 - Editorial: Patience is playing out with telephone service in Ouray again. After the last go-arounds with different phone officials at least a year ago, things did improve for a time, but irate reports are again coming in, and with good reason.