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In the midst of a pandemic and strapped budgets, a group volunteers is keeping the Ouray Visitors’ Center humming

  • Volunteer Paula Damke, left, gives recommendations to Kelly Schaffner of Prescott, Arizona, about visiting the various locations where the movie “True Grit” was filmed in Ouray County in 1968. Damke is one of nearly 20 volunteers staffing the Ouray Visitors’ Center this summer. Mike Wiggins— Ouray County Plaindealer
    Volunteer Paula Damke, left, gives recommendations to Kelly Schaffner of Prescott, Arizona, about visiting the various locations where the movie “True Grit” was filmed in Ouray County in 1968. Damke is one of nearly 20 volunteers staffing the Ouray Visitors’ Center this summer. Mike Wiggins— Ouray County Plaindealer
  • With no lodging tax revenue to pay employees, the city of Ouray has leaned heavily this summer on volunteers to operate the visitors’ center. The facility is currently open Friday-Sunday, although volunteers are discussing staffing it seven days a week. Mike Wiggins— Ouray County Plaindealer
    With no lodging tax revenue to pay employees, the city of Ouray has leaned heavily this summer on volunteers to operate the visitors’ center. The facility is currently open Friday-Sunday, although volunteers are discussing staffing it seven days a week. Mike Wiggins— Ouray County Plaindealer
Kelly Schaffner had just watched “True Grit” for the first time — the original, of course. And now she approached the window at the Ouray Visitors’ Center, seeking the best way for her and her husband, Fred, to visit the various places the movie was filmed in 1968. Fortunately for the residents of Prescott, Arizona, Paula Damke was on the other side of the glass. The part-time resident of Ouray…

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