Many lawmen in the old west had short careers. Some served for a couple of years, or a few months. One southwestern Colorado lawman served his communities for more than 30 years, mostly in Ouray. He was fearless, a superb marksman, and steadfast in was also a successful businessman and a devoted family man. In his time and place he was a legend; today he is largely forgotten. His name was Jesse Benton.
After nearly two years of displacement, all county employees have moved back into the newly renovated Ouray County Courthouse, with only a few items left to move out of storage. The courthouse, however, remains closed to visitors due to emergency orders in place limiting public access due to COVID-19.
Rowan Huffman finished up his last day of third grade at home on the morning of May 22, made a homemade sign out of cardboard from the packaging of his parent's new dining set and headed to Ridgway Farmers' Market from his Loghill Mesa home with his parents, Maurice and Sheila Huffman.
The Ouray County Plaindealer earned the top award for newspapers in its class from the Colorado Press Association for its work in 2019, along with recognition for general excellence, editorial excellence and public service. While the association’s convention was canceled due to coronavirus concerns, the awards were presented to newspapers virtually.