Erica Young (right) is sworn in as town council member at the meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Young is replacing Stephen Barnes, who stepped down in November.

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by Dalton Carver After receiving a more detailed budget from the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce regarding its expenditure of lodging tax funds, Ridgway Town Council approved the chamber's request to receive lodging tax funds for 2017 marketing purposes at the... + continue reading

Acreage impacted by bark beetles has decreased across the state, but only because the pests are moving into new areas.

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by Dalton Carver  A 2016 forest health aerial survey conducted by the Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service found Spruce beetle was the most damaging forest insect pest in the state for the fifth year in a row. The two entities see no evidence... + continue reading

Ride the Rockies made a stop in Ouray in 2010. This year Ridgway will be an official stop and Ouray will host riders who want to stay in its hotel rooms.

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by Dalton Carver & Tori Sheets Ride the Rockies, a seven-day bicycle tour with 2,000 riders cycling through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, will make a stop in Ridgway on June 14. The route will begin in Alamosa on June 11 and travel through... + continue reading

A penumbral eclipse will occur the evening of Friday, Feb. 10 and will be most noticeable in Ridgway.

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by Dalton Carver Sky-watchers will have the opportunity to view a penumbral lunar eclipse the evening of Friday, Feb. 10, and local viewers will be better off watching the astral event in Ridgway. A penumbral lunar eclipse, often mistaken for a normal full moon, occurs... + continue reading
Ride the Rockies will make a stop in Ridgway on June 14. Ride the Rockies is a seven day bicycle tour with 2,000 riders cycling through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The route will begin in Alamosa on June 11 and travel through Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ridgway, Montrose, Gunnison and end in... + continue reading

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by Dalton Carver

The statewide bicycle event Ride the Rockies is rolling through Ridgway this summer, but it’s bringing more than just cycling action and economic opportunity to its host communities.
Each year... + continue reading


by Dalton Carver

Town council approved support of the Ride the Rockies event that will run through Ridgway this summer, at its regular meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8, but one member was initially hesitant to approve waiving... + continue reading

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By Beecher Threatt

A judge on Monday found probable cause exists to allow four sexual assault charges to proceed against Joseph Alaimo, 50, of Ridgway.

In a preliminary hearing, Assistant... + continue reading

A large audience attends the first county public hearing on the proposed High Alpine residential development regulations. Although the number of attendees at ensuing continuations dwindled, many community members continued to be involved and in tune with the process until Section 24's approval on Oct. 19

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by Dalton Carver

The High Alpine residential development county public hearing process closed Wednesday afternoon to the sound of light applause from the attending public. After several public hearing continuations... + continue reading


by Tori Sheets


A special project is crusading for apples on the Western Slope. The Apple Core Project is a team of two passionate apple advocates from Norwood who are... + continue reading

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The Ouray Ice Park had to close for the season last week. A statement from the folks who run the Ice Park said the recent warm-up of temperatures in Ouray, coupled with the extended warm weather... + continue reading