Capitol storming appalling, shameful

Dear Editor: Let me start by saying that I am a 59-year-old lifelong Republican raised by Republicans. I have voted in every election since 1982 and always for the Republican candidate.

It’s time to admit Boebert mistake

Dear Editor: We sent Lauren Boebert to Congress. Are we pleased with her actions there? On the morning of the insurrection at the Capitol she tweeted “Today is 1776.” During the assault on the Capitol she announced in her speech, “My constituents are outside!” And then, as the doors were being broken open, she tweeted to her followers, as they were entering the building, the location of Nancy Pelosi.

How Thomas Walsh got caught up in Ouray’s gold rush

Let’s fast forward to summertime in the San Juan Mountains. If you’ve driven up Yankee Boy (County Road 361) you’ve seen above-ground buildings of the Camp Bird Mine. I wonder about the who, what and how of this place. The answers? Tom Walsh, 1896, strategic prospecting. Now the backstory!


50 YEARS AGO January 14, 1971 - It’s probably never been done before but there’s one sure way to camp in Yankee Boy Basin without fighting waves of tourists. A group of 12 college students from Massachusetts are doing it.


50 YEARS AGO January 7, 1971 - Parents can no longer tell their children to “go out and play in the traffic (but watch out for cars)”, at least not as far as Ouray’s sledding areas are concerned. And Vinegar Hill may be the best driving in town, with a thick coat of cinders to help enforce the new sledding restrictions.

The importance of not knowing what’s around the bend

I hope everyone has been enjoying the holidays this year. It’s been a hard and difficult year fora lot of people. With that being said, people don’t need anything else sad happening to them. The last thing I want for anyone is to get that knock on the door and being told a loved one has been killed in a crash.

Plaindealer worthy of support

Dear Editor: I think the residents of Ouray County would agree that it was a fortunate day when Mike Wiggins and Erin McIntyre became part of our community, assumed ownership of the Ouray County Plaindealer and became the co-publishers. They have done an outstanding job of keeping us up with all that is going on in Ouray County, despite the challenges of an ongoing pandemic! This past year they hired emerging journalist Liz Teitz from the organization Report for America.

Arizona could serve as affordable housing model

Dear Editor: Over the last 15 years, and I believe the 15 years before that, many in Ouray County have called for action to address the affordable housing crisis here. I would like draw attention to a new novel program being pursued by Yavapai County, Arizona.