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GUEST COMMENTARY | Why KOTO Went Broke, and What the Board and Staff Have Done to Fix It

09/19/14 | By | 302 More

‘The discussion about the role of special events goes far back into KOTO history, but became more prevalent in the fall of 2011.’

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VIDEO | Get Ready for Winter

09/17/14 | By | 87 More
VIDEO | Get Ready for Winter

With the leaves changing, Telluride’s best season is just around the corner.

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A Telluride Couple’s High Desert Retreat

09/15/14 | By | 228 More
A Telluride Couple’s High Desert Retreat

Over a five-year period starting in 1995, Telluride architect
Cal Wilbourne and interior designer Martha Gearty
built a desert home completely on their own, using little more than their own manpower and two boat winches.

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Divide and Conquer

09/14/14 | By | More
Divide and Conquer

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne examine workplace rivalry.

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VIDEO: The Wood Brothers | Static Session

07/29/14 | By | More
VIDEO: The Wood Brothers | Static Session

The Wood Brothers performed near Bridal Veil Falls during The Ride festival.

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VIDEO: Front Country – Static Session

07/17/14 | By | More
VIDEO: Front Country – Static Session

Front Country plays in Telluride.

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GARDENING IN THE HIGH DESERT

07/04/14 | By | More
GARDENING IN THE HIGH DESERT

Both weather- and water-wise, Cal Wilbourne’s and Martha Gearty’s Redvale retreat, elevation 5,900 ft., has its challenges.

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The Sheriff Goes Off…

06/10/14 | By | 27 More
The Sheriff Goes Off…

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters has posted a video from the location of a Telluride High School graduation party. The lesson for the kids: Mind your receipts.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | A Very Personal Soundtrack From 2001

05/05/14 | By | More

Dolly and Little Sparrow’s “Shine” to Pop Staples to “Please Be With Me”…

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School Board Report Calls For $22.8 Million Worth of District Improvements

04/25/14 | By | More
School Board Report Calls  For $22.8 Million Worth of District Improvements

Columbine Is the priority, board and staff agree.

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Telluride After the Great Recession

04/23/14 | By | More
Telluride After the Great Recession

To say that 2007 housing crash and subsequent financial crisis hit the region’s real estate markets hard is an understatement. Is the market coming back?

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City Gears Up for Montrose Earth Week

04/21/14 | By | More

The Montrose City Council has proclaimed Monday, April 21 through Saturday, April 26 Montrose Earth Week Wildlife and Habitat Conservation. Its theme is good stewardship of our wildlife population.

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Planning Commission Set to Review Zoning Amendments

04/21/14 | By | More

Language in the “prohibitive uses” section in the General Agricultural and General Residential districts could be removed if the commission agrees to amend that portion of the county’s zoning guidelines.

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Montrose Poised to Become a Gigabyte City

04/21/14 | By | More
Montrose Poised to Become a Gigabyte City

City voters approved Measure A earlier this month, giving city officials the right to provide broadband, cable, phone and other telecommunication services.

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Man’s Rampage Endangers Motorists, Officers Injured

04/18/14 | By | More
Man’s Rampage Endangers Motorists, Officers Injured

One witness said Trinidad was “trying to hit every passing car with the hammer.”w

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New Forest Service Policy Expands Summer Recreation in Telluride

04/18/14 | By | More

On Tuesday, the Forest Service announced that it has finalized its policy guidelines that open opportunities for ski areas to promote year-round recreation activities that are natural resource-based.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Assembling the ‘Scrapple’ Soundtrack

04/18/14 | By | More

Geoff Hanson writes about the making of the soundtrack of his 1996 film, ‘Scrapple,’ and reminisces about his early days with Taj Majal.

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BOCC Meeting Regarding Airport Fixed-Base Operator Will be Postponed

04/18/14 | By | More

In response to their constituents’ inquiries, the board wants to ensure adequate time for constituents to review the contract.

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NEW: Commissioner Henderson Admitted to Hospital

04/17/14 | By | More

Fr: Montrose County News Release
MONTROSE — This morning, Commissioner Ron Henderson was admitted to Montrose Memorial Hospital. He is being treated for a blockage.

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TELLURIDE TRUFFLE

04/17/14 | By | More
TELLURIDE TRUFFLE

Since 1997, Telluride Truffle has become a confectionary staple in Telluride. Piping hot cocoa, handcrafted truffles and irresistible ice cream sundaes are served year-round in Telluride, Mountain Village and Lawson Hill

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DOLA Grant Means Big Savings for Ridgway Taxpayers

04/17/14 | By | More

The Measure A ballot initiative to partially fund Ridgway’s long-awaited Streetscape project got a lot sweeter this week.

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Telluride Marks 100 Days of Retail Pot Sales

04/17/14 | By | More

Retail pot sales are still strong after the industry’s first 100 days, but some problems remain.

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Hobbs’ Contract Still In Limbo, Interim Superintendent Arrives Next Week

04/17/14 | By | More

The sub-context hung heavy in the room, following the ongoing saga surrounding the fate of Ridgway School District Superintendent Cheryl Gomez (who has resigned) and Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs

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Two Fires Sparked Near Norwood

04/17/14 | By | More

Norwood fire crews and the county sheriff’s office responded to two fires in Norwood on Saturday afternoon.

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Man Arrested for Town Park Assault

04/17/14 | By | More
Man Arrested for Town Park Assault

A stolen iPhone, a fight and an attack with a wrench leaves one man with a serious head wound and hospitalization.

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Winch Launch Glider Demo Lifts Off at Delta’s Blake Field this Saturday

04/17/14 | By | More

Flight instructor, pilot and winch launch gliding enthusiast Jim Pilkington of Ouray is at the helm of the event. He will be using a winch that he owns to launch fellow glider pilot Carl Keil into the air in a fiberglass Ventus glider.

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Bob Nicholson Appointed New Mayor of Montrose

04/17/14 | By | More
Bob Nicholson Appointed New Mayor of Montrose

Outgoing Mayor Judy Ann Files congratulated Nicholson before the councilors moved into their new seats on the bench.

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Attention Western Slope Caregivers

04/17/14 | By | More

Mark the date Tuesday, May 13, 2014 on your calendar.

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UPDATED: County to Ink Agreement for Second FBO

04/17/14 | By | More
UPDATED: County to Ink Agreement for Second FBO

The Montrose County Commissioners say that FAA Grant Assurance regulations are essentially making the decision that a second FBO will be approved at Montrose Regional Airport.

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Ouray County Grandstands Project Clears Budget Hurdles

04/17/14 | By | More

The agreement was made with the stipulation that to the degree possible, local subcontractors will have the opportunity to participate in the project.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Water Plan Process Gets Scrutiny in Gunnison County

04/17/14 | By | More

The next meeting of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable takes place Monday, June 2, at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose, and precedes a “State of the River” informational event.

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ELEVATED | Poetry, Jazz and a Walk on the Wild Side

04/17/14 | By | More

A jazz artist in Ridgway, a guided hike in Canyonlands, and a poet nominated for the Colorado Book Award, all in the arts this week.

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‘A Friend Is a Very Precious Gift!’

04/17/14 | By | More

I would like to thank the many friends who sent cards, best wishes and surprised me on my 99th birthday.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Gunnison Basin Plan Focuses on Value of Agricultural Water

04/16/14 | By | More

Current efforts to develop a Colorado Water Plan have been largely driven by a large projected gap between urban water needs and developed supplies, but Gunnison Basin water planners focus on the gap between agricultural needs and developed supplies.

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Hot Springs and Hot Music in Ouray and Ridgway This Summer

04/16/14 | By | More

Each week features a different genre of music, from indie to funk, and bluegrass to rock and blues. The bands are selected to appeal to all ages and to get the crowds dancing and enjoying the gorgeous summer evenings from 6-9 p.m.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Launches Summerfest Contest

04/16/14 | By | More

All contestants have to do is describe what flair they would bring to the campsite. It could be anything from sword-swallowing to storytelling to song-singing to fiddle playing to fixin’ a mean barbecue.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Council Embraces Proposed Revisions to RV Parking Regulations

04/16/14 | By | More

Ouray residents will now be permitted to park an RV less than 25 feet in length in front of their house on the city right-of-way for an unlimited amount of time.

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Wildfire Presentation Highlights Respect, Prevention, Preparedness

04/16/14 | By | More

April 17 ROCC event, titled Wildfire: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, features multi-media presentations from two experts in the field.

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‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ at the Sheridan Opera House May 2-4

04/16/14 | By | More

Showing at 6 p.m. each of those three nights, the show answers such questions as, “What do you call a lightning bolt that stretches ‘cross the sky? What do you call a lemon squirt that gets you in the eye?

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Senate-Wick Condominiums ‘Arrogant and Far Out of Scale’

04/14/14 | By | More

The building will tower over the cribs and ruin the historic neighborhood.

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NEW: Injured Climber Successfully Rescued From Black Canyon

04/14/14 | By | More

FR: Black Canyon of the Gunnsion National Park Press Release MONTROSE — The combined efforts of search and rescue teams from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National  Park, Ouray Mountain Rescue, West Elk Mountain Rescue, and Western State Mountain Rescue, resulted in a successful evacuation of an injured climber on Sunday, April 13. Rangers at […]

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Telski Finishes Healthy Ski Season

04/12/14 | By | More
Telski Finishes Healthy Ski Season

The ski season was a success for Telski, said its VP of sales and marketing, thanks to a healthy snowfall and new marketing effort.

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GOCO Awards $100K to Ridgway School Playground Renovation Project

04/12/14 | By | More

Phase One, to be built this summer, includes an inner pathway, bouldering wall, zip line, preschool play area, and outdoor classroom with shade sails, all with ADA-compliant access.

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Ruminations on Taj Majal and the Making of ‘Scrapple’

04/12/14 | By | More
ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | Ruminations on Taj Majal and the Making of ‘Scrapple’

It will be the subject of his next two editions of ‘One Step Ahead of the Blues,’ airing Wednesdays, April 17 and 24 on KOTO-FM radio, 3-5 p.m.

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Rec Center a Community Win

04/11/14 | By | More

Our community of Montrose won Tuesday night. The favorable vote for a new recreation (community) center shows what a group of dedicated and community minded citizens can do for our community.

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Kipori Woods Trades the ‘Big Easy’ for Montrose

04/10/14 | By | 53 More
Kipori Woods Trades the ‘Big Easy’ for Montrose

Word spreads quickly in Montrose when a new local musician steps into the scene with unprecedented chops and a charisma built upon his developing backstory.

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FROM THE LINKS | On the Golf Course, Try Hitting at 80 Percent

04/10/14 | By | More

When was the last time you hit a bad golf shot and said to yourself, “I tried to kill it!”

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‘Heartfelt Thanks’ to Everyone Who Voted for RAMP

04/10/14 | By | More

Ridgway Mayor John Clark says ‘Thanks’ to voters for passing RAMP – but be forewarned, “There will be many tough choices and challenges ahead.”

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John Pryor Takes Helm at LightHawk

04/10/14 | By | More

LightHawk works to change how we view the earth by leveraging a network of 200 volunteer pilots to donate more than 400 flights a year to to approximately 250 conservation groups for scientific research, aerial photography and educational tours.

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Ridgway School Board Takes Steps to Hire Interim Superintendent

04/10/14 | By | More

The festering controversy has taken its toll on the Ridgway School Board.

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Bottle Rocket Blasts Through Window, Lands in Couple’s Bed

04/10/14 | By | More

“Our initial reaction was screaming, obviously, when the glass shattered,” said Russell Clark, of the bottle rocket that crashed through his window early Monday morning, setting fire to the blinds.

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Accident Claims Life of Soldier Working in Montrose, Injuries Another

04/10/14 | By | More

An accident last Sunday that claimed the life of a National Guard soldier working in Montrose is being called a “tragic loss,” and the 947th Engineer Company stationed in Montrose is planning a memorial service.

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County Moves Forward With Envisioned Transit Authority

04/10/14 | By | More

In a unanimous vote, the San Miguel County Commissioners last week became the first local government to move forward with the creation of a regional transit authority.

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Inspiring a Generation of Healthy Eaters

04/10/14 | By | More
Inspiring a Generation of Healthy Eaters

It’s off to the state finals for the Telluride Grow Dome girls.

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State Hopes to Find Solution to Mule Deer Decline

04/10/14 | By | More
State Hopes to Find Solution to Mule Deer Decline

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is holding a series of seven public meetings around the state to develop a strategy that not only halts the current trend but increase mule deer population to the set objective.

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Rec District Moves Forward With CRC Design, Financing

04/10/14 | By | More
Rec District Moves Forward With CRC Design, Financing

The voters have spoken, and the Montrose Recreation District is moving forward in creating a citizen oversight committee for the project.

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ELEVATED | Alice, Susie and the Colorado Book Award

04/10/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Alice, Susie and the Colorado Book Award

Alice in Wonderland in Montrose, farewell to a local arts doyenne, and two authors from this region nominated for a Colorado Book Award, all in the arts this week.

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New Sewer Projects Keep City Constantly Updating

04/09/14 | By | More
New Sewer Projects Keep City Constantly Updating

Each year the City of Montrose spends $4,375,000 to maintain its water distribution and wastewater collection systems.

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RAISING ELLE | Simple Tasks at My Father’s Bed and Breakfast

04/09/14 | By | More

“Some of the apple should stick out just a little,” he said, treating the slippery slices with care. I rolled another, making sure to follow his instructions.

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WPL Announces New Director

04/08/14 | By | More

The Telluride library board hires the library’s Budget and Collections Coordinator as the new executive director.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | A Look Back at Old-School Irrigation Efficiency

04/08/14 | By | More

Remembering a time when the efficient ongoing use of the agricultural water rights ensured that those rights would not be abandoned.

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A New Era for the Knights of Pythias Building

04/08/14 | By | More
A New Era for the Knights of Pythias Building

History is the focus, as the 120-year-old Knights of Pythias building’s restoration enters its fourth month; the corner building next to the Fox Theater, where Budget Line Furniture was located for decades.

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Telluride Council Could Soon Change Marijuana Manufacturing Rules

04/07/14 | By | More

The production of hash oil and other concentrates pose a danger to Telluride, council said, but small-scale kitchens don’t.

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2014 MOUNTAINFILM | Have We Lost Our Wilderness?

04/07/14 | By | More
2014 MOUNTAINFILM | Have We Lost Our Wilderness?

Authors Douglas Brinkley and Jared Diamond are just two of the scheduled speakers for Telluride Mountainfilm’s Moving Mountains Symposium, on Friday, May 23.

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A New Era for the Knights of Pythias Building

04/07/14 | By | More
A New Era for the Knights of Pythias Building

History is the focus, as the 120-year-old Knights of Pythias building’s restoration enters its fourth month; the corner building next to the Fox Theater, where Budget Line Furniture was located for decades.

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NTSB releases preliminary report on Ridgway crash

04/04/14 | By | More

NTSB Press Release

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Ridgway Grad Launches West Africa Project

04/04/14 | By | More
Ridgway Grad Launches West Africa Project

Ridgway High School alum and movement-based educator Kelsey Fox Bennett has been invited to work with students at two schools in West Africa to offer education training to accelerate learning and healing.

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This April-May, It’s a Spring Youth Art Celebration

04/03/14 | By | More

Spring Youth Art exhibits will inject art lovers with color and imagination when they open during the town-wide Youth Art Walk at a number of galleries in Telluride, this Thursday, April 3, from 5-8 p.m.

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Thank You, Telluride Education Foundation (We-R1) and the Telluride School District

04/03/14 | By | More

On behalf of the Wilkinson Public Library I would like to thank the Telluride Education Foundation (We-R1) and the Telluride School District for their collaboration in bringing author Jeffrey Bennett to our community.

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Franti ‘Did It for the Love’

04/03/14 | By | More
Franti ‘Did It for the Love’

First thing Monday morning, after playing to a full Sheridan Opera House the night before, Michael Franti arrived at the Telluride Mountain School to play for the students and speak about his new foundation, Do It for the Love.

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Big Rotary Thanks

04/03/14 | By | More

The Telluride Rotary Club wishes to thank the community and our Telluride visitors for supporting the 11th annual Red Ball Express.

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Meet the Montrose Police

04/03/14 | By | More

“Coffee with the Cops” occurs the fourth Thursday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Great Harvest Bread Co. on Main Street.

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Thank You for Ridgway Reservoir Plane Crash Recovery Effort

04/03/14 | By | More

The Jimmy Hill family wishes to thank all of those who aided in the recovery of our beloved.

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | Rules Are Rules, Except When…

04/03/14 | By | More

Four Corners braves the conundrum of Telluride zoning rules.

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Change in Application Extends Four Corners Review

04/03/14 | By | More
Change in Application Extends Four Corners Review

The Telluride Town Council asks for more clarification before it will vote on a request for zoning waivers for the ambitious development project.

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R&R | Winter Music Season Ends on High Notes

04/03/14 | By | More
R&R | Winter Music Season Ends on High Notes

The slopes are closing, as are the music venues, but not before one last blowout week of shows.

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ELEVATED | Favorites Return

04/03/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Favorites Return

A jazz musician comes back to Ouray County, and a popular poetry contest returns too, all in the arts this week.

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Jonny Copp’s Dream Lives on in Adventure Film Festival

04/03/14 | By | More
Jonny Copp’s Dream Lives on in Adventure Film Festival

Along with films, the Adventure Film Festival will bring a host of speakers, activities and open discussions to Montrose April 4-6.

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Yes on B! Voters Approve Montrose Rec Center.

04/03/14 | By | More
Yes on B! Voters Approve Montrose Rec Center.

The proposed 0.3 percent city sales tax increase to build a community recreation center in Montrose received 52 percent of the vote versus 47 percent against it.

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R&R | Edward Sharpe and Spoon Set To Headline The Ride Festival in 2014

04/02/14 | By | More

Performances by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Spoon, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joan Osborne, Lucero, The Hold Steady, Vintage Trouble, Rival Sons, Delta Rae, The Wood Brothers and many others.

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Measure A Passes by Large Margin in Ridgway

04/01/14 | By | More

Ridgway’s Measure A asked voters to increase town property taxes by $160,000 annually to help finance the town’s $2 million cash match obligation for a $10.5 million grant.

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Blotter: Underage party leads to juveniles cited for marijuana

04/01/14 | By | More

Blotter: Underage party leads to juveniles cited for marijuana

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Colorado Senate Passes Small Hydro Legislation

03/31/14 | By | More

The bill complements last year’s streamlining of permitting requirements for small hydro at the federal level.

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Montrose School District Budget Comes Into Focus

03/31/14 | By | More

Until state lawmakers in Denver figure out how much to reduce the “negative factor,” Montrose County RE-1J educators are using an educated guess for the amount of new revenue to be used in the 2014-2015 budget.

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Mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill Gives Everest-Lhotse Presentation for dZi Foundation

03/31/14 | By | More
Mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill Gives Everest-Lhotse Presentation for dZi Foundation

The event is a fundraiser for the dZi Foundation, and will conclude with a brief presentation from dZi Executive Director Mark Rikkers on “Deep Development in Nepal.”

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Ouray County Commissioner Mike Fedel Will Not Seek Re-Election

03/31/14 | By | More

The announcement was made at the Ouray County Republican Assembly on Tuesday, March 25, according to party chair Susan Watson.

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Ambassador Thomas Graham Addresses Telluride

03/30/14 | By | More
Ambassador Thomas Graham Addresses Telluride

Telluride hosted Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. discussed nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear energy at a specially convened meeting Thursday.

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Mayfield Decides to Go For Another Four

03/28/14 | By | More

Susie Mayfield has announced that she will throw her hat into the ring again and run for her fourth term as Ouray County Assessor in the upcoming 2014 election.

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ELEVATED | Dances with Death, Nature and the Strange

03/28/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Dances with Death, Nature and the Strange

Visiting poet in Ridgway and poetry plus Burlesque in Telluride, all in the arts this week.

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Get Ready for Imogene

03/28/14 | By | More
Get Ready for Imogene

If you are considering running the Imogene Pass Run this year, any running event or simply want to get in shape and improve your health and life, I highly recommend Jill Burchmore’s running training program.

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Ridgway School Board ‘Dysfunctional’

Ridgway School Board ‘Dysfunctional’

Not a single person presented any reason for not extending the principal’s contract.

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‘Watch’ Marijuana Figures Misleading?

03/28/14 | By | More

I don’t understand how you can argue that the offenses so far this year are “in line with” or are close to last year’s figures.

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National Service Recognition Day

National Service Recognition Day

Editor: Service to others is a hallmark of the American character and central to how communities meet their challenges and, increasingly, the nation’s mayors are turning to national service programs like AmeriCorps and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet community needs. AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers increase the impact of the organizations they serve, both through […]

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Thank You Village Market

Thank You Village Market

On behalf of Wilkinson Public Library I would like to thank the Telluride Village Market for donating all of the fixings for a St. Patrick’s Day “Kid’s Cook” program at the library.

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‘Sock It’ to Cancer

03/28/14 | By | More
‘Sock It’ to Cancer

In memory of this courageous local woman, the surviving family and friends of Angie are encouraging the community’s participation in the “Sock it to Cancer”

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Fate of Pandora Mill Unknown

03/28/14 | By | More
Fate of Pandora Mill Unknown

The San Miguel Board of County Commissioners expressed a desire to preserve the historic structure at their meeting last Wednesday, March 19. Just how to preserve it is not yet clear.

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Celebrate Ski Town Culture at Scrapple Fest

03/28/14 | By | More
Celebrate Ski Town Culture at Scrapple Fest

Now comes Scrapple Fest, a 1970s-and-80s-themed costume party, complete with a pig roast, a pig chase (mimicking a pivotal scene in the film) and finally, at 8 p.m., a 35 mm screening of the film in the Palm Theater.

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Plane, Victims Retrieved From Ridgway Reservoir

03/28/14 | By | More
Plane, Victims Retrieved From Ridgway Reservoir

Representatives from the aircraft company and the salvage team are now preparing the plane wreckage for transport to Greeley, where the investigation will be headquartered.

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Five Perish in Plane Crash at Ridgway State Park

03/27/14 | By | More

A spring break trip was cut tragically short for five travelers from Gadsden, Ala., Saturday, March 22, when the small private plane they were traveling in crashed into Ridgway Reservoir on its final approach to Montrose Regional Airport.

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Eliot Muckerman: A Bright Light, Dimmed

03/27/14 | By | 73 More
Eliot Muckerman: A Bright Light, Dimmed

A picture of an irreplaceable fixture in the Telluride community emerged, as one close friend after another took the microphone to remember Eliot Muckerman at a ceremony on Saturday.

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65 Years Under the Stars

03/27/14 | By | More
65 Years Under the Stars

The Star Drive-In Movie Theater celebrates its survival – and its transition to digital.

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OBITUARY | Former Telluride Resident Retta Mae Vela Dies at 108

03/27/14 | By | More

Retta Mae Vela dies at 108; Operated Telluride Bowling Lanes in the 1950s on the corner of Fir Street and Colorado Avenue.

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UPDATED: Administrative Shake-Up Looms at Ridgway School District

03/27/14 | By | More
UPDATED: Administrative Shake-Up Looms at Ridgway School District

Although no decisions were made, it appears that Superintendent Cheryl Gomez is on her way out, and Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs will be staying.

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At Long Last, USGS Officially Names Bridal Peak

03/27/14 | By | More

After a nine-month campaign, Jeff Burch championed an official naming of Bridal Peak.

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Ridgway Plane Recovery Could Resemble 2001 Blue Mesa Crash

03/27/14 | By | More

Divers will descend to the aircraft, get a point of reference while stabilizing themselves and then coordinate with the surface where to place lines around the plane.

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RISK AVERSE | Get High, Get a DUI?

03/27/14 | By | More
RISK AVERSE | Get High, Get a DUI?

Colorado won’t judge you, nor will it take your opinion of just how great your driving abilities are when you’re stoned.

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R&R | Dynohunter and SunSquabi Keep Colorado Electronic Music Alive

03/27/14 | By | More
R&R | Dynohunter and SunSquabi Keep Colorado Electronic Music Alive

Live electronica in the club and reggae bands on the mountain this week.

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THE BIG BURRITO

03/27/14 | By | More
THE BIG BURRITO

Dan and Michele Pilon have set up and opened their Big Burrito food cart on the edge of east Main Street.

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Ouray Ice Park Wraps Up Successful Season This Weekend

03/27/14 | By | More
Ouray Ice Park Wraps Up Successful Season This Weekend

Ice climbing in Ouray winds down this weekend with the pending closure of the Ouray Ice Park for the season. The last day of climbing in the park is Sunday, March 30.

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TSSC’s McCargo, Rowley Take Top Honors at Junior Worlds

03/27/14 | By | More
TSSC’s McCargo, Rowley Take Top Honors at Junior Worlds

“It’s great… to see these young athletes rise to the occasion and see the future of the team in front of our eyes.”

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P&Z OKs Waiver Request for Four Corners

03/27/14 | By | More
P&Z OKs Waiver Request for Four Corners

Telluride’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of general waivers on a project that could dramatically reshape central Telluride.

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Oprah Buys $10.85 Million Land Parcel in Mountain Village

03/27/14 | By | More

She’s back! Oprah WInfrey has returned to Telluride, buying two lots, totaling 60 acres, making it the largest single property in Mountain Village.

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Telluride Blues & Brews Announces First Round of Artists Including George Clinton and Violent Femmes

03/26/14 | By | More

Additional artists include Anders Osborne, Robert Cray, Black Joe Lewis, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Shakey Graves, Dumpstaphunk, and Kipori Woods.

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Wright Opera House Renovation Plows Ahead

03/26/14 | By | More
Wright Opera House Renovation Plows Ahead

The theater has been closed for construction since early February and is slated to re-open in mid-May.

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Ag Water Through Tunnel to Return in Early April

03/26/14 | By | More
Ag Water Through Tunnel to Return in Early April

The 105-year-old tunnel will begin delivering water diverted from the Gunnison River in the first week in April, according to UVWUA manager Steve Fletcher.

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TIPS FROM THE PROS | Skiing With Your Kids

03/26/14 | By | More

Over-terraining your kids can happen in every level of skiing. Here a few tips that might help you make the right decision.

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Ouray Native Ben Tisdel Announces for District 2 Seat

03/26/14 | By | 86 More
Ouray Native Ben Tisdel Announces for District 2 Seat

Tisdel will run as an unaffiliated candidate.

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KOTO Special Election Delayed Indefinitely, Board Says

03/26/14 | By | More

The special election for five KOTO board seats will not happen, said its Board President and Directors.

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Montrose County Purchases Gravel Pit to House Road and Bridge Dept.

03/26/14 | By | More

The commissioners unanimously agreed to purchase the property for $650,000 on Monday.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | The Positive Impact of Volunteerism

In the last minute of STS9’s Peaceblaster album, an unidentified young woman’s speech is featured, in which she states, “There is only hope through action. No one changed the world by sitting on their couch wishing that someone would do something…stop hoping for action and be action.” This simple, almost random excerpt interjected at the […]

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Violent Femmes, George Clinton Headline 2014 Blues and Brews Festival

03/25/14 | By | More

Additional artists include the renowned Lee Fields and the Expressions, Shakey Graves, Dumpstaphunk, and Kipori Woods.

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Streetscape Project Hangs in the Balance in Ridgway’s Looming Municipal Election

03/25/14 | By | More

Early/absentee voting is underway for the Town of Ridgway’s municipal election on Tuesday, April 1, at which the fate of funding for the proposed Streetscape project will be determined.

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Stricter Performance Reviews Enacted in Montrose Schools

03/25/14 | By | More

The new system is based in part on student performance and test scores, and allows for the dismissal of tenured teachers when performance is low and or for other reasons.

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Commissioners, City Council to Discuss Safety Sales Tax

03/25/14 | By | More

The city intends to request monetary support for the increased costs in what the city must pay to operate the Regional 911 Dispatch Center.

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Judge Reverses Brian Ahern Assault Conviction

03/25/14 | By | More
Judge Reverses Brian Ahern Assault Conviction

Colorado Democratic Party’s 7th Judicial District Chair Brian Ahern argued that the trial judge denied his right to confront the witnesses against him by excessively limiting cross-examination.

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Ridgway plane to be salvaged Thursday, high winds and thunderstorms in forecast

03/25/14 | By | More

RIDGWAY — Ouray County officials said today that they expect salvage contractors to arrive at the Ridgway Reservoir this evening and tomorrow to plan recovery actions Thursday to remove the downed aircraft. They also said they are aware of new weather advisories forecasting high winds and thunderstorms over the area beginning Wednesday. The National Weather […]

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UPDATED: Recovery of Downed Plane and Victims to Resume Wednesday

03/24/14 | By | More
UPDATED: Recovery of Downed Plane and Victims to Resume Wednesday

No indications of what caused Saturday’s crash; eyewitnesses’ statements consistent.

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Victims in Saturday Crash ID’d by Hometown Paper

03/24/14 | By | More

Tributes began appearing early Sunday morning among friends of pilot Jimmy Hill and passengers Katrina Barksdale, her two sons Kobe and Xander, and a cousin, Seth McDuffie.

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On Broken Foot, Paralympic Snowboarder Heidi Duce Rides to 5th in Sochi

03/24/14 | By | More

For Duce, the 5th place finish (just behind teammate Cristina Albert) left her “a little less than stoked.” But considering that she was racing on a broken foot, her placement was amazing.

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Women’s Forum Launches New Series With ‘Sex in the Box Canyon’ Discussion

03/24/14 | By | More
Women’s Forum Launches New Series With ‘Sex in the Box Canyon’ Discussion

“This could get messy,” warned Olivia St. Claire, pulling a frosted chocolate donut out of her bag, and offering a scandalous suggestion about what to do with it (and a man) in bed.

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Montrose Hosts Internationally Acclaimed Adventure Film Festival

03/24/14 | By | More
Montrose Hosts Internationally Acclaimed Adventure Film Festival

Montrose joins forces with climbing capitals – including Chamonix, France; Santiago, Chile; Sydney, Australia; and Asheville, N.C. – to host the internationally acclaimed Adventure Film Festival, April 4-6.

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Divers Locate Five Bodies Within Plane Crash Wreckage

03/24/14 | By | More
Divers Locate Five Bodies Within Plane Crash Wreckage

Due to the extensive damage and orientation of the plane, the divers were not able to recover the victims’ bodies, which will remain within the wreckage until it can be safely brought to shore.

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Not So “Great” Lakes

03/24/14 | By | More

So, as some readers may recall, over the years I have been critical of and have written about problems related to Telluride Regional Airport (TEX).

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Buy a CORSAR Card

03/23/14 | By | More

On behalf of the local search and rescue teams of the San Juans, I am writing to encourage all residents and visitors that participate in any kind of outdoor recreation to purchase a Colorado Search and Rescue (CORSAR) Card.

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‘Pilot Shortage’ Myth

03/22/14 | By | More

The “pilot shortage” referred to on the March 13 front page article is a myth. It is merely a talking point of the Airlines for America (A4A) and has no basis in reality.

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Cosmo’s Chad Scothorn Takes Center Stage in Estes Park

03/21/14 | By | More

Thanks to a new culinary series at the famed Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., Scothorn will get to share his work in a new dining room on March 21 and 22.

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Second Chance Wine and Whiskers Struts Into Town

03/21/14 | By | More

Second Chance Wine and Whiskers, the nonprofit’s primary fundraiser of the year, raises raising upwards of $40,000 annually toward operating expenses at its animal shelter at Angel Ridge Ranch.

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Celebrate Gus Kenworthy on Main Street this Friday

03/20/14 | By | More
Celebrate Gus Kenworthy on Main Street this Friday

Yes, he will have his puppies Mama, Jake and Rosa that he adopted in Sochi with him during the celebration.

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KOTO Appoints Jerry Greene to Board

03/20/14 | By | More

The KOTO board unanimously appointed the longtime Telluride resident and KOTO co-founder to fill a board seat vacated by Liz Salem, who resigned in January.

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Service Saturday for Eliot Muckerman

03/20/14 | By | More
Service Saturday for Eliot Muckerman

Join family and friends for an informal community gathering in honor of Muckerman on Saturday, March 22, from 5-7p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House.

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OBITUARY | Jaime Nicole Scoville

03/20/14 | By | 46 More
OBITUARY | Jaime Nicole Scoville

A memorial service to celebrate Jaime’s life will be held in Ridgway Town Park on Thursday, March 20 at 2 p.m. Please bring a chair and dress warmly.

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Norwood Man Injured in Avalanche Near Ophir

03/20/14 | By | More
Norwood Man Injured in Avalanche Near Ophir

An Ophir slide caught and injured a skier, who then slid 1,400 vertical feet, fracturing his femur, according to a San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office press release.

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Lady Mavericks Win 1A State Championship

03/20/14 | By | More
Lady Mavericks Win 1A State Championship

The Mavericks pulled out a grueling 38-34 victory over Caliche High School on Saturday, March 15 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo.

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R&R | British Reggae Legends Steel Pulse Wrap Up Winter Music Series

03/20/14 | By | More
R&R | British Reggae Legends Steel Pulse Wrap Up Winter Music Series

Core members David Hinds and Selwyn Brown are set to bring the entire ensemble to the Telluride Conference Center tonight at 9 p.m. as part of the Winter Music Series presented by the Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Ski Resort.

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Gary Wright Memorial Free Skin Check Will Return

03/20/14 | By | More

Apologies to all awaiting the third annual Gary Wright Memorial Free Skin Check.

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Moradas of the Southwest

03/20/14 | By | More

Does anyone in this area have a picture of the Montrose Morada? Would you consider loaning me this picture or have a copy that I could present to the City of Montrose for the purpose of naming this park?

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So Far in 2014, Marijuana Offenses in Line With Last Year’s Figures

03/20/14 | By | More

From January through March 2013, there were 13 documented offenses relating to the drug; seven of those cases involved minors. So far in 2014, there have been 17 cases involving marijuana, six of them linked to minors.

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Telluride Collects More Than $20K in January Pot Sales

03/20/14 | By | More

The State of Colorado released its initial revenue figures for retail marijuana sold in January. Telluride saw considerable revenues from the new commerce.

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ELEVATED | At the Palm: ‘War Horse’ and ‘Brooklyn Castle’

03/20/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | At the Palm:  ‘War Horse’ and ‘Brooklyn Castle’

War Horse, Brooklyn Castle and farm-to-table delights, all in the arts this week.

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OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Baskfield, Peters Appointed to Fill Planning Commission Vacancies

03/19/14 | By | More
OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Baskfield, Peters Appointed to Fill Planning Commission Vacancies

County Commissioner Mike Fedel moved to appoint Baskfield and Peters after a lengthy interview process that also included applicants Sheelagh Williams and John Mitchell of Ridgway

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New Testing Begins Shift to All-Digital Assessments

03/19/14 | By | More

Montrose School District moving from national TCAP to Colorado-developed CMAS.

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Tipton’s Hermosa Creek Legislation Advances in House

03/18/14 | By | More
Tipton’s Hermosa Creek Legislation Advances in House

The legislation seeks to protect the Hermosa Creek Watershed – a 108,000 acre area in the San Juan National Forest between Durango and Silverton – by designating 38,000 acres of new Wilderness.

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Long-term Investigation Leads to Extensive Meth Bust

03/18/14 | By | More
Long-term Investigation Leads to Extensive Meth Bust

The Drug Trafficking Organization had confirmed connections to Las Vegas, California and into high level Mexican drug cartel subjects.

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MHS Student Creates Initiative to Get Teens to Vote

03/17/14 | By | More
MHS Student Creates Initiative to Get Teens to Vote

By the end of the day Thursday, with support from Montrose High School staffers and representatives from the League of Women Voters, he signed up more than 50 students.

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Search Is on for Telluride Medical Center Site

03/17/14 | By | More
Search Is on for Telluride Medical Center Site

The Telluride Medical Center, long in need of a new, larger facility, will begin its search in earnest next week.

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Film Commissioner Touts Fledgling Incentive Program

03/17/14 | By | More

Colorado has been attracting more and more film and television projects over the past two years, thanks to its fledgling film incentive program, created through the passage of House Bill 1286 in 2012.

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REPORT: Hypothermia ruled cause of woman’s death

03/17/14 | By | More

MONTROSE — Jodie Anne Valerio, the 47-year-old missing person who was found deceased by Montrose County Sheriff’s Office in the Sawmill Mesa area of the Uncompahgre Plateau last week, died of hypothermia.

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TIPS FROM THE PROS | Don’t Be Square

03/17/14 | By | More

Most skiers end their turns out of balance, in the “backseat,” bracing against the outside ski.

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City Interviewing Two for Golf Position at Black Canyon

03/17/14 | By | More
City Interviewing Two for Golf Position at Black Canyon

After further review of budget expenditures, and recognizing the need for an experienced golf course manager, City Manager Bill Bell said the city carved out an annual salary of $30,000 to $35,000 for a professional.

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Hospital Trustees Begin Anew, Headed in New Direction

03/17/14 | By | More

While there were few substantial decisions made at Tuesday’s meeting, the trustees indicated they intended to perform their duties as a board in a different manner than the previous boards have in the past.

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Regional Transit Service Survey Pitched for Montrose, Telluride

03/17/14 | By | More

Montrose city staff are preparing to go before councils in Telluride and Mountain Village with a proposal to provide the region with a reliable cost-effective public transit system.

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Telluride Fire Festival Gets Nod From Council

03/17/14 | By | More

Festival organizers Chris Myers, a former councilor, and Erin Ries, hope to bring art installations, “art cars,” and fire performers employing controlled and creative uses of fire.

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Opening Night Audience Spellbound By ‘A Few Good Men’

03/15/14 | By | More
Opening Night Audience Spellbound By ‘A Few Good Men’

The intense courtroom drama, familiar to those who saw the 1992 film starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson, takes on fresh life and new immediacy in the stage version now playing in Montrose.

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Paralympic Snowboarder Heidi Jo Duce Takes 5th in Sochi

03/14/14 | By | More
Paralympic Snowboarder Heidi Jo Duce Takes 5th in Sochi

But three rounds of brutal competition on an icy course at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center sent many contenders crashing spectacularly or (in Duce’s case) slipping out-of-bounds.

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Two Bear Creek Access Gates Now Open

03/14/14 | By | More
Two Bear Creek Access Gates Now Open

Due to their proximity to private property, some gates will not return but two access gates are now open.

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Telluride Loses Mark Buchsieb

03/13/14 | By | More
Telluride Loses Mark Buchsieb

‘He Was the Voice of the Town,’ Says Mayor Stu Fraser

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The Patagonia Report: Fly Fishing Argentina

03/13/14 | By | More
The Patagonia Report: Fly Fishing Argentina

In early January, 2014, John Duncan led a Telluride Outside fly fishing trip to Northern Patagonia.

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New Hotel Proposed for East End of Main Street

03/13/14 | By | More
New Hotel Proposed for East End of Main Street

The proposed Hotel Ajax would bring a new full-service hotel to Telluride, helping meet a longstanding town goal of adding hot beds.

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ELEVATED | Childs, Ririe-Woodbury and ‘Urinetown’

03/13/14 | By | More

Author Craig Childs in Ridgway, dance troupe in Ouray and Montrose, and Urinetown in Telluride, all in the arts this week.

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R&R | Pigeons, New Orleans Suspects and Nershi with the McCourys

03/13/14 | By | More
R&R | Pigeons, New Orleans Suspects and Nershi with the McCourys

March heats up with in more ways than one. Find out who is playing around town this week.

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Body Recovered From the Uncompahgre Plateau Identified

03/13/14 | By | More
Body Recovered From the Uncompahgre Plateau Identified

Body Recovered From the Uncompahgre Plateau Identified

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OBT More Than ‘Just A Funding Source’

03/13/14 | By | More
OBT More Than ‘Just A Funding Source’

With an eye to sales, city ups budget for partnering in creation and promotion of special events.

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‘Global Concerns’ About Marijuana Cultivation

03/13/14 | By | More

I am writing in response to the [San Miguel County Board of Commissioners’] approval of marijuana cultivation on Wright’s Mesa. As a member of the global community I have some serious concerns that perhaps you could address.

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Ouray Wins Battle to Have Its Water Rights Re-Tabulated

03/13/14 | By | More

The decision hinged on the timing of the state’s historic adjudications of water rights in the late 1800s.

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PESCADO

03/13/14 | By | More
PESCADO

What stole the show was Pitt’s yellowtail sashimi, topped with a thin slice of jalapeño sitting in a layer of ponzu. Each slice is butter-soft, with a spicy underpinning from that pepper.

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Effects of Pilot Shortage Hits Nation’s Regional Airports

03/13/14 | By | More

Denver flights to Telluride will be suspended from April to June.

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BREAKING: Body Recovered from Uncompahgre Plateau

03/12/14 | By | More

Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap reports that a women’s body was recovered from Sawmill Mesa area of the Uncompahgre Plateau.

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Body Recovered From Uncompahgre Plateau

03/12/14 | By | More

Identification is pending an investigation by Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield.

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Councilors: Vote Yes to Make Montrose a Gigabyte City

03/12/14 | By | More
Councilors: Vote Yes to Make Montrose a Gigabyte City

On Tuesday, council urged voters to approve Measure A in April, which will re-establish the city’s right to provide telecommunication services and broadband infrastructure.

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Telluride Tourism Sees Growth in 2013

03/12/14 | By | More
Telluride Tourism Sees Growth in 2013

Airline passengers, skier visits and tourism revenues are up compared to last year, according to the ski resort, flight alliance and tourism board.

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Pinhead Institute Executive Director to Step Down

03/12/14 | By | More
Pinhead Institute Executive Director to Step Down

“It has been an incredible learning experience; I have met some of the most brilliant and incredible people, and have loved so many moments with this organization,” said Pinhead Institute’s Sonchia Jilek, who has resigned as executive.

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RAISING ELLE | Parenting Brings Memories Good and Bad to the Fore

03/12/14 | By | More

Martinique Davis wonders, of a troubling time in childhood, “if it’s fair for me to continue to keep these snapshots of my existence hidden from my children?”

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Norwood Boys and Girls Off to State Tournament

03/12/14 | By | More
Norwood Boys and Girls Off to State Tournament

The Norwood High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams compete for the State Championships on Thursday; it’s the girls’ fourth consecutive visit, and the boys’ third.

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Black Canyon Tourism Brings in Big Bucks

03/10/14 | By | More
Black Canyon Tourism Brings in Big Bucks

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park drew 192,500 visitors to its painted walls in 2012; they dropped roughly $11 million in tourism revenues.

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House Dems Shoot Down County Election Bill

03/10/14 | By | More

SB84 would have given Colorado voters residing in counties with a population 70,000 or less the power to elect their county commissioners by local districts.

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SKI TIPS | Skiing Outside the Box

03/10/14 | By | More

What separates the advanced skier from the expert skier?

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Man killed in Saturday crash identified

03/10/14 | By | More

According to the Montrose County Coroner’s Office, Michael Alan Wagner, 49, of Fridley, Minn., died of multiple traumatic injuries suffered in a two vehicle motor vehicle collision south of Montrose.

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