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Archive > February 2014

Don’t Kid Yourself

Don’t Kid Yourself

Editor: I wonder if your readers, who freak out at the word ‘tax,’ realize that 0.3 percent equals .30 cents on $100?  I’ll bet they spend that much on snacks every day. Thirty cents doesn’t seem like much of an investment for the return Montrose will reap with a state-of-the-art recreation center. The MRD Board […]

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TIPS FROM THE PROS | Snowboarding Black Diamond Telluride Bumps

02/17/14 | By | More
TIPS FROM THE PROS | Snowboarding Black Diamond Telluride Bumps

Many people think snowboard lessons are only needed to learn the basics.  While the fundamental movements do not change from the beginner to the advanced lesson, how to ride with a full range of movement in all the planes (twisting, vertical, longitudinal, and lateral) is not something that comes intuitively to many.  When riding bumps, […]

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Archaeologist Discusses Ute Rock Art Motifs at ROCC Talk

02/17/14 | By | More
Archaeologist Discusses Ute Rock Art Motifs at ROCC Talk

RIDGWAY – Ancestral Ute Indians, who inhabited west central Colorado for centuries, left extraordinary records of their lives on rock faces throughout the region. Montrose Archaeologist Carol Patterson, Ph D., will share her research on those rock art motifs at the next ROCC Talk, Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Ridgway Town Hall. Patterson’s talk, “Messages […]

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Five Vie for Ouray Planning Commission Vacancy

02/17/14 | By | More
Five Vie for Ouray Planning Commission Vacancy

OURAY – The City of Ouray has received five letters of interest from Ouray residents who are interested in filling a pending vacancy on the Ouray Planning Commission that will be created when longtime commission chair Bud Zanett steps down in March. The Ouray City Council will appoint a new planning commissioner to take Zanett’s […]

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Kenworthy Stranded – With Pups – in Russia

Kenworthy Stranded – With Pups – in Russia

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R&R | El Ten Eleven Drops New EP Before Starting Colorado Tour

02/17/14 | By | More
R&R | El Ten Eleven Drops New EP Before Starting Colorado Tour

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Congress Must Act Now to Save PILT

02/17/14 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Congress Must Act Now to Save PILT

Colorado’s mountains, rivers and open spaces form the very foundation of our way of life in the Centennial State. I know I am not alone in treasuring the experience of hiking in the San Juan National Forest and summiting Mount Sneffels and Mount Wilson. These uniquely Colorado experiences show why “Colorado” is more than just […]

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Dennis McNeil at St. Pat’s Monday, Feb. 17

02/17/14 | By | More
Dennis McNeil at St. Pat’s Monday, Feb. 17

Tenor Returns to Telluride TELLURIDE – On Monday, Feb. 17, international recording artist Dennis McNeil returns to Telluride for his fifth annual St. Patrick Catholic Church’s Serenade. This time he comes almost directly from performing for members of the U.S. Supreme Court and special guests at a dinner hosted by retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. McNeil, […]

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UPDATED: Victims of Three Killed in Plane Crash Near Telluride Identified

02/17/14 | By | More
UPDATED:  Victims of Three Killed in Plane Crash Near Telluride Identified

Small Plane Crashes Shortly After Takeoff; No Survivors TELLURIDE – Three Arizona residents died when their plane crashed Sunday morning after departing Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) at 11:20 a.m. for Cortez. The wreckage was found Sunday afternoon, reported San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters. The victims are identified as Sherry and Sherman Anderson, 57 and […]

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Free Fuel?

Free Fuel?

Editor: Come on Ouray, free fuel to someone who chooses to drive to town in an electric car? Please, say it ain’t so. People have the right to chose their own way into town, but I take exception that someone in an electric car gets a free fill up.  If the city wants to set […]

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Back Narrows Inn – Norwood’s “Living Museum” – Is Open for Business

02/16/14 | By | More
Back Narrows Inn – Norwood’s “Living Museum” – Is Open for Business

NORWOOD – If you’re traveling through Norwood, and would like to see a bit of living history, look no further than the Back Narrows Inn. Built in 1898, it is one of the town’s oldest structures still in use, according to owner Logan Tease, and served as lodging for miners, ranchers and cowboys more than […]

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Telluride Community Discusses Pool Design

02/16/14 | By | More
Telluride Community Discusses Pool Design

TELLURIDE — By hosting a public meeting featuring designs and opportunities to hear public input, the Town of Telluride inched closer last week to its goal of constructing a new community pool in Town Park. If the planning and construction phases go smoothly, the pool, shower and restroom facility could be completed as early as […]

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Let’s Not Betray Our Beautiful Ouray

Let’s Not Betray Our Beautiful Ouray

Editor: While I was sitting in the lobby of the Ouray Hot Springs one evening, several young people came in to register. The smell of marijuana was as prevalent as if they had been in a closed car. My first thought was a prayer, “Oh God please protect our city from this curse.” We are […]

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VIR Work Session Ducks Contentious Issues, Plucks ‘Low Hanging Fruit’

02/16/14 | By | More
VIR Work Session Ducks Contentious Issues, Plucks ‘Low Hanging Fruit’

OURAY COUNTY – The Ouray Board of County Commissioners took some small steps last week toward refining Section 9 of the county’s Land Use Code pertaining to Visual Impact Regulations. During a work session on Thursday, Feb. 6, commissioners worked section by section through the first third of a staff-generated revision document of Section 9.  […]

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Harry Kearney Takes Gold at Mt. Baker

02/16/14 | By | More
Harry Kearney Takes Gold at Mt. Baker

TELLURIDE – Norwood snowboarder Harry Kearney soared back to the top of the finish line at the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom this year, with a first place finish in the Pro Men category at 1:43:35. It marks the second time Kearney has snagged top honors at Mt. Baker, which he first won in 2011 […]

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Knight, Rummel’s ‘DamNation’ to Premiere at SXSW

02/16/14 | By | More
Knight, Rummel’s ‘DamNation’ to Premiere at SXSW

TELLURIDE – When Telluride filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel head to Austin, Tex., next month, DamNation, the culmination of three years of research, shooting, editing and just plain hard work will be showcased in the world premiere of their documentary at South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the biggest and innovative film, music and […]

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ALERT: “Large boulders the size of a person” fall onto HWY 62 MM7

ALERT: “Large boulders the size of a person” fall onto HWY 62 MM7

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R&R | West Water Outlaws Out to Prove Rock ‘n’ Roll Lives

02/15/14 | By | More
R&R | West Water Outlaws Out to Prove Rock ‘n’ Roll Lives

TELLURIDE – Forget what you may have heard. Rock ‘n roll is alive and well, being righteously personified by Boulder’s own West Water Outlaws. A sum of their heavy, distorted guitar riffs, thumping bass, wide open drums, and Blake Rooker’s vocals reminiscent of yesteryear greatness that defined heavy rock, the Outlaws are Colorado’s answer to […]

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Shareholders Approve Golf Course Buyout

02/14/14 | By | More
Shareholders Approve Golf Course Buyout

MONTROSE – A long chapter in the history of the Black Canyon Golf Club officially came to an end Friday night with the majority of Montrose Land Company shareholders approving a $675,000 buyout from the city. The city will assume operations of the golf course, for municipal use. In a 30-minute meeting of MLC shareholders […]

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CAVALLO’S

02/14/14 | By | More
CAVALLO’S

Cavallo’s switched things up to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursdays through Mondays. Those of us who have become addicted to breakfast, brunch and lunch offerings will be pleased to know that nothing has changed on that front.

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Severe Accident Injures Three In Montrose Last Night

Severe Accident Injures Three In Montrose Last Night

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Telluride Clinic Sees Jump in Pot-Related ER Visits

02/13/14 | By | More
Telluride Clinic Sees Jump in Pot-Related ER Visits

TELLURIDE – Marijuana-related emergency room visits are on the rise in Telluride, according to Telluride Medical Center emergency room physician Daniel Hehir, MD. The spike in patients visiting the medical center due to over-consuming marijuana coincides with the recent opening of retail marijuana shops in Telluride, allowing anyone over 21 to purchase and consume the […]

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Trustees Reorganize, Fire Attorney, Take County Office Space

02/13/14 | By | More
Trustees Reorganize, Fire Attorney, Take County Office Space

MONTROSE – Following last week’s move by the Montrose County Commissioners to remove three volunteers from the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, the remaining trustees held a special meeting on Monday where new officers were appointed, the board’s attorney, David Masters was fired, and Trustee Richard Harding was reseated with the board. Trustees J. […]

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Axel Charrette Day Celebrates Life of Free-Spirited Toddler

02/13/14 | By | More
Axel Charrette Day Celebrates Life of Free-Spirited Toddler

RIDGWAY – Community members are invited to gather at the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park at noon this Saturday, Feb. 15 to celebrate Axel Charrette Day, and to dedicate a plaque in honor of Axel’s life.  Festivities will take place at the Axel Loop trailhead, named for the Ridgway toddler who was murdered in Mexico last […]

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Kenworthy Grabs Silver in U.S. Podium Sweep

02/13/14 | By | More
Kenworthy Grabs Silver in U.S. Podium Sweep

TELLURIDE – Gus Kenworthy was part of a U.S. podium sweep in the men’s slopestyle skiing competition In the sport’s Olympic debut Thursday in Sochi, winning the silver medal. He took the podium early Thursday, alongside his close friends and teammates Joss Christensen, who took the gold medal, and Nick Goepper, who took the bronze […]

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School Board Approves November Tax Proposal

02/13/14 | By | More
School Board Approves November Tax Proposal

Meanwhile, Rec District Tax Question Heads to April Ballot MONTROSE — Montrose voters will consider two potential tax increases this year. One was put on the ballot by the Montrose School District RE-1J on Tuesday and seeks a November property tax to fund classroom improvements. The other, from the Montrose Recreation District, seeks a sales […]

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‘Ruby Gravity Attack’ Tested Mettle of CDOT Crews, Local Economies

02/13/14 | By | More
‘Ruby Gravity Attack’ Tested Mettle of CDOT Crews, Local Economies

WESTERN SAN JUANS – A month after a huge rockslide shut down U.S. 550/ Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton, the highway has finally completely reopened, allowing traffic and economic lifeblood to once more flow along the transportation artery between the two communities.  Intermittent travel twice a day has been possible since the end […]

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Fifteen Years of Funny S**t at the Sheridan Opera House

02/13/14 | By | More
Fifteen Years of Funny S**t at the Sheridan Opera House

Telluride Comedy Fest Brings Weekend of Laughter Feb. 13-16 TELLURIDE – What has become the gem of Telluride’s winter festivals, a weekend full of stand-up comedy, sketch comedy and improv from some of the country’s best comedians is once again coming to Telluride Feb. 13-16, when the Sheridan Arts Foundation and Jeb Berrier present the […]

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ELEVATED | Nothing But Love Songs

02/13/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Nothing But Love Songs

Rodeo and Juliet in Ouray   ‘Rodeo and Juliet’ is the stage name of husband-and-wife singers Chris and Jan Harris. The moniker was carefully chosen. “We do a lot of Western stuff,” she said, both music they’ve written and covers, and “We love the older classics. There were so many great songs in the 50s, […]

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Skijoring Stampedes Into Silverton This Weekend

02/13/14 | By | More
Skijoring Stampedes Into Silverton This Weekend

SILVERTON – The Wild West returns to Silverton this weekend, with race horses hurtling down snowy Blair Street at breakneck speed pulling daredevil skiers behind them for the fifth annual Silverton Skijoring races. The two-day spectacle takes place this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, with racing taking place from roughly 11 a.m. to […]

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SMC Commissioner Joan May Announces Candidacy

02/13/14 | By | More
SMC Commissioner Joan May Announces Candidacy

TELLURIDE – San Miguel County Commissioner Joan May this week formally announced her candidacy for a third term as commissioner.  May is currently serving her eighth year as commissioner.  May said she hopes to continue focusing on regional economic sustainability and greenhouse emission reductions across the county, as her most important focus. The county government, she […]

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MONTROSE BRIEFS | Winter and Summer Flights to Receive Air Service Funds

02/12/14 | By | More
MONTROSE BRIEFS | Winter and Summer Flights to Receive Air Service Funds

MONTROSE – Montrose City Council approved a contract with Colorado Flights Alliance Tuesday delivering $270,000 in contributing funds to promote the region’s air services to expand tourism. It’s matches last year’s contribution to the Regional Air Service Program (a collaboration between the CFA and the city), but this year, there’s a difference: the money is […]

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SKI TIPS | To Up Your Ski Game, Focus on Neutral

02/12/14 | By | More
SKI TIPS | To Up Your Ski Game, Focus on Neutral

Going to “neutral” between turns is a chance to change your skiing forever and flow through your turns with constant momentum (fast or slow – your choice). It sets you up to ski groomers, bumps, steeps, and powder with far greater success and less energy.   The most important part of linked turns is the transition between […]

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OURAY BRIEFS | Ouray Police Department Welcomes Long-Awaited Fourth Officer

02/12/14 | By | More
OURAY BRIEFS | Ouray Police Department Welcomes Long-Awaited Fourth Officer

OURAY – The Ouray Police Department is once again fully staffed, having welcomed aboard Scott Mills as its fourth officer. The department has been slowly rebuilding its ranks following the resignation of former Police Chief Leo Rasmusson and two officers last spring.  New Police Chief Justin Perry introduced Mills at the Ouray City Council meeting […]

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | What’s the Fight Over the Montrose Hospital Really About?

02/12/14 | By | More
LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | What’s the Fight Over the Montrose Hospital Really About?

The news out of Montrose County this week is that the Montrose County Commissioners have stood firm behind the sacred principle that a man’s social security number is nobody’s business but his own. Just on Monday, the Montrose Hospital Board of Trustees caved in to a demand from the commissioners that an appointee to their […]

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R&R | Shakey Graves To Headline Colorado Music Party At SXSW 2014

02/12/14 | By | More
R&R | Shakey Graves To Headline Colorado Music Party At SXSW 2014

Shakey Graves (one man band phenom Alejandro RoseGarcia) will headline day two of this year’s Colorado Music Party showcase at Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. Appearing courtesy of the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, and represented by Colorado’s 7s Management, the Austin-based artist was selected to wrap up the final day of the […]

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At Long Last, Red Mountain Pass Fully Reopens

02/11/14 | By | More
At Long Last, Red Mountain Pass Fully Reopens

OURAY COUNTY – A month to the day after a huge rockslide shut down U.S. 550 between Ouray and Silverton, the highway has finally completely reopened to traffic. Intermittent travel twice a day has been possible since the end of January, but it wasn’t until Monday night, Feb. 10, that the Colorado Department of Transportation […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Notes on Another Legislative Week

GUEST COMMENTARY | Notes on Another Legislative Week

This week began with another delayed flight by United Airlines, which caused me to arrive in Denver at noon when I was scheduled to be there at 8 a.m. Consequently, I was unable to attend the annual Conservation Youth Corps Award Ceremony where my constituent, Auston Craig of the Southwest Conservation Corps-Four Corners was honored. […]

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How to Catch Gus Kenworthy’s Olympic Debut From Sochi

02/10/14 | By | More
How to Catch Gus Kenworthy’s Olympic Debut From Sochi

TELLURIDE – Representing Team U.S.A. and his hometown, Telluride freeskier Gus Kenworthy is slated to make his Olympic debut later this week in what will be the Olympic debut of the ski slopestyle competition. With a time difference of 11 hours, catching Kenworthy’s competition live or in prime time is tricky. Here are some tips […]

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Telluride Resident Arrested With Half Pound of Cocaine

02/10/14 | By | More
Telluride Resident Arrested With Half Pound of Cocaine

Busted Within 1,000 Ft. of Telluride Middle/Intermediate/High School TELLURIDE – On Wednesday, Feb. 5, agents of the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force arrested Daniel Guardaro-Marquez, 30, for unlawful distribution of nine ounces of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. It is a class B felony, per federal law, to possess a Controlled Dangerous […]

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Rockfall Mitigation on Red Mountain Pass Nears Completion

02/10/14 | By | More
Rockfall Mitigation on Red Mountain Pass Nears Completion

CDOT Projects U.S. 550 Will Fully Open by Tuesday  OURAY COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation reported on Sunday evening, Feb. 8 that recent work on the rockfall fence installation at the Ruby Walls on US 550/ Red Mountain Pass has been very productive, and that the highway could fully reopen as soon as […]

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Out of Truancy Court, Into the Classroom

02/10/14 | By | More
Out of Truancy Court, Into the Classroom

School District, Hilltop Work Together to Reconnect Students and Families With Schools MONTROSE – If you have a child who attends public school in Montrose, educators want him or her in school tomorrow and the day after that. Solving truancy issues within Montrose County RE-1J schools has been a community collaboration for the past three […]

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RAISING ELLE | A Compelling Argument for Bilingual Education

02/10/14 | By | More
RAISING ELLE | A Compelling Argument for Bilingual Education

TELLURIDE – Six years ago this week I was sitting naked in a doctor’s examining chair, nine months pregnant and attempting to understand what my French-speaking OB-GYN was talking about. It was an unsettling experience indeed, the naked and enormously nine-month-pregnant part, since it was a rude awakening to learn that the French don’t seem […]

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Low-Cost Communal Health Clinic Revived

02/10/14 | By | More
Low-Cost Communal  Health Clinic Revived

TELLURIDE — Receiving affordable acupuncture treatment in Telluride will be easier next Tuesday. The Elks Club in Telluride will be the home of a new low-cost community health clinic, featuring licensed acupuncturists Benjamin Hawes, Ramie Holmquist and Joshua Geetter. Together, they will offer acupuncture treatment integrated with other forms of Oriental medicine.  Geetter, the clinic’s […]

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Kanter to Run Again

Kanter to Run Again

Editor: I am pleased to announce my candidacy to the Office of San Miguel County Assessor; a position which, thanks to the voters of San Miguel County, I’ve held with pride for the past 36 years. With this announcement, I look forward to working with and for the citizens of San Miguel County for another […]

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ALERT: Massive rock slide, avalanche reported on 145 near Ilium Rd

ALERT: Massive rock slide, avalanche reported on 145 near Ilium Rd

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ALERT: Avalanche closes 145 north of Rico. “Complete closure” CDOT and CSP en route. #scanner

ALERT: Avalanche closes 145 north of Rico. “Complete closure” CDOT and CSP en route. #scanner

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Kudos to CDOT

Kudos to CDOT

Editor: I had the opportunity to go up and see Colorado Department of Transportation’s operations dealing with the continuous rockslide at highway 550 Mile Marker 92-87. They are doing a tremendous job in a very dangerous setting. They are working very long and hard hours to try and get the road open as quick as […]

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Witherspoon Loses Battle to Save His Job With City of Ouray

02/08/14 | By | More
Witherspoon Loses Battle to Save His Job With City of Ouray

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Expanding Community Development Committee a ‘Good Thing’

02/08/14 | By | More
Expanding Community Development Committee a ‘Good Thing’

Editor: It is good news that the newly seated Ouray City Council is expanding the Community Development Committee. As has been the case for several years, the constant refrain heard from Council is “there is no money.” The economic downturn has hit the City hard, but by now it seems wise to consider this fiscal […]

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R&R | Leftover Salmon To Release Self-Titled Album Digitally For The First Time

02/07/14 | By | More
R&R | Leftover Salmon To Release Self-Titled Album Digitally For The First Time

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$2 lift tickets at Kendall Mtn. in Silverton Feb. 7-9

02/07/14 | By | More
$2 lift tickets at Kendall Mtn. in Silverton Feb. 7-9

SILVERTON – Silverton’s Kendall Mountain Ski Area is celebrating its 50th anniversary Feb. 7-9 with 1964 prices – $2 lift tickets for adults and $1 for kids. The town’s Snowscape Celebration of winter will also feature snow-sculpting, live music, a snowmobile parade, a cardboard derby with a 1960s car theme, snow golf and fireworks. The […]

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‘This Ain’t Denver, Folks. It’s Montrose.’

02/07/14 | By | More
‘This Ain’t Denver, Folks. It’s Montrose.’

Editor: Walking through our fair metropolis in the early twilit evening a few weeks ago, I came to the stop sign at Park and South 1st. Heading East on 1st, I discerned that Park’s traffic had sufficiently subsided for the moment, and was safe enough to cross. There was a car at the stop sign […]

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Cavallo’s Restaurant Now Open for Dinner

02/06/14 | By | More
Cavallo’s Restaurant Now Open for Dinner

OURAY – Cavallo’s Restaurant in Ouray has changed its hours and will now be offering dinner service. Previously, the Cajun-Creole restaurant located at 630 Main Street in Ouray served breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as a set menu dinner by reservation only on Tuesday evenings.  […]

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In Smaller Counties, Let the Voters Decide Who Represents Them

In Smaller Counties, Let the Voters Decide Who Represents Them

Editor: As a 45-year resident of the West End of San Miguel County and 20 years prior to that in the West End of Montrose County, I sincerely hope Senate Bill 84 is passed by the State Legislature changing the way counties of less than 70,000 elect commissioners. It is only right that the voters […]

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Pot Shop Owners in Region Could Soon Access Banks

02/06/14 | By | More
Pot Shop Owners in Region Could Soon Access Banks

WESTERN SAN JUANS — Owning and operating a retail or medicinal marijuana dispensary in Ridgway or Telluride could get a little easier in the coming months, thanks to recent statements made by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who said that federal regulators may soon start allowing state-sanctioned marijuana dispensaries access to federally-insured banking services.  For […]

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Commercial Real Estate Stronger in San Miguel County

02/06/14 | By | More
Commercial Real Estate Stronger in San Miguel County

Mountain Village Still Recovering TELLURIDE – One of the biggest development proposals ever submitted for consideration by the Town of Telluride could be a signal that commercial real estate in the region is poised for a recovery. The proposal presented by John Lifton and Pamela Zoline last week to the Telluride Town Council aims to […]

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U.S. 550 May Fully Open By This Weekend

02/06/14 | By | More
U.S. 550 May Fully Open By This Weekend

OURAY COUNTY – Despite the recent snows over the past several days, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports that crews are making good progress on installing rockfall fencing along a portion of US 550 Red Mountain Pass where a massive rockslide occurred two miles south of Ouray along the Ruby Walls portion of the highway […]

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State Releases 2012-2013 Student Dropout Report

02/06/14 | By | More
State Releases 2012-2013 Student Dropout Report

Montrose, Olathe Saw Dropout Declines Over Last Year MONTROSE – The 2012-13 student dropout rate in the Montrose County School District, according to the Colorado Department of Education, was 3.1 percent. Dropouts were highest in the 12th grade, but district officials say they are working to lower that rate – and keep students coming back. […]

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Sneffels Challenge Goes From Huts to Hot Springs This Saturday

02/06/14 | By | More
Sneffels Challenge Goes From Huts to Hot Springs This Saturday

OURAY COUNTY – A great day of nordic ski racing is coming to the Dallas Trail system this Saturday, Feb. 8, with the inaugural Sneffels Challenge backcountry ski race.  According to race director Joe Ryan of the San Juan Hut Systems, the event was inspired by the erstwhile Sneffels Half Loop, a 30-mile ski event […]

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OSHA Slaps Star Mine Operations With Hazardous Workplace Citations

02/06/14 | By | More
OSHA Slaps Star Mine Operations With Hazardous Workplace Citations

OURAY – As the Mine Safety and Health Administration continues its investigation into a fatal accident at the Revenue-Virginius Mine that claimed the lives of two miners last November, the mine’s owner/operator is now undergoing additional scrutiny from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, regarding workplace safety conditions at its warehouse in Ouray.  OSHA inspectors […]

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Ah Haa Regional Arts Show Opens Thursday

02/06/14 | By | More
Ah Haa Regional Arts Show Opens Thursday

170 Submissions, 59 Selections, Prizewinners Announced Opening Night TELLURIDE – When the public views the Ah Haa School for the Arts’ latest exhibition, a collection of work from regional artists, the hard work is over. Each of the 59 pieces in the juried show opening Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Daniel Tucker […]

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Commissioners Toss Three MMH Trustees From Board

02/06/14 | By | More
Commissioners Toss Three MMH Trustees From Board

MONTROSE – For removing Richard Harding from the Montrose Memorial Board of Trustees because he refused to submit his social security number for a background check, the Montrose County Commissioners on Tuesday evening, by a vote of 2-1, removed J. Don Vacca, Matthew Nocas and Scott Ludian from their roles as hospital trustees for allegedly […]

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Adaptive Snowboarder Heidi Jo Duce Heads to Sochi

02/06/14 | By | More
Adaptive Snowboarder Heidi Jo Duce Heads to Sochi

OURAY – It’s hard to keep a secret in this town – especially about Ouray’s first-ever Paralympic athlete. The town has been buzzing with Heidi Jo Duce’s not-so-sub rosa news for a couple of weeks. But now it’s official. “I’m going to Sochi! I feel like I could fly!” says Duce. The feisty 23-year-old below-the-knee […]

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R&R | The Moon Welcomes 5 Points Jamgrass Band Whiskey Tango

02/06/14 | By | More
R&R | The Moon Welcomes 5 Points Jamgrass Band Whiskey Tango

For the respectful brews-and-booze revering community found in Telluride, Whiskey Tango’s alcoholic nomenclature and mix of dry bluegrass with organic jam, served through psychedelic sifters and folk infusions, should translate better than well in the live setting. The quintet claims the 5 Points neighborhood of Denver as their home, an epicenter for raw young bands […]

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Ouray County Clerk Michelle Nauer Seeks Sixth Term

02/06/14 | By | More
Ouray County Clerk Michelle Nauer Seeks Sixth Term

OURAY COUNTY – Ouray County Clerk and Recorder Michelle Nauer has announced her intention to run for a sixth term in the 2014 general election this November.   Nauer and her staff of four manage an array of duties, all required by rule or statute, including processing motor vehicle titles and registrations, archiving permanent county real […]

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ELEVATED | Shakespeare, Sheridan, Short Fiction

02/06/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Shakespeare, Sheridan, Short Fiction

Much Ado at the Palm In the space of just five years, between 1595 and 1600, William Shakespeare perfected the romantic comedy. In short order, he cranked out A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Twelfth Night – all masterpieces – and one of the greatest of all, Much Ado About Nothing. Much Ado […]

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Community Builders From Ridgway, Montrose Attend Sonoran Leadership Institute

02/05/14 | By | More
Community Builders From Ridgway, Montrose Attend Sonoran Leadership Institute

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Community leaders from Ridgway and Montrose traveled recently to Glenwood Springs to attend the Community Builders Leadership Institute, an intensive three-day economic prosperity workshop hosted by the Sonoran Institute.  Key themes of the weekend included fostering community, planning for a new economy, and creating lasting prosperity. “It’s inspiring to see what can […]

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Ouray Trail Group to Receive ROCC Outstanding Citizen Award

02/05/14 | By | More
Ouray Trail Group to Receive ROCC Outstanding Citizen Award

RIDGWAY – The Ouray Trail Group will receive the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council at ROCC’s 20th annual Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Ouray Community Center. ROCC’s Outstanding Citizen Award recognizes and thanks individuals who have made a sustained contribution to Ouray County’s quality of life. This year, the ROCC Awards […]

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Today’s Montrose County Sheriff’s Office activity blotter report: 02/06/14

Today’s Montrose County Sheriff’s Office activity blotter report: 02/06/14

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NOW: Rollover accident north of Ridgway, one person reported injured #scanner

NOW: Rollover accident north of Ridgway, one person reported injured #scanner

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SKI TIPS | Tactics for Moguls: Select Your Line and Shape Your Turns

02/04/14 | By | More
SKI TIPS | Tactics for Moguls: Select Your Line and Shape Your Turns

Moguls bring out the blemishes in the ski technique of all intermediate and advanced skiers.  If you find yourself “bucked around” and unable to control your speed in moguls, take heart, you are not alone. Learning how to control your speed in bumps will make mogul skiing safe and fun for skiers of all ages […]

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Wright Opera to Close as Interior Restoration Gets Underway

02/04/14 | By | More
Wright Opera to Close  as Interior Restoration Gets Underway

OURAY – The Wright Opera House will be closed from Feb. 3 through mid-May, as interior restoration of the historic facility gets underway. The commercial businesses located on the ground floor of the building, including the Blue Pear gift shop and the Artisan Bakery, will remain open during construction. The so-called “Access Project”, as this […]

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TEX Reports Bump in Traffic in December

02/04/14 | By | More
TEX Reports Bump in Traffic in December

Adds to Five-Year Trend TELLURIDE – The Telluride Regional Airport, TEX, reported a strong increase in general aviation (private aircraft) traffic in December, up 31 percent from December a year ago.  The bump in activity at the airport could signal a trend. Increasing air traffic would be a boon to Telluride’s economy.  General aviation operations […]

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Bette Maurer Appointed to Ouray City Council

02/04/14 | By | More
Bette Maurer Appointed to Ouray City Council

OURAY – The Ouray City Council voted 3-1 on Monday, Feb. 3, to appoint Bette Maurer to fill a two-year vacancy created by Michael Underwood’s recent resignation. “I am very excited and ready to jump in with both feet,” Maurer said after her appointment. “We need to figure out more ways to bring income to […]

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NOW: Visibility on Norwood Hill in-and-out due to blowing #snow, road snow packed: San Miguel #scanner

NOW: Visibility on Norwood Hill in-and-out due to blowing #snow, road snow packed: San Miguel #scanner

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Casolari Seeks Third Term as Ouray County Treasurer

02/04/14 | By | More
Casolari Seeks Third Term as Ouray County Treasurer

OURAY COUNTY – Ouray County Treasurer Jeannine Casolari has announced that she is seeking reelection in November. If she succeeds, it will be her third term in office.  Casolari has worked in the Ouray County Treasurer’s office for 16 years, including eight years as chief deputy treasurer, prior to her election to office in 2006. […]

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Two Arrested in Armed Home Invasion

02/03/14 | By | More
Two Arrested in Armed Home Invasion

MONTROSE – An elderly Montrose couple and two others were terrorized Friday night when a pair of men allegedly entered their home and held them at gunpoint. The suspects, who were tracked down, identified and arrested, are now behind bars at the Montrose County jail. Gary Bryson, 51, of Montrose, and Preston Stowe, 27, of […]

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NOW: Colo HWY 145: “Practically a whiteout up here right now” 2/4/14 San Miguel #scanner

NOW: Colo HWY 145: “Practically a whiteout up here right now” 2/4/14 San Miguel #scanner

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1/31 – 2/03 Montrose Sheriff’s blotter

1/31 – 2/03 Montrose Sheriff’s blotter

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Just Say No!

Just Say No!

Editor: I literally let out a scream last night when I heard Mike Huckabee on the news saying, “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot […]

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VIR 2.0: Ouray County Embarks on Next Phase of Visual Impact Talks

02/02/14 | By | More
VIR 2.0: Ouray County Embarks on Next Phase of Visual Impact Talks

OURAY COUNTY – The ongoing debate over Visual Impact Regulations shifted into a new phase on Tuesday this week, as the Ouray Board of County Commissioners held a two-hour work session to discuss how to move forward with revising Section 9 of the county’s Land Use Code.  The work session came on the heels of […]

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Kimchi Cravings Roll On

02/02/14 | By | More
Kimchi Cravings Roll On

For me, a cold winter Sunday means football, but if my refrigerator is lacking jars of kimchi, Sunday is also a day of slicing, chopping and (then) fermenting. Yes, I am still crazy for kimchi. I love making it. I love fermenting it. I love eating it. Hell, I even like the smell of it. […]

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Lack of Daycare Facilities a Problem for Working Families

02/02/14 | By | More
Lack of Daycare Facilities a Problem for Working Families

MONTROSE – The City of Montrose has a shortage of professionally licensed childcare facilities, but new zoning changes could benefit young professionals and working families by allowing them greater access to nearby child-care centers. Striking a balance between child-care providers and neighboring property owners, however, is  a challenge. The Montrose City Council recently amended and […]

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Local Rodeo Royalty Receive Welcome at National Western Stock Show

02/02/14 | By | More
Local Rodeo Royalty Receive Welcome at National Western Stock Show

OURAY COUNTY – A quartet of girls comprising the Ouray County Rodeo Royalty recently traveled to Denver to showcase their western spirit at the National Western Stock Show.   Rodeo Royalty from across Colorado have been a part of the NWSS since 2004, with the goals of promoting the stock show and the western way […]

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Four Apply for Ouray Council Vacancy

01/31/14 | By | More
Four Apply for Ouray Council Vacancy

OURAY – Four applicants submitted letters of interest by Thursday afternoon’s deadline to fill a two-year vacancy on the Ouray City Council. According to Ouray City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Elmont, applicants include Bette Maurer, Paul Sunderland, Sara Sharpe and Carl Cockle. Council will select one of these applicants at its upcoming meeting on Monday, Feb. 3, […]

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A Step Backwards

A Step Backwards

Editor:  I sit from afar now trying to wrap my mind around the chaos stewing from the restructuring of KOTO and the resignation of Jumpin’. I moved to the valley in the mid 90’s to ski and immediately fell in love with Telluride and the sense of community it had to offer.  To me KOTO […]

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U.S. 550 Over Red Mountain Pass to Open Twice Daily, Beginning Jan. 31

01/30/14 | By | More
U.S. 550 Over Red Mountain Pass to Open Twice Daily, Beginning Jan. 31

OURAY – Beginning Friday, Jan. 31, Red Mountain Pass will be open to single-lane, alternating traffic two times a day – once from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and again and from 4:30-6:30 p.m. All traffic will use the southbound lane; the northbound (inside) lane will remain closed while a barrier and a temporary 24-foot-high rockfall fence is […]

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Taxation Without Representation?

01/30/14 | By | More
Taxation Without Representation?

Editor: The proponents of the proposed Montrose Rec Center are not coming clean with the voters.  How is it legally possible that the Rec District can tax the entire district but only the residents of Montrose City get to vote on the tax? Obviously I am missing something in the Montrose tax rules because this […]

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Got Health Insurance? TCHN Hosts Enrollment Fairs Throughout Region

01/30/14 | By | More
Got Health Insurance? TCHN Hosts Enrollment Fairs Throughout Region

WESTERN SAN JUANS – Tri-County Health Network hosts a series of free health insurance enrollment fairs throughout region in the coming week, in an effort to help as many uninsured area residents as possible navigate their way through the shoals of the state’s new online health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. The first of […]

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Lawsuit Challenges County’s Consideration of a 2nd Fixed-Base Operator at Montrose Airport

01/30/14 | By | More
Lawsuit Challenges County’s Consideration of a 2nd Fixed-Base Operator at Montrose Airport

Current FBO Operator Wants to Know How the Process Unfolded   MONTROSE COUNTY – Black Canyon Partners, operator of the Black Canyon Jet Center, the Montrose Regional Airport’s only Fixed-Base Operator, has filed a civil complaint against nine Montrose County officials for allegedly withholding public documents it requested during the recent Request For Proposals process […]

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SMRC Hosts 19th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling With an Olympic Feeling

01/30/14 | By | More
SMRC Hosts 19th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling With an Olympic Feeling

TELLURIDE – Last year was a big one for San Miguel County Resource Center, the Telluride-based nonprofit offering multiple services and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in San Miguel and on the West End of Montrose counties. In addition to celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, and with its popular Chocolate […]

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Kenworthy, Kearney Hit It at X Games

01/30/14 | By | More
Kenworthy, Kearney Hit It at X Games

In X Games Debut, Kearney Makes Cut for Snowboarder X Final ASPEN – Freeskier Gus Kenworthy and snowboarder Hagen Kearney put Telluride on the map as a breeding ground for up-and-coming winter action sports athletes as the duo competed in the archetype of their sports’ competitions, the esteemed Winter X Games, last weekend in Aspen. […]

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ELEVATED | Songs of Innocence and Experience

01/30/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Songs of Innocence and Experience

Open Bard in Ridgway, Talking Gourds in Telluride The latest installation of the Open Bard Poetry Series takes place in Ridgway next Thursday evening. For some, undoubtedly, the most powerful part of the evening – now matter how accomplished the Poet, and the Bard’s guests have all been extremely well respected writers – happens after […]

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OURAY BRIEFS | Underwood Resigns; Council Seeks Candidates to Fill Vacancy

01/30/14 | By | More
OURAY BRIEFS | Underwood Resigns; Council Seeks Candidates to Fill Vacancy

OURAY – The Ouray City Council will appoint a new councilor at its upcoming meeting on Monday, Feb. 3, following Councilor Michael Underwood’s resignation last week.  Letters of interest from Ouray residents who want to fill the vacancy must be submitted at the Ouray City Hall by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.  Each applicant will […]

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Major Development Proposed for Central Telluride

01/30/14 | By | More
Major Development Proposed for Central Telluride

If Approved and Built, Downtown Would Extend South of Main Street TELLURIDE – One of the largest and most potentially transformative developments ever proposed in the Town of Telluride was presented to the Telluride Town Council Tuesday, eliciting expressions of both support and caution from members of council and the public who attended. The proposal […]

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Compassionate Care From Compassionate People

01/30/14 | By | More
Compassionate Care From Compassionate People

MONTROSE – To ensure hospice and palliative care for decades to come, officials with HopeWest demonstrated that the services it provides are as solid as the foundation it laid last Friday, following the groundbreaking for a new care center in Montrose. Construction of the A. Curtis Robinson Center for Hope, located on South Fourth Street […]

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Ouray Hoopsters Hit Their ‘Ugly-Ball’ Mid-Season Stride

01/30/14 | By | More
Ouray Hoopsters Hit Their ‘Ugly-Ball’ Mid-Season Stride

OURAY – Victory eluded Ouray’s varsity boys in Saturday’s Homecoming battle against the 2A Mancos Bluejays, but Trojan fans still found plenty to celebrate, as Ouray’s JV boys and varsity girls plucked the ’Jays and served up a pair of wins on a platter, 57-54 and 42-32. These triumphs came on the heels of scrappy […]

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Glad to Be Back

Glad to Be Back

Editor: I left Durango for Telluride in July of 2011, and then I left T-ride in November of 2012 for a corporate job in New York State. Let’s just say a year away from the San Juans was enough. While it was great to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and to see […]

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R&R | The DC Connection: Empresarios Keep Capital Funk Coming to Telluride

01/30/14 | By | More
R&R | The DC Connection: Empresarios Keep Capital Funk Coming to Telluride

TELLURIDE – The Washington, D.C. electronic scene has offered Telluride some incredible live shows this year with members of Thievery Corporation and Fort Knox Five in varying capacities. Next up from the Capitol City are the unique Latin-infused groove makers, Empresarios. The band claims a global fan base in part due to their mixed repertoire […]

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R&R | Telluride Jazz Festival Announces Lineup Addition With Grammy Winners Snarky Puppy

01/29/14 | By | More
R&R | Telluride Jazz Festival Announces Lineup Addition With Grammy Winners Snarky Puppy

The Telluride Jazz Festival announced that Snarky Puppy will join the lineup for the 38th anniversary of the event set to take place on August 1-3, 2014 in Town Park, Telluride, Colorado.    The buzzing 10 piece Funk/Jazz ensemble has been building momentum that peaked two nights ago when they were awarded the Grammy for Best R&B […]

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R&R | SBG Productions Releases Lineup For Sister Festival Snowmass Mammoth Fest

01/29/14 | By | More
R&R | SBG Productions Releases Lineup For Sister Festival Snowmass Mammoth Fest

The Colorado summer festival season kicks off in Snowmass Village at this year’s Snowmass Mammoth Fest. Snowmass Mammoth Fest is proud to announce that Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Leftover Salmon, will headline the event this summer. Additional musical artists include Xavier Rudd, Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, Denver, Colorado’s The Motet and Nathaniel Rateliff, Bonerama, […]

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Thanks and Gratitude to Our Angels

01/29/14 | By | More
Thanks and Gratitude to Our Angels

Editor: January reflections brought time to recognize and acknowledge some of the amazing angels that fly in and around our community. Every year our hearts swell in realizing the loving community effort to provide holiday Angel Baskets for families in need.  Much gratitude and appreciation goes out to the year-round Angel Basket Board of Directors […]

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Rommel Takes the Helm at EcoAction Partners

01/28/14 | By | More
Rommel Takes the Helm at EcoAction Partners

TELLURIDE – EcoAction Partners, the Telluride-based nonprofit that aims to reduce carbon emissions and waste throughout the region, has hired Heather Knox Rommel, formerly executive director of the Palm Theater, as its executive director. EcoAction board member Todd Brown said Rommel was hired because of her experience promoting sustainability projects, and for her ability to […]

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MV Announces Open Council Seat

01/28/14 | By | More
MV Announces Open Council Seat

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Town of Mountain Village announced last week an opening on the Mountain Village Town Council. Councilor Richard Child is stepping down from his position as councilor, “due to his work schedule and the significant amount of extensive travel it now requires,” said Mountain Village community relations manager Laila Benitez. The deadline […]

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Montrose Couple Loves Football, Heads to Super Bowl

01/28/14 | By | More
Montrose Couple Loves Football, Heads to Super Bowl

MONTROSE – A pair of local Broncos fanatics will make the pilgrimage to professional football’s biggest stage Sunday hoping to see Peyton Manning and the Broncos hoist the Lombardy trophy. Todd and Maya Haynes of Montrose will watch Super Bowl XLVIII live from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., featuring the NFL’s most potent offense […]

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Horsefly Brewing Co. Wins Concession at Montrose Airport

01/27/14 | By | More
Horsefly Brewing Co. Wins Concession at Montrose Airport

MONTROSE – Now that the Montrose Board of County Commissioners have approved a concessionaire pilot project, travelers can soon order food – and even locally brewed beer – from the Horsefly Brewing Co. at Montrose Regional Airport.  The pilot food-and-beverage program – approved unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting – will take effect Saturday, Feb. 1 through April 30, […]

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We Don’t Need No Corporatization!

01/27/14 | By | More
We Don’t Need No Corporatization!

Editor: I was happy to see a record number of people turn out for last Wednesday’s KOTO board meeting. Based on the sign-up sheet that was passed around the room, I’m guessing there were around fifty-sixty hard-core KOTO fans. The majority of those who spoke made it clear they were upset about the way the […]

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R&R | Jason Isbell’s Hauntingly Beautiful ‘Southeastern’

01/27/14 | By | More
R&R | Jason Isbell’s Hauntingly Beautiful ‘Southeastern’

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Woody ‘Battles’ a Montrose SWAT Team Preparing For the ‘Human Factor’

01/27/14 | By | More
Woody ‘Battles’ a Montrose SWAT Team Preparing For the ‘Human Factor’

MONTROSE – All I was told was to bring gloves, a heavy coat “and something to protect your junk.” Those instructions didn’t really intimidate me; I’ve been looking for a gunfight with the police for some time, and now I was preparing to reap what I’d sowed.  Last week I was invited to participate in […]

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January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month

Editor: Did you know January is National Mentoring Month?  I would like to take this chance to motivate the region to volunteer to become a mentor to a child in need.  Many of you inspired me to become a mentor just over a year ago and I only have one regret: I wish I had […]

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‘I Am Really Proud I Turned Around on Everest’

01/27/14 | By | More
‘I Am Really Proud I Turned Around on Everest’

Alpinist Ueli Steck Says He Lives, and Climbs, On His Own Terms  OURAY – He’s known for his speed records and free solo ascents of some of the world’s most formidable peaks.  But one of the biggest revelations in legendary Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck’s standing-room-only presentation during the recent Ouray Ice Festival came when he […]

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Montrose Seventh Grader Named People-to-People Student Ambassador

01/27/14 | By | More
Montrose Seventh Grader Named People-to-People Student Ambassador

MONTROSE – Twelve-year-old Matthew Gardner is proud to represent the United States as a student ambassador. And he hopes that his new goal – of changing his outlook on life through learning abroad this summer – will help him pursue a higher education.   Gardner, a seventh grader at Columbine Middle School, was accepted into the […]

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ARTS BRIEFS | Telluride Horror Show, Oct. 1-12, Announces Call for Entries

01/27/14 | By | More
ARTS BRIEFS | Telluride Horror Show, Oct. 1-12, Announces Call for Entries

TELLURIDE – The Telluride Horror Show, a three-day genre film festival, is now accepting film submissions for its fifth annual show, October 10-12, in Telluride.  Submissions for all horror, thriller, fantasy, and sci-fi feature and short films can be made at Withoutabox, or visit www.telluridehorrorshow.com/‎ for more information.   Named one of the “20 Coolest […]

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Deputies cite juveniles for marijuana, work to control livestock and help stranded motorists. This past weekend’s blotter.

Deputies cite juveniles for marijuana, work to control livestock and help stranded motorists. This past weekend’s blotter.

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Montrose Police seeking information about shooting

Montrose Police seeking information about shooting

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Reported: bull elk stuck in river ice #scanner

Reported: bull elk stuck in river ice #scanner

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Marijuana Edibles Brought to Olathe School, Investigation Ongoing

Marijuana Edibles Brought to Olathe School, Investigation Ongoing

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Underwood Resigns; Ouray Council Seeks Candidates to Fill Vacancy

01/23/14 | By | More
Underwood Resigns; Ouray Council Seeks Candidates to Fill Vacancy

OURAY – The Ouray City Council will appoint a new councilor at its upcoming meeting on Feb. 3, following Councilor Michael Underwood’s resignation earlier this week. Underwood announced his resignation at a Ouray City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, stating that his family had requested that he resign. Letters of intent from Ouray […]

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Measure B Now Officially on the Ballot

01/23/14 | By | More
Measure B Now Officially on the Ballot

Voters to Decide If .3 Percent Sales Tax Hike Will Fund Rec Center MONTROSE – With resounding applause from an audience of about 90 people, the Montrose City Council unanimously agreed to allow the Montrose Recreation District to put a 0.3-percent sales tax increase proposal to voters in April for funding a new community recreation […]

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Thank You Jumpin’ Jan

01/23/14 | By | More
Thank You Jumpin’ Jan

Editor:  I want to thank my friend Janice Zink for her 20-plus years of incredible and tireless devotion to KOTO. She created fantastic events for our community and enthused me and many others to volunteer. From Janice I always received a thank you right away. KOTO events brought Telluride together and inspired us to keep […]

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KOTO to Hold Special Election

01/23/14 | By | More
KOTO to Hold Special Election

TELLURIDE – KOTO radio’s board of directors voted last week to hold a special election for four of its members, in response to an online petition calling for the resignation of boardmembers Ray Farnsworth and Robert Allen. Petitioners allege that the two disregarded KOTO bylaws in making decisions that led to the departure of longtime […]

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CDOT Looks to Locals for Help Stabilizing Rockfall on Red Mountain Pass

01/23/14 | By | More
CDOT Looks to Locals for Help Stabilizing Rockfall on Red Mountain Pass

OURAY – Local resources on both sides of Red Mountain Pass have mobilized this week in a massive coordinated effort to reopen US 550. The windy, mountainous route connecting the communities of Silverton and Ouray has been closed since Monday, Jan. 13 due to a significant rockfall incident at mile marker 90, two miles south […]

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SMUGGLER’S BREWPUB

SMUGGLER’S BREWPUB

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R&R | Head for The Hills Comes Into Their Own Bluegrass Identity

01/23/14 | By | More
R&R | Head for The Hills Comes Into Their Own Bluegrass Identity

Orgone Stops Their Non-Stop Funk Globe Trot in Telluride   One of the few marquee-worthy Fort Collins bluegrass bands is making a necessary pilgrimage to the genre’s in-state Mecca for four dates, sandwiching Telluride in-between before heading to major cities throughout the Midwest. The release of their latest studio album in July of 2013, Blue […]

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Region’s New 911 Dispatch Center Goes Live

01/23/14 | By | More
Region’s New 911 Dispatch Center Goes Live

Better Work Environment, Better Technology MONTROSE – After two-and-a-half years and approximately $1 million worth of work, the region’s new, state-of-the-art 911 dispatch center, located at the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, went into operation this week with a host of new technologies and more space for dispatchers. The new 911-dispatch center, which serves a total […]

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ELEVATED | Wordplay and ‘Deep’

01/23/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Wordplay and ‘Deep’

Last week, I wrote about Greg Stump’s The Blizzard of AAhhh’s, the rambunctious, ground breaking film that introduced a generation to extreme skiing. It screens twice this evening, at the Sheridan Opera House.  A sober bookend to that movie, also on the subject of skiing, arrives in Telluride just four days later, when author Porter […]

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Roast Your Vegetables

01/23/14 | By | More
Roast Your Vegetables

Remember the vegetable steamer? You probably have one, but if you are like me, it’s lost in the back of a cupboard. Because I’ve discovered that there is no steamed vegetable that wouldn’t have tasted better ROASTED. Roasting concentrates the flavor of the vegetable and crisps it and it’s so easy. Pictured here is roasted […]

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Chad Peele Mountaineering Slideshow Supports Playground Initiative

01/22/14 | By | More
Chad Peele Mountaineering Slideshow Supports Playground Initiative

RIDGWAY – Ever wonder what it would be like to be a mountain guide, leading expeditions to fiercely remote and beautiful corners of the earth? Come find out at a slideshow presentation by Ridgway-based mountain guide Chad Peele at the Sherbino Theater this Friday, Jan. 24, starting at 7 p.m. Peele grew up in North […]

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UPDATED: Committee Says Florida Aviation Firm Meets Minimum Airport FBO Standards

01/22/14 | By | More
UPDATED: Committee Says Florida Aviation Firm Meets Minimum Airport FBO Standards

MONTROSE – Montrose County Manager Rick Eckert announced Tuesday that Majestic Skies, one of two finalist applicants for a second Fixed Base Operator lease at Montrose Regional Airport, can submit a proposal and begin negotiations with the county. Unlike the second FBO applicant, Telluride Ski and Golf Asset Holdings, Majestic, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., […]

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RIDGWAY BRIEFS | $1.9 Million Streetscape Bond Question Destined For Ridgway Ballot

01/22/14 | By | More
RIDGWAY BRIEFS |  $1.9 Million Streetscape Bond Question Destined For Ridgway Ballot

RIDGWAY – In a scenario that seemed strangely familiar, the Ridgway Town Council faced a practically empty meeting room at its meeting last Wednesday, Jan. 8, as it authorized a $1.9 million bond question to be placed on the ballot in the town’s upcoming municipal election on April 1.  The pending bond measure will ask […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY | More Victims Asking for Help is Good News!

GUEST COMMENTARY | More Victims Asking for Help is Good News!

The San Miguel Resource Center experienced a record-breaking year in 2013, serving more victims of domestic violence and sexual assault than any year in the agency’s history. Although it is easy to see this news as a sad way to start the new year, the SMRC insists this is a great sign. Serving 33 percent […]

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Glasier, Young Appointed to Hospital Trustee Board

01/22/14 | By | More
Glasier, Young Appointed to Hospital Trustee Board

MONTROSE – At a special meeting Tuesday, the Montrose Board of County Commissioners appointed Mark Young and George Glasier to fill two vacant seats on the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. The new board members were two of five applicants who interviewed for the board vacancies. By a vote of 2-1, with Commissioner Gary […]

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MV Council Bans Retail Pot – For Now

01/21/14 | By | More
MV Council Bans Retail Pot – For Now

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Town of Mountain Village Town Council voted down an ordinance to allow retail sales of marijuana – for now.  By the end March, the council will whether to extend the moratorium or to put in place an ordinance banning all pot sales on a permanent basis.   If council does not […]

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Theatre Review: ‘The Road to Mecca’

01/20/14 | By | More
Theatre Review: ‘The Road to Mecca’

“The Road to Mecca,” written by Athol Fugard, directed by Tricia Dickinson and assistant director Gary Hokit and now playing at Magic Circle Theater, is a gorgeous play, a magnificent production not to be missed.The “Mecca” of the play is not the traditional city of Islam, but rather the self-made dream of an aging artist. […]

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OBITUARY | Loraine Matthew Bracewell Jr. (Matt)

OBITUARY | Loraine Matthew Bracewell Jr. (Matt)

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Gus Kenworthy Heads to Sochi

01/20/14 | By | More
Gus Kenworthy Heads to Sochi

PARK CITY, UTAH – Ski phenom Gus Kenworthy made history on multiple fronts this week, when the Telluride athlete was named to the first-ever U.S. men’s Olympic ski slopestyle team following his second-place finish at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Tour at Park City on Saturday. Kenworthy joins U.S. Freeskiing Team teammates Nick Goepper […]

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A Big Thank You From the Ouray County Food Pantry

A Big Thank You From the Ouray County Food Pantry

Editor: The board of the Ouray County Food Pantry wants to thank all of the volunteers, donors and community for the many ways you’ve supported the food pantry this last year. The year held many challenges and triumphs, from having no home for the food pantry for several months, to moving into a much smaller […]

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Grand Junction Man Sentenced to Prison for Sending Threats

01/20/14 | By | More
Grand Junction Man Sentenced to Prison for Sending Threats

Defendant Threatened to Kill Children, Police Officers and Their Families DENVER – Kenneth Royal Wheeler, of Grand Junction was sentenced last week by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to serve 40 months in federal prison for sending interstate threatening communications, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Securities […]

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PILT Finds Vehicle in Farm Bill

PILT Finds Vehicle in Farm Bill

WESTERN SAN JUANS – County officials throughout the region are breathing a tentative sigh of relief as the week comes to a close that a federal program providing critical federal dollars to many rural counties may get funded through the pending farm bill. The program, known as PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes), was dropped […]

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Montrose Schools Will Accept Grants, Even if Funded by Pot

01/19/14 | By | More
Montrose Schools Will Accept Grants, Even if Funded by Pot

WESTERN SAN JUANS – Alpine Wellness, one of Telluride’s three retail pot shops, has served over 1,100 people since opening its doors on New Year’s Day, according to Will Evans, the store’s director of marketing. Statewide, the nearly 40 retail marijuana dispensaries across Colorado made $5 million selling the formerly-illegal drug in their first week […]

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Wilderness Is Theme for Mountainfilm’s 2014 Moving Mountains Symposium

01/19/14 | By | More
Wilderness Is Theme for Mountainfilm’s 2014 Moving Mountains Symposium

“In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau TELLURIDE – In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act, establishing American wilderness as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” In honor […]

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Masters Seeks 10th Term as San Miguel County Sheriff

01/19/14 | By | More
Masters Seeks 10th Term as San Miguel County Sheriff

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – On Monday, San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters will seek re-election as San Miguel County sheriff in November. “I have enjoyed the challenges over the years of being sheriff of this diverse county,” Masters said in a statement this week. “I am still in excellent health, and continue to keep my […]

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Hot Bluegrass Band The Grascals to Play the Sheridan Sunday Night

01/18/14 | By | More
Hot Bluegrass Band The Grascals to Play the Sheridan Sunday Night

Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond — one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional […]

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‘How Is Ouray Poised for the Future?’

‘How Is Ouray Poised for the Future?’

Editor:  To answer that question I thought a bit about cities in history and their evolution.   A growing trend now is toward recentralizing cities by: ·    bringing life back to downtowns with residential and commercial establishments co-locating where people can work and live in the same area; ·    creating atmospheres with streets […]

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Rockfall Work Progresses on U.S. 550 South of Ouray

01/17/14 | By | More
Rockfall Work Progresses on U.S. 550 South of Ouray

OURAY COUNTY –  The  Colorado Department of Transportation continues to cope with the aftermath of a massive rockfall that occurred two miles south of Ouray at mile marker 90 on US 550 earlier this week. CDOT geologists and crew members from Yenter Companies, CDOT’s rock fall contractor, mobilized to the scene via helicopter on Thursday […]

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Fat Tire Snow biking on the Mountain

Fat Tire Snow biking on the Mountain

Editor: Fat tire snow biking has become a popular recreational activity in the Telluride area. In recent years bikers have found that riding compacted ski trails can be an option to extend the biking season into the winter. One trend has been to ride on Nordic trails that have adapted to allow for fat bikes. […]

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Despite Decrease in Residential Sales, Real Estate Community Hopeful for 2014

01/16/14 | By | More
Despite Decrease in Residential Sales, Real Estate Community Hopeful for 2014

TELLURIDE – Single family homes and condo sales in Mountain Village and Telluride were down by 8 percent in 2013 compared to the year before. Similarly, the dollar volume of those sales dropped by six percent over the same time, from $239 million to $208 million. But Judi Kiernan, owner of Telluride Consulting, said that’s […]

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Fallen Miners Fundraiser Planned for Saturday

01/16/14 | By | More
Fallen Miners Fundraiser Planned for Saturday

OURAY – A fundraiser is planned for Saturday, Jan. 18 in Ouray at Cavallo’s Restaurant from 6-9 p.m., to benefit the families of Nick Cappanno and Rick Williams, the miners who died in an accident involving carbon-monoxide poisoning at the Revenue-Virginius Mine in November 2013.  Food will be donated from several restaurants in Ouray and […]

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Gotta Have a License to Drive

Gotta Have a License to Drive

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THE RIDDLED RAVEN

THE RIDDLED RAVEN

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R&R | Gravity A Begins Colorado Tour at the Moon

01/16/14 | By | More
R&R |  Gravity A Begins Colorado Tour at the Moon

Former Big Lebowski Actor to do Traditional Country Tunes at the Sheridan   Finding a place for electronic music in the saturated traditional jazz and funk nerve center that is New Orleans has not been an easy sell for the four piece instrumental outfit Gravity A. The city that claims some of the best string […]

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Telluride Venture Accelerator Announces Winners

01/16/14 | By | More
Telluride Venture Accelerator Announces Winners

Six Companies Selected for 2014 Accelerator Class TELLURIDE – Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA), an initiative of the Telluride Foundation, is pleased to announce the six winners slated to participate in the five month Accelerator program in 2014. The winners were selected from a very competitive field which featured applicants from throughout the U.S. and worldwide. […]

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Lip Zink!

01/16/14 | By | More
Lip Zink!

Editor:  I read with great dismay that Jumpin’ Jan has resigned from her position at KOTO?! That spells the end of an era full of color, fun and energy. In honor of Janice’s many many years at KOTO I suggest we rename the Lip Synch contest Lip Zink contest and hold an annual mad-hatters tea […]

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Built With Love for Those Warm Moments With Cake, Cider

01/16/14 | By | More
Built With Love for Those Warm Moments With Cake, Cider

MONTROSE — For Elizabeth Ruedas and her two children, six-year-old Analicia and eight-year-old Diego, the new house Habitat for Humanity provided them was generous. But to have friends and family bless the home through words of prayer meant even more. That was the sentiment last Friday, when Habitat for Humanity of Montrose donated its 43rd […]

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OBITUARY | Sylvia Pangrazi Blackburn

OBITUARY | Sylvia Pangrazi Blackburn

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Zink Steps Down From KOTO Special Events

01/16/14 | By | More
Zink Steps Down From KOTO Special Events

TELLURIDE – KOTO Special Events Director Janice “Jumpin’ Jan” Zink resigned on Tuesday, Jan. 7, after ten years on staff at the radio station where she began DJ-ing in 1979. Zink’s resignation came after the radio station’s seven-member board presented her with a scaled-down contract for 2014, with just four locked-in special events (the Ride, Duck […]

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Tom Wise Announces Candidacy for Montrose County Commissioner

01/16/14 | By | More
Tom Wise Announces Candidacy for Montrose County Commissioner

MONTROSE COUNTY – Montrose resident Tom Wise announced his candidacy for Montrose County Commissioner at the Montrose Republican Central Committee on Thursday, Jan. 9.  Wise said in a press release that he plans to focus on law, liberty, honesty and doing what’s right for the citizens of Montrose County. Wise seeks Montrose County’s District 2 […]

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Chicks with Picks Celebrates 15 Years of Kicking Ax

01/16/14 | By | More
Chicks with Picks Celebrates 15 Years of Kicking Ax

OURAY – Every January and February since 1999, Chicks with Picks’ infamous “girly guides” have descended on the Ouray Ice Park to teach women of all abilities how to ice climb. The organization is now celebrating its 15th year of “women climbing with women, for women.”  “Celebrating the milestone is important,” said head chick Kim […]

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ELEVATED | Revisiting the Classics

01/16/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Revisiting the Classics

Mollie and Rich in Ridgway The singer Mollie O’Brien and her husband Rich Moore play the Sherbino Theater next Thursday evening, January 23, at 7 p.m. It’s the first on a 14-stop tour to promote their new CD, Love Runner. You may know O’Brien from the duet albums she’s  recorded with her brother, contemporary bluegrass […]

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Committee’s Review of Two FBOs Nearing Completion

01/15/14 | By | More
Committee’s Review of Two FBOs Nearing Completion

MONTROSE – County Manager Rick Eckert, who sits on the committee tasked with reviewing the two proposals for a possible second fixed-base operator at the Montrose Regional Airport, said Tuesday that the committee’s work is nearly finished. Its recommendations to the Montrose Board of County Commissioners should come by the end of this week. That […]

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Loncarich, Rodgers Indicted for Wildlife Violations

01/15/14 | By | More
Loncarich, Rodgers Indicted for Wildlife Violations

GRAND JUNCTION – Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources announced last week the indictments of outfitters Christopher W. Loncarich, 55 of Mack, Colo.  and his assistant guide Nicholaus J. Rodgers, 30, of Medford, Ore. for allegedly conspiring to lead clients on illegal hunts in western […]

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Welcome Home Montrose Projects More Growth in 2014

01/15/14 | By | More
Welcome Home Montrose Projects More Growth in 2014

MONTROSE – It has been said the military is one big family. But when the career of a military man or woman is over, the uniform stored away, a void can grow; where once order and purpose existed is now replaced with doubt and fear. The operators of Welcome Home Montrose know this. Last year […]

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REPORT FROM CAPITOL HILL | It’s Time to Take the Wildfire Challenge Seriously

01/15/14 | By | More
REPORT FROM CAPITOL HILL | It’s Time to Take the Wildfire Challenge Seriously

Legislative session 2014 is less than two weeks away and it’ll be an interesting time in the Colorado Senate. The recalls and resignation of three Democratic senators since we adjourned in May mean a nearly 10 percent turnover in a non-election year. Election season 2014 looms on the horizon, too, so we’ll have quite the […]

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38th Telluride Jazz Festival Set To Bring Lettuce, Grupo Fantasma, Jon Cleary and More in August

01/15/14 | By | More
38th Telluride Jazz Festival Set To Bring Lettuce, Grupo Fantasma, Jon Cleary and More in August

It may be the dead of Winter right now, thankfully, but the Telluride music institutions that claim the Summer season are already positioning their pieces with lineup announcements that should get Western Slope festival patrons hopeful for yet another stellar season of performances. Yesterday the Telluride Jazz Festival unveiled their initial artists for the 38th […]

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U.S. 550 May Remain Closed Through Weekend, at Least

01/15/14 | By | More
U.S. 550 May Remain Closed Through Weekend, at Least

OURAY – U.S. 550 Red Mountain Pass will be closed “at least through the weekend,” due to extensive rockfall and unsafe conditions, according to Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks. Previous reports via the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office that the highway would reopen at least temporarily on Tuesday evening were incorrect, Shanks said. “When […]

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Ski Biomechanics Camp Starts Thursday

01/14/14 | By | More
Ski Biomechanics Camp Starts Thursday

TELLURIDE – Telluride Ski and Golf Co. offers a Ski Biomechanics Camp, Thursday, Jan. 16-Sunday, Jan. 19, taught by Dr. Kim Hewson, an orthopedic surgeon, former director of Sports Medicine at the University of Arizona, and a lead Telluride Ski and Snowboard School instructor. Hewson has refined a science-based biomechanics approach to ski instruction, used by […]

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San Miguel County Democrats Caucus and Assembly 2014 Timeline

San Miguel County Democrats Caucus and Assembly 2014 Timeline

Editor: The San Miguel County Democrats are seeking input and holding a meeting on the upcoming 2014 election cycle, and timeline for caucuses and assemblies, on Friday Jan. 24 at La Cocina de Luz in Telluride at 10 a.m. Interested individuals who wish to learn more about the process or how they can become more […]

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A Salad Bar Worth Returning to Time (and Time Again)

01/13/14 | By | More
A Salad Bar Worth Returning to Time (and Time Again)

147 E Main Street, Montrose,  970/249-8791 It’s just a salad, fairly basic. But, it’s the right mixture of vegetables, croutons, pickled beets (!) and two different salad dressings for that balance of creaminess and tanginess. That’s right, I love a good salad bar and sometimes they can be hard to find when you want one […]

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Tri-County Health Network Awarded Federal Grant

01/13/14 | By | More
Tri-County Health Network Awarded Federal Grant

$380,000 Awarded to Boost Medicaid Enrollment WESTERN SAN JUANS – The Tri-County Health Network, a Telluride-based nonprofit organization that helps San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose county residents gain access to health care, was awarded a two-year, $380,000 federal grant to boost enrollment in Medicaid and Child Health Plus Plans, CHP+, a state-funded insurance program for […]

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UPDATED: French Climbers Mercier, Maureau Take Gold and Glory at Ouray Ice Fest

01/12/14 | By | More
UPDATED: French Climbers Mercier, Maureau Take Gold and Glory at Ouray Ice Fest

OURAY – How do you train to win the Elite Mixed Climbing Competition at the Ouray Ice Festival? Here’s one way: veteran ice climber Jeff Mercier spent the past month bouldering with his 8-year-old son Pablo near their home in Chamonix, France.  Mercier, 45, thinks this put him in the right mindset to master a […]

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MONTROSE COUNTY BRIEFS | Commissioners Continue to Field Questions on Possible FBO

01/12/14 | By | More
MONTROSE COUNTY BRIEFS | Commissioners Continue to Field Questions on Possible FBO

MONTROSE – Despite the Montrose County Commissioners insisting that no decision will be made outside a public arena about a possible second fixed base operator at the Montrose Regional Airport, residents are still questioning the ongoing county vetting process for a possible second FBO. During the public comment portion of Monday’s BOCC meeting, resident Paul […]

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Dr. Gloria Beim Is Chief Medical Officer for 2014 Team USA

01/12/14 | By | More
Dr. Gloria Beim Is Chief Medical Officer for 2014 Team USA

TELLURIDE -– Chosen by Team USA to serve as its chief medical officer in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Gloria Beim, M.D., has been working behind the scenes to help construct a world-class sports medicine facility for American athletes in Sochi, reviewing medical histories and visiting the site of the Winter Games to inspect the […]

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From ‘Ueli Fever’ to the ‘Saturday Night Freezer,’ the Ouray Ice Fest Is in Full Swing

01/11/14 | By | More
From ‘Ueli Fever’ to the ‘Saturday Night Freezer,’ the Ouray Ice Fest Is in Full Swing

OURAY – The Ouray Ice Festival started off with a bang on Thursday night, Jan. 9, as legendary Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck gave a standing-room-only multimedia presentation at the Main Street Theater in Ouray. Steck was originally scheduled to appear on Saturday night at the Ouray Community Center, but had an important commitment come up […]

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Out of Disaster, a Passion for Skiing Takes Flower

01/09/14 | By | More
Out of Disaster, a Passion for Skiing Takes Flower

On August 27, 2006 in Kentucky, emergency crews pulled Jim Polehinke from the wreckage of Comair Flight 5191, which crashed during takeoff. There were 49 fatalities, and copilot Polehinke was the only survivor.The crash left Polehinke with multiple broken bones, a collapsed lung and severe bleeding, resulting in a leg amputation and a spinal cord […]

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Where Physical Challenges Meet Their Match

01/08/14 | By | More
Where Physical Challenges Meet Their Match

“He wouldn’t be able to ski without it.”Rich Humphrey’s 10-year-old son got an autism diagnosis five years ago. According to Humphrey, the diagnosis helped the family articulate the challenges their son faced. For example, the large, loud, group activities other children found exciting, he found overwhelming. A traditional kid’s ski lesson was unthinkable. Not anymore, […]

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Silverton Skijoring: Skis, Steeds and Speed

Silverton Skijoring: Skis, Steeds and Speed

Silverton’s heyday as a mining boomtown may be long gone, but once a year, in the heart of winter, the Wild West returns to this scrappy little mountain town, when race horses hurtle down Blair Street at 45 mph, pulling daredevil skiers behind them for the annual Silverton Skijoring races. The Presidents Day weekend event […]

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A Cycling Renaissance: Singletrack Comes to Moab

01/02/14 | By | More
A Cycling Renaissance: Singletrack Comes to Moab

The first time I rode the Slickrock Trail was in 1985. Back then, it was on everyone’s bucket list. When ski season ended, everyone wanted to be in Moab, riding the early mountain-bike designs. We talked about needing a suspension system that took the pounding out of the riding, but no one knew when that […]

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Cyclocross: Hot New Fall-Winter Sport

Cyclocross: Hot New Fall-Winter Sport

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Rocky Mountain High

01/01/14 | By | More
Rocky Mountain High

The Telluride Regional Airport is a beautiful place, even if you’re not departing or arriving by air. At 9,078 ft., the highest airport in North America sits on a mesa with high peaks on three sides and Utah’s La Sal Mountains as a distant backdrop to the west. Flying into this tiny airport can be […]

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A Perfect Pairing: Alpino Vino and Skiing in Telluride

01/01/14 | By | More
A Perfect Pairing: Alpino Vino and Skiing in Telluride

From the steeps of the Gold Hill chutes to the sweeping views from See Forever, Telluride is a world-class ski resort. Now, it has the world-class on-mountain dining it deserves. The nighttime experience at the European-inspired Alpino Vino takes diners out of this world, almost literally, beginning with the half-hour ride in what’s probably the […]

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Sledding the San Juans

01/01/14 | By | More
Sledding the San Juans

Being a complete non-motorhead by nature, I’ve often wondered: What’s the big deal about riding a big, stinky, noisy machine across the snow? Last March, before winter released its grip on the San Juan Mountains, I set out to find the answer to that question, and found it in three very different places. MOLAS PASS […]

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