Western Colorado is not insulated from the threat posed by Mexican drug cartels.
Letting the people speakRosemerry Wahtola Trommer of Placerville is a poet and essayist, a teacher, and a singer in the seven-woman a capella group Heartbeat, which performs the evening of March 31 at the Ah Haa School. Here she is on the power of being and non-being, her Diet Pepsi secret and the gift of […]
Letting the people speakMichael McCullough is a Ridgway sculptor who has been integral to the town’s designation as a Creative District. Here he is on his magnum opus, the most interesting person he knows and a certain fire truck. What was your childhood ambition? I wanted to be an actor and a singer. My first artistic training […]
Letting the people speakDanika Gilbert is a Ridgway grant writer and climbing guide. Here she is on her life’s great theme, the enduring appeal of tundra plants and dreams coming true. What was your childhood ambition? I always wanted to be outdoors and was interested in science; being a biologist or a research scientist is what […]
Letting the people speakAnn E. Cheeks is a landscape painter and art educator whose most recent exhibit, a joint show with fellow artist (and Ouray resident) Ann Dettmer entitled For the Love Of It, is up at the Ah Haa School through the end of the month. Here she is on proud moments, oaks as […]
Letting the people speakMusician Scott Doser has overseen arts programs at the Telluride Arts Council, the Wilkinson Library and the Palm Theatre. He’s also a drummer. Here he is on career change, drum-theft and feeding people. Childhood Ambition: I’ve always been an artist. It never occurred to me that I could do anything else. I […]
I did it for research and you should tooLike most of us do, I was perusing Facebook when I came across a post stating, “Keep Calm and Speed Date.” The event was to be held on Feb. 6 at 2 Rascals Brewery in Montrose, benefitting the Colorado Mesa MC Voice Group and I was strangely […]
Letting the people speakRusty George is the head of Montrose High School’s Science Department and the founder of its outdoor and climbing clubs. Here he is on nature, nurture and backpacking with John Denver. Childhood Ambition: Early on it was to be a boxer. I was really short when I was young – a little […]
Letting the people speakErin Stadelman is president of the Ouray County Cattlemen’s Association, which holds its annual Cattlemen’s Banquet Feb. 14, and the Ouray County Rodeo Association. Here she is on cowboys, ranching and living the dream. Childhood Ambition: When I was in kindergarten, I got an assignment that asked, “What do you want to […]
Letting the people speakMichelle Dally is a travelling veterinarian who makes house calls in Telluride, Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose. Here she is on life before vet school, her pet “pet” and fanaticism Childhood Ambition: To be a bestselling author. Why did you decide to become a vet? What did you do before? I got a […]
Letting the people speakAlpinist and outdoor gear company Marmot Ambassador Jim Nowak is President and Co-Founder of Ridgway’s dZi Foundation, which partners with remote Himalayan communities in India and Nepal to build schools, sponsor children’s education and build toilets and clean-water taps. Here he is on charity, ice climbing and who inspires him most. Childhood […]
Letting the people speakMontrose painter and gilder Mike Simpson is the owner of the Main Street art gallery that bears his name. Here he talks about art and motorcycling – and moose and grizzly – in the West. Childhood Ambition: To be a cowboy. Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were my heroes. I am in […]
Sasha DiGiulian, the world’s best female sport climber, is competing as an ice climber at this weekend’s ice festival in Ouray. Here, she discusses juggling her career as a climber with being a full-time student at an Ivy League university. Childhood ambition: To be a veterinarian and a children’s book writer. How I got into […]
Letting the people speakOuray poet Beth Paulson is the co-founder, along with Kierstin Bridger, of the Open Bard Poetry Series that meets each month in Ridgway. Here, she reflects on reading, writing and listening. Childhood Ambition: My favorite Christmas gifts were a toy typewriter when I was about 6, and later, my own desk wrapped […]
Letting the people speakTelluride Theatre’s artistic director, Sasha Sullivan, premieres her original holiday production, “Playing Santa” at the Sheridan Opera House this week. Here, the high-spirited actor-writer-director-stripper (she invented the raucous annual fundraiser, Burlesque) plays only herself. Childhood ambition: To be a unicorn. I really wanted to be a unicorn! [laughs] Failing that, the President […]
Rhonda Muckerman, director of the Telluride Choral Society, has a big weekend coming up: She will conduct more than 60 singers — 30 adults and over 30 children — in the choral society’s 21st annual holiday program, WinterSing. She grew up in New Jersey, attended college and graduate school in the Midwest, and had a […]
Next year marks the 30th anniversary of The Polar Express, author Chris Van Allsburg’s enduring story of a young boy’s unexpected Christmas Eve journey on a locomotive train to the North Pole. Fun fact: Allsburg played on a steam engine, the Pere Marquette Railroad’s no. 1225, in Michigan as a child. He used the engine […]
In a season of good cheer, Telluride Arts’ Programs Director Britt Markey appears the perfect example. Except for one thing: she’s ebullient year-round. Though she was raised in Albuquerque and Phoenix, “My great-grandfather worked as a miner in Telluride, and my grandfather was a miner in Rico,” she says. “Growing up, I spent my summers […]
Organizers plan to feature multi-storied, fire-emitting “art cars” and burn barrels as well as other larger-than-life, animated and fiery art installations in public spaces.
Over the past five years, the ministry has seen an increase of 190 percent in people that need assistance and it needs your help.
Her chosen theme for December is “Descent Narratives – Down the Rabbit Hole We Go.”
Patients will be provided care inside the dedicated therapy space as well as throughout the CRC including the therapy pool, walking track and the fitness area.
The goal of JBBS is shorter jail sentences and decreased recidivism through appropriate treatment.
Telluride native Naomi Major’s hockey career began here, and although the game has taken her far from Colorado, she has not lost any love for Telluride.
The plan grew out of several Meadows residents’ input on the lack of desired infrastructure and amenities.
The 11 members of the Council are determined to make positive change.
11-6-2014: Prisoner transport to court.
A “support group” for home brewers meets on the second Wednesday of every month.
The Makerspace in Montrose is open to those who want to see their ideas materialize
The SMA Board is immediately seeking her replacement
TEAER: Pharr Davis will discuss and sign copies of her book, Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph,
Pharr Davis will discuss and sign copies of her book, Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph,
Another round in a long-running legal battle over who has ultimate control.
Although infants cannot understand words right away, reading aloud to a baby is a wonderful shared activity that encourages bonding and stimulates the child, and can continue for years.
Since the launch of the field trip program, more than 3,000 1st graders have toured the library and received library cards.
Montrose, officials are working on a broadband initiative to transition from a copper-based to fiber-based infrastructure.
Principal Benjamin Stephenson hopes to create thoughtful digital citizens.
Approximately 304 members will experience a brief 30-minute outage.
“This is such a tremendous asset for the shelter and our region,” said SCHS Executive Director Kelly Goodin.
The RSS chapter of the National Honor Society is working with United Blood Services to orchestrate the event.
The theme of this year’s Expo is “Celebrate Life – Tools For Successful Aging.
Pediatric Associates of Montrose is leading the way in a progressive strategy to promote healthier lifestyle choices for youth.
Esther Dixon, owner of Herbs and Spice and Everything Nice, is a big fan of herbs and believes in the healing and preventative ability of natural antidotes.
County officials are closely monitoring national developments and implementing the resources necessary to achieve appropriate levels of preparedness.
The city will continue to air live and recorded broadcasts of City Council meetings on Channel 191.
Tri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork) says it’s time to make sure your health insurance is lined up for 2015.
The community is invited to join the Mayor, City Council members, and staff to enjoy coffee, juice, and donuts at a kickoff celebration on Tuesday, October 21, from 8-9 a.m., in Centennial Plaza.
Free vaccinations include Dtap for children, Tdap for adults and children 11 and older, and pneumovax for seniors.
A donor has offered to match all donations (up to $25,000), which will be solicited in a brief call for donations halfway through the evening.
Construction has begun on the Tri-State’s Happy Canyon-Bullock Transmission Line through Riverbottom Park and on top of Sunset Mesa, for maintenance and safety purposes.
How do we get more of the food that is grown locally actually on local plates and particularly on plates within our schools?
There will be a dedication of the new kiosk for the trailhead, followed by a 2-3 mile hike on the Blaine Basin Trail.
The pending vacancy will go into effect on Jan. 13, 2015, when current Ouray County Judge David Westfall becomes a Colorado 7th Judicial District judge.
The 2014 event will be an English “high tea,” presented with all the traditional trappings of fine china and sterling silver.
Last week, at age 92, she packed up her things and left Ouray to live with her daughter Roxanna in Rock Island, Wa.
While there have been no identified cases in Colorado at this time, the Montrose County and local authorities are taking appropriate precautions.
“That doesn’t look like applesauce,” Elle says, staring at the gurgling pot full of cooking fruit.
Mad Labs are themed around particular areas of science and encourage kids to experiment, learn, design, create, investigate, and more.
Katie Karow: “Not many people do have a chance like this, especially in a small town!”
‘We will offer a prayer and then a gentle sprinkling of holy water on the animals,” says Deacon Mike Doehrman.
The Colorado Water Plan does have the time and space to really delve into both sides of the transmountain diversion conversation.
Fourteen Wells Fargo volunteers will assist with building a new home on Oct. 18.
It’s the festival people have heard of, but no one really knows what’s happening.
The barrel of fun rolls out at the Ouray Community Center, 320 Sixth Avenue from 5-10 p.m.
The theme this year is Rodeo, with cowboys, bull riders and other rodeo scenes are carved from the rows of corn.
Local group launches its first annual fundraiser benefiting three local nonprofits.
Telluride’s Kathryn Shasha came up with the idea of Tell-China Adventures, after visiting her son, David Robinson, in Shanghai.
“Our idea is to grow our small group into a larger network of parents and community members, focused on ensuring our children have a great education in the Ridgway schools.”
SMPA must de-energize and move the large three-phase power line serving these areas for construction purposes.
At the end of the collection period, all medications are turned over to the DEA for destruction.
A celebration to honor Kristin will occur Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Arroyo Wine Bar.
From preschool to second grade, the school employs a Montessori approach to learning.
A 60s California surfer, Gary Hickcox began his life in Telluride in 1975 as a young, inspired fifth-grade teacher.
The GMUG has a rich history of wilderness stewardship with over 10 congressionally designated wilderness areas covering about 20 percent of our 3 million acre forest.
From Babe Ruth’s car to a Formula Race car prostate screenings.
Visiting artist Peter Gil-Sheridan leads a master class in playwriting on two consecutive Saturdays at the Blue Raven Gallery in Silverton
On Saturday, Sept. 27, Centennial Plaza hosts live music from Euforquestra, Kipori Woods and more.
The seminar features a line-up of qualified speakers, including keynote speaker Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.
The CDPHE and Energy Fuels filed separate motions to dismiss the complaint in September 2013.
Now, the ghost town will be able to withstand many a harsh winter to come.
Although there have been some hurdles to overcome, Superintendent Kyle Schumacher is optimistic.
Registration is $35 ($50 for professionals seeking CEC) until Sept.15 and $40 ($60) thereafter.
This year, the 75-year-old athlete won a medal for every sport he competed in.
Beginning the week of Oct. 14, mail ballots will be sent to all active, registered voters at their address on file.
Is the U.S. really safer today than it was before Sept. 11, 2001?
This year’s Telluride Painting School features six weeks of classes taught by Robert Weatherford and two other handpicked visiting artists.
Some kids take the bus to school. Others walk, or ride their bike. Gentry Gobey rides a horse named Zipper.
Much of what needs to be fixed is not readily apparent to anyone except those who are intimately familiar with its archaic workings.
Grant applications are due Monday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.
This year, the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office repairing the Ute Trail in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.
Topping this list was a recommendation to build a new sloping metal roof.
The proposed Telluride law would limit the legality of panhandling by restricting places, methods and times it can occur.
Make sure to have your say when it comes to the health care needs in the region by participating Tri-County Health Network’s community survey available now until Sept. 15.
The all-new Ouray County Fairgrounds are the place to be for the fantastic five-day celebration over Labor Day Weekend.
These dead trees are not only unsightly and a significant fire hazard, they cause an extreme risk to any property they might fall on.
right yellow bins located at Dallas Creek and the main boat ramp hold the life jackets which are available to be used for free for the day.
Crime Stoppers provides a system for soliciting and receiving anonymous tips as well as offering monetary rewards to tipsters in exchange for information that leads to an arrest.
Telluride’s community radio station is being torn apart by an emotional debate about its very purpose.
Ouray’s mining heritage will be front and center in an upcoming mineralogy symposium.
We can continue to reduce our consumption locally by meeting our electric needs more efficiently.
While it is easy to measure how much water is in reservoirs, it is much less clear how much groundwater remains in the region’s aquifers.
We are not necessarily immune to the shocking increase in mortality hitting our forests.
Montrose District Superintendent Dr. Mark MacHale describes district results on statewide TCAP tests as a “mixed bag.”
The RTA feasibility study addressed the costs, benefits and challenges of building and funding a public transportation system.
Although the issue of keeping the Medical Center in Telluride was a common theme, it was conspicuously absent from the formal presentation.
Talks from the festival’s long list of presenters start Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Palm Theatre, and go on through Tuesday.
Holbrook was a member of the board of directors for SMRC for eight years, including serving as board president and as chair of the Chocolate Lovers Fling, SMRC’s largest fundraiser.
The morning session will cover the basics of genealogy research, types of documentation available, and online sources for information.
Entrance to Grillin’ & Chillin’ is free for all; beer-tasting costs $25 which includes a commemorative tasting glass.
The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.
Offers everything from guided forays to presentations on mushroom cultivation, anthropology, remediation, and significant research.
Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) and U.S. Road Champion Timmy Duggan will join the round-trip charity tour from Ridgway to Telluride Aug. 30.
Bridge Camp goes beyond building bridges with toothpicks.
None of the eight natural basins has discovered a big pool of unused water to resolve the metropolitan gap.
The Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival takes place over the Friday, Aug. 8-Sunday, Aug. 10. weekend.
You don’t have to be a scientist to understand that meaningful engagement with your children is good for their development.
The exhibit will remain on display through October at Resource Art Gallery & Co-op in Ridgway.
Paulson’s tour includes detailed explanations of the museum’s many ranching and mining artifacts.
Afghanistan-born Azim Salehi will speak about the future of his country Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m., at Wilkinson Library.
One of the highlights of MusicFest is when the festival’s guest musicians teach master classes to local music students.
According to a statement, since the program went into effect, The Market at Mountain Village has reduced the number of bags it distributes by 72 percent – or 129,900 less bags.
The City of Montrose is working to establish a plan for replacement and achieving ADA compliance and accessibility.
In January 2014, Medicaid eligibility guidelines were expanded to include adults, pregnant women, and children.
‘Ms. Lamberson concludes with the point that professional change has been brought to KOTO by the ED, citing compliance issues with regulatory agencies and broadcasting companies, which I applaud.’
Second Chance, will now be operating both shops to directly support animal rescue and outreach programs.
Protect Our Winters’ mission is to engage and mobilize the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change.
“We are looking for people who want to contribute their time and energy to better the Forest and who enjoy working with other people.”
Telluride has received a total of $89,752 for the five months of retail and medical marijuana sales.
Construction eventually started in 1978 and the reservoir filled completely for the first time in 1990.
Personally committing to recycle all possible products is a very important step, but recycling is an energy-intensive process.
The final ‘Evenings of History’ lecture for 2014 will explore the history of Ridgway’s oldest performing arts venue.
Horn will trace the history of wagon road development from the early 1870s when the discovery of precious minerals in the San Juan Mountains made southwestern Colorado a destination.
While Mountain Village finds sites for two proposed new facilities, Telluride appears bogged down by process.
Fraser highlights Telluride’s progress over the past six months.
As O’Neill tells it, 2012 was a “crazy year to be climbing Everest,” with bad weather, scarce snow and overcrowding conspiring to lead to the deaths of six climbers.
The 128th Annual Montrose County Fair and Rodeo has everything from a dirt-biking Enduro X event and a bacon-eating contest.
Including free prostate exams, because ‘this is a sausage fest, a guy thing,’ says the promoter.
On Friday, July 18, Putney’s friends and family will come together at long last to honor him at 3 p.m. at the Olathe Assembly of God Church.
The story of two significant Ouray County mines will unfold at the Ouray County Historical Society’s next “Evening of History’ lecture on Tuesday, July 22.
Could be the beginning of a full-blown aerial adventure course.
Only two hospitals in Colorado were honored with this award.
Wilshusen will discuss the early Pueblo great house communities and their leaders in both Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon, and present evidence that Mesa Verde and Chaco’s beginnings are deeply intertwined and may go back as far as AD 750.
This Friday, 140 runners from across the country and around the world will gather in the cool dawn out in front of the Silverton School gym for the 21st running of the Hardrock 100.
At least two new records were likely set at last Friday’s Fourth of July water fights in Ouray – the shortest battle, and the longest winning streak.
The CML Executive Board is comprised of 19 elected officials and key municipal staff members who are elected by the membership at an annual business meeting.
The eight talks include a question and answer period and cover the following topics: rebate programs and grants; renewable energy incentives and financing options and more.
I’m the epitome of today’s working parent: Master Multi-Tasker.
It is a show for all ages and it is not to be missed (it only happens every two years, ya know…)!
Completing the next section of the trail will require constructing a bridge.
Wave a flag, drink a beer or shop to celebrate our country’s independence through a slew of activities slated for July 3-5 in downtown Montrose.
The effort is part of the Heat Is On campaign, which pairs heightened enforcement with public education.
The market hours and location remain the same; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on South Oak Street.
This popular, patriotic community-wide event attracts 400-500 people from Ridgway, Ouray, Telluride, Montrose as well as out-of-state visitors each year.
Ever wonder where your recycling goes?
Featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine last year, the Telluride parade – starting, as always, at 11 a.m. sharp – is a summer staple.
Frank’s talk will examine the tensions between tourism and ecology that have impacted Rocky Mountain National Park’s natural environment over the past century.
There is no entry fee. Simply submit your photo online to at www.TellurideHotShotPhotoContest.com before noon on Friday, July 5. First prize is $500.
It’s a barbecue unlike any other.
Silverton’s Fourth of July festivities kick off at 7:30 a.m., with a Blue Ribbon Fun Run starting at Memorial Park. This 2k, 5k or 10k run benefits the Silverton Youth Center.
The system is a high-speed telephone emergency notification system that allows public safety personnel to send messages directly to residents, whether they are home or away.
San Miguel County is hoping to dedicate a plaque in the Placerville Park in remembrance of the Ute removal from the region.
The event also features a White Water Rodeo for adults, including the popular “Junk of the Unc” race where families put together unique watercraft.
The public is invited to attend the award ceremony on July 4, at 1 p.m. at Azadi Fine Rug’s Colorado Avenue location.
The Science of Bugs will cover bug biology, anatomy, and evolution.
Also in Briefs, the Montrose Recreation District is now selling the certificates of participation to the public to finance construction of a new Community Recreation Center.
The Telluride Science Research Center celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer by joining the Fourth of July parade.
MABA urges riders to have their bikes checked at their local bike shop and to celebrate Bike Day, Week and Month in Montrose!
True rummage sale die-hards look forward to the event all year long, and come back several times while it is underway.
More than 650 cyclists from all over the world will participate in the 20th Annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado.
The effort is “kind of a big deal,” said Alan Staehle of the OFPD, because it signifies a change in focus in Colorado.
Ouray County’s rich ranching, mining and railroading heritage will be on full display at the second annual Ridgway Heritage Days event Sunday, June 15.
Not your typical farmer’s market, the Norwood Farm and Craft Market not only has plenty of local vendors offering fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and preserves, but it also offers plenty of agricultural knowledge for residents looking to keep their own gardens healthy and bountiful.
Gardens That Thrive returns for a second year; this year’s workshop is focused on school gardens and curriculum integration.
The retail value of the Raffle Jeep with all its bells and whistles is a record $40,000.
In Ridgway, a new purpose-built Dog Den at Second Chance Humane Society’s Animal Resource Center doubles the shelter’s capacity and ability to save lives.
Karen Walker has been with the school since 1998, is named executive director.
The Forest Order was enacted to ensure public health and safety near a massive mudslide.
The co-op will pay back more than $900,000 in capital credits to consumers who were members of SMPA in 1985, 1986 and 1998.
Participating nonprofit organizations seek donations for the sale.
Early bird ticket prices offer $100 off the three-day Namaste Pass and four-day Guru Pass.
Sixth Annual Ouray Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival Seeks Applications…23rd Annual Telluride Science Research Center Town Talks..
The artists and their van will be in the region this week, with stops in Mancos, Dolores and Ridgway en route to Telluride for Mountainfilm.
Although America used to be the leader in education, today college graduates are increasingly ill-equipped for the workplace.
PLUS: Conference Calling for Library Patrons… Communitywide Summer Gear Swap and Garage Sale May 31… OCHS Photo Exhibit Showcases Autumn in Ouray County… Ouray Elks Scholarships…
The Montrose County School District RE-1J will implement a three-year initiative to boost middle and high school student preparedness.
Summer swim season kicks off next week, with a week-long after-school swim stroke camp for kids at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool.
UPDATED | May 14, 4:30 p.m. A School Board meeting devolved into a yelling match between board members, parents and Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs as students watched on in dismay.
The Conference in Delta is for physicians, emergency medical professionals and other clinical professionals; CME/CE credits available.
This summer, the Alpine Ranger Program will take a different form.
The Telluride Mountain School has hired Tucker Szymkowicz as director of experiential education; it is a new position for the school.
Love Your Valley Festival Next Weekend …Yoga Center Hosts Mindfulness Expert John Bruna
The Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge provides free online tools to encourage Coloradans to make a concerted and collective effort to be active during May.
With the library now stabilized following a period of turmoil, Interim Library Director Brenda Carns is passing the baton to a new library director.
Conference Calling for Library Patrons …2014 ROCC Parking Lot Sale Slated for Saturday, May 17
A free Medicare 101 And More program takes place Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., in the Montrose Memorial Hospital’s basement meeting room, at 800 S. 3rd St., Montrose.
Students are participating in Habitat for Humanity’s national alternative break program, Collegiate Challenge.
A coworker’s wife and I were recently discussing the challenges of having both a career and a family…
CDOT plans more road closures of Highway 550/Red Mountain Pass beginning next week where there was a massive rockslide last winter.
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.
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.
The voters have spoken, and the Montrose Recreation District is moving forward in creating a citizen oversight committee for the project.
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.
“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.
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.
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?”
Holiday Inn Express Suites Completes Renovation…Azadi Announces Angel Award Recipients…‘Made in Telluride Moment’ Promotion and Contest
You might not expect a PowerPoint presentation on wildflowers to be X-rated but then perhaps you didn’t know that flowers are a plant’s genitals. According to plant ecologist and self-styled “extreme botanist” Katherine Darrow, who closed out this year’s fourth annual Bear Creek Stewardship Course, sponsored by the Pinhead Institute, “wildflowers are all about sex.” […]