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Letters to the Editor

Help SKIPPY reach its goal

12/10/14 | By | More
Help SKIPPY reach its goal

Dear editor, Through continued support from the community, Tri-County Health Network is seeking to grow the San Juan Kids Cavity Prevention Program, also known as Skippy. TCHNetwork partners with 16 schools throughout Delta, Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel counties twice a year to provide oral exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and oral hygiene instruction to […]

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Sign of the Times

This is the final issue of The Watch as we know it. This newspaper and its contributors will be missed.

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Vote for Mark Izard

11/26/14 | By | More

As a longtime member and supporter of KOTO, I am writing to endorse Mark Izard for the San Miguel Education Fund (KOTO) board of directors.

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‘Sex and the Single Beer Can’

11/26/14 | By | 51 More

“Sex and the Single Beer Can” was the title of a textbook my favorite college professor wrote for his Mass Communication 101 course.

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Mark Izard for KOTO

My name is Mark Izard, and I am running for the KOTO (SMEF) Board.

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A Warm Thank You From Faye Eriksen’s Grandparents

It is both gratifying and heartwarming to see the breadth and depth of love and compassion expressed by the Ridgway-Telluride-Ophir-Ouray communities in the recent benefit for our granddaughter Faye Eriksen.

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KOTO Board Endorsements

With ballots now in the hands of members of KOTO Community Radio, I would like to endorse two of the candidates on the ballot.

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What’s Best for the Whole?

11/21/14 | By | More

When it comes to the Gunnison sage-grouse, it’s easy for people and groups to focus on differences of opinion.

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Town Council: Please Stop Granting Waivers

11/21/14 | By | More

This letter is written in regards to the upcoming vote by the Telluride town council on the very important issue of waivers to the Land Use Code.

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Ski Patrol Thanks

Thanks to the generosity of the Telluride Ski Patrol, many students at Telluride Schools receive assistance to participate in the Ski PE program.

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The Need for Affordable Housing in Telluride

10/30/14 | By | 130 More

The current PUD proposals are a complete mismatch for the actual needs of this community.

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No Reason to Jump May’s Ship

10/29/14 | By | More

The only reason I can see where anyone would vote against Joan May might be if she personally stole your ox.

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Save the Ouray School

10/29/14 | By | 52 More

I have witnessed the deterioration of our historic and famous building. It is in desperate need of help.

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Telluride Mountain Club Supports 3A

The Telluride Academy and Telluride Mountain Club wholeheartedly support the Telluride R1 School District’s proposed school expansion.

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Two Bad Ideas

10/28/14 | By | 78 More

Term limits and voting for commissioners by district are two very bad ideas.

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3A: Yes Is the Only Answer

What questions remain? Why is this important to do now?

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‘Pampering’ Leads to a ‘Stupider’ Telluride

10/23/14 | By | 271 More

“I have lived here 37 years and have noted the more pampering of the kids, the stupider Telluride has become. “

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Look Forward, Not Backward

You have read the statistics regarding the growth in the number of students in our schools.

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GMO Yes or No?

Without hesitation I will vote for CO Prop 105 to label GMO foods.

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Dick Jossi Responds to John Hollrah’s Letter

10/23/14 | By | 63 More

As to your comment about tourism I would suggest the signs probably will have a positive effect with the messages reflecting what the majority of us feel and hope.

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Needs Versus Wants

10/23/14 | By | More

After reading all the gushing love letters featured in the papers on behalf of the school, I realized that it would be advantageous to lend another perspective.

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Vote for Tisdel

10/23/14 | By | More

While it is difficult to dignify Susan Watson’s letter with a response, we can agree that neither of us condone the vandalizing of signs, and I don’t know anyone who does.

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Voters Deserve an ‘Election Based Upon Candidate Qualifications’

While he manages to cast my objections in a negative light, Mr. Hollrah does get something correct in his attack letter.

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Reelect Joan May

10/22/14 | By | More

I’m voting to re-elect Joan May for San Miguel County Commissioner.

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May Day

10/22/14 | By | More

Let’s celebrate another May day in November.

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Greenspan for San Miguel County Commissioner

10/22/14 | By | More

I would like to offer my support and endorsement of Jonathan Greenspan for County Commissioner.

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Support 3B in Ouray

I hope this letter provides a reasonable explanation of the “3B” ballot issue in Ouray.

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Time for a Change, Vote for Greenspan

10/21/14 | By | More

Given the stalemate in both regional and national politics, it is a welcome relief to have a candidate who is running as an Independent

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Illegal Hunter Sought

On Sept. 11, at about 7:30 a.m., a bull elk was illegally killed in West Meadows.

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Thank You, Telluride Medical Center

10/18/14 | By | More

The miracle that is the Telluride Medical Clinic.

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Vote ‘Yes’ on Telluride School District’s proposed Bond Issue 3A

Please know that 100 percent of the proposed facilities will be used by our students on a daily basis.

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Hollrah Fights Back

10/16/14 | By | More

This letter is a response to Susan Watson’s attack on me in her letter last week.

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Vote for J. Paul Brown

10/16/14 | By | More

For those who believe the state, and the country, are on the wrong track it is an opportunity to begin correcting past errors.

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Telluride Students First And Most Important: Vote Yes on 3A

Your local elected Board of Education voted unanimously to recommend the addition and renovation project and placed on the fall ballot measure 3A to fund that project.

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Joan May Committed to Important Work

10/09/14 | By | 57 More

Please join me in keeping Joan May as our County Commissioner by voting for Joan on Nov. 4.

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To the Citizens of Montrose County

The Montrose Regional Dispatch Center (MRDC), and specifically the increase in fees to the user agencies, has been called into question recently as agencies are preparing for their upcoming budgets.

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‘Half-Truths’ in Hollrah’s ‘Hit Piece’

As Ronald Reagan said, “Well, there you go again.”

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More on TEX

10/02/14 | By | 55 More

In terms of spending other people’s money, one has to ask the TRAA, “When is enough, enough?”

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A Movement on Climate Change

10/02/14 | By | More

Inaction on climate change is no longer acceptable.

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OMR Hayden Mountain Rescue Thanks

09/27/14 | By | More

Without the help of OMR, the girls would have more than likely spent the night, until less skilled people could attempt a rescue in daylight.

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No Joke

09/27/14 | By | 48 More

When the second and third letters are shifted it becomes “dairymaid.” Very clever.

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Is Telluride Town Council Intellectually Dishonest, or Incompetent?

09/25/14 | By | 128 More

I am writing concerning the action or non action, to be more specific regarding the issue of where the proposed new medical center will be located.

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Canine Influenza, and an Update on Dan Koons

09/25/14 | By | More

I’m writing this so that everyone knows that, no matter how clean a boarding situation is kept, it can happen to you (me).

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Response to Art Goodtimes’ Commentary and My Candidacy

It was with great interest that I read your commentary in the Watch newspaper dated Sept. 11….

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Why I’m Voting for Ben Tisdel

09/25/14 | By | 149 More

This is the time to step up on the County Commissioner race and support Ben Tisdel.

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TASP Support

What a wonderful show of support for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program at the 16th Annual Bob Miller Memorial Golf Classic that was held last week.

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Thank You TAR

Thank you very much for helping us realize our dream in Telluride with the help of a First Time Homebuyers Grant.

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Be Bear Aware!

On behalf of Wilkinson Public Library I would like to thank The Town of Telluride and The Telluride Institute for educating our youth and their families about how to be Bear Aware!

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Sunday Is International Day of Peace

09/19/14 | By | More

Even though seemingly buffered from various national and world concerns, we in Montrose and Colorado can take part in our own way, but act we must.

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Vandalism of Republican Candidates’ Signs

What kind of people take a sign that supports a particular candidate from someone’s private property?

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Term Limits Long Overdue

09/18/14 | By | More

It was disappointing the BOCC denied a request of local residents to place term limits on the ballot in November.

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Yes for 3A for the Long Haul

It is now time to consider the next stage in the growth of our schools.

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Tammy Theis for Commissioner

I am Tammy Theis, I am your Montrose County (MC) Commissioner Candidate for District 2.

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Loss of Peter Kinnick Immeasurable

09/11/14 | By | 105 More

I had the pleasure of knowing Peter Kinnick for 13 years, and sadly no more.

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May Will Run for Reelection

09/11/14 | By | More

I am running for office this year, which means you get a choice and that’s a good thing.

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Thanks, TAR

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Telluride Association of Realtors.

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Thank You, Mike Hughes

09/04/14 | By | 73 More

I would like to start this letter by thanking Mike Hughes for his amazing commitment and dedication to the Telluride School District and this community.

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Free Skiing for ‘Elderly’ 60-Year-Olds

Your recent article “Elderly Couple Rescued from Lizard Head Wilderness” presented a harsh but self-evident truth.

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Lezah Saunders Candidate for Ouray County Commissioner

Lezah Saunders is a fourth generation member of the Fellin family that has lived in Ouray County since 1896.

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No on McLachlan

No, lawyer McLachlan must be held accountable for his duplicitous actions and deceitfulness to the voters of this district.

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Thanks for Lunch

On behalf of the Wilkinson Public Library I would like to thank Brown Dog Pizza for furthering literacy by rewarding the children who participated in the Summer Reading Finale with their generous donation of pizza.

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McLachlan for 59th

08/30/14 | By | More

Mike McLachlan, our state representative for the 59th district, deserves to be returned to the legislature for a second term.

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A National Problem

08/29/14 | By | More

Who gives marksmanship lessons to the Missouri police, Mister Magoo?

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‘Now Is the Time to Make Your Voice Heard’

‘Now Is the Time to Make Your Voice Heard’

Everyone has their own needs when it comes to health and the care they receive, and now is the time to make your voice heard.

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The KOTO Crisis

08/28/14 | By | 54 More

I wanted to write and say thank you for your article about KOTO and its identity (“KOTO’s Painful Identity Crisis,” published online on Aug. 21).

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Thank You TAR

08/26/14 | By | More

Thank you so so much for the generous gift from your first time homebuyers assistance fund.

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Thank You Telluride Jazz Festival

On behalf of the Wilkinson Public Library I would like to thanks the Telluride Jazz Festival for again providing the inspiration of Jazz to the children of Telluride through the library.

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Good Restraint by Officer

08/21/14 | By | 68 More

The good idea was the character and restraint shown by the officer.

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It’s Time for a KOTO Board Election

08/21/14 | By | More

You can run (a radio station into the ground) but you can no longer hide ( the membership rolls) or hide from the members who used to be the most important part of KOTO.

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Greenspan Ready to Serve

I think it’s time for new leaders that bring constructive action that solve our problems rather than over analyze.

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Ridgway School Year ‘Full of Promise’

Please allow me to be among to the first to welcome you to a new school year full of promise.

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First-Time Homebuyers Thanks

We would like to extend a wholehearted “thank you” to the Telluride Association of Realtors and the First Time Homebuyers Assistance Program for helping us make the purchase of our new home possible.

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Pandora Mill

08/15/14 | By | 52 More

I strongly support a feasibility study of the mill structure to aid in any decision of the future of the property.

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Colorado 500 Rides Again

Welcome back to Ouray for your 39th year Colorado 500 – you’re almost 40! We’re glad to have your “family” visit our “family”.

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Setting De Bivort Straight on Afghanistan

08/14/14 | By | 74 More

I have never read a more astounding collection of misrepresentations and outright falsehoods than those put forth by Mr. Lawry de Bivort in his comments on Afghanistan in the Aug. 13 Watch.

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Keep McLachlan in Office

08/10/14 | By | More

Over the past few years I have gotten to know Barbara and Mike McLachlan and have found them to be a wonderful couple.

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J. Paul Brown, Yes; McLachlan, No

08/08/14 | By | More

Often in these letters to the editor I have attacked what I see as the fraud of man-caused, global climate change, nee global warming.

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Return McLachlan to the House

08/06/14 | By | More

Mike McLachlan has represented the 59th House district for the past two years.

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Montrose County Commissioners’ Federal Land Transfer Resolution ‘Irresponsible’

It is an exercise in futility.

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Take An Oath: Make Ouray Safer

One of the great things about living in a little town is that you get to participate in many civic activities that you probably wouldn’t if you lived in a large city.

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‘Heartfelt Sympathies’ Will Never Be Forgotten

07/31/14 | By | More

The family of Dan Fossey would like to thank the many people who contributed time, energy, cards, and/or donated money in memory of Dan.

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Andy Frasco Language at Concert Series ‘Completely Inappropriate’

The entire Ridgway Concert Series team would like to apologize fans for the completely inappropriate language that Andy Frasco used during his opening set on Thursday, July 17.

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Thanks, Telluride Association of Realtors

We would like to thank Robin Pale, Mier Esch, and the Telluride Association of Realtors for their generosity through the First Time Homebuyers Assistance Fund.

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‘Off the Deep End?’

07/21/14 | By | More

Have the Montrose County Commissioners gone off the deep end again?

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Telluride Yoga Festival Did a ‘Great Job’

07/21/14 | By | More
Telluride Yoga Festival Did a ‘Great Job’

Thank you to Erika Henschel and Albert Roer and everyone that made the 2014 Telluride Yoga Festival happen.

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Best-ever Rundola

The Telluride Foundation would like to thank the community for the great success of the fourth annual Rundola.

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Telluride Volunteer Fire Department and the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office Save the Day

On behalf of the residents of Lizard Head Land Company and Trout Lake Land Company, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department and the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department.

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Ajax No Vote ‘Arrogant, Short-Sighted, Thoughtless…’

07/14/14 | By | More

How to describe the council’s inexplicable decision?

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MTJ Fox News

07/14/14 | By | More

I find it equally frustrating and often ask if the channel can be changed to no avail.

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THS Grad Says Thank You, Telluride

07/14/14 | By | More

Having graduated, I feel privileged to have grown up in such a supportive community.

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Regional Recycling Article Helpful

07/14/14 | By | More

I want to thank Heather Knox Rommel for writing the article about regional recycling.

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To Sign or Not to Sign?

To help you decide whether or not to sign a petition, the League of Women Voters offers the following points to consider.

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Random Acts of Kindness

As the Woman’s Club of Ouray County’s Annual Rummage Sale closed its doors on Saturday afternoon, June 21, every member and attendee knew that this year’s sale represented a very special happening.

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Carbon Pollution Needs More Regulation

06/15/14 | By | More

We can be grateful that our President is at least doing something to limit carbon pollution which, as of now, has had no regulation at all.

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Respecting Wilderness

The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 is here.

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THS Graduating Class Largest Ever

THS Graduating Class Largest Ever

I am happy (and humbled) to report that our community has once again stepped up and responded to this increased need with increased giving.

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TAR Has Done It Again!

06/05/14 | By | More

Thank you so much for supporting first-time homebuyers.

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Can We Bring Common Sense to Ouray County?

Doesn’t anyone have some understanding that both businesses and customers need signs?

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Miracle Day Thank You

06/01/14 | By | More

Our success from “Miracle Day” will provide ongoing support for projects and scholarships for our students and clients.

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Comedy of Errors

05/30/14 | By | More

That afternoon the court learned that the BCJC had to request information three times, beginning in 2013

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Joe Ryan Counts His Blessings

05/29/14 | By | More
Joe Ryan Counts His Blessings

Sitting here after my rescue on Wilson Peak causes me to be quite thankful.

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Thank You Ridgway School Board

05/22/14 | By | More

I read that a petition is circulating to recall the members of the Ridgway board of education.

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Open Letter to Montrose Commissioners

05/15/14 | By | More

Editor: The members of the public that have elected the Montrose County Commissioners have the right to be treated with respect. Truth of the matter, give the public of Montrose County the five core values of Our County. People – Integrity – Communication – Professionalism – Efficiency. The taxpayers of Montrose County deserve to have […]

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First-Time Homebuyers

05/15/14 | By | More
First-Time Homebuyers

Editor: As newbies to the unbelievably huge task of homeownership, my husband and I have quickly learned what an immense undertaking it is to remodel and maintain a home. This weekend we were made acutely aware and reminded of how important it is to prepare and do your homework when beginning a do-it-yourself project. We […]

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Buckle Up or Pay Up

05/15/14 | By | More

Editor: Sometimes drivers need a reminder that buckling up is the absolute best way to protect themselves and their passengers in a motor vehicle crash. This is why the Western Regional Occupant Safety Coalition is joining with state and local law enforcement as well as highway safety officials to educate citizens on the importance of […]

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Kudos to Samantha Wright

05/15/14 | By | More

Editor: I want to commend you and The Watch on the excellent reporting regarding the current situation in the Ridgway School District. I believe that Samantha Wright has done an excellent job of reporting the news objectively and is providing an excellent service to your readers. It is an absolute pleasure to read a paper […]

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Message to Ridgway School Board: ‘Not Yet’

05/15/14 | By | More
Message to Ridgway School Board: ‘Not Yet’

Editor: A guest commentary by four members of the Ridgway School Board ran in The Watch recently. Regrettably, it contained many contradictions. I would like to address just a couple. First, the piece said ”After careful consideration and often difficult discussions amongst ourselves and with community stakeholders, we’ve determined that a change in leadership in […]

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Thanks to Brenda Carns

The Wilkinson Library Board of Directors extends its deep appreciation to Brenda Carns for the outstanding service she has provided to the library during a time of transition.

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Open Bard Poetry Series Thanks

We would like to thank our very generous community for supporting and embracing the Open Bard Poetry Series’ 2013-2014 inaugural season.

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Who is Putting Our Community at Risk?

Why are the three county commissioners considering another fixed base operation proposal from Majestic Skies out in Florida at our airport when the current FBO barely sells enough fuel to cover their expenses?

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Additional FBO at Montrose Regional Airport?

The Montrose County Board of Commissioners is currently deliberating the addition of a second Fixed Base Operator at the Montrose Regional Airport.

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Thank You, PEP Grant!

I would like to thank Elisa Marie Overall (Emo) and all of the lovely people at the Telluride Med Center.

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Telluride Sixth Graders Participate in Electrical Energy Panel Discussion

05/02/14 | By | More

What an amazing community we live in!

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Specifics of Gomez’s Resignation

05/01/14 | By | More
Specifics of Gomez’s Resignation

On March 21, 2014 I shared my intent to resign with the Ridgway Board of Education.

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Attention Western Slope Caregivers

04/17/14 | By | More

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

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‘A Friend Is a Very Precious Gift!’

04/17/14 | By | More

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

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

04/14/14 | By | More

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

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Rec Center a Community Win

04/11/14 | By | More

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

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‘Heartfelt Thanks’ to Everyone Who Voted for RAMP

04/10/14 | By | More

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

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

04/03/14 | By | More

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

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Franti ‘Did It for the Love’

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

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

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Big Rotary Thanks

04/03/14 | By | More

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

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Meet the Montrose Police

04/03/14 | By | More

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

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Thank You for Ridgway Reservoir Plane Crash Recovery Effort

04/03/14 | By | More

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

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Get Ready for Imogene

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

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

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Ridgway School Board ‘Dysfunctional’

Ridgway School Board ‘Dysfunctional’

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

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‘Watch’ Marijuana Figures Misleading?

03/28/14 | By | More

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

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National Service Recognition Day

National Service Recognition Day

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

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Thank You Village Market

Thank You Village Market

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

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‘Sock It’ to Cancer

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

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

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Not So “Great” Lakes

03/24/14 | By | More

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

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Buy a CORSAR Card

03/23/14 | By | More

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

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‘Pilot Shortage’ Myth

03/22/14 | By | More

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

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Gary Wright Memorial Free Skin Check Will Return

03/20/14 | By | More

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

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Moradas of the Southwest

03/20/14 | By | More

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

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‘Global Concerns’ About Marijuana Cultivation

03/13/14 | By | More

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

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Huck Finn Day Thanks

06/23/11 | By | More

The Telluride Elks Lodge would like to thank the following people who helped sponsor The Huck Finn/Becky Thatcher Day on June 4 in the Telluride Town Park

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