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Food pantry in midst of busiest time of year

12/18/14 | By | More
Food pantry in midst of busiest time of year

Feeds about 55 Ouray County families each week in winterThe Ouray County Food Pantry is in the midst of its busiest time of year, serving 55 Thanksgiving meals, rationing out noodles, beans, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice and shampoo to the needy and making sure no county residents go hungry during the holidays. “I bet […]

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New hurdles for Gunnison sage-grouse

12/18/14 | By | More
New hurdles for Gunnison sage-grouse

Political maneuvering could stymie conservation effortsThe United States Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened last month, but two recent political maneuvers could hinder the ability of the agency to enact further protections of the species, which exists exclusively in southwestern Colorado and a small portion of southeastern Utah. Last week, the […]

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Summit Quest

12/18/14 | By | 74 More
Summit Quest

Local mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill leads expedition to determine Southeast Asia’s highest peak After weeks of trudging along 150 miles of post-monsoon muddy trails, winding through steaming jungles on motorbike and on foot, Hilaree O’Neill was almost there. Nine days of demanding climbing up the jagged western slope of imposing peak Hkakabo Razi brought the Telluride […]

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Ouray WinterFest aimed at attracting visitors all season long

12/10/14 | By | 97 More
Ouray WinterFest aimed at attracting visitors all season long

Mountain towns host weeks-long holiday eventsColorado mountain towns can be feast or famine when it comes to the economic boost provided by visitors. Two San Juan mountain towns are capitalizing on their unique attributes — small, friendly, snowy — to try and bring visitors not just for the holidays, which can already be busy, but […]

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All dried up?

12/10/14 | By | 169 More
All dried up?

The Southwest Basin Roundtable submitted its draft water plan to Gov. Hickenlooper on WednesdayOn a recent evening, the historic, single-room Placerville Schoolhouse was aglow in the dark as cars crunched over snow and gravel in the parking lot and a small stream of residents from across the entire San Miguel River Basin trickled into the […]

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Building Habitat

12/10/14 | By | 47 More
Building Habitat

Last month, the governing boards of Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County and Habitat for Humanity of the Telluride Region unanimously decided to merge in a move designed to streamline resources and strengthen the organization, newly rebranded as Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans.

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Fish and Wildlife takes up another rare bird

12/03/14 | By | 118 More
Fish and Wildlife takes up  another rare bird

In the aftermath of the heated debate surrounding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision in November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, another rare bird native to southwestern Colorado is the subject of FWS scrutiny. FWS announced Monday they were extending the public comment period for their proposed […]

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Chicks with Picks helps women kick axe

12/03/14 | By | 130 More
Chicks with Picks helps women kick axe

Kim Reynolds is a natural born athlete, putting on her first pair of skis at the age of three and road tripping with her family by station wagon from their lakeside home in Minnesota to the mountains of Colorado throughout the years as she was growing up. Reynolds studied outdoor leadership at Prescott College and […]

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Green Ambitions

12/03/14 | By | 58 More
Green Ambitions

In 2009, the mayors of Telluride and Mountain Village pledged to run their towns off of completely renewable sources of energy by 2020. It was called Telluride Renewed. Seven years later, that ambitious goal seems like a long-shot, with officials coming to terms with the fact that they bit off more than they can chew. […]

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San Miguel County Social Services Director to Retire After 33 Years

11/29/14 | By | 191 More
San Miguel County Social Services Director to Retire After 33 Years

There is not a doubt that Gerstle’s shoes are going to be hard to fill, but he is confident his replacement has what it takes to continue in his footsteps successfully.

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Final Cast for Quentin Tarantino’The Hateful Eight’

11/27/14 | By | 476 More

Tarantino and a crew of over 100 are in the process of transforming Schmid Ranch on Wilson Mesa into a small post-Civil War town as the setting for ‘The Hateful Eight.’

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ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE BLUES | ‘Time to Move on, Time to Get Going’

11/27/14 | By | 112 More

I walked into the office of the Telluride Times-Journal in November 1990, armed with an article I had written in college about the Neville Brothers and told Marta I wanted to cover arts for the paper.

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EDITORIAL RANT | The End of an Era

11/27/14 | By | 415 More

It goes without saying the positive mark Seth and Marta have left on the entire region with The Watch is immeasurable.

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Drug Task Force Big Players on the Block

11/26/14 | By | 243 More

Western Colorado is not insulated from the threat posed by Mexican drug cartels.

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New Lawsuit Filed Against County, Majestic Skies Over Agreement

11/26/14 | By | 83 More

FBO’s COO says lawsuit only slowing process down, keeping money from local contractors.

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McLachlan Concedes to Brown in District 59 Race

11/26/14 | By | More
McLachlan Concedes to Brown in District 59 Race

After the vote was finalized, J. Paul Brown received 170 more votes than McLachlan.

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Full of Snow, Telluride’s Season Opens With a Bang on Nov. 27

11/25/14 | By | 306 More
Full of Snow, Telluride’s Season Opens With a Bang on Nov. 27

Telluride Ski Resort will be opening more terrain on the first day of ski season than in years past.

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Wolf Creek Ski Area Owner Pleads Guilty to Permit Charges

11/25/14 | By | 120 More

Randall Pitcher faces up to six months in federal prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

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MMH, Rec District Partner for Physical Therapy Facility

11/25/14 | By | More
MMH, Rec District Partner for Physical Therapy Facility

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.

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Mountain Village Unanimously Approves VCA Rent Increase

11/24/14 | By | 60 More

“I think this is a modest increase, and it does allow us to achieve some goals,” said MV Mayor Dan Jansen.

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Colorado Big Game Hunting Outfitter Sentenced to Two-Plus Years

11/24/14 | By | 85 More

Christopher Loncarich sold mountain lion hunts for between $3,500 and $7,500 and bobcat hunts for between $700 and $1,500.

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Region’s Nonprofits Receive Grant Addressing Health Inequities

11/24/14 | By | More

Tri-County Health Network and LiveWell Montrose-Olathe will represent San Miguel, Montrose and Olathe counties as Phase II Health Equity Advocacy Grantees.

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DNA Confirms Grand Canyon Wolf Wandered at Least 450 Miles

11/24/14 | By | 43 More

“The Grand Canyon wolf is a prime example of what wolves can do if only we let them.”

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Ouray County Court Judge Finalists Selected

11/23/14 | By | More

Nominees Leslie M. German of Ridgway and Donald (Cory) Jackson of Ouray were selected.

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Committee Sends New Version of Hermosa Creek Bill to Senate

11/22/14 | By | More

The amended version of the bill, which would protect more than 100,000 acres of the Hermosa Creek Watershed in the San Juan National Forest north of Durango.

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Ice Farmers Grow Cool Crop at Ouray Ice Park

11/21/14 | By | 279 More
Ice Farmers Grow Cool Crop at Ouray Ice Park

Today’s sophisticated, gravity-fed plumbing system uses more than 7,500 feet of pipe and 235 shower heads, spraying more than 270,000 gallons of water on the canyon walls on a typical winter night.

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Ouray County Poised to Lift Marijuana Prohibitions

11/20/14 | By | 159 More

The legislation is timed to go into effect early next year.

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County Sets Up Funding Program to Assist Small Municipalities

11/19/14 | By | More

With $100,000 approved to fund the program, the county will divvy up that amount between the towns, depending on project importance and project costs.

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Telluride Gets the Ball Rolling on Affordable Housing

11/19/14 | By | 245 More

“The site is well-suited for affordable housing,” said Telluride Program Director Lance McDonald.

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Council Nixes Movement Calling for OHVs on City Streets

11/19/14 | By | 70 More

There is no way for OHVs to get from town into the high country without going on Highway 550.

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Expanded Terrain at Crested Butte Mt. Resort

11/16/14 | By | 273 More
Expanded Terrain at Crested Butte Mt. Resort

Teo 2 delivers a variety of terrain for advanced skiers and riders.

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MV Invites Public Participation in Meadows Improvement Plan

11/14/14 | By | 52 More

The plan grew out of several Meadows residents’ input on the lack of desired infrastructure and amenities.

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City/County Mend Fences Over Dispatch Center Fee

11/12/14 | By | 70 More
City/County Mend Fences Over Dispatch Center Fee

“The premise of all of this is that we are in actual agreement at this table, which is really a great thing.”

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Friends Gather to Say Farewell to Jonathan Yazzie

11/12/14 | By | 757 More
Friends Gather to Say Farewell to Jonathan Yazzie

The many friends of the 23-year-old vowed to use his death as a catalyst to bring change.

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Feds Issue ‘Threatened’ Listing for Gunnison Sage-Grouse

11/12/14 | By | 60 More
Feds Issue ‘Threatened’ Listing for Gunnison Sage-Grouse

Fish and Wildlife also designated 1.4 million acres of critical habitat as necessary for the species.

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The Day They Died | Remembering the Revenue Mine Tragedy

11/12/14 | By | 1,090 More
The Day They Died | Remembering the Revenue Mine Tragedy

“It was like walking through a haunted house with a bunch of fog,” survivor Cory Geist recalled.

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Mountain Lion Road Kill, Deer Attack in Ouray County

11/12/14 | By | 220 More

Residents of the region who spot a mountain lion should report it to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Office.

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Silverton Homicide Case Bound Over for Trial

11/11/14 | By | 614 More
Silverton Homicide Case Bound Over for Trial

An arraignment for Dec. 12 has been set when Michael McFarland is expected to make a plea.

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McLachlan’s Re-Election Bid Still Hangs by a Thread

11/10/14 | By | 123 More
McLachlan’s Re-Election Bid Still Hangs by a Thread

McLachlan, so far, has declined to concede to Brown, hoping to find 35 more votes which would be enough to trigger a mandatory recount.

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Telluride Medical Center Will Move to Mountain Village

11/07/14 | By | 316 More

The final decision was announced at a regularly scheduled THD board meeting on Friday.

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TSG Closes Mountain Access Friday, Nov. 7

11/06/14 | By | 70 More

Telluride Ski Resort will close the ski area so it can safely shoot the Howitzer, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service for training and calibration purposes.

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Montrose Makerspace: A Place for Ideas, Invention and Ingenuity

11/06/14 | By | 294 More
Montrose Makerspace: A Place for Ideas, Invention and Ingenuity

The Makerspace in Montrose is open to those who want to see their ideas materialize

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Tisdel in Ouray, May in San Miguel, Davis in Montrose

11/05/14 | By | 471 More
Tisdel in Ouray, May in San Miguel,  Davis in Montrose

Telluride voters narrowly approve a school bond while Montrose voters decisively defeat a school tax increase and Ouray rejects recreational pot.

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Ouray County Briefs: County Regs Clash with HOA Covenants Pertaining to ‘Nontypical Structures’

11/05/14 | By | 105 More

A “yurt” in the Dallas Meadows subdivision has led County Planner Mark Castrodale to decide the regulations may need to be amended.

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Forest Service Plans Controlled Burn Near Ouray

11/05/14 | By | 83 More
Forest Service Plans Controlled Burn Near Ouray

The large, heavily wooded Amphitheater Campground has been hard-hit by an onslaught of bark beetles over the past few years

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Ouray County Blotter: Domestic Violence, DUI Arrests

11/04/14 | By | 173 More

Criminal mischief, County Road 1 and County Road 22. Political signs damaged.

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Ouray Blotter: Underage Possession/Consumption of Marijuana, Phone Scam, Possible Credit Card Fraud

11/04/14 | By | 83 More

• Officer responded to the 300 block of Main Street for the report of a male party throwing objects at passing cars.

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Phone Scam Targets ‘Ouray Power Company’ Consumers

11/04/14 | By | More

SMPA has received several reports of calls and “the calls are definitely a scam.”

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Executive Director Hilary Cooper to Step Down From Sheep Mountain Alliance

11/03/14 | By | 187 More
Executive Director Hilary Cooper to Step Down From Sheep Mountain Alliance

The SMA Board is immediately seeking her replacement

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TSG Closes Mountain Access Friday, Nov.

11/03/14 | By | 59 More

The Telluride Ski Resort will close the ski area so it can safely shoot the Howitzer, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service for training and calibration purposes.

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Montrose Memorial Hospital Files Suit Against County

11/03/14 | By | 77 More

Another round in a long-running legal battle over who has ultimate control.

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Fighting for Fiber on the Western Slope

11/02/14 | By | 96 More

Problems with accessibility, affordability and redundancy are at the center of the rural broadband problem.

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No New Roads Included in Planning Commission’s VIR Recommendation

11/01/14 | By | 44 More

Ouray County officials hope to bring a years-long, tortuous process of enacting visual impact regulations to a conclusion.

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City/County to Meet Over Dispatch Center Fee Increases

10/31/14 | By | More

Elected officials from the City of Montrose are hoping to find common ground.

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Tom Cruise Lists Telluride Home for $59 Million

10/30/14 | By | 915 More
Tom Cruise Lists Telluride Home for $59 Million

Oprah Winfrey taped a show at the house shortly before Cruise’s marriage to Katie Holmes, after his infamous couch-jumping incident on her show.

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Six Shandoka Apartments Treated for Bed Bugs

10/30/14 | By | 224 More

According to Shandoka Manager Dave Johnson, only six apartments, out of the total 134 units, have confirmed reports of bed bugs.

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Muddy Mine Waters Spill Into Sneffels Creek

10/30/14 | By | 181 More

Authorities reported to the CDPHE incident hotline that “nothing harmful was thought to be dissolved in the water.”

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Two Bus Routes Cut in January Due to Falling Funds

10/29/14 | By | 134 More

The San Miguel County Transit Committee says it must cut two existing bus routes and modify existing routes.

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As RAT Singletrack Network Grows, So Does Potential for Conflict

10/29/14 | By | 287 More
As RAT Singletrack Network Grows, So Does Potential for Conflict

Cyclists have also reported that some of the carconite signs restricting all-terrain vehicles were defaced.

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City of Ouray: OHV Capital of the World?

10/28/14 | By | 178 More
City of Ouray: OHV Capital of the World?

Some lodgers allege that the city is literally driving away their business to communities like Silverton.

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Amidst 15-Year Drought, Reservoir Contingency Plans Taking Shape

10/28/14 | By | 93 More

The boards two conservation districts adopted a set contingency plans if water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell continue to drop.

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‘Thomas Jefferson’ on Telluride’s National Landmark District Status Airs on KOTO Monday

‘Thomas Jefferson’ on Telluride’s National Landmark District Status Airs on KOTO Monday

‘Trying to preserve the historic character of the community is an extraordinary thing to do in these prosperous times. – ‘Thomas Jefferson’

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Columbine Pilot iPad Study Program Brings Real-World Learning Into the Classroom

10/25/14 | By | More
Columbine Pilot iPad Study Program Brings Real-World Learning Into the Classroom

Principal Benjamin Stephenson hopes to create thoughtful digital citizens.

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Police Subdue Man Claiming to Have Explosives, Firearms in Montrose Motel

10/24/14 | By | 243 More
Police Subdue Man Claiming to Have Explosives, Firearms in Montrose Motel

MPD officers searched the suspect’s motel room after he was safely in custody, and no firearms or explosives were found.

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Ouray Briefs | Budget Back in Black for 2015

10/24/14 | By | 67 More
Ouray Briefs | Budget Back in Black for 2015

Council nixes fee waiver requests…OHV worksession scheduled.

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Montrose Pedestrian Killed in Collision With Vehicle

10/23/14 | By | 208 More

Timothy Major was killed in an accident at the intersection of East Main Street and Cedar Avenue.

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Forest Service Seeks Public Comment on Wilson Peak Land Exchange EA

10/23/14 | By | 77 More

The exchange would involve exchanging a Wilson Peak property for private parcels, including several near Alta Lakes and the Skyline Ranch,

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KOTO Looks to the Future

10/23/14 | By | 94 More

A last-ditch effort to force a November recall election for three members of KOTO Radio’s board has failed, but it could take place in December.

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Yak Rancher Robert Hasse Says He’s Raising the Perfect Animal

10/22/14 | By | 180 More
Yak Rancher Robert Hasse Says He’s Raising the Perfect Animal

The meat tastes more like beef than any other animal, and does not have a gamey flavor, like elk or buffalo.

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Feds Blame Star Mine Management for Revenue Fatalities

10/22/14 | By | 127 More
Feds Blame Star Mine Management for Revenue Fatalities

An MSHA release on Tuesday blamed mine management for improperly disposing of deteriorated explosives.

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Commissioners Address Issues With SMVC Subdivision Plan

10/22/14 | By | More

A public hearing over SMVC’s development plans was continued to Dec. 10.

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Montrose Commissioners Deny Rezoning Request for Condo Complex

10/22/14 | By | 53 More
Montrose Commissioners Deny Rezoning Request for Condo Complex

The commissioners decide that a single-family subdivision was not the place for a multi-building condominium complex in rural location.

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May, Greenspan Face Off at Rotary Debate

10/22/14 | By | 78 More
May, Greenspan Face Off at Rotary Debate

Candidates for BOCC spar on the fine print regarding the environment, affordable housing and minimum wage.

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MSHA: Revenue Mine Deaths Were ‘Entirely Preventable’

10/21/14 | By | 122 More

MSHA determined the fatal accident occurred due to management’s failure to dispose of deteriorated explosives in a safe manner.

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Clinic for Homeless Pets Gives More Animals a Second Chance

10/21/14 | By | 51 More
Clinic for Homeless Pets Gives More Animals a Second Chance

“This is such a tremendous asset for the shelter and our region,” said SCHS Executive Director Kelly Goodin.

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Silverton Fetes Long-Awaited Fiberoptic Arrival

10/19/14 | By | 119 More
Silverton Fetes Long-Awaited Fiberoptic Arrival

Despite the rocky ground, the fiber link from Durango to Silverton should be complete by next spring at the very latest.

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A Prescription to Better Health: Fruits and Vegetables

10/17/14 | By | 72 More

Pediatric Associates of Montrose is leading the way in a progressive strategy to promote healthier lifestyle choices for youth.

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Ouray County Predicts Budget Boost in 2015

10/16/14 | By | More

The proposed $8.9 million budget takes several strides toward correcting last year’s necessary but painful belt tightening measures.

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Deadline Looms for Draft Colorado Water Plan

10/16/14 | By | 45 More

The plan is intended to close a projected gap between water needs and developed supplies in Colorado in the coming decades.

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Ouray Candidates Tisdel and Saunders Square Off in WISE Forum

10/15/14 | By | 141 More
Ouray Candidates Tisdel and Saunders Square Off in WISE Forum

Both looked to prove they have the knowledge, dedication and leadership capabilities for the job.

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SMVC Nearing End of Approval Process for Mill Creek Subdivision

10/15/14 | By | 195 More
SMVC Nearing End of Approval Process for Mill Creek Subdivision

The public is invited to participate in a marked walking tour of property, prior to a key Oct. 21 meeting.

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Ridgway Briefs | Stephen Barnes Appointed to Fill Town Council Vacancy

10/14/14 | By | 56 More
Ridgway Briefs | Stephen Barnes Appointed to Fill Town Council Vacancy

Barnes is a self-employed consultant who designs and develops outdoor equipment.

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Ouray County Briefs | Maintenance Agreements Expose Conflict Over Camp Bird Road

10/11/14 | By | 116 More

Planning commissioner launches review of Section 9…Pot licensing discussed at work session.

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To De-Bruce, or Not to De-Bruce; That is the Question for Ouray Voters

10/10/14 | By | 77 More

Will it be third time’s a charm this November in Ouray?

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Share the Road Is Here to Stay

10/09/14 | By | 78 More

Despite a repaved bike path, Telluride cyclists will still be allowed to ride the Hwy. 145 Spur.

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Elevated | The Horror

10/09/14 | By | 48 More

‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ in Ouray and Telluride, and the Telluride Horror Show, all in the arts this week.

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TBC’s Go-To Winter Brew Brings Home the Gold, Again

10/09/14 | By | 223 More
TBC’s Go-To Winter Brew Brings Home the Gold, Again

‘Even after scaling up production nothing was lost and we still won again. We have the process nailed.’

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The Face of Breast Cancer Survival

10/09/14 | By | 83 More
The Face of Breast Cancer Survival

The 22nd annual One Step Closer to Help and Hope 5k Walk and Run coming Saturday, Oct. 11.

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Incentives Approved With Hopes Secure Reel Manufacturer’s Relocation to Montrose

10/08/14 | By | 185 More

Mayfly Outdoors plans to make Montrose its corporate headquarters, thanks to a incentives package approved last week.

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A Race to Support America’s Veterans

10/08/14 | By | 127 More
A Race to Support America’s Veterans

The only requirement is that runners carry “Old Glory,” the American flag taken from a Blackhawk Chopper involved in combat in Iraq.

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Two Montrose Men Charged in Drunken Ouray Melee

10/08/14 | By | 437 More
Two Montrose Men Charged in Drunken Ouray Melee

The incident involved intoxicated subjects who created a disturbance at three different locations over the course of the evening.

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Ouray Briefs | Kansas Man Wins OCRA Jeep Raffle

10/08/14 | By | 42 More

Ouray city council deems proposed pot regulations ‘too restrictive.’

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Montrose Man Arrested on Allegations of Sexual Assault on a Child

10/07/14 | By | 177 More
Montrose Man Arrested on Allegations of Sexual Assault on a Child

No formal charges have been filed and a hearing has been set for Oct. 16 by the district attorney’s office.

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Fortune Minerals Completes Purchase of Revenue Silver Mine

10/07/14 | By | 151 More
Fortune Minerals Completes Purchase of Revenue Silver Mine

The Canadian company closed on the deal Wednesday, Oct. 1.

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Seventh Judicial District to Appoint New Ouray County Judge

10/06/14 | By | 66 More

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.

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Ouray Native Daughter Bids Adieu to Home of 92 Years

10/04/14 | By | 153 More
Ouray Native Daughter Bids Adieu to Home of 92 Years

Last week, at age 92, she packed up her things and left Ouray to live with her daughter Roxanna in Rock Island, Wa.

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ACT Tests Reveal Most Montrose 11th Graders Not Ready for College

10/04/14 | By | 55 More

Montrose High School led the district in ACT testing, ahead of Olathe High School, Peak Virtual Academy and both Passage and Vista charter schools.

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Montrose Health Officials Keep Close Watch on Ebola Developments

10/03/14 | By | 153 More

While there have been no identified cases in Colorado at this time, the Montrose County and local authorities are taking appropriate precautions.

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Majestic Skies Submits Plans, Moves Forward With FBO Design

10/01/14 | By | 215 More
Majestic Skies Submits Plans, Moves Forward With FBO Design

Aviation DirectorLloyd Arnold confirmed Wednesday that building plans have been submitted as required.

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Family Cries Foul After Blasting Accident at Revenue Mine

10/01/14 | By | 552 More
Family Cries Foul After Blasting Accident at Revenue Mine

Federal officials have cited 92 significant and substantial violations at the mine during a 12-month review period ending July 31, 2014.

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Young BASE Jumper ‘Lived Life to the Absolute Fullest’

10/01/14 | By | 694 More
Young BASE Jumper ‘Lived Life to the Absolute Fullest’

Beau Weiher made a big impression through his pursuit of BASE jumping off of iconic Ouray landmarks.

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Egnar Resident Gets 35 Years for Sexual Assault

10/01/14 | By | 98 More
Egnar Resident Gets 35 Years for Sexual Assault

Donald Davis pled guilty to multiple charges related to sexual assault and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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Montrose Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

09/29/14 | By | 270 More

Brandon L. Brost died in the early morning accident that occurred on north San Juan Avenue near 6530 Road.

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Delta Teen Charged With Shooting Man in Neck

09/29/14 | By | 199 More
Delta Teen Charged With Shooting Man in Neck

Aaron Cabello-Castro faces charges of felony attempted murder, felony menacing and illegal discharge of a firearm.

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Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Will Bring Economic Boost to Telluride This Winter

09/29/14 | By | 1,033 More
Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Will Bring Economic Boost to Telluride This Winter

While the film will be shot on Wilson Mesa, the cast and crew will stay in Telluride for the 49 days of local production.

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MSHA Issues Pattern of Violations Notice to Revenue Silver Mine

09/26/14 | By | 86 More

MSHA cited 92 significant and substantial violations at Revenue Mine during the 12-month review period beginning Aug. 1, 2013, and ending July 31, 2014.

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Teachers’ Time Top Priority, Summit Concludes

09/25/14 | By | 77 More
Teachers’ Time Top Priority, Summit Concludes

Staff schedules are tight and implementing new classroom initiatives could hinder a teachers’ ability to sculpt an effective curriculum.

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It All Comes Down to Water: Justice Hobbs Meanders Through Water Law

09/25/14 | By | 398 More
It All Comes Down to Water: Justice Hobbs Meanders Through Water Law

This is the system under which Hobbs has labored during his 19-year tenure on the Colorado Supreme Court bench.

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CORA Lawsuit Costs Montrose County Over $265K

09/24/14 | By | 122 More

The judge’s ruling states that both parties prevailed, but the county was ordered to settle with Jet Canyon Partners regarding records requests.

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Former San Miguel County Commissioner Vern Ebert Dies at 80

09/24/14 | By | 289 More
Former San Miguel County Commissioner Vern Ebert Dies at 80

Career military man found a home in Telluride’s outdoors and with its people.

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Working to Improve Sidewalks, Roadways for Disabled Users

09/24/14 | By | More

At a work session last week, city staff and councilors heard about the new transition plan to make sidewalks more accessible in the downtown area.

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Tweaked Hermosa Creek Bill Raises Conservationists’ Ire

09/24/14 | By | 81 More

The version approved late last week contained amendments inserted by Tipton at the eleventh hour.

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Structure Fire Razes ‘Miracle House’ in Norwood

09/23/14 | By | 264 More
Structure Fire Razes ‘Miracle House’ in Norwood

Firefighters were able to keep an adjacent garage from burning down as well as keep the fire from the surrounding grassy areas.

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Hinkson Returns to Ouray School Board to Fill One-Year Vacancy

09/23/14 | By | 47 More
Hinkson Returns to Ouray School Board to Fill One-Year Vacancy

Hinkson served as a board member for eight years and stepped down last year after being term limited.

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Woman Dies at Home in Telluride

09/23/14 | By | 545 More

The cause and manner of 25-year-old Raegina Rea Begay’s death are under investigation.

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Town and TSRC Sign Lease Agreement

09/23/14 | By | 87 More
Town and TSRC Sign Lease Agreement

The signing comes after Telluride Town Council wrapped up its prolonged series of negotiations with the TSRC.

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Police Believe Man Found in River Drowned

09/22/14 | By | 227 More

Forensic testing is being done to confirm the identity as Monte Edward Harrison of Montrose.

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Telluride Out for New Medical Center

09/22/14 | By | 382 More

It’s either Mountain Village or Lawson Hill and Telluride’s ballot question seeking to measure public sentiment about the use of a town parcel is apparently moot.

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BOCC Will Consider Using Cannabis Tax for Youth Treatment and Prevention

09/22/14 | By | More

Commissioners will consider using cannabis tax for youth education and prevention, but only if the program addresses the harmful effects of alcohol and tobacco.

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Work Hard, Play Hard at the Telluride Mountain School

09/21/14 | By | 132 More
Work Hard, Play Hard at the Telluride Mountain School

From preschool to second grade, the school employs a Montessori approach to learning.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Ouray Municipal Day Scheduled for Next Friday

09/21/14 | By | More

Information session set for de-Brucing question on Sept. 22…Community policing meetings scheduled.

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Ridgway Digs Into Lake Otonowanda Rehab Project 

09/20/14 | By | 159 More
Ridgway Digs Into Lake Otonowanda Rehab Project 

Workers focused on advancing this tunnel system jokingly calling for “holy water” last week, to expedite the laborious tunnel-boring process.

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Feds Reject Ouray County’s Bid for Funding to Fix County Road 1

09/20/14 | By | 51 More
Feds Reject Ouray County’s Bid for Funding to Fix County Road 1

It was the third time since 2009 that Ouray County has unsuccessfully applied for a TIGER grant.

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

09/19/14 | By | 308 More

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

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A Tsk-Tsk to Town Board No-Shows

09/19/14 | By | More

Councilor Thom Carnevale expressed discomfort with the idea of removing commission members when there are no rules for councilors.

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Colorado Hops Boom Keeps Pace With Craft Beer Industry

09/18/14 | By | 247 More
Colorado Hops Boom Keeps Pace With Craft Beer Industry

The amount of hops produced this year in Colorado is expected to be a new record, but it’s relative.

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Anglers Find Dead Man in Uncompahgre River

09/18/14 | By | 706 More

Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn: “At this point in time we are still investigating the man’s identity.”

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Climbers Recount Daring Mt. Sneffels Rescue Mission

09/17/14 | By | 3,845 More
Climbers Recount Daring Mt. Sneffels Rescue Mission

“I’ve always said, I’m the luckiest dude on the planet,” the injured climber said following rescue.

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Mountainfilm Hires Sage Martin as New E.D.

09/17/14 | By | 169 More

Martin comes from the Telluride Mountain School, where she worked for the last eight years.

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New Trail System to Connect City Open Spaces

09/17/14 | By | 65 More
New Trail System to Connect City Open Spaces

The Montrose Recreation District along with the city are prepared to submit a proposal to Great Outdoors Colorado.

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VIDEO | Mountains to Desert 2014

09/17/14 | By | 71 More
VIDEO | Mountains to Desert 2014

The famed Mountains to Desert bike ride is coming Sept. 20. Here’s a section of the route cyclists will be riding.

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Man Dragged by Vehicle Trying to Halt Stealing Spree

09/17/14 | By | 115 More

Police arrested 30-year-old Florence Erma Young and are searching for her alleged accomplice Cindy Quintero.

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Council, TSRC Move One Step Closer to New Campus

09/17/14 | By | More

The two entities will first enter a binding lease agreement, and then TSRC will enter into a ground lease for the town’s property.

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Ken Norris Takes Helm as Montrose County Manager

09/16/14 | By | More
Ken Norris Takes Helm as Montrose County Manager

The Western Slope native was at the top of the county’s nationwide search.

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Ridgway Chautauqua Society on Track to Buy Sherbino

09/16/14 | By | More

“It has always been our desire to own rather than lease the property,” said Ridgway Chautauqua Society Board President Patrick O’Leary.

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New Costs Hike Whitewater Park Construction

09/16/14 | By | 135 More

The city’s original cost estimate for the park was $995,092; now, it’s nearly $1.6 million.

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Forest Service Seeks Answer for Dying Forests

09/13/14 | By | 163 More
Forest Service Seeks Answer for Dying Forests

The rise of the spruce bark beetle comes just as the pine beetle infestation in northern Colorado is tapering off.

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Judge Orders Review of Uranium Mill Approval Process

09/12/14 | By | 59 More

The CDPHE and Energy Fuels filed separate motions to dismiss the complaint in September 2013.

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Wildlife Officials Need Help With Poaching Incident Near Telluride

09/11/14 | By | 794 More
Wildlife Officials Need Help With Poaching Incident Near Telluride

According to Parks and Wildlife Public Information Officer Joe Lewandowski, a portion of the elk was found on private property in the West Meadows subdivision.

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CMU Branscome Center Opens

09/11/14 | By | 51 More
CMU Branscome Center Opens

The Branscome Center was officially, with the appropriate pomp and ceremony, on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

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A Preservation Celebration at the Ghost Town of Animas Forks

09/11/14 | By | 110 More
A Preservation Celebration at the Ghost Town of Animas Forks

Now, the ghost town will be able to withstand many a harsh winter to come.

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Telluride School District Moving In Positive Direction for 2015

09/11/14 | By | 108 More

Although there have been some hurdles to overcome, Superintendent Kyle Schumacher is optimistic.

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Hickenlooper, Beauprez Spar on Health Care, Economy

09/11/14 | By | 43 More

Will Colorado’s gubernatorial election hinge on the death penalty?

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Winter Airline Service Gets 20 Percent Boost

09/11/14 | By | 169 More

New flights from San Francisco and Phoenix, a doubling of New York/Newark jet service, and more!

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Rico Hotel Owner Dies While Hiking

09/10/14 | By | 772 More
Rico Hotel Owner Dies While Hiking

Peter Kinnick apparently died of natural causes.

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OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Contractors Uncover Secret Tire Stash at Gunn Dump

09/10/14 | By | 229 More
OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Contractors Uncover Secret Tire Stash at Gunn Dump

Social media policy comes under scrutiny…Road dispute flairs up again.

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Student Marijuana Use on the Rise

09/10/14 | By | 48 More

District RE-1J board members learned last school year of 39 reported drug violations, with 29 of the cases resulting in out-of-school suspensions.

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Forest Service Seeks Public Comment for M.V. Waterline Extension

09/09/14 | By | More

Forest Service says proposed GMUG project will improve water service, fire protection and electricity for Mountain Village.

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Udall Remarks on ISIS/ISIL Killings Draw Fire From Right

09/09/14 | By | More

Candidate Gardner excoriates Sen. Udall fo suggesting “ISIL does not present an imminent threat to this nation.”

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Udall, Gardner’s First Debate Highlights Crucial Battle for Senate Seat

09/08/14 | By | 90 More
Udall, Gardner’s First Debate Highlights Crucial Battle for Senate Seat

The Udall-Gardner race is considered one of the most critical races in the U.S.

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Riding Into the Future of Ridgway’s Ranching Heritage

09/07/14 | By | 138 More
Riding Into the Future of Ridgway’s Ranching Heritage

Some kids take the bus to school. Others walk, or ride their bike. Gentry Gobey rides a horse named Zipper.

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MONTROSE COUNTY BRIEFS | City, County to Partner on Blight Removal

09/06/14 | By | 67 More
MONTROSE COUNTY BRIEFS | City, County to Partner on Blight Removal

CORA fees climb…New language added to employee handbook…Sept. 3 named Jim and Sharen Branscome Day.

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Lt. Gov. Garcia Appoints Judges in 7th Judicial District

09/05/14 | By | 68 More

Steven Schultz has been in private practice and David Westfall currently serves as Ouray County Court Judge.

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Missing Teens Found Safe, Reportedly in Las Vegas

09/05/14 | By | 397 More
Missing Teens Found Safe, Reportedly in Las Vegas

“They are safe and with police officers in another city as of approximately 3:30 p.m. today,” police said on Thursday.

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Hot Springs Pool Overhaul Poised to Launch this Fall

09/05/14 | By | 160 More
Hot Springs Pool Overhaul Poised to Launch this Fall

Much of what needs to be fixed is not readily apparent to anyone except those who are intimately familiar with its archaic workings.

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Private Data Companies Focusing On Investment in Montrose

09/05/14 | By | 42 More

“We’ve received a lot of interest from private sector companies wanting to expand in Montrose,” says Virgil Turner, director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Fate of Retail Pot Now Lies in Hands of Voters

09/04/14 | By | 78 More

De-Brucing question heads to ballot as well.

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Council Debates Language for Med Center Ballot

09/03/14 | By | 73 More

Voters will be asked whether or not the preferred use of Lot B on Pearl Property is for new medical center.

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Citing ‘Lack of ‘Transparency,’ City Cuts Ties With MEDC

09/03/14 | By | 148 More
Citing ‘Lack of ‘Transparency,’ City Cuts Ties With MEDC

Councilors said the city will hand over to MEDC money held in escrow following a July real-estate deal in the Airport Industrial Park .

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Hickenlooper Shines Spotlight On Local Business Success Stories

09/03/14 | By | 112 More
Hickenlooper Shines Spotlight On Local Business Success Stories

“Ridgway is emblematic of Colorado,” HIckenlooper said.

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Council Unanimously Approves 2014 Water Efficiency Plan

09/03/14 | By | More

The Pandora Water Treatment Plant, which began construction in 2011, is a component of the town’s overall efficiency plan.

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Miner Airlifted ‘As Precautionary Measure’ Following Accident at Revenue Silver Mine

09/03/14 | By | 253 More

The worker was engaged in blasting activity deep inside the mine, when part of a rock slab hit him in the back of the neck.

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SMPA Announces Reduction in Electric Bills for Telluride Area

09/02/14 | By | 49 More
SMPA Announces Reduction in Electric Bills for Telluride Area

Lower than expected costs for the Nucla-Telluride transmission line result in a lower monthly surcharge for SMPA customers.

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Silverton Homicide Case Inches Toward Trial

09/02/14 | By | 97 More

“Right now, we are anticipating that it will go to trial,” said McFarland’s attorney Joel Fry.

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Man Survives Single-Vehicle Accident on Red Mountain Pass

09/01/14 | By | 794 More
Man Survives Single-Vehicle Accident on Red Mountain Pass

The victim spent a night exposed to the elements before emergency responders rescued him on Monday morning.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Former Las Vegas Water Czar Calls for Basin-Wide Citizenship

08/31/14 | By | 58 More

Pat Mulroy took issue with the much-repeated statement that Las Vegas is most at risk as lake levels fall.

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Council Agrees to ‘Let the Voters Have Their Say’ on Retail Pot in Ouray

08/31/14 | By | 54 More

Council drew the line at retail sales, agreeing to draft an ordinance that would ban the other three commercial uses.

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Stretching Local Food Sources for Schools

08/31/14 | By | 148 More
Stretching Local Food Sources for Schools

At each middle and high school in the Montrose district students are eating more fruits and vegetables at salad bars and deli lines and staying away from processed, frozen food substances.

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Ouray Schools Seek $2.5 Million Bond to Shore Up Aging Infrastructure

08/30/14 | By | 71 More
Ouray Schools Seek $2.5 Million Bond to Shore Up Aging Infrastructure

Topping this list was a recommendation to build a new sloping metal roof.

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Completion of Fairgrounds Project Took ‘A Great Many Hands’

08/29/14 | By | 90 More
Completion of Fairgrounds Project Took ‘A Great Many Hands’

The community has come together again, to help build the new rodeo grounds.

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3A Heads to Voters This November

08/27/14 | By | 108 More

Measure 3A seeks to raise RE-1J’s taxes by $2.9 million annually beginning in the 2014-15 budget year.

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Cooking Away for Farmacy Bucks

08/27/14 | By | 63 More
Cooking Away for Farmacy Bucks

Ten families are working with Local Farmacy Rx, a local non-governmental program, to learn to cook – and eat well – together.

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Cortina Unwrapped Signals Revival of Local Economy

08/27/14 | By | 273 More
Cortina Unwrapped Signals Revival of Local Economy

Wrapped in white plastic, Cortina was a glaring symbol of how hard the Great Recession hit Telluride.

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Elderly Couple Rescued From Lizard Head Wilderness

08/27/14 | By | 231 More

Out for a mushroom hunt, the couple spent a cold night in the wilderness.

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Aggressive Panhandling Ordinance Set for First Reading

08/27/14 | By | 169 More

The proposed Telluride law would limit the legality of panhandling by restricting places, methods and times it can occur.

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Officers Nab Alleged Bank Robber in Trash Can

08/27/14 | By | 199 More
Officers Nab Alleged Bank Robber in Trash Can

The Olathe Police Department, along with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are investigating last week’s robbery.

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Ouray Police Pursue Suspect in Burglary Investigation

08/27/14 | By | 84 More

The suspect, whose identity has not yet been released, is believed to have stolen between $3,000 and $3,500 from a cash drawer.

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OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Ouray County Gives Acme Green Light to Grow

08/27/14 | By | 84 More

Colorado foreclosure lawsuit could make waves…High-speed Internet coming to 4-H Center soon.

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Survey Aims to Find Gaps in Region’s Health Care Needs

08/26/14 | By | 57 More

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.

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Alleged Bank Robber in Olathe Identified

08/25/14 | By | 100 More
Alleged Bank Robber in Olathe Identified

Police are looking for 22-year-old Brittany N. Mason of Delta, described as 5 ft., 2 in. tall, weighing 130 pounds.

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Buyer of Hotel Madeline Hopes to Improve Guest Experience

08/24/14 | By | 299 More

Initial concepts for improvements include enhanced arrival experience and lobby area, expanding the pool area, and creating a retail storefront for the Spa at Madeline.

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Ouray and Ridgway Schools Launch a Year of New Beginnings

08/23/14 | By | 119 More
Ouray and Ridgway Schools Launch a Year of New Beginnings

Students across Ouray County head back to school on Monday, Aug. 25, but the faculty, staff and administrators who will be greeting them at schools in Ouray and Ridgway are already back on the job.

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Higher Rent Could Close Haven House Near Olathe

08/21/14 | By | 89 More
Higher Rent Could Close Haven House Near Olathe

According Haven House’s Larry Fredericksen, without financial help, the 67 percent increase in rent could shut the facility’s doors.

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VIDEO | Uncompaghre River Report

08/21/14 | By | 109 More
VIDEO | Uncompaghre River Report

The tour was developed to give local officials and residents a first-hand experience of the river since improvements were made.

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The KOTO Wars | A Resignation, a Separation and an Election

08/21/14 | By | 355 More

The board held fast to its decision to not join with The Ride Festival in an application for next year.

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Float Highlights River Improvements, Future Visions

08/21/14 | By | 103 More
Float Highlights River Improvements, Future Visions

The tour was developed to give local officials and residents a first-hand experience of the river since improvements were made.

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For Local Pot Growers, Ouray County’s Lukewarm Embrace May Be Too Little, Too Late

08/21/14 | By | 164 More

The proprietors of Ouray County’s sole grow facility say they are in limbo, and may need to expand elsewhere on the Western Slope.

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Will Construction Boom Change the Face of Telluride?

08/21/14 | By | 409 More
Will Construction Boom Change the Face of Telluride?

The end of recession and a better economy ushers in a wave of new projects.

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BREAKING: Female Suspect Sought in Olathe Bank Robbery

08/20/14 | By | 320 More

A weapon was possibly involved in the incident.

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Greenspan to Run for County Commissioner

08/20/14 | By | 125 More
Greenspan to Run for County Commissioner

An unaffiliated candidate, Greenspan will challenge Democratic incumbent candidate Joan May in the Nov. 4 election.

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RIDGWAY BRIEFS | RiverSage Residents Ask Town to Maintain ‘A Road More Traveled’

08/20/14 | By | More

$2K for the Ouray County Soccer Association…Axel Bicycle Classic, KVNF Fundraiser

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Montrose Football Stands Tall

08/20/14 | By | 106 More
Montrose Football Stands Tall

Because the movie was a true story about a football team, a death, and the pressure and reality of growing up the MHS team was able to draw some comparisons.

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Telluride Gay Ski Heads Into Twelfth Year Feb. 22

08/19/14 | By | 63 More

TMVOA stipulates that 2015 would be the last year the organization would provide funding to support the event.

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Voters Will Be Asked In November If Medical Center Should Stay In Telluride

08/19/14 | By | 82 More

The question will ask voters if they would prefer to see a med center, a rec center or affordable housing on the property.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Hilton, Cockle Appointed to Ouray City Council

08/18/14 | By | 103 More
OURAY BRIEFS | Hilton, Cockle Appointed to Ouray City Council

They were two of six community members vying for the two vacancies.

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Telluride Ski Resort Getting Facelift This Summer

08/18/14 | By | 286 More
Telluride Ski Resort Getting Facelift This Summer

Trail crews will improve ski trails all over the mountain through brush cutting and hazard removal.

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Six Applicants Vie for Two Ouray City Council Vacancies

08/16/14 | By | 48 More

The appointees will be sworn in during the Sept. 2 council meeting.

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Board to Approve Mil Levy Ballot Language, New PE Program to Take Effect

08/16/14 | By | 46 More
Board to Approve Mil Levy Ballot Language, New PE Program to Take Effect

The board is scheduled to approve the ballot language later this month during a board work session Aug. 26.

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A Sense of Motion Finds a Home in Montrose

08/16/14 | By | 638 More
A Sense of Motion Finds a Home in Montrose

SOM Footwear’s local manufacturing operations of simple, fashionable sneakers are up and running.

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How the Montrose Mouse ‘Saved the Dallas’

08/15/14 | By | 161 More
How the Montrose Mouse ‘Saved the Dallas’

But for a cartoon mouse and 1,500 urine sample bottles, the Ridgway Reservoir may never have existed.

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State Test Scores Released | In Montrose, Some Grades, Schools Making Gains

08/14/14 | By | 132 More

Montrose District Superintendent Dr. Mark MacHale describes district results on statewide TCAP tests as a “mixed bag.”

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Montrose Proposal May Energize Regional Transit Discussions

08/14/14 | By | More

The RTA feasibility study addressed the costs, benefits and challenges of building and funding a public transportation system.

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Medical Center Site Forum Focuses On Lawson Hill and Mountain Village

08/14/14 | By | 98 More

Although the issue of keeping the Medical Center in Telluride was a common theme, it was conspicuously absent from the formal presentation.

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VIDEO | From Crop Dusting to SAR, 45 Years of Service

08/14/14 | By | 370 More
VIDEO | From Crop Dusting to SAR, 45 Years of Service

Every summer, Olathe Spray Service Air Tractor planes and Bell helicopters buzz over rural the farmlands of the Western Slope.

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Guilty Verdict in Black Canyon Barricade Removal

08/13/14 | By | 52 More

Rocky Bentley was convicted one counts of vandalism and trespass in a closed area, and two counts of driving on an expired license on federal property.

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Oil and Gas Compromise Puts Final Nail in Coffin for Public Trust Initiatives

08/13/14 | By | 43 More

The compromise between the two Democrats headed off a brewing multi-million dollar election maelstrom over local control issues pertaining to oil and gas drilling.

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Telluride Gay Ski Week Looking Good for 2015

08/13/14 | By | 267 More

According to several gay travel sites, such as Rainbow Travel and Queertrip.com, Telluride’s Gay Ski Week is one of the best, if not the best Gay Ski Week in the country.

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CDOT Zooms In on Design for Ridgway’s Streetscape Project

08/13/14 | By | 109 More
CDOT Zooms In on Design for Ridgway’s Streetscape Project

CDOT envisions breaking the Highway 62 component of the project into three distinct phases.

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Telluride Region Real Estate Market Accelerates

08/13/14 | By | 131 More

Both the number and the dollar volume of sales in the first seven months of 2014 are six-year highs.

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Fuel Reduction Project Planned Near Norwood

08/12/14 | By | More

The proposed project includes mechanical treatment as well as prescribed burns.

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Ouray Sawtooth Mountain Ranch Project Finds Funding

08/12/14 | By | 120 More
Ouray Sawtooth Mountain Ranch Project Finds Funding

The Sawtooth Mountain Ranch Project complements 15,000 acres of land already protected along the San Juan Skyway.

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A Grand New Look for the Ouray County Fairgrounds

08/12/14 | By | 84 More
A Grand New Look for the Ouray County Fairgrounds

Ribbon cutting ceremonies are planned for Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m. and Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. respectively.

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Positive Real Estate Trends Continue in Montrose Area

08/09/14 | By | More
Positive Real Estate Trends Continue in Montrose Area

At the end of the second quarter in 2013 the median single-family home price was approximately $162,000. This year, that median price is up to $170,000.

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OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Commissioners Eye Limited Pot Operations

08/07/14 | By | 66 More
OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Commissioners Eye Limited Pot Operations

Firehouse Moves Ahead … Alpine Ranger Program Wins Grant…

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Ouray Improves Ditch, Pursues New Water Rights

08/07/14 | By | More
Ouray Improves Ditch, Pursues New Water Rights

The city improves its water system with an eye to what will likely be a shrinking water supply across the West.

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New Variance Allows Residents to Keep More Pets

08/06/14 | By | More

Leeway for special circumstances will allow more than two pets per household in Montrose.

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Kenworthy Steps Down From Mountainfilm

08/06/14 | By | More

After eight years running Mountainfilm, Kenworthy will embark on a long-held dream of building his own house.

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5-Year-Old Bitten by Unidentified Dog in M.V.

08/06/14 | By | More

Sasha Kingsford’s parents want confirmation that the small dog that bit their daughter has been vaccinated for rabies.

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Montrose Man Accused of Removing Barricade From Black Canyon Pleads Not Guilty

08/06/14 | By | More
Montrose Man Accused of Removing Barricade From Black Canyon Pleads Not Guilty

Bentley claims the government had no authority to close the entrance.

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Charges Filed in Homicide Case Suggest Recklessness Rather Than Intent

08/06/14 | By | 54 More

Michael McFarland was arrested after authorities found Jessica McFarland’s body in the couple’s Silverton home on the morning of June 6.

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Feds Withdraw Proposal to Protect Rare Wildflowers

08/06/14 | By | More

Conservation groups condemned the decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Telluride Makes Big Play to Keep Science Center

08/05/14 | By | More

The Telluride Town Council has directed the town attorney to draft a lease agreement for consideration in three weeks.

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MONTROSE COUNTY BRIEFS | Conflicting Language in Zoning Resolution Removed

08/05/14 | By | More

Big plans for Montrose County Fairgrounds…MMH Board of Directors candidates needed.

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Police Crack Down on Burglars to Curb Rise in Break-ins

08/05/14 | By | More

At Monday’s City Council work session, Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn said commercial burglaries were up 73 percent.

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Richard Kersen Resigns from Ouray City Council

08/05/14 | By | More

Ouray City Councilor Richard Kersen announced on Tuesday, Aug. 5 that he is resigning from the Ouray City Council.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Marmot Hitchhikes to Olathe

GUEST COMMENTARY | Marmot Hitchhikes to Olathe

The marmot climbed up into the vehicle, probably into the engine compartment, and made a long hot trip of over 70 miles.

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Uncompahgre Tap Water No Longer Fluoridated

08/05/14 | By | 57 More

Officials with the Project 7 Water Authority decide that with American sources of fluoride for drinking water gone, and Chinese chemicals too risky, municipal drinking water will no longer be fluoridated.

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Woman Fights Off Steak Knife-Wielding Intruder

08/05/14 | By | More
Woman Fights Off Steak Knife-Wielding Intruder

Early Saturday morning Montrose Police officers were alerted to a trespassing at a residence on North Grand Avenue.

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Woman Stalked by Mountain Lion Near Placerville

08/05/14 | By | More

Masters says in the last 34 years there have been dozens of mountain lion sightings, but this is only the second stalking incident reported.

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Fortune Minerals Announces Extension of Revenue Silver Mine Purchase Agreement

08/05/14 | By | More

Fortune Revenue will continue to act as operator of the mine pending completion or termination of the transaction.

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Afghanistan Lecture, Discussion at Wilkinson Library

08/04/14 | By | More

Afghanistan-born Azim Salehi will speak about the future of his country Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m., at Wilkinson Library.

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Tularemia Confirmed in Domestic Cats in Montrose County

08/04/14 | By | More

Typical signs of infection in humans are fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, chest pain, and coughing.

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More Hydro Planned for South Canal

08/03/14 | By | More
More Hydro Planned for South Canal

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft environmental assessment for a proposed hydropower project on the canal.

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DOLA Grants $200K to Kickstart Ouray Pool Improvements

08/02/14 | By | More
DOLA Grants $200K to Kickstart Ouray Pool Improvements

Combined with a $100,000 cash match from the city, the grant will pay for a feasibility study.

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Two Delta Men Arrested on Gun Charges in Connection to Wildife Poaching

08/01/14 | By | More

‘Felons who are prohibited from owning firearms sometimes put others up to purchasing guns illegally for them.’

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Telluride Thrift Shop Transfers to Second Chance Humane Society

08/01/14 | By | More
Telluride Thrift Shop Transfers to Second Chance Humane Society

Second Chance, will now be operating both shops to directly support animal rescue and outreach programs.

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New Press Box at MHS Football Field Underway

08/01/14 | By | More
New Press Box at MHS Football Field Underway

The rickety wooden building with loose nails and boards, which swayed in the breeze was torn down last week to make way for an upgrade.

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Ouray County Loosens Belt (a little), Thanks to Full PILT Funding for 2014

07/31/14 | By | More

With the extra money in the Road and Bridge fund, county officials plan to commission a Road and Bridge needs assessment, hiring a consultant to provide guidance on staffing, equipment usage and how the department can create more efficiencies.

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States Look to Colorado for Guidance After Half A Year of Legalization

07/30/14 | By | 42 More
States Look to Colorado for Guidance After Half A Year of Legalization

Telluride has received a total of $89,752 for the five months of retail and medical marijuana sales.

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Activist: Feds Have No Authority to Close Montrose County Road

07/30/14 | By | 44 More

A public lands advocate and local radio commentator has been arrested by federal authorities for tearing down an access gate along the Cushman Creek Trail near Olathe.

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Proposed New ‘Section 9′ Point System Makes Blending the Big Bang

07/29/14 | By | More

In order to pass the new point system, proposed structures must amass at least 100 points through a combination of these five categories.

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Red Mountain Pass Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified; Eye Witness Recounts Accident

07/29/14 | By | 264 More

Authorities have concluded their investigation and released the name of a man who died in a motorcycle crash.

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VIDEO: Telluride Snowmaking Upgrades Underway

07/29/14 | By | More
VIDEO: Telluride Snowmaking Upgrades Underway

The new system will enable snowmaking crews to use the same amount of water in a more powerful way.

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Telluride, Hospital District Plan Separate Talks to Find Site for Med Center

07/28/14 | By | More

Telluride scrambles to remain under consideration as a location for a new medical center, after declining to join in the Hospital District’s site selection process.

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Felt App Gives New Life to Handwritten Cards

07/28/14 | By | More
Felt App Gives New Life to Handwritten Cards

“There are certain special moments in life that email just isn’t good enough for.”

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Montrose County Zoning Resolution Amendment Continued

07/25/14 | By | More

Language in the “prohibitive uses” section in the General Agricultural and General Residential districts could be removed.

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Ray’s to Remain Open Following Fire

07/25/14 | By | More
Ray’s to Remain Open Following Fire

Rowan said the fire was contained by 5:30 a.m., and the building was unoccupied. No injuries were reported.

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Snowmaking Gets Bigger, More Efficient

07/24/14 | By | 148 More
Snowmaking Gets Bigger, More Efficient

The new system will enable snowmaking crews to use the same amount of water in a more powerful way, meaning more runs will open earlier in the season.

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Ouray County Adopts a Road Map for the 21st Century

07/24/14 | By | More

Despite an eleventh hour interjection from the U.S. Forest Service, the Ouray County Commissioners made history this week, unanimously voting to adopt a new county road map that brings it into the 21st century.

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Harvest Time | Sweet Corn Crop Down From Last Year

07/23/14 | By | 52 More
Harvest Time | Sweet Corn Crop Down From Last Year

Olathe farmer John Harold says the goal this season is to harvest 620,000 boxes of corn.

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TEX Loses Commercial Air Service in September

07/23/14 | By | 169 More

Great Lakes Airlines will suspend service effective Sept. 16 due to pilot availability challenges after new FAA regulations went into effect.

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Mountain Village Gaining Momentum in Battle for Economic, Cultural Advantage

07/23/14 | By | More

While Mountain Village finds sites for two proposed new facilities, Telluride appears bogged down by process.

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Lightning Strike Sparks Wildfire on Log Hill Mesa

07/22/14 | By | More

The second wildfire of the season flared up Sunday, July 20, on Log Hill, sparked by a lightning strike.

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Bears Feast on Fast Food Around Ouray

07/22/14 | By | 51 More
Bears Feast on Fast Food Around Ouray

A bear entered a kitchen, opened the fridge, had a drink, climbed back out the window with some food and sat out on the porch to eat it.

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Ouray Mountain Rescue Team Retrieves Injured Rider from Lou Creek Pass

07/22/14 | By | More

On a steep section of trail, a horse started sliding backwards, tripping and landing on its rider.

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Man Shot By Officers Had Stolen Shotgun

07/22/14 | By | More

Michael Leroy Yates, 19, is due in court for formal advisement of charges on July 31.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Downwind Residents Make a Stink About Malingering Sewage Project 

07/22/14 | By | More

Council nixes request to purchase city property…Morgenthaler heads to Telluride.

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Driver Kidnapped at Gunpoint, Forced to Drive to Walmart Parking Lot

07/22/14 | By | More
Driver Kidnapped at Gunpoint, Forced to Drive to Walmart Parking Lot

Amy Rossett, 38, of Montrose was arrested on charges of first-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and theft under $500.

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Authorities Seek Answers in Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Red Mountain Pass

07/21/14 | By | 127 More

There are conflicting reports about what happened after the fatal accident.

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New FedEx Facility Approved in Montrose

07/17/14 | By | More

During the hearing supporters and critics of MEDC volleyed back and forth about MEDC’s history in Montrose.

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Closing Uncompahgre Ave. to Double Green Space Is Explored

07/16/14 | By | More
Closing Uncompahgre Ave. to Double Green Space Is Explored

The plan would transform two city blocks of downtown to open space.

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Man Shot by Montrose Police Officer Is Identified

07/16/14 | By | More
Man Shot by Montrose Police Officer Is Identified

Michael Leroy Yates of Montrose was shot by a Montrose Police Officer who was investigating a report of an armed man.

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128th Montrose County Fair | Get Ready for the Swine Show

07/16/14 | By | More
128th Montrose County Fair | Get Ready for the Swine Show

Kimble Avery, a fourth grader at Johnson Elementary School, is participating in her first year of Montrose County 4-H.

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FBO Agreement Signed, Proposal Released

07/16/14 | By | 66 More

Majestic Skies now has 36 months to begin construction on its controversial MTJ FBO project.

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Telluride Denies GHDC Vehicle Access on Bear Creek Road

07/16/14 | By | More

Attorney says GHDC has access to Bear Creek on Bear Creek Road, just not vehicular access.

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Ouray City Council Poised to Adopt Water Efficiency Plan

07/16/14 | By | More

The plan has been crafted to evaluate, prioritize and implement water efficiency activities.

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Initiative 75 Withdrawn From Ballot

07/16/14 | By | More

The measure aimed to give communities sweeping powers over oil drilling and other industrial activity within their jurisdiction.

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Growing Pains in Pot-Friendly Ridgway

07/16/14 | By | More

The Ridgway Town Council discovered a Pandora’s box of unintended consequences.

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Council Agrees to Add a Deputy to Help Deal With Transient Complaints

07/15/14 | By | More

The town will also consider an ‘aggressive panhandling’ ordinance.

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Montrose Man Shot by Police Officers

07/14/14 | By | More

The suspect underwent surgery Monday morning. His name and condition are not being released pending an investigation of the shooting.

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Kilian Jornet Sets New Record in Hardrock 100 | ‘Basically, He’s the Best in the World’

07/13/14 | By | 89 More
Kilian Jornet Sets New Record in Hardrock 100 | ‘Basically, He’s the Best in the World’

Jornet shatters the standing course record of the Hardrock Hundred with a time of 22 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds.

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Meeting Between City, County to Discuss Sales Tax Canceled

07/11/14 | By | More

At a BOCC meeting in March,the two governments had agreed to meet within 45 days to discuss use of the sales tax; as of press time, it has been 116 days since the March 17 request.

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OURAY COUNTY BRIEFS | Property Values Still Lag in Ouray County

07/11/14 | By | More

The trending line for property values in Ouray County will likely remain flat in 2015

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Flammable Gas THC Extract Prohibited in Residential Settings

07/10/14 | By | More

Both County Attorney Steve Zwick and County Planning Director Mike Rozycki made it clear that the blanket prohibition in the ordinance would only apply to residential areas.

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Telluride Incidents With Transients on the Rise

07/10/14 | By | More

There are no statutes in Telluride prohibiting loitering, panhandling or public intoxication, making police response more difficult.

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Broadband for Ophir Residents Might Finally Become a Reality

07/10/14 | By | More
Broadband for Ophir Residents Might Finally Become a Reality

Voters will decide in November whether to allow San Miguel County to get into the business of providing broadband services.

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Ridgway Community Vets Streetscape Project

07/09/14 | By | More
Ridgway Community Vets Streetscape Project

The town will focus next year on working to mitigate construction impacts and to celebrate the creative spirit of the town.

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Ouray Student Takes a Swing at National Golfing Title

07/09/14 | By | More

Alvarez, now 8, took 1st place in his age category at a local qualifying round of the PGA’s Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at Grand Junction’s Lincoln Park Golf Course on June 24.

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GHDC Plans Appeal, Bear Creek Road, New Cabin

07/09/14 | By | More
GHDC Plans Appeal, Bear Creek Road, New Cabin

Ever since the GHDC purchased three contiguous Bear Creek mining claims in 2010, its partners Ron Curry and Tom Chapman have speculated on what they may build there.

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Ferguson Resigns from Ouray City Council

07/09/14 | By | More

“It has been an educational and fulfilling last four years that I would recommend to any one,” Ferguson wrote.

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Hardrock 100 Ultra-Endurance Run Takes Place This Weekend

07/09/14 | By | More

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.

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City, MEDC Move Forward With Land Dispute

07/09/14 | By | More
City, MEDC Move Forward With Land Dispute

The question remaining is which entity – the city or MEDC – will retain proceeds from the sale.

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Short-Term Rentals in San Miguel County Given Green Light

07/09/14 | By | More

San Miguel County’s Land Use Code now has language that both permits and regulates short-term rentals of single-family residences.

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MONTROSE COUNTY BRIEFS | County Joins Movement to Take Federal Lands Back

07/09/14 | By | More
MONTROSE COUNTY BRIEFS | County Joins Movement to Take Federal Lands Back

Anthony Labato Appointed to MMH Board of Trustees

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Ouray County Man Arrested in Connection With Auto Theft

07/09/14 | By | More
Ouray County Man Arrested in Connection With Auto Theft

The case is still under investigation and authorities are not sure whether Lisk, who resides in Ouray County, is the one that stole the vehicle.

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A Day for the Record Books at Ouray’s Water Fights

07/08/14 | By | More
A Day for the Record Books at Ouray’s Water Fights

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.

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Suspected Meth, Cocaine Dealers Arrested

07/08/14 | By | 113 More

Officers arrested Jose Arellano and Leobardo Hernandez after Hernandez sold one ounce of cocaine to a confidential source working with the task force.

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Gardner’s Focus Is Working Class Colorado

07/08/14 | By | More
Gardner’s Focus Is Working Class Colorado

It appears unlikely the GOP will lose control of the House of Representatives this year, making control of the Senate this year’s largest political battle.

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Three Killed in Rollover Near Telluride Following July 4 Celebration

07/07/14 | By | 56 More

The victims were Edward Bollman, 23, and Carly Sansone, 21, both from Michigan, and Garrett Laforce, 26, of Littleton, Colo.

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Local Geologists Lead OCHS Geology Tour in August

07/06/14 | By | More

The tour is limited to 24 participants and spaces are filling fast.

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Mountain Village to Host Energy Saving Forum July 10

07/05/14 | By | More

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.

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Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill and Assets Set to Be Sold for $2 Million

07/03/14 | By | 112 More

Once the transfer is completed, the planned uranium mill will move from a publicly traded company to a local private company.

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Udall’s Re-Election Strategy Hinges on Finding New Voters, Chasing Ballots

07/03/14 | By | More
Udall’s Re-Election Strategy Hinges on Finding New Voters, Chasing Ballots

Udall predicts the election, which pits himself against Congressman Cory Gardner, will be very close.

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Fourth of July Fireworks Shows Are a Go

07/03/14 | By | More
Fourth of July Fireworks Shows Are a Go

From Silverton to Telluride and from Ouray to Montrose, fuel moisture levels are high enough to allow for spectacular Fourth of July fireworks displays.

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Survey: Regional Transit Routes Needed, Feasibly, Sustainability Of Such Service Unknown

07/03/14 | By | More

Options presented to Montrose City Ccouncil Tuesday for a regional transit service included a van-pool, bus or mini-coach.

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Colo. Supreme Court Blocks Progress of Public Trust Doctrine Measure

07/03/14 | By | More

Water policy watchdogs across Colorado breathed a small sigh of relief this week upon learning that Initiative 103, the so-called “Public Trust Doctrine”

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A Close-Up View of Washington, D.C.

07/02/14 | By | More
A Close-Up View of Washington, D.C.

Gus Jarvis reports that this year’s Colorado Capital Conference in Washington offered invaluable insights and a refreshing view of our nation’s leaders.

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Ouray County Commissioners Delay Decision on Road Map Adoption

07/02/14 | By | More

Public comment will be confined only to documented information regarding “clerical, ownership, alignment and inclusion” matters pertaining to the proposed map.

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UPDATE: Hiker rescued from high altitude

07/02/14 | By | More

A helicopter has also been dispatched and has already arrived on scene.

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Judge Postpones Filing of Charges Against Mike McFarland

07/02/14 | By | 45 More

Attorney Risberg asked that the filing be rescheduled for late July, so investigators can have ample time to complete their investigation into the death of McFarland’s wife.

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Judges Schum, Greenacre to Retire January 2015

07/02/14 | By | More

To be eligible for appointment to fill the vacancies, applicants must be qualified electors of the Seventh Judicial District and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years.

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Ophir Valley Mining Claims Protected

07/01/14 | By | More
Ophir Valley Mining Claims Protected

The acquisition of the seventh and final phase of the Ophir Valley project this month marks the culmination of a land protection effort lasting over a decade.

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Science on Parade

07/01/14 | By | More
Science on Parade

For the first time since 2003, the Telluride Science Research Center will be represented in the town’s annual Fourth of July Parade.

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Decision Looms Today on Ouray County Road Map Adoption

07/01/14 | By | More

The last time an official county road map was prepared in Ouray County was in August, 1961.

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Authors Donate Books to Help Raise Funds for Ouray Perimeter Trail

07/01/14 | By | More
Authors Donate Books to Help Raise Funds for Ouray Perimeter Trail

Completing the next section of the trail will require constructing a bridge.

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McFarland hearing in Silverton on July 1

06/30/14 | By | More

At the time of the shooting, Thomas Ornelas was out of jail on a $75,000 bond and was awaiting trial this fall for second-degree murder in Mesa County.

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Telluride May Be Out for New Medical Center Location

06/26/14 | By | More
Telluride May Be Out for New Medical Center Location

The town’s approval process and the hospital district’s location selection process are not matching up.

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Montrose Schools Likely to Get State Funds for Improvements

06/26/14 | By | More

The BEST fund was created in 2008 as a way to help with renovation and construction in Colorado schools.

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TELLURIDE TOWN BRIEFS | New Directions … And a New Winter Festival?

06/26/14 | By | More

Tasteful signs point the way…Telluride’s newest festival could feature fire performers and fire art installation.

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Fortune Minerals Settles in for Long Haul at Revenue Silver Mine

06/26/14 | By | 108 More
Fortune Minerals Settles in for Long Haul at Revenue Silver Mine

Work at the Revenue Silver Mine is progressing at a brisk clip, following the Canadian company’s move to acquire the property last month.

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County Switches to CodeRED for Emergency Notifications

06/26/14 | By | More
County Switches to CodeRED for Emergency Notifications

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.

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Following Marijuana Legalization, Montrose Soils Business Booms

06/25/14 | By | More
Following Marijuana Legalization, Montrose Soils Business Booms

Jeremy Silva’s business is serving as a success story even though he doesn’t actually sell marijuana in any form.

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Ouray County Economic Consortium Emerges from Dust of ‘Bottom Up’ Discussions

06/25/14 | By | More

The newly formed Ouray County Economic Development Consortium is currently focused on how to define economic development within Ouray County.

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Montrose Hospital Could Face Penalties Over Low Score

06/25/14 | By | More

MMH spokesperson Leann Tobin told the Watch the score does not reflect the hospital’s committed efforts to improve patient care.

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Dunlap, Tipton Win Republican Primary Races

06/25/14 | By | More

Beauprez leads statewide gubernatorial primary as of Wednesday.

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MONTROSE BRIEFS | Delta Police Seek Drive-By Shooting Suspect

06/25/14 | By | More
MONTROSE BRIEFS | Delta Police Seek Drive-By Shooting Suspect

On Tuesday this week Delta Police Officers obtained a warrant seeking the arrest of Roberto Nieto, 30, a resident of the Delta, Montrose area.

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Relighting Mountain Village With LED Bulbs

06/25/14 | By | More

Participating residents and business owners can realize big savings.

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Ouray Trail Group Nears Fundraising Goal for New Segment of Perimeter Trail

06/25/14 | By | More
Ouray Trail Group Nears Fundraising Goal for New Segment of Perimeter Trail

The finished bridge will be installed over Oak Creek Canyon with the help of a helicopter.

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Council Kills Hotel Ajax, Denying Waiver Request

06/24/14 | By | More
Council Kills Hotel Ajax, Denying Waiver Request

As a result, unless the developer, Randy Edwards, was bluffing, the parcel will be developed instead as condominiums.

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Ridgway Council Seeks Applicants to Fill Vacancy Following Kavanaugh Resignation

06/18/14 | By | More

Council also approves new regulations and fees for the use of town property… And invests in solar…

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Memorial Service Planned Sunday for Jessica McFarland

06/18/14 | By | 120 More

McFarland’s widowed husband Michael McFarland was arrested and charged with her murder on June 6.

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Henderson, White Approve Majestic Skies Agreement

06/18/14 | By | More
Henderson, White Approve Majestic Skies Agreement

Upon execution of the agreement, Majestic Skies will become a second fixed-base operator at the Montrose Regional Airport.

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ELEVATED | Pinhead Camps and Cocktails… Starry Cosmos… Cosmos’ Star…

06/18/14 | By | More

The Science of Bugs will cover bug biology, anatomy, and evolution.

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U.S.S. Montrose Celebrated in Montrose

06/18/14 | By | More
U.S.S. Montrose Celebrated in Montrose

The vessel ferried thousands of soldiers and supplies to war during World War II, then in Korea and Vietnam.

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A New Director Expands Program of the Telluride Wine Festival

06/18/14 | By | More
A New Director Expands Program of the Telluride Wine Festival

Laurel Robinson’s ambitions extend well beyond giving the traditional Telluride Wine Festival a jolt of new energy.

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Telski’s Martinique Prohaska and Chris Meyer Recognized for Excellence by CSCUSA

06/18/14 | By | More
Telski’s Martinique Prohaska and Chris Meyer Recognized for Excellence by CSCUSA

“Marti is tireless in her efforts to achieve the highest standards for our patrol,” said Scott Clements, the director of Telluride Ski Patrol, of Martinique Prohaska being named Ski Patroller of the Year.

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Uncompahgre Utes Subject of Upcoming OCHS Lecture

06/18/14 | By | More

Baker’s talk and PowerPoint presentation will offer descriptive summaries of the UVUP’s findings on many important Ute-related sites and activities

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Nichols Resigns as DDA Executive Director

06/18/14 | By | More
Nichols Resigns as DDA Executive Director

“It’s a personal decision” for Nichols to move back to his North Carolina farm.

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How High Is Too High? Ouray Council Ponders a Taxing Question

06/18/14 | By | More

Council began its meeting this Monday, June 16 with a moment of silence for former Ouray Public Works Director Dan Fossey, who died unexpectedly earlier that day.

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MONTROSE BRIEFS | No Barriers Benefit Saturday … VFW Convention

06/18/14 | By | More
MONTROSE BRIEFS | No Barriers Benefit Saturday … VFW Convention

On Saturday, June 21, Welcome Home Montrose holds its Mission No Barriers 5K Run/Walk at the Bridges of Montrose. Registration and festivities begin at 9 a.m

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MONTROSE BRIEFS | Free Summer Lunches for All Kids

06/17/14 | By | More

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.

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Red Mountain Pass Opens to Two-Way Traffic

06/16/14 | By | More
Red Mountain Pass Opens to Two-Way Traffic

Officials from CDOT the City of Ouray, Town of Silverton, and Ouray Chamber Resort Association gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ruby Walls rockfall site on Thursday evening.

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Ouray Area Homeowners Urged to Participate in Wildfire Risk Analysis

06/15/14 | By | More

The effort is “kind of a big deal,” said Alan Staehle of the OFPD, because it signifies a change in focus in Colorado.

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Welcome Home Montrose Featured on the ‘Glenn Beck Show’

06/15/14 | By | More
Welcome Home Montrose Featured on the ‘Glenn Beck Show’

Beck invited the group to talk about the need to help veterans, and the process involved in opening a center to help those most in need of a fresh start with community-oriented resources.

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Celebrate Land Conservation Week With Black Canyon Land Trust

06/15/14 | By | More
Celebrate Land Conservation Week With Black Canyon Land Trust

For the BCRLT, there’s plenty to celebrate next week including a new office location, new executive director and a history of conservation.

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Gunnison Basin Roundtable Defines Goals for State Water Plan

06/14/14 | By | More

That overriding goal is simply to protect existing water uses in the Gunnison Basin.

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Red Mountain Pass Now Open to 2-Way Traffic

06/14/14 | By | More
Red Mountain Pass Now Open to 2-Way Traffic

OURAY COUNTY – A new Corvette belonging to former Colorado Transportation Commissioner Steve Parker was the first car to roll over a newly paved section of US 550/Red Mountain Pass after a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening to mark the completion of months of rockfall mitigation work there. The transportation artery between Ouray and Silverton […]

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At Long Last, Ridgway Dam Hydro Plant Is Spinning Water Into Energy

06/12/14 | By | 60 More
At Long Last, Ridgway Dam Hydro Plant Is Spinning Water Into Energy

The emissions reduction benefit is equivalent to removing about 4,400 cars off the road each year.

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Ouray Embraces ‘Flower Power’ to Beautify Main Street

06/12/14 | By | More
Ouray Embraces ‘Flower Power’ to Beautify Main Street

The Main Street Flower Project has blossomed over the years from a grass roots volunteer effort into a full scale professionally executed project.

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Remembering 22

06/11/14 | By | 86 More
Remembering 22

Grayson Burris was a friend, son and teammate who died in the course of rescuing a friend from drowing.

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Tipton Vows to Fight EPA’s ‘War on the West’

06/11/14 | By | More
Tipton Vows to Fight EPA’s ‘War on the West’

Federal regulations, Tipton told a Montrose town hall meeting last week, are keeping the economy from moving forward.

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Clark’s Expansion Aims to Offer More Choices to Grocery Shoppers

06/11/14 | By | More
Clark’s Expansion Aims to Offer More Choices to Grocery Shoppers

The goal is to also to keep prices lower by offering more low-cost alternatives.

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Injured Climber Rescued on El Diente Peak

06/11/14 | By | More

The victim is now being treated for injuries at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

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CORA Decision Regarding FBO Documents Awaits Judge’s Say

06/11/14 | By | More

Judge James Schum, after hearing closing arguments, took the matter under advisement and said he would render a written decision as soon as possible.

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The Sheriff Goes Off…

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

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

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Silverton Man Arrested for Suspected Homicide

06/09/14 | By | More

San Juan County Coroner Keri Metzler identified the victim as Jessica McFarland, 32.

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The New TCTV

06/09/14 | By | More

Telluride TV gets a makeover.

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Hospital Trustees Seeking Path for West End Critical Access Hospital

06/08/14 | By | More

There are a number of issues, including funding, that are yet to be worked out.

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Keeping Local Air Quality High in Telluride

06/08/14 | By | More

On Tuesday, the Telluride Town Council reviewed the history and considered how to keep the air clean.

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New Dog Den Will Give More Pooches a ‘Second Chance’

06/08/14 | By | More
New Dog Den Will Give More Pooches a ‘Second Chance’

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.

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Telluride May Conserve Water Even in Non-Drought Years

06/08/14 | By | More

The biggest proposed new regulation, would not be not dramatic.

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Siefkin Is Interim Secondary School Principal

06/07/14 | By | More

Chuck Siefkin, who has an administrative license, will replace outgoing Ridgway Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs.

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Telluride Schools Look Toward Ballot Initiative, Expansion

06/07/14 | By | More

A funding question is likely headed to the November ballot.

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Beekeeping a Passion and Essential for Local Agriculture

06/07/14 | By | More
Beekeeping a Passion and Essential for Local Agriculture

It is a challenge keeping bees healthy and poison-free.

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Silverton Man Arrested for Suspected Homicide

06/06/14 | By | More

Michael Allen McFarland was arrested Friday morning without incident. His wife, Jessica McFarland, is dead of possible stab wounds.

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Draft of Gunnison Basin Implementation Plan Presented

06/06/14 | By | More

The Gunnison Basin Implementation Plan will join the state’s eight other basin plans to comprise the Colorado Water Plan.

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Montrose Teen Drowns in Delta County

06/06/14 | By | More

Teen reportedly jumped in to save life of another swimmer.

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A Swim for Survival, and the Fight for a Free Europe

06/05/14 | By | More
A Swim for Survival, and the Fight for a Free Europe

Frank Casias was a young man on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy.

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OURAY BRIEFS | With Election Looming, Retail Pot is Back on Ouray’s Agenda

06/05/14 | By | More

Council agreed that retail marijuana should be kept out of residential zones altogether.

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Spilling Over the Crystal

06/05/14 | By | More
Spilling Over the Crystal

This happens only once in a while. Watch it now.

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Hydroelectricity Cuts Through Red Tape

06/05/14 | By | More
Hydroelectricity Cuts Through Red Tape

New law promotes flow of more hydroelectric projects.

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Ouray Climbing Guide Falls to his Death on Mt. Rainier

06/05/14 | By | 69 More
Ouray Climbing Guide Falls to his Death on Mt. Rainier

Green was one of six climbers killed in a 3,300-foot fall along the precipitous, avalanche-prone north slope of Mount Rainier.

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Telluride and MV Vie With Lawson Hill to Host New Med Center

06/03/14 | By | More

A new Telluride Medical Center could open its doors in five years.

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‘Maid in the Shade’ Heads to Montrose

06/02/14 | By | More
‘Maid in the Shade’ Heads to Montrose

A pair of thunderous engines once used in a global fight for peace against evil will descend into Montrose next weekend.

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OURAY BRIEFS | Hello ‘Franken-Tree,’ Goodbye Dead Zone

06/01/14 | By | More

The structure will look as much like a giant pine tree as a 100-foot-tall communications tower.

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Cerro Trails to Top Over a Mile

06/01/14 | By | More
Cerro Trails to Top Over a Mile

Cycling enthusiasts are invited to volunteer to continue trail building efforts at Cerro Summit on Saturday, June 7.

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Mountain Village Files Motion to Dismiss Goodman Lawsuit

05/31/14 | By | More

Did the Town of Mountain Village made substantive changes to private trail rights when the town amended a legal document to correct a previously recorded subdivision plat?

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Moving On: Ouray School Bids Adieu to Three Beloved Teachers

05/30/14 | By | More
Moving On: Ouray School Bids Adieu to Three Beloved Teachers

The Ouray School stage will be named after Nixon, and a special bench in the playground will be dedicated to Kern.

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Telluride School District Engages Community in Planning

05/29/14 | By | More

The Telluride School District may send a bond question to voters in November, if the board approves it.

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Expect High Water on Gunnison River

05/29/14 | By | More
Expect High Water on Gunnison River

River levels are increasing by the day and expected peak flows are scheduled for June 2.

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Attorney Says Majestic Agreement Violates FAA Grant Assurance Regs

05/28/14 | By | More
Attorney Says Majestic Agreement Violates FAA Grant Assurance Regs

Michael Morgan calls the Majestic agreement ‘unjustly discriminatory.’

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Controlled Burn on the Uncompahgre

05/25/14 | By | More
Controlled Burn on the Uncompahgre

About 755 acres were outlined in the USFS Burn Plan designed to improve the health of Ponderosa Pine habitat and reduce ground and ladder fuels.

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Seniors Back to Using Pavilion Kitchen Following Lockout

05/24/14 | By | More

Golden Circle Seniors Inc. accuses the city of not allowing the seniors to operate in the center’s kitchen, and that the city unexpectedly locked the doors earlier this month.

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OURAY BRIEFS | OHV Ordinance Crashes and Burns on First Reading

05/24/14 | By | More
OURAY BRIEFS | OHV Ordinance Crashes and Burns on First Reading

The Ouray City Council voted 3-2 on Monday, May 19 to kill on first reading an ordinance that would have allowed Off-Highway Vehicles to operate on city streets this summer.

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Memorial Museum Opens in New York, and a Montrose Family Member Is There

05/24/14 | By | More
Memorial Museum Opens in New York, and a Montrose Family Member Is There

Montrose physician Bill Faragher lost his 33-year-old sister when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the building.

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Telluride P&Z Tests a Hotel Developer’s Resolve

05/23/14 | By | More
Telluride P&Z Tests a Hotel Developer’s Resolve

The board recommends a denial of a General Waiver request from the developer of the proposed Hotel Ajax.

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A Reduced Four Corners Project Wins Encouragement

05/22/14 | By | More
A Reduced Four Corners Project Wins Encouragement

Even without unusual variances, the project on S. Fir St. would, if approved and built, transform central Telluride.

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Chapman Loses Access Battle on Gold Hill Road, Bear Creek

05/22/14 | By | More
Chapman Loses Access Battle on Gold Hill Road, Bear Creek

Judge rules that historic access to upper Bear Creek came from Wasatch Trail, not Gold Hill Road.

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A Temporary Halt to Rockwall Work Coming This Weekend

05/22/14 | By | More
A Temporary Halt to Rockwall Work Coming This Weekend

Motorists and local business owners will get a reprieve over the upcoming holiday weekend from the rockfall mitigation work on U.S. 550 Red Mountain Pass.

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RTA Dead for 2014

05/22/14 | By | More

A decision by the Telluride Town Council on May 13 not to continue to participate in countywide planning to create a Regional Transportation District has effectively killed the effort, at least for this year.

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County Manager Eckert’s Severance Package Tops $115K

05/22/14 | By | More
County Manager Eckert’s Severance Package Tops $115K

“Due to the frustration he incurred, we felt it was appropriate to give him additional severance.”

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RIDGWAY BRIEFS | Ridgway Poised to Ink IGA with CDOT for Streetscape Project

05/22/14 | By | More
RIDGWAY BRIEFS | Ridgway Poised to Ink IGA with CDOT for Streetscape Project

The delicate dance of commercial design guidelines…

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Telluride Academy Global Citizen Project Wraps First Year

05/22/14 | By | More

The deprivation of global citizens’ basic human rights emerged as a major topic.

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Higher Ed, Disruptive Innovation Topic of Telluride Foundation Presentation

05/19/14 | By | More

Although America used to be the leader in education, today college graduates are increasingly ill-equipped for the workplace.

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Construction Springs to Life

05/15/14 | By | More
Construction Springs to Life

Marked increases in building permits issued and the valuation of those permits, especially in Montrose, Montrose County and Telluride suggest that construction may be on the rebound.

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City of Ouray Declares ‘Economic Disaster and Emergency’

05/15/14 | By | More

The emergency declaration results from a massive landslide earlier in 2014 that has closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass for extended periods of time.

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As Four Corners Withdraws General Waiver Request, Hotel Ajax Pursues One

05/14/14 | By | More

The two applications are among the biggest development proposals Telluride has seen in years.

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iPads Deemed Essential by Montrose Schools as New Testing Is Set to Begin

05/14/14 | By | More
iPads Deemed Essential by Montrose Schools as New Testing Is Set to Begin

Montrose Schools RE-1J teachers and district officials say that to stay competitive, a massive technology upgrade is required before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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TELLURIDE BRIEFS | Spring Cleanup… Pot Law Tweaked…

05/14/14 | By | More

And a busy season ahead for town construction projects.

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Telluride Steps Back From a Regional Transit Authority

05/13/14 | By | More

The effort by San Miguel County and Mountain Village will continue, partly in the hope that Telluride will decide to join in later.

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A New Chapter for the Revenue-Virginius Mine

05/13/14 | By | 412 More
A New Chapter for the Revenue-Virginius Mine

London, Ontario-based project developer Fortune Minerals, Limited is in the process of acquiring the historic Revenue-Virginius Mine near Ouray.

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Anguished Parents Plead for Normalcy at Ridgway Secondary School

05/13/14 | By | More
Anguished Parents Plead for Normalcy at Ridgway Secondary School

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.

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Forest Service to Fast-Track Treatment of Beetle Kill

05/12/14 | By | More

Areas treated through the pilot program will prioritize the preservation of old-growth and large trees, if possible, while still promoting forests that are resistant to insect and disease.

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Angel Donor Grants $125K for New Rodeo Arena at Ouray County Fairgrounds

05/11/14 | By | 48 More

The money will be used to purchase a prefabricated, “snap-together” combination roping and roughstock arena.

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Sprawling Election Season Exposes County’s Cramped Quarters

05/10/14 | By | More

The problem is that elections don’t happen in just one day anymore, and they’re not just about voting booths and ballots.

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TAB Celebrates a Record-Breaking Year of Fundraising

05/10/14 | By | More
TAB Celebrates a Record-Breaking Year of Fundraising

This year, TAB will be distributing over $177,000 to its seven beneficiaries and is a record amount donated by TAB in a single year.

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MONTROSE COUNTY BRIEFS | Ken Norris Interim County Manager After Rick Eckert’s Resignation

05/09/14 | By | More

Chacho, Rackay Appointed to MMH Board of Trustees… County Seeks $2.6 FAA Grant for Commercial Apron Expansion.

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UPDATED May 12, 7:30 p.m. | Ornelas Was Out On Bond Awaiting Trial When He Shot CSP Trooper

05/09/14 | By | More
UPDATED May 12, 7:30 p.m. | Ornelas Was Out On Bond Awaiting Trial When He Shot CSP Trooper

Thomas Ornelas, 41, was shot and killed Thursday after firing upon two CSP troopers on I-70 near mile marker 129 near Dotsero yesterday.

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Third Grade TCAP Scores Show Slight Dip Over 2013

05/09/14 | By | More

Testing shows drops in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties’ third-graders’ reading proficiency.

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Tanker Oil Spill on Slickrock Hill

05/08/14 | By | More

The driver sustained serious injuries.

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Alpine Ranger Program Shifts Allegiances, Realigns Patrols of High-Country

05/08/14 | By | More

This summer, the Alpine Ranger Program will take a different form.

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Sarah Holbrooke Takes the Helm at Pinhead

05/08/14 | By | 45 More
Sarah Holbrooke Takes the Helm at Pinhead

“It’s Pinhead on steroids!” exclaimed Sarah Holbrooke, who is Pinhead Institute’s new Executive Director.

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FBO Hearing Cancelled for Third Time in Montrose

05/08/14 | By | More
FBO Hearing Cancelled for Third Time in Montrose

The cancellation of the May 8 hearing is to allow for further conversations with Majestic Skies and to address public concern.

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‘Circle of Life’ Fountain Springs to Life in Hartwell Park

05/08/14 | By | 42 More
‘Circle of Life’ Fountain Springs to Life in Hartwell Park

The project thus far has been a real collaborative effort, bringing together diverse elements of the community.

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Rec District, City Pen IGA To Begin Tax Collection

05/08/14 | By | More
Rec District, City Pen IGA To Begin Tax Collection

Councilors also deny request for de-annexation for city resident.

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James Nershi Dies at Lawson Hill Home

05/07/14 | By | More

Longtime Telluride region resident James (Jay) Nershi died at his Lawson Hill residence Saturday, May 3.

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Montrose Fire Protection District Elects New Board Members

05/07/14 | By | More

The new directors take office at the MFPD board meeting on May 20.

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Pitbull Bites Man’s Penis, Hazmat Team on Scene

05/06/14 | By | 91 More

Police responding to a 911 call for a dog bite observed a potentially dangerous butane hash oil operation.

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SMSO Recovers Body of Missing Skier

05/06/14 | By | More

Everyone onboard a rescue helicopter that crashed in the rescue attempt walked away uninjured.

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Ouray Police Chief Poised to Implement Community Policing Program

05/05/14 | By | 43 More
Ouray Police Chief Poised to Implement Community Policing Program

The key to making it all work was to establish an open line of communication between the police and property managers.S

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Sarah Landeryou Takes Reins at Wilkinson Public Library

05/03/14 | By | More
Sarah Landeryou Takes Reins at Wilkinson Public Library

With the library now stabilized following a period of turmoil, Interim Library Director Brenda Carns is passing the baton to a new library director.

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Curtis Robinson, MLC Primary Landowner, Sues City of Montrose

05/02/14 | By | More

Robinson seeks an injunction against the city’s operation of the course while the court determines and enforces “the reciprocal legal relations and duties.”

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Ken Norris to Serve as Interim Montrose County Manager

05/01/14 | By | More

While serving as acting and interim county manager, Norris will continue his responsibilities with the facilities division from the administration office.

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Rescue at 12,500 Feet

05/01/14 | By | More

Joe Ryan was rescued, treated, released after 1,800-Ft. fall on Mt. Wilson.

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Bark Beetles Go to Town on Ouray’s White Fir Forests

05/01/14 | By | 137 More
Bark Beetles Go to Town on Ouray’s White Fir Forests

Soon, the millions of beetles that have hatched and spent the winter munching on newly dying trees will start flying again.

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Down-Climbing Wilson Peak, Fully Gripped

05/01/14 | By | 67 More
Down-Climbing Wilson Peak, Fully Gripped

“The first responder scenarios we practiced outside in the autumn weather were now happening for real.”

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County Manager Rick Eckert Resigns His Post

04/30/14 | By | 88 More
County Manager Rick Eckert Resigns His Post

Details of his resignation and of his contract negotiations with the county were unclear as of press time Wednesday.

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The Watch’s Samantha Wright Wins Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award

04/30/14 | By | More

Judges selected 85 honorees from nearly 1,800 submissions.

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SM Sheriff Masters Changes Policy on ICE Detentions

04/29/14 | By | More

Persons arrested for other reasons will not be detained for possible immigration violations unless the federal agency files an arrest warrant signed by a U.S. Magistrate.

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Ridgway School Board ‘Clears the Slate,” Votes 4-1 Against Hobbs

04/29/14 | By | More

Expressing a desire to expel the toxic political vapors at the Ridgway Secondary School, the Ridgway School Board voted not to renew Principal Jim Bob Hobbs’ contract.

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Suds & Grub Finds Its Inner Tavern

04/28/14 | By | More
Suds & Grub Finds Its Inner Tavern

The once smoke-filled bar known as Suds & Grub is reborn as Town Hall Tavern.

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Real Estate Market Shows Continued Signs of Health

04/28/14 | By | More

Real estate sales and volumes are up, foreclosures are down. But the market still has a long way to go.

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OURAY BRIEFS |OHVs Get Green Light to Operate on Ouray’s City Streets

04/28/14 | By | More

Ouray off-highway vehicle enthusiasts of all stripes will likely be allowed to operate their vehicles on city streets this summer.

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Intermittent Closures of US 550/ Red Mountain Pass for Rock Scaling This Next Week

04/28/14 | By | More

CDOT plans more road closures of Highway 550/Red Mountain Pass beginning next week where there was a massive rockslide last winter.

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Star Mine Resumes Limited Operations at Revenue-Virginius Under Mounting MSHA Scrutiny

04/28/14 | By | 115 More

The feds have not yet released their final report on the contributing factors and root cause of the accident that killed two miners last November.

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

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

Columbine Is the priority, board and staff agree.

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MV BRIEFS | MV Allows Alcohol Consumption in Public Areas During Events

04/25/14 | By | More

Town Council narrowly voted (4-3) in January to prohibit retail marijuana, but that was clearly not an indication of deep misgivings about permissiveness with respect to traditional intoxicants.

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Telluride After the Great Recession

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

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

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Majestic Skies Owner Looks to Fill Need at MTJ

04/23/14 | By | 56 More

The man behind Majestic Skies, Larry Danielle, says he doing his best to stay out of the contentious local politics surrounding the proposal and looking forward to filling a need at the airport for a new FBO.

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Niagara Community Garden Almost Complete

04/23/14 | By | More
Niagara Community Garden Almost Complete

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for April 23.

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City Gears Up for Montrose Earth Week

04/21/14 | By | More

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

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Planning Commission Set to Review Zoning Amendments

04/21/14 | By | More

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

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Montrose Poised to Become a Gigabyte City

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

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

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DOE Issues Record of Decision for the Uranium Leasing Program

04/19/14 | By | More

Uranium exploration, mine development and reclamation will be permitted to continue on 31 lease tracts of land in West End for the next 10 years.

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Man’s Rampage Endangers Motorists, Officers Injured

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

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

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New Forest Service Policy Expands Summer Recreation in Telluride

04/18/14 | By | More

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

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BOCC Meeting Regarding Airport Fixed-Base Operator Will be Postponed

04/18/14 | By | More

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

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DOLA Grant Means Big Savings for Ridgway Taxpayers

04/17/14 | By | More

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

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Telluride Marks 100 Days of Retail Pot Sales

04/17/14 | By | More

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

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

04/17/14 | By | More

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

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Two Fires Sparked Near Norwood

04/17/14 | By | More

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

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Man Arrested for Town Park Assault

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

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

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

04/17/14 | By | More

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

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Bob Nicholson Appointed New Mayor of Montrose

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

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

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UPDATED: County to Ink Agreement for Second FBO

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

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

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Ouray County Grandstands Project Clears Budget Hurdles

04/17/14 | By | More

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

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Launches Summerfest Contest

04/16/14 | By | More

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

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OURAY BRIEFS | Council Embraces Proposed Revisions to RV Parking Regulations

04/16/14 | By | More

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

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Wildfire Presentation Highlights Respect, Prevention, Preparedness

04/16/14 | By | More

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

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Telski Finishes Healthy Ski Season

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

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

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GOCO Awards $100K to Ridgway School Playground Renovation Project

04/12/14 | By | More

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

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Ridgway School Board Takes Steps to Hire Interim Superintendent

04/10/14 | By | More

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

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

04/10/14 | By | More

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

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Accident Claims Life of Soldier Working in Montrose, Injuries Another

04/10/14 | By | More

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

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County Moves Forward With Envisioned Transit Authority

04/10/14 | By | More

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

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Inspiring a Generation of Healthy Eaters

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

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

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State Hopes to Find Solution to Mule Deer Decline

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

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

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Rec District Moves Forward With CRC Design, Financing

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

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

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New Sewer Projects Keep City Constantly Updating

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

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

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WPL Announces New Director

04/08/14 | By | More

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

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A New Era for the Knights of Pythias Building

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

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

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Telluride Council Could Soon Change Marijuana Manufacturing Rules

04/07/14 | By | More

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

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2014 MOUNTAINFILM | Have We Lost Our Wilderness?

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

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

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A New Era for the Knights of Pythias Building

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

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

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Ridgway Grad Launches West Africa Project

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

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

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Change in Application Extends Four Corners Review

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

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

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Jonny Copp’s Dream Lives on in Adventure Film Festival

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

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

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Yes on B! Voters Approve Montrose Rec Center.

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

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

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Measure A Passes by Large Margin in Ridgway

04/01/14 | By | More

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

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Colorado Senate Passes Small Hydro Legislation

03/31/14 | By | More

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

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Montrose School District Budget Comes Into Focus

03/31/14 | By | More

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

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Ouray County Commissioner Mike Fedel Will Not Seek Re-Election

03/31/14 | By | More

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

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Ambassador Thomas Graham Addresses Telluride

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

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

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Mayfield Decides to Go For Another Four

03/28/14 | By | More

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

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Fate of Pandora Mill Unknown

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

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

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Celebrate Ski Town Culture at Scrapple Fest

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

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

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Plane, Victims Retrieved From Ridgway Reservoir

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

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

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Five Perish in Plane Crash at Ridgway State Park

03/27/14 | By | More

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

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UPDATED: Administrative Shake-Up Looms at Ridgway School District

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

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

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At Long Last, USGS Officially Names Bridal Peak

03/27/14 | By | More

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

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Ridgway Plane Recovery Could Resemble 2001 Blue Mesa Crash

03/27/14 | By | More

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

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P&Z OKs Waiver Request for Four Corners

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

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

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Oprah Buys $10.85 Million Land Parcel in Mountain Village

03/27/14 | By | More

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

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Wright Opera House Renovation Plows Ahead

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

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

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Ag Water Through Tunnel to Return in Early April

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

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

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Ouray Native Ben Tisdel Announces for District 2 Seat

03/26/14 | By | 94 More
Ouray Native Ben Tisdel Announces for District 2 Seat

Tisdel will run as an unaffiliated candidate.

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KOTO Special Election Delayed Indefinitely, Board Says

03/26/14 | By | More

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

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

03/26/14 | By | More

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

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

03/25/14 | By | More

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

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Stricter Performance Reviews Enacted in Montrose Schools

03/25/14 | By | More

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

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Commissioners, City Council to Discuss Safety Sales Tax

03/25/14 | By | More

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

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Judge Reverses Brian Ahern Assault Conviction

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

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

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UPDATED: Recovery of Downed Plane and Victims to Resume Wednesday

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

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

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Victims in Saturday Crash ID’d by Hometown Paper

03/24/14 | By | More

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

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

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

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

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Montrose Hosts Internationally Acclaimed Adventure Film Festival

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

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

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Divers Locate Five Bodies Within Plane Crash Wreckage

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

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

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Celebrate Gus Kenworthy on Main Street this Friday

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

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

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KOTO Appoints Jerry Greene to Board

03/20/14 | By | More

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

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Service Saturday for Eliot Muckerman

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

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

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OBITUARY | Jaime Nicole Scoville

03/20/14 | By | 72 More
OBITUARY | Jaime Nicole Scoville

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

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Norwood Man Injured in Avalanche Near Ophir

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

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

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

03/20/14 | By | More

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

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Telluride Collects More Than $20K in January Pot Sales

03/20/14 | By | More

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

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

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

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

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New Testing Begins Shift to All-Digital Assessments

03/19/14 | By | More

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

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Tipton’s Hermosa Creek Legislation Advances in House

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

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

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Long-term Investigation Leads to Extensive Meth Bust

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

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

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MHS Student Creates Initiative to Get Teens to Vote

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

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

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Search Is on for Telluride Medical Center Site

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

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

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Film Commissioner Touts Fledgling Incentive Program

03/17/14 | By | More

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

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REPORT: Hypothermia ruled cause of woman’s death

03/17/14 | By | More

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

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City Interviewing Two for Golf Position at Black Canyon

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

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

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Hospital Trustees Begin Anew, Headed in New Direction

03/17/14 | By | More

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

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Regional Transit Service Survey Pitched for Montrose, Telluride

03/17/14 | By | More

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

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Telluride Fire Festival Gets Nod From Council

03/17/14 | By | More

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

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Paralympic Snowboarder Heidi Jo Duce Takes 5th in Sochi

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

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

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Two Bear Creek Access Gates Now Open

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

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

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Telluride Loses Mark Buchsieb

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

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

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New Hotel Proposed for East End of Main Street

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

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

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OBT More Than ‘Just A Funding Source’

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

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

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Ouray Wins Battle to Have Its Water Rights Re-Tabulated

03/13/14 | By | More

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

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Effects of Pilot Shortage Hits Nation’s Regional Airports

03/13/14 | By | More

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

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Body Recovered From Uncompahgre Plateau

03/12/14 | By | More

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

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Councilors: Vote Yes to Make Montrose a Gigabyte City

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

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

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Telluride Tourism Sees Growth in 2013

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

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

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Pinhead Institute Executive Director to Step Down

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

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

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Black Canyon Tourism Brings in Big Bucks

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

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

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House Dems Shoot Down County Election Bill

03/10/14 | By | More

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

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Don’t Kid Yourself

02/18/14 | By | More
Don’t Kid Yourself

I wonder if your readers, who freak out at the word ‘tax,’ realize that 0.3 percent equals .30 cents on $100?

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TIPS FROM THE PROS | Snowboarding Black Diamond Telluride Bumps

02/18/14 | By | More
TIPS FROM THE PROS | Snowboarding Black Diamond Telluride Bumps

Many people think snowboard lessons are only needed to learn the basics. Telluride Ski and Snowboard School Snowboard Supervisor and Trainer instructor Jimmy Dorsey says otherwise.

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Archaeologist Discusses Ute Rock Art Motifs at ROCC Talk

02/18/14 | By | More
Archaeologist Discusses Ute Rock Art Motifs at ROCC Talk

Patterson will focus on her studies of Ute rock art “maps” on the Uncompahgre Plateau, particularly in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and Dominquez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

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Five Vie for Ouray Planning Commission Vacancy

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

Ouray residents Brad Clark, Carl Cockle, Mike Fedel, Chris Hinkson and Adam Kunz are all vying for the position.

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Kenworthy Stranded – With Pups – in Russia

02/17/14 | By | More
Kenworthy Stranded – With Pups – in Russia

Kenworthy gained international attention even before winning Silver in Sochi upon claiming the stray mother and four puppies.

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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

What is math rock? El Ten Eleven can explain with their new studio release The emily EP.

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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

We must do better, which is why I am proud to lead the bipartisan effort to permanently reauthorize and fund the PILT program.

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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

McNeil, who has sung for five U.S. presidents and other heads of state, has won multiple awards and accolades from groups as varied as the Metropolitan Opera to the Grateful Dead.

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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

Beechcraft Bonanza spotted from air five hours after takeoff Sunday morning near Telluride, with no survivors.

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Free Fuel?

02/17/14 | By | More
Free Fuel?

Come on Ouray, free fuel to someone who chooses to drive to town in an electric car?

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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

The inn has been in service since McKinley was president; a “living museum,” it retains its historic charm and coziness – something immediately apparent, upon stepping into the lobby.

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Telluride Community Discusses Pool Design

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

The Town of Telluride’s project to build a new community pool began in earnest last week, as it began publicly discussing the designing and budgeting of the pool.

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Let’s Not Betray Our Beautiful Ouray

02/16/14 | By | More
Let’s Not Betray Our Beautiful Ouray

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.

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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’

The general theme of Thursday’s work session was to focus on “low-hanging fruit”, fairly straight-forward issues that are not contentious, while leaving “high hanging fruit” types of philosophical issues for discussions further down the road.

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Harry Kearney Takes Gold at Mt. Baker

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

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.

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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

‘DamNation’ explores the rivers and landscapes that have been altered by dams as well as changing values in society, from the conquest and control of rivers to realizing human society is a part of nature.

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

02/16/14 | By | More
ALERT: “Large boulders the size of a person” fall onto HWY 62 MM7

ALERT: Rocks 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

Missoula has a great jam band and rock ‘n ‘roll still lives on the Front Range? But topping them all will be Leftover Salmon Sunday night.

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Shareholders Approve Golf Course Buyout

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

The City of Montrose will buy out the Black Canyon Golf Club for $675,000 from the Montrose Land Company.

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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

02/14/14 | By | More
Severe Accident Injures Three In Montrose Last Night

MONTROSE – A two-car accident at the intersection of Townsend and Grand Avenues injured three people Thursday evening and closed the intersection for a short time.

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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

Consumers learn it’s easy to over-consume pot edibles, and may experience nausea and anxiety. Local pot shops and the industry are beefing up efforts to better educate customers.

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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

The MMH Board of Trustees was a regrouping in the aftermath of the County Commissioners’ decision to remove three of the seven members of the board.

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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

Festivities will take place at the Axel Loop trailhead, named for the Ridgway toddler who was murdered in Mexico last spring while on a cycling and experiential learning adventure with his family.

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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

Well before Kenworthy’s silver-medal-winning run, five Sochi dogs brought Kenworthy into a different kind of national spotlight.

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School Board Approves November Tax Proposal

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

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.

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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

The rockfall mitigation project has been fraught with danger – rockfall, ice fall, high-angle exposure – as crews raced to reopen the highway and restore full access to the communities of Silverton and Ouray.

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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

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 and comedians is once again coming to Telluride.

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ELEVATED | Nothing But Love Songs

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

Rodeo and Juliet in Ouray, an art auction in Grand Junction and a musical salon in Montrose, all in the arts this week.

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Skijoring Stampedes Into Silverton This Weekend

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

The event delivers huge thrills for competitors and spectators alike, as skiers navigate a series of six-foot high jumps and obstacles on a straight-of-way course through the historic heart of Silverton.

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SMC Commissioner Joan May Announces Candidacy

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

Joan May said she hopes to continue focusing on regional economic sustainability and greenhouse emission reductions across the county, as her most important focus.

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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 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.

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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

This week’s Ski Tip: 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). 

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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

Scott Mills hails from the Los Alamos Police Department where he was commander of patrol operations, and was the runner-up of four finalists when the City of Ouray hired a new police chief last fall.

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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?

It is, after all, a deep-seated conservative belief that political interference with health care is dead wrong.

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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 to represent Telluride Blues & Brews at SXSW 2014 Colorado Music Party Showcase

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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

Intermittent travel twice a day has been possible since the end of January, but it wasn’t until Monday night, Feb. 10, that the CDOT reopened the roadway to traffic 24-7, with single-lane, alternating travel.

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GUEST COMMENTARY | Notes on Another Legislative Week

02/11/14 | By | More
GUEST COMMENTARY | Notes on Another Legislative Week

I believe the federal government cannot remove, detract or diminish private property rights without just compensation.

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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

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.

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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

Daniel Guardaro-Marquez, a Mexican national living at the Shandoka Apartments, was arrested at 700 W. Colorado Ave. with 9 ounces of cocaine.

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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 maintenance crews will assist Yenter Companies as they complete the fence installation, set a barrier and install a temporary traffic signal on Monday.

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Out of Truancy Court, Into the Classroom

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

Solving truancy issues within Montrose County RE-1J schools has been a community collaboration for the past three years, and officials are pleased with the efforts so far.

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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

I have a beautiful daughter with a French name and birth certificate and a much more acute appreciation for the need for learning a second language than I had before.

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Low-Cost Communal Health Clinic Revived

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

Low-cost, accessible acupuncture treatment and oriental medicine will now be available at the Telluride Elks Club on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Kanter to Run Again

02/10/14 | By | More
Kanter to Run Again

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.

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

02/10/14 | By | More
ALERT: Massive rock slide, avalanche reported on 145 near Ilium Rd

ALERT: “Massive rock slide, avalanche” reported on HWY 145 near Ilium RD, road closed north side of Rico. San Miguel CO Sheriff, CDOT, CSP en route.

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