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Dr. Peter Hackett Steps Down from Telluride Medical Center
by Watch Staff
Mar 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Hackett will continue as the director of the Institute for Altitude Medicine at the Medical Center.
Bomb Squads’ Investigation Closes Colo. Hwy. 50
by Watch Staff
Mar 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Colorado Hwy. 50, from Montrose to Gunnison, was reopened at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, following a three-hour investigation that determined a suspicious object found near the highway...
UPDATED STORY: 2-Year-Old Axel Charrette Killed in Mexico
by Watch Staff
Mar 07, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Memorial set for Tuesday has moved to the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway, with food and refreshments provided by area businesses.
Telluride Film Festival Celebrates the Past, Looks to Future With New Venue
by Gus Jarvis
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
While its Werner Herzog Theatre will usher in a new era of maximum cinema enjoyment, organizers say the Telluride Film Festival will remain intimate, and will not be expanding its 2013 passholder b...
Ridgway School Board Addresses Firing Flap
by Peter Shelton
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Ridgway Secondary School Principal Jim Bob Hobbs got an emotional roomful of support at Monday’s school board meeting.
Public Comment Period for Sage Grouse Designation Extended
by Gus Jarvis
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The Montrose Board of County Commissioners has asked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Daniel Ashe for an 60-day extension of the public comment period.

Appeal Could Lead to New Trial for Dutch
by William Woody
Mar 07, 2013 | 5 5 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The attorney for Jeremiah Aguilar, whose dog Dutch attacked a Montrose woman now facing more than $28,000 in medical bills, has appealed a court ruling that the dog must be euthanized.
Ouray Sheriff Speaks Out Against Gun Control
by Samantha Wright
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The sheriff’s department has been processing a surge of new applications for concealed handgun permits – up to two or three per day in the weeks following the Sandy Hook massacre.
Appeal Alleging Public Hearing Was Insufficient Denied
by Gus Jarvis
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
An executive order issued last week paves the way for the CDPHE to make a formal decision on the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium Mill radioactive materials license in April.
'Progress' Is the Watchword as Hospice Gets New Center
by William Woody
Mar 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
In the current Hospice offices, at 645 S. Fifth Street, employees and volunteers have gotten used to sharing desks and office space, and are even keeping some workstations together with duct tape.
April Council Election Cancelled in Ridgway
by Peter Shelton
Mar 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Ridgway’s municipal election, slated for April, has been cancelled, because only four applications were received for four open council seats.
Montrose Schools Need Cash Fast
by William Woody
Mar 01, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Improving student achievement, now trending downward in relation to both state and neighboring districts, was the number one priority, in the long-awaited Montrose Community School Improvement Team...
EAGLE-Net Endures Fresh Scrutiny at State and National Level
by Samantha Wright
Feb 28, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Critics of the EAGLE-Net Alliance complain that the consortium is laying in fiber in areas where it already exists and thus directly competing with “small mom and pop” carriers.
TELLURIDE BRIEFS | Town of Telluride Shines Light on Successful Energy Efficiency Measures
by Samantha Wright
Feb 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The Town of Telluride is over halfway toward meeting its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from town government facilities and operations 20 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2020, as pr...
Uncompahgre Valley Marijuana Could Be a Growing Enterprise
by Samantha Wright
Feb 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Grand Mesa Growers is poised to expand its medical marijuana grow facility south of Ridgway to accommodate what it predicts will be a huge surge in recreational demand.
No Barriers USA Hosts 2013 Summit in Mountain Village Aug. 8-11
by Martinique Davis
Feb 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The summit is expected to bring more than 500 people to town, and will combine hands-on clinics, product demonstrations, outdoor excursions, films, art, music, leadership exercises and symposia.
First Friday Stroll: Going Green
by Leslie Vreeland
Feb 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
‘Going Green’ is the theme of this week’s First Friday Stroll in downtown Montrose.
Tension Mounts Between Miners and Climbers on the Camp Bird Road

by Samantha Wright
Feb 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Ice climbers and local guides were shocked and angered last weekend when they came across a sign that appeared to ban them from accessing a favorite backcountry climbing area alongside the Camp Bir...
In the Thick of Public Comment, No Decision on Visual Impact Regs.
by Gus Jarvis
Feb 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Perhaps the most divisive amendment to Section 9 is the expansion of visual impact corridors to include more than 40 roads throughout the county.
Court Appeal Keeps Vet's Dog Dutch Alive
by William Woody
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Dutch's fate now lies within the Montrose County District Attorney's Office.