2013: A Year of Transitions
Jan 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
A look back to the individuals the region holds in its heart and the changes that will move the region into 2014.
Crime-Tracking Software Paying Dividends in Montrose County
by Gus Jarvis
Jan 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
A geographic-information-system software that tracks crime is widely used in large, densely populated cities, but Sheriff Rick Dunlap reports it can give law enforcement an upper hand in rural, les...
Prohibition Ends | Long Lines, Big Sales Mark First Day of Retail Pot Sales in Telluride
by Samuel Adams
Jan 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
At one point the line to purchase retail cannabis at Alpine Wellness stretched out the door, and customers waited in line for an hour.
Beware of Scams Targeting SMPA, DMEA Members
by Watch Staff
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
On one occasion the caller attempted to send a member to Wal-Mart to purchase a prepaid card and asked them to call a fake 800 number providing the prepaid card information to the caller so there i...
Guide Angela Hawse to Present Unique Trip to Antarctica
by Gus Jarvis
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
The trip, which included 120 people from around the world, was based on a 340-foot boat, which sailed across the Drake Passage to the Peninsula where the group skied for seven days surrounded by st...
No. 1 Story of 2013: Tragedy Strikes at Revenue-Virginius Mine
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
A year that began full of promise for the region’s mining community, with Ouray’s historic Revenue-Virginius Mine poised to begin production in the late fall, ended in tragedy and is The Watch's No...
No. 2 Story of 2013: Lawmakers Set Stage for Legal Weed Sales
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
While 2012 is the year Colorado voters approved the recreational use and sale of marijuana, 2013 was the year for counties and municipalities to decide if and how recreational marijuana would be so...
No. 3 Story of 2013: Battle Over Gun Control Heats Up at State and Local Levels
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Resolutions both supporting and questioning gun control measures , a lawsuit against Gov. John Hickenlooper, and the subsequent recall of two state legislators make this The Watch’s No. 3 story of ...
No. 4 Story of 2013: Potential Gunnison Sage-Grouse Designation Strikes a Nerve
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement that the Gunnison sage-grouse is in danger of extinction had potential far-reaching implications in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
No. 5 Story of 2013: Hallmark Channel Series Sends Hopes Soaring, but Falls Flat
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Hopes were that Telluride would be center stage for a proposed Hallmark Channel drama series, but it was not to be. No. 5
No. 6 Story of 2013: Exodus of Law Enforcement Leaves Ouray Looking for Answers
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Following the resignation of Ouray Police Chief Leo Rasmusson and longtime Ouray Police Deputy Tony Schmidt, 2013 was a year of rebuilding for the City of Ouray and its police department, making it...
No. 7 Story of 2013: Montrose Honored With All-America City Award
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
For residents and organizers in Montrose, the prospect of being awarded an All-America City – and bringing it to fruition  make it The Watch’s No. 7 story of 2013.
No. 8 Story of 2013: Sugary Drink Tax Sparks Debate, Loses in November Election
Jan 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
National beverage lobbying organizations descended on Telluride to fight a proposed sugary drinks tax voted down in the November election and was The Watch's No. 8 story of 2013.
No. 9 Story of 2013: Proposed Gravel Pit Debated, Then Denied
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The large gravel pit, proposed by Rocky Mountain Aggregate and Construction, the opposition it faced and the ultimate denial of its special use permit by the Montrose Commissioners, is The Watch’s ...
Story No. 10 of 2013: Fate of Dutch the Dog Goes Viral
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The fate of Dutch, a 107-pound American Allaunt canine sentenced to death for a vicious attack on a Montrose woman multiple times last year, went viral in 2013 and is The Watch's No. 10 story of th...
Local Dentist Extracts His Own Tooth
by William Woody
Dec 31, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Daniel Hatch hopes his video of the procedure will help ease others' fears of dental work. (Read story for link to video.)
Telluride Teamwork
by Jesse James McTigue
Dec 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Pete Wagner and Kelli Gleason create everybody’s perfect ski.
Retail Pot Sales Begin in Telluride on New Year's Day
by Samuel Adams
Dec 30, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Shop owners say they are ready for what could be big business on day one.
Ridgway Family Gives Rescued Pit Bull a Second Chance
by Samantha Wright
Dec 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Found days away from starving to death on a road in rural Alabama, Chance the pit bull has now come to a new home in Ridgway, thanks to generosity, serendipity and a lot of animal love.
Use of Drones for Hunting Purposes Set to Be Banned
by Gus Jarvis
Dec 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Parks and Wildlife officials say the use of drones isn’t hunting and isn’t fair chase.