Western Colorado is not insulated from the threat posed by Mexican drug cartels.
Letting the people speakDanika Gilbert is a Ridgway grant writer and climbing guide. Here she is on her life’s great theme, the enduring appeal of tundra plants and dreams coming true. What was your childhood ambition? I always wanted to be outdoors and was interested in science; being a biologist or a research scientist is what […]
Guttermouth to bring rare punk show to TellurideIt is a toss up as to whether the sonic trend of electronic dance music is fit for longevity or will fade away like the ’70s disco and ’90s rave eras, but the nature of its historical context right now is just as nebulous as the music itself. […]
“Potpourri” is more than “a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl,” as my dictionary puts it. It is also the “Jeopardy” TV show category meaning, anything goes. It also describes a jumble of events worth your attention over the next few days, one of which (as it happens) is a word […]
Vista Charter School helps students graduate through individualized instructionEditor’s Note: This is the first in a series profiling alternative schools. Vista Charter School Principal Beth Sass stands in the front entryway of the school building, wearing a black blazer with a matching straight skirt. She has short hair and a friendly smile. She’s no-nonsense and […]
By the time Ridgway resident Jim Nowak, president of the dZi Foundation, began thinking about how he might partner with Telluride’s Mountainfilm it wasn’t just a pipe dream. Nowak had a substantial body of work to bring to the discussion. He also had an in-depth understanding of collaboration, which was at the core of his […]
The U.S. Forest Service has Smokey the Bear. The Bureau of Land Management in southwest Colorado has Chris Barth. Though one is a 70-year-old fictional character in an advertising campaign and the other is a 42-year-old Ridgway resident who works at the Montrose Public Lands Center, both are devoted to preventing fires on and around […]
Letting the people speakAnn E. Cheeks is a landscape painter and art educator whose most recent exhibit, a joint show with fellow artist (and Ouray resident) Ann Dettmer entitled For the Love Of It, is up at the Ah Haa School through the end of the month. Here she is on proud moments, oaks as […]
Valentine’s Day proper may be over, but love — in all its sundry definitions — lingers on in Telluride this week. Here’s a brief guide to events both affectionate and artistic, and there is no admission charge to any of them. Free love all around. On exhibit at the Ah Haa School’s Daniel Tucker Gallery: […]
The Utes lived on this land for more than 1,000 years before they were forcibly removed in 1881. Now, San Miguel County is apologizing — and discussing reparations. It was sunny and somber at Fort Duchesne, Utah last Monday when San Miguel County, Colorado Commissioner Art Goodtimes walked into a meeting 134 years in the […]
Central Colorado area a huge hit for rafting, fishingPresident Barack Obama was poised to declare Colorado’s Browns Canyon near Salida a National Monument on Thursday, according to conservation groups who have lobbied for years for its protection. The Arkansas River flows through the canyon, which stretches over 22,000 acres of land in central Colorado and […]
Ouray tour operator offers access to backcountry Untracked, knee-deep powder. Skiers travel thousands of miles and spend just as much money for the chance to sink into a few feet of soft, undisturbed snow. In recent winter weeks, when snow has been in relatively short supply and temperatures have hovered in the 50s even at […]
Letting the people speakMusician Scott Doser has overseen arts programs at the Telluride Arts Council, the Wilkinson Library and the Palm Theatre. He’s also a drummer. Here he is on career change, drum-theft and feeding people. Childhood Ambition: I’ve always been an artist. It never occurred to me that I could do anything else. I […]
There are few young musicians alive in the entire music spectrum that can claim a more dynamic and impressive amount of music output than drummer Adam Deitch. No, seriously, hear me out on this. The renowned percussionist holds membership in the elite progressive funk outfit Lettuce, live electronic duo Break Science, experimental jazz fusion supergroup […]
How warm is it outside these days? So warm that a Plein Air painter recently took up residence on Telluride’s main street (and this was in the morning, before the sun was high in the sky). It’s so warm that a group of Montrose Plein Air painters grew too hot last weekend and had to […]
Local governments want to generate more of their own small-scale renewable electricity. Will Tri-State give them any static? In small mountain communities across the American West, residents are increasingly taking a harder look at their electric bills and wondering where their energy is coming from. Their scrutiny, in turn — coupled with smaller snow packs, […]
Montrose Medicine creates worksite wellness program for employee health With the goal of creating a healthier community, Montrose Medicine has collaborated with Montrose Memorial Hospital in creating a program called Healthy Works or informally, the worksite wellness program. Healthy Works is an employer-sponsored program that educates employees and encourages healthy lifestyle choices as well as […]
Letting the people speakRusty George is the head of Montrose High School’s Science Department and the founder of its outdoor and climbing clubs. Here he is on nature, nurture and backpacking with John Denver. Childhood Ambition: Early on it was to be a boxer. I was really short when I was young – a little […]
118 Lost Creek Lane, Mountain Village The Conde Nast Traveler’s readers recently ranked the Hotel Lumiere second on a list of Best Hotels in the West, and that was without the hotel’s best attraction. It was before Chef Eamonn O’Hara returned to Telluride. O’Hara, who once worked as Wolfgang Puck’s sous-chef at the Hotel Bel-Air […]
Brett Dennen returns to solo acoustic for Sheridan Opera House performanceBrett Dennen is having the biggest year of his career, without having to put out a new album. The mountain-loving folk musician is globe-trotting to deliver in-demand live performances from Hawaii to Tanzania to Telluride. Beyond having maybe caught him during two appearances at the […]
The Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus distinguishes itself this way: “We are the only PREMIER a capella male BARBERSHOP harmony chorus in the Montrose, Delta and Cedaredge area.” They are also the only ones who will deliver a Singing Valentine to your door on Feb. 13 and 14. Now in its 35th year, the Black Canyon […]
Spurred by the local food movement, Colorado’s craft distilling industry is boomingA decade ago, America — with the state of Colorado leading the way — was exploding with new microbreweries. Small craft brewing companies began popping up in every town, introducing beer drinkers to previously unheard of types of suds — hoppy India Pale Ales, […]
Scholarship in his name will support youth interested in climbing and mountain rescueOuray lost one of its most loved climbing teachers last week when Mark Miller fell from a route while guiding clients near Silverton. He was 50 years old. Miller taught several generations of climbers through decades of guide work, and stepped up to […]
Letting the people speakErin Stadelman is president of the Ouray County Cattlemen’s Association, which holds its annual Cattlemen’s Banquet Feb. 14, and the Ouray County Rodeo Association. Here she is on cowboys, ranching and living the dream. Childhood Ambition: When I was in kindergarten, I got an assignment that asked, “What do you want to […]
“Putting the Euro in Ouray” I’ve long thought that San Juan ski mountaineers and backcountry skiers proved true the adage about how difficult it is to herd cats: it’s impossible, because they drift in opposing directions, and everything they do is secretive. Backcountry skiers are the same way. You see evidence of this all the […]
In Southwest Colorado, activists are opposing new development they fear is erasing the scenic splendor that draws visitors.In Southwestern Colorado, Red McCombs, a billionaire from Texas, wants to build a new luxury development adjacent to the family-owned Wolf Creek Ski Area. For years, his plan has been handicapped by opposition from environmental groups insisting the […]
The region’s old mines, mills and boarding houses are an homage to yesteryear. How many will be saved?Precariously perched on a cliff of Galena Mountain four miles northwest of Silverton, 2,000 feet above the valley floor, sits the Old Hundred Boarding House. Built 111 years ago, the state historic landmark at one time housed 24 […]
Plans to use business experience ‘to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’Newly elected Montrose County Commissioner Glen Davis was sworn into his new position Tuesday morning, along with other elected officials in the county. Davis said he would focus on creating jobs and protecting Montrose County from state and national government incursions. […]
Riddle of a route at Ouray Ice Festival creates some haters but mostly loversOn Saturday afternoon, shadows of the fading evening light crossed first over the mixed climbing competition route at the Ouray Ice Festival and then over the bleachers filled with spectators across the gorge as the world’s best rock and ice climbers flailed […]
Sasha DiGiulian, the world’s best female sport climber, is competing as an ice climber at this weekend’s ice festival in Ouray. Here, she discusses juggling her career as a climber with being a full-time student at an Ivy League university. Childhood ambition: To be a veterinarian and a children’s book writer. How I got into […]
For the last two decades, the competition route setters of the Ouray Ice Festival have dished out endless permutations of pain and punishment. This year is no different.The psych was high in the Ouray Ice Park last Sunday afternoon for Sasha DiGiulian — the 22-year-old rock star of the climbing world who is making her […]
Event has an emphasis on funEver since fat biking has b taken off all over the region, skiing has some competition over its monopoly on snow sports. Although fatties were initially invented to be snow bikes, in Telluride and Montrose they have become popular to ride year-round, both for their amazing versatility and better traction […]
Food and Farm Forum helps producers grow food, and their businessesCarol Parker personifies the idea of eating local. With more than four decades’ worth of experience in breeding grass-finished, chemical-free beef, growing organic hay and organic gardening, “I’ve raised most of our family’s food and put it up,” she says. Parker recently accompanied her husband […]
Daytime action at the Ice Park, evening parties abound in townThe Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray’s annual homage to all things icy, is right around the corner, from Jan. 8-11. Presented by Asolo and Rock and Ice, the Fest is replete with climbing clinics, free walk-up climbing for adults and children, two exciting climbing competitions on […]
Better education the solution for misusing and abusing pot It has been one year since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, and although the state didn’t burn down, or turn into a sea of lazy, stoned, unproductive hippies as some critics of legalization feared, pot is still a substance that is prone to being abused. […]
Construction makes a comeback in the western San JuansThings are pretty quiet inside the Montrose Workforce Center on a recent December afternoon. Nobody is sitting at the reception desk, but in a cubicle beyond the counter, there is a low thrum of conversation going on between a counselor and a job seeker. Elsewhere in the […]
Could public transportation be the answer to curbing DUIs, deaths?Do you have $10,270 laying around you would like to donate to the state of Colorado? According to an informational pamphlet published by the Colorado Department of Transportation, along with other entities such as DUI Checkpoint Colorado, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Colorado State Patrol, […]
Company uses local employees, rivers to make their reelsThey built the first mass-marketable fly reels back in 1973, and many of those first reels can still be found on America’s best rivers. Ross Reels is highly respected in the fly fishing industry for both its longevity and legendary quality, and the reels just so happen […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The film utilizes the latest in aerial filming technology.
“It was like walking through a haunted house with a bunch of fog,” survivor Cory Geist recalled.
The 11 members of the Council are determined to make positive change.
The Makerspace in Montrose is open to those who want to see their ideas materialize
Telluride voters narrowly approve a school bond while Montrose voters decisively defeat a school tax increase and Ouray rejects recreational pot.
The SMA Board is immediately seeking her replacement
“The hardest part of undercover work is you have to be so friendly to crooks and then stab them in the back.”
Since the launch of the field trip program, more than 3,000 1st graders have toured the library and received library cards.
Ridgway’s newest yoga studio has only been open for about two months, but already, it has a devoted following.
Paul Pena’s “Jet Airliner,” and then some.
MPD officers searched the suspect’s motel room after he was safely in custody, and no firearms or explosives were found.
The UVV consists of 15 women, and is always looking for more skaters.
The meat tastes more like beef than any other animal, and does not have a gamey flavor, like elk or buffalo.
The commissioners decide that a single-family subdivision was not the place for a multi-building condominium complex in rural location.
Ridgway has a tough round of games coming up this Saturday on their own home court.
“This is such a tremendous asset for the shelter and our region,” said SCHS Executive Director Kelly Goodin.
As Always, Telluride hit the author with its best shots.
Both looked to prove they have the knowledge, dedication and leadership capabilities for the job.
The public is invited to participate in a marked walking tour of property, prior to a key Oct. 21 meeting.
Frates has the ability to customize awards, trophies, medals, signs, nameplates, and plaques all to what the customer needs and specifies.
‘Even after scaling up production nothing was lost and we still won again. We have the process nailed.’
Instead of grilling or frying up an oily, greasy burger, they have harnessed the power of steam to cook their meat.
Matisyahu is set to return to Telluride with new songs from his 2014 release Akeda.
Together, Rogers and Isgreen work to communicate a sense of place in very different mediums and styles.
The Canadian company closed on the deal Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Jordan and Earhart will reunite at Sherbino Theater next Thursday evening, Oct. 9, to talk about their adventures in the next installment of the Sherb Talks lecture series.
Last week, at age 92, she packed up her things and left Ouray to live with her daughter Roxanna in Rock Island, Wa.
Aviation DirectorLloyd Arnold confirmed Wednesday that building plans have been submitted as required.
Austin’s latest rock transplants Oh Whitney come to Telluride.
Federal officials have cited 92 significant and substantial violations at the mine during a 12-month review period ending July 31, 2014.
While the film will be shot on Wilson Mesa, the cast and crew will stay in Telluride for the 49 days of local production.
The theme this year is Rodeo, with cowboys, bull riders and other rodeo scenes are carved from the rows of corn.
This is the system under which Hobbs has labored during his 19-year tenure on the Colorado Supreme Court bench.
Next week, Woody will pack up his cameras, lenses and faded Duke T-shirts and heads to Ashville, N.C., to work for the ‘Citizen-Times.’
Career military man found a home in Telluride’s outdoors and with its people.
The amount of hops produced this year in Colorado is expected to be a new record, but it’s relative.
Drue Heinz Literature prizewinner reads in Ouray and Telluride, and the Boettcher Foundation Board retreats to Telluride, all in the arts this week.
“I’ve always said, I’m the luckiest dude on the planet,” the injured climber said following rescue.
Top sets, memorable sit ins, and best debut performances from the 21st Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.
Now, the ghost town will be able to withstand many a harsh winter to come.
Children’s art classes in Telluride, Ridgway and Montrose, and welcoming the harvest, all in the arts this week.
The Udall-Gardner race is considered one of the most critical races in the U.S.
Some kids take the bus to school. Others walk, or ride their bike. Gentry Gobey rides a horse named Zipper.
Much of what needs to be fixed is not readily apparent to anyone except those who are intimately familiar with its archaic workings.
Bringing music from his Saharan city of Agadez in Niger, Bombino talks about his Tuareg history and major moments in his music career.
Councilors said the city will hand over to MEDC money held in escrow following a July real-estate deal in the Airport Industrial Park .
“Ridgway is emblematic of Colorado,” HIckenlooper said.
The victim spent a night exposed to the elements before emergency responders rescued him on Monday morning.
The community has come together again, to help build the new rodeo grounds.
A video time lapse of the Indians’ first game of the season on Friday, Aug. 22.
The end of recession and a better economy ushers in a wave of new projects.
Every summer, Olathe Spray Service Air Tractor planes and Bell helicopters buzz over rural the farmlands of the Western Slope.
The Sawtooth Mountain Ranch Project complements 15,000 acres of land already protected along the San Juan Skyway.
Offers everything from guided forays to presentations on mushroom cultivation, anthropology, remediation, and significant research.
The Trois Etapes is a grueling, multi-day “fantasy camp” of European road racing.
Bentley claims the government had no authority to close the entrance.
Blossoming artists in Montrose, wildflower walk and a forest film in Durango, all in the arts this week.
Hodges has always loved the challenge of a nice long run, and the training that leads up to it.
Telluride has received a total of $89,752 for the five months of retail and medical marijuana sales.
Construction eventually started in 1978 and the reservoir filled completely for the first time in 1990.
The final ‘Evenings of History’ lecture for 2014 will explore the history of Ridgway’s oldest performing arts venue.
Olathe farmer John Harold says the goal this season is to harvest 620,000 boxes of corn.
Kimble Avery, a fourth grader at Johnson Elementary School, is participating in her first year of Montrose County 4-H.
Could be the beginning of a full-blown aerial adventure course.
The band has conquered all the hot venues on the Front Range, and are now setting their sights West with a 5 date run that includes Durango, Carbondale, Crested Butte, Aspen and Georgetown.
Udall predicts the election, which pits himself against Congressman Cory Gardner, will be very close.
Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters in Ridgway is a place where you can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while picking up fresh beans.
You can try Thailandaise Sauce at Siam’s Talay Grille in Mountain Village or Siam Telluride.
Featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine last year, the Telluride parade – starting, as always, at 11 a.m. sharp – is a summer staple.
Work at the Revenue Silver Mine is progressing at a brisk clip, following the Canadian company’s move to acquire the property last month.
Jeremy Silva’s business is serving as a success story even though he doesn’t actually sell marijuana in any form.
In addition to necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings, Nancy Anderson makes purses, belts, belt buckles, sculptures and even shrines with wearable pieces inside.
Attendees can expect to eat, drink, laugh, and learn. Prices for individual events vary, and limited tickets will be available at the box office of events not yet sold out.
“It will be the first time they’ve all played together since IBMA,” Ferguson said, of Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Sam Bush and Del McCoury’s Sunday night appearance.
Lundahl’s new book, Telluride: The Outlaw Spirit of a Colorado Town, comes out Labor Day weekend
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.
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 […]
Portland band Wild Ones combines 90s alternative with modern pop rock at The Moon.
The emissions reduction benefit is equivalent to removing about 4,400 cars off the road each year.
The goal is to also to keep prices lower by offering more low-cost alternatives.
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.
It is a challenge keeping bees healthy and poison-free.
The Ouray School stage will be named after Nixon, and a special bench in the playground will be dedicated to Kern.
Words don’t describe how excited I am,” says 21-year-old Jenny Nocas.
Michael Morgan calls the Majestic agreement ‘unjustly discriminatory.’
Montrose physician Bill Faragher lost his 33-year-old sister when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the building.
Judge rules that historic access to upper Bear Creek came from Wasatch Trail, not Gold Hill Road.
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.
“This is an opportunity for everyone to get together and party about reading,” says Between the Covers Bookstore co-owner Daiva Chesonis.
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.
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.
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.
The key to making it all work was to establish an open line of communication between the police and property managers.S
With the library now stabilized following a period of turmoil, Interim Library Director Brenda Carns is passing the baton to a new library director.
Soon, the millions of beetles that have hatched and spent the winter munching on newly dying trees will start flying again.
Columbine Is the priority, board and staff agree.
The arbitrary annual holiday known as 4/20, includes almost every musician and the like-minded fans who flock to see them.
The event is a fundraiser for the dZi Foundation, and will conclude with a brief presentation from dZi Executive Director Mark Rikkers on “Deep Development in Nepal.”
Visiting poet in Ridgway and poetry plus Burlesque in Telluride, all in the arts this week.
Live electronica in the club and reggae bands on the mountain this week.
Ice climbing in Ouray winds down this weekend with the pending closure of the Ouray Ice Park for the season. The last day of climbing in the park is Sunday, March 30.
“It’s great… to see these young athletes rise to the occasion and see the future of the team in front of our eyes.”