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Fri
24
Jun

TOWN OF RIDGWAY No ordinary guy

John Billings greets guests Thursday at the Sherbino Theater prior to the private screening of a documentary about his craft.
 

Plaindealer photo by Alan Todd


By Alan Todd
alan@ouraynews.com



John Billings was presented as "just an ordinary guy in a small town in Colorado," but after an intimate group watched a private screening of a new documentary Thursday night at Ridgway's Sherbino Theater, few were left with ordinary thoughts.
Billings, a Ridgway resident and maker of the Grammy, invited several dozen people to watch "Chasing Life: The Grammy Man Story," a one-hour documentary made by Outpost Worldwide film out of Lenexa, Kansas in association with 7 Pillar Studios in Cisco, Texas.

Wed
15
Jun

Soulful band will rock the park

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Thursday's headliner for Mountain Air Music Series packs a soulful punch. Founded in Portland, Oregon, Dirty Revival is a group of seven artists whose sounds focus on funk, rock and soul.
Singer Sarah Clarke leads the band with her resounding vocals.
"It's really a unique, funky, soulful rock sound," she said. "Based off the reaction of people when we play I think we create a fun atmosphere for people."
This is the band's second trip to Colorado and their first time in Ouray. Ouray is the third stop on the group's tour of the West after their release of the self-titled album "Dirty Revival" in September 2015.  
Clarke said she is excited to play in the natural amphitheater Ouray provides.
"Nature really helps amplify the noise and it's really interesting and always very lovely," she said.

Thu
26
May

Athletes set school records at state

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


The boys and girls relay teams set new school records during the state track meet this weekend in Lakewood.
The boys 4 x 800 relay team of Martin Torres, Eli Hagemeyer, Joey Fedel and Nate Fedel set a record of 8:35.41 and took 5th place overall. The previous record was set by Torres, the Fedel brothers and Ravi Inmon in Pagosa Springs on May 7.
The girls 4 x 400 relay team of Jayden Miles, Holly Harrington, Bella Hines and Kayla Fairchild set a record of 4:24.68. The previous record was 4:27.06 set in 2014.
Members of the track team are from Ouray, Ridgway and Silverton. According to Bernie Pearce, Ouray Athletic Director, the school records belong to Ouray because it is the host of the shared program.

Fri
20
May

Remove food sources to avoid bear conflicts

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com


Bears are out and about in Ouray, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife partnered with the Ouray Police Department to give a special presentation covering bear behavior and management on Thursday in the Ouray Community Center.
Kelly Crane is the CPW district wildlife officer for the Ouray area. She is in charge of bear issues in Ouray, Ridgway, a small area of Montrose and half of Telluride. Crane said in the last few years human-bear conflicts have increased because of expanded human development, learned behavior and weather events.
Between 1980 and 2010 the human population of Colorado went from 2.9 million to 5 million. According to Crane, the majority of that growth expanded into areas considered good bear habitat.

Sat
02
Apr

1940s life in Ouray preserved through photographs

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Library of Congress has an impressive online collection of Ouray County historical photos.
Some were taken by photographer Russell Lee during a visit to Ouray in September 1940 at the end of the Great Depression. Mining kept the county afloat during those times, and Lee captured the spirit of Ouray’s determination in more than 100 photos.
The photos depict everyday life in Ouray during that period. Lee photographed farmers stacking hay, sheep herders riding mules packed high with supplies and iconic buildings in Ouray that still stand today.
According to Don Paulson, curator of Ouray County Historical Museum, Lee gained his photography job through the Works Progress Administration.

Fri
01
Apr

Take two in Katmandu

By Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

Casey Welch, a local dental hygienist, arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal for a dental care trip three days before the earthquake claiming more than 8,000 lives and causing 17,000 injuries struck on April 25, 2015. She was trapped in the country for five days, and this April she's going back to complete her mission with the Global Dental Relief organization.
"I heard a huge crack and I thought it was thunder and lightning," Welch said. "I thought this is really weird, the sky is really blue, why is it thundering? Then everything just started rolling and moving, there was such an unnatural feel to everything. I was in the street and so scooters and motorcycles and cars just started flipping over. The ground just started literally to tear open like a sheet."

Fri
29
Jan
Thu
24
Sep
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Red Mountain Pass drivers get a short reprieve

The Colorado Department of Trasportation announced this morning that Red Mountain Pass will be open the rest of Thursday, Sept. 24 and all of Friday.

Weekday closures will resume on Monday at 8:30 a.m. CDOT reminds drivers that single-lane, alternating traffic is still in place at milepost 79 and 89 on Hwy. 550 just south of Ouray.

Resumed closure details for Monday are as follows:

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Thu
02
Oct

WESTERN SLOPE USFS seeks flexibilty in spruce and aspen management

USFS Gunnison Service Center Scientist Jim Worrall discusses Sudden Aspen Decline during a USFS field trip east of Lake City on Sept. 4.
Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Faced with the continued expansion of bark beetle and aspen decline on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service is proposing to adapt its forest management and timber sale procedures to keep pace with the rapid tree loss.

Thu
02
Oct

OURAY COUNTY Countering the threat of beetle kill

By Sheridan Block and Bill Tiedje
sheridan@ouraynews.com
bill@ouraynews.com

The beetle kill epidemic is an obvious problem in the county, and with a clearer understanding of the beetle mosaic of Ouray County, we are now left with the questions: how did this happen, why should we care and what can we do?

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