A Black Hawk helicopter airlifts the injured hiker from near the summit of Mt. Sneffels of Saturday morning. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block
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Ouray Mountain Rescue responder and paramedic Ruth Stewart monitors the hiker as they wait for helicopter response. Courtesy photo
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com A military helicopter was summoned in a Ouray Mountain Rescue Team operation this weekend at Mt. Sneffels. On Saturday, early morning hikers watched as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter hovered near the peak of the mountain before airlifting an injured... + continue reading

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... + continue reading
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com In celebration of one year of services from the Ouray County Food Pantry at its new home, 257 Sherman St. in Ridgway, a local community food and fundraising event will be held at the Sherbino Theater and adjacent Clinton Street block. The event will... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Judge David Westfall will take on a new role in the judicial system after being appointed as a district court judge for the Seventh Judicial District on Friday, Sept. 5. In a statement from the state distributed late last week, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com At 92, Joan Fedel is still swimming. For 70 years, she’s taken her passion for the water and passed it on to others through teaching, coaching and exercising. On Friday, Aug. 22, Fedel received a surprise celebration at the Bachelor Syracuse... + continue reading

A Black Hawk helicopter airlifts the injured hiker from near the summit of Mt. Sneffels of Saturday morning. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block
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Ouray Mountain Rescue responder and paramedic Ruth Stewart monitors the hiker as they wait for helicopter response. Courtesy photo

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

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09/15/2014
  By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com   Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Rep. Bob Beauprez offered differing appraisals of Colorado's economy, resource issues and leadership during the Club 20 Debate held in Grand Junction on Saturday. Describing his conversations... + continue reading
09/12/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Last week, city council passed a resolution to submit a marijuana sales tax question to voters this November. The ballot will ask if citizens approve a $53,000 annual tax revenue increase by imposing an excise tax of five percent on the sale of... + continue reading

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The Ridgway School Board meeting on Aug. 26 was held in the district lounge, located outside the district office in the Ridgway Elementary School building. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
09/01/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com The Ridgway School Board reviewed standardized test scores and a parent satisfaction survey and considered an accountability committee recommendation regarding the posting of curriculum topics during its first board meeting of the 2014-15 school year.... + continue reading

Erin Stadelman, president of the Ouray County Rodeo Association, gives out final instructions to teams prior to the Ranch Rodeo Saturday at the Ouray County Fairgrounds.
08/31/2014
The Ouray County Fair and Rodeo continues Sunday and Monday, with the Labor Day Rodeo scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday followed by the Fireman's Ball at Ridgway Fire House, 9:00 p.m. Monday, the parade down Sherman Street begins at 10:00 a.m. followed by barbeque at 11:00 a.m. and more... + continue reading

Bull riders hold on tight during the 2012 Labor Day Rodeo in Ridgway. Plaindealer file photo
08/29/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Labor Day weekend is always a cause for celebration in Ridgway, but this year it means something special. The new Ouray County fairgrounds grandstands will be unveiled on Thursday, Aug. 28 to kick off a weekend of local and professional rodeo events at... + continue reading
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