Bull riders hold on tight during the 2012 Labor Day Rodeo in Ridgway. Plaindealer file photo
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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RTA principal Brian Calhoun presents proposed improvement plans to the school board on Monday night.
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Improvements to the Ouray School K-12 building may come as soon as next summer if the school board can secure enough funding for the much needed upgrades, through a bond measure that will go to voters in November. The existing building, which was... + continue reading

The City of Montrose has applied for a grant to extend the paved portion of Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail south from Montrose for an additional 2.8 miles. This portion of the trail, located on the west side of the frontage road, is not currently paved. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Connecting the communities of Ridgway and Montrose to the river of its namesake, the Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail continues to grow slowly and steadily, bringing increased river access and natural space for the enjoyment of the region. This summer, the... + continue reading
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By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Business owner Dee Hilton and real estate broker Carl Cockle will join city council after being appointed to fill the two vacancies on the board. Hilton, owner of the Wildflower Boutique on Main Street, will replace former councilor John Ferguson for a... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Preservation of Sawtooth Mountain Ranch was secured last week with $3 million in funding through the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program. On Wednesday, Aug. 6, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet announced the award, which will protect the... + continue reading

Bull riders hold on tight during the 2012 Labor Day Rodeo in Ridgway. Plaindealer file photo
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RTA principal Brian Calhoun presents proposed improvement plans to the school board on Monday night.

The City of Montrose has applied for a grant to extend the paved portion of Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail south from Montrose for an additional 2.8 miles. This portion of the trail, located on the west side of the frontage road, is not currently paved. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
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08/29/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Even though city council has the opportunity to completely ban all possible marijuana businesses in Ouray before next week, the board is likely to leave the decision to voters this November. On Monday, council held a work session to review discussions... + continue reading
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Construction crews cleared the future site of the new Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department building, located off Hunter Parkway, on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
08/11/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Rather than wait for a decision from the county, the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department will seek lease-purchase financing to begin construction of its new facility. The option to purchase or lease a portion of the building for the use of Ouray County... + continue reading
08/07/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com At least 700 runners from across the country will take their marks in Ouray on Saturday morning, testing their speed and endurance during the annual Mt. Sneffels full and half marathons. Hosted by the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, this year marks... + continue reading

The town of Ridgway has hired a consultant on wayfinding and signage, using monies from the Creative District, to determine a cohesive plan for signs in Ridgway. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
08/07/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Proper placement and design of signs can increase legibility and create an identity for the town of Ridgway through "place-making," explained Kristin Cypher, a way-finding and signage consultant for the town. During a meeting held on July 31... + continue reading
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