Brian Campbell of the Colorado Department of Transportation explained design changes and project planning information to Ridgway residents during a public meeting about the Highway 62/downtown improvement project on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Ridgway Town Hall. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com On Tuesday night, Ridgway residents were updated on the latest design and planning changes for the Highway 62/downtown improvement project during the Colorado Department of Transportation's public meeting held in Ridgway Town Hall. Brian Campbell of... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Throughout the week, Mike Hockersmith can be found happily assisting his clients at his humble law firm in Ouray. However, this weekend he'll undergo a complete character transformation as he becomes a sinister banker and a tough-guy bartender for the... + continue reading

Ralph Walchle was among the speakers during Wednesday's Board of Ouray County Commissioners public hearing on Land Use Code Section 9: Visual Impact Regulations who urged a final resolution on the regulations. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com   The Board of Ouray County Commissioners voted unanimously to reject proposed changes to Land Use Code Section 9: Visual Impact Regulations as well as a proposal to add new roads to the VIR corridors, after hearing three and a half hours of... + continue reading

(Left to right) Students in Jennifer Jossi's Transition/Life Skills class Shea Wolford, Tai Saunders and Deborah Ragle constructed each of the angels on the Ouray County Cares Angel Trees. Each angel has a gift wish for a specific child in need in Ouray County. Angel Trees are located in both Ridgway schools, the Ouray School, both Citizen's Bank locations and the Ridgway Library. Gift donations must be returned no later than Wednesday, Dec. 17 to be delivered in time for the holidays. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com For the past three decades, the holidays in Ouray County have been made a little brighter for those in need thanks to the Ouray County Cares program. By picking a wish from the Angel Trees, making a monetary donation or choosing to adopt a family, donors... + continue reading

The community Christmas tree was believed to be run over early Wednesday morning. Courtesy photo by Justin Perry
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Not even a week after its erection, the community Christmas tree became the victim of vandalism. Early Wednesday morning, the Ouray Police Department responded to the scene at the corner of 7th Avenue and Main Street, where the tree once stood.... + continue reading

Brian Campbell of the Colorado Department of Transportation explained design changes and project planning information to Ridgway residents during a public meeting about the Highway 62/downtown improvement project on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Ridgway Town Hall. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

Ralph Walchle was among the speakers during Wednesday's Board of Ouray County Commissioners public hearing on Land Use Code Section 9: Visual Impact Regulations who urged a final resolution on the regulations. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

(Left to right) Students in Jennifer Jossi's Transition/Life Skills class Shea Wolford, Tai Saunders and Deborah Ragle constructed each of the angels on the Ouray County Cares Angel Trees. Each angel has a gift wish for a specific child in need in Ouray County. Angel Trees are located in both Ridgway schools, the Ouray School, both Citizen's Bank locations and the Ridgway Library. Gift donations must be returned no later than Wednesday, Dec. 17 to be delivered in time for the holidays. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

The community Christmas tree was believed to be run over early Wednesday morning. Courtesy photo by Justin Perry

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12/19/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Several edits and one postponed decision later, the Board of County Commissioners finally adopted Ordinance No. 2014-003, establishing regulations for the licensing process for medical, retail, cultivation and manufacturing in the unincorporated parts of... + continue reading
12/19/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com In addition to funding the federal government for another year, the appropriations bill signed by President Obama on Tuesday provides full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program and prohibits use of any spending by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife... + continue reading

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Ridgway’s Kaitlyn Rutherford spikes the ball over a Sargent opponent. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
11/17/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Facing stiff competition at the Denver Coliseum, the Demons volleyball squad was again defeated by Resurrection Christian on Friday but overpowered Sargent in their final match in the state tournament. With 467 kills in the regular season, Ridgway's... + continue reading
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11/16/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Driving up the rugged terrain of County Road 18, it’s hard to miss the decrepit remains of the old loadout facility for the Michael Breen mine. A caved-in rooftop and splintered wood panels are the least of concerns, with drainage from the mining... + continue reading

Gunnison sage grouse. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife
11/13/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com On Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act. Describing the American West's "sagebrush sea" as an area in... + continue reading
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Dear Editor, Go figure. Last year, the mantra of opponents to the visual impact regulation (VIR) was "it's worked well so don't change it, and don't add any new view corridors... + continue reading
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