Coach Shawn Carroll watches on as the Trojans practice and prepare for regionals this weekend.
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com After claiming victory over their competition at the District 1A tournament in Olathe last weekend, the Ouray Trojans march to battle in Glenwood Springs for the regional basketball tournament on Saturday. The boys will face one opponent in the epic... + continue reading

Mike Hockersmith and John Kissingford star in the one act play The Zoo Story this Friday and Saturday at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com A park bench. It's the sole setting for “The Zoo Story,” a production organized by the Ouray County Players that will run at the Wright Opera House this weekend. Directed by Kate Kissingford, the one-act was American playwright... + continue reading

CR 1 residents voice their frustrations to the Roads Committee during the meeting on Monday.
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com The short-staffed Road and Bridge Committee were overwhelmed on Monday as dozens of County Road 1 residents piled into the Land Use meeting room. While pitchforks and torches were left at home, frustrations from residents were very clear and did not... + continue reading

CDOT crews spent Monday and Tuesday plowing snow from the highway. Courtesy photo
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com After nearly two full days of closure, Red Mountain Pass re-opened to traffic Tuesday evening following avalanche reduction work by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The pass was closed late Sunday night when a natural slide covered the... + continue reading

Parents, teachers and students attended the architectural design meeting with RTA Architects on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com While there's no doubt that a new rooftop design is necessary, Ouray School parents, teachers and students can all agree there is another much-needed area of improvement: drainage. Whether it’s a slippery slope of rock slides down 7th... + continue reading

Coach Shawn Carroll watches on as the Trojans practice and prepare for regionals this weekend.

Mike Hockersmith and John Kissingford star in the one act play The Zoo Story this Friday and Saturday at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

CR 1 residents voice their frustrations to the Roads Committee during the meeting on Monday.

CDOT crews spent Monday and Tuesday plowing snow from the highway. Courtesy photo

Parents, teachers and students attended the architectural design meeting with RTA Architects on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block

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03/06/2015
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com The Board of Ouray County Commissioners and the Ouray County Planning Commission exchanged thoughts and ideas on their roles in the land use planning process during a joint work session on Tuesday. In response to OCPC’s request for more guidance,... + continue reading
03/05/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Jun Junge had a long week. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, he spent most of his day on a flight from Copenhagen, Denmark to Durango. The following morning, he and a friend rented a car and cautiously drove through a snow storm to Ouray. The drive over Red Mountain... + continue reading

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Joe Ryan updates the BOCC on plowing concerns for CR 5 Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block
02/26/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com It's been an ongoing issue on CR 5 — who is responsible for plowing the road? The question was raised by local outdoorsman and founder of San Juan Huts Joe Ryan during the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. In past years,... + continue reading

Ouray's Caleb Preston in a mid-season game against Ridgway. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block
02/25/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Loss is not easy. Especially not for the proud group of high school warriors on the Ouray boys basketball team. Despite a crushing blow from the Mancos Bluejays in an away game last weekend, the Trojans lift their heads high as they march into battle at... + continue reading

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02/19/2015
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com A tragic discovery ended the search of Danish traveler Jin Junge when extraction crews recovered his vehicle and body on Thursday. According to a press release from Ouray County Public Information Officer Marti Whitmore, the white Cadillac... + continue reading
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02/28/2015
It's been five years since we moved to Ouray County, after being behind the Pine Curtain in East Texas for over a decade. We stay in touch with folks and root around for news from time to time.... + continue reading

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