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

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
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
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 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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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

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08/21/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Teachers and staff at Ouray School will adjust their goals and focuses for student success after receiving results from last year's state standardized test. Last week, the Colorado Department of Education released scores for the Transitional... + continue reading
08/20/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com County Road 26A remains closed between Liberty Mine and the top of Governor Basin this week as mine operator Fortune Minerals leads road improvement efforts near the Revenue mine. Last week, the Ouray County Sheriff’s Department issued a... + continue reading

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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

Rep. Mike McLachlan addressed voters at the Secret Garden in Ouray on July 25. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
08/02/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Stopping in Ouray on July 25 to talk with voters, state Rep. Mike McLachlan made it clear he is ready for a long, hard fight to maintain his District 59 seat against his opponent, Republican J. Paul Brown. "We can win this election, (but) it... + continue reading

Caja Ashcroft's Nissan pickup truck overturned about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning on County Road 24A, just south of Dallas Creek. Ouray County EMS transported her to the fairgrounds, where a CareFlight helicopter picked her up. The 23-year old mother of two died from her injuries. Photo by Beecher Threatt.
08/01/2014
  By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com       The driver involved in a rollover accident that occurred July 30 on County Road 24A west of Ridgway has passed away from her injuries.         A mother of two, Caja Ashcroft, 23, of Montrose was headed... + continue reading
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Dear Editor, I share the views expressed in Mr. Todd’s July 24 editorial regarding the three road signs that grace the roadsides of Colona, Ouray and Log Hill. They are a hideous eyesore with... + continue reading

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