Shane Jordan snapped this photo of Mt. Kilimanjaro as the duo flew out of Tanzania from aboard their world-rounding Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Courtesy photo
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Thousands of miles from the nearest continent, pilots Amelia Rose Earhart and Shane Jordan looked down upon Howland Island, the mid-Pacific landing strip that their predecessor, Amelia Earhart, never reached in her round-the-world flight attempt. The... + continue reading

This eagle sculpture, located near an inspirational eagle poem by Dennis Weaver, was created by Zimbabwean artist Bongo Love. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Seven years after its dedication, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park has emerged as a crown jewel of the town of Ridgway, and its amenities continue to grow, including art sculptures and events, more trails and perhaps soon a welcome center for Ridgway. The... + continue reading

Rain approaches Ridgway on the afternoon of July 7, viewed from County Road 10A. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
  By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com   Dark clouds rolling over the mountains and bringing intermittent showers and thunder have become routine in Ouray County in the past week, early signs of the summer monsoon season.  Dennis Phillips, a meteorologist with the National... + continue reading

Crystal Lake, located near the Ironton Park area south of Red Mountain Pass, has begun to re-grow as a fishery since it was drained in 2012; however, plans for a handicap accessible fishing pier have stalled. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com A handicap accessible fishing pier planned for Crystal Lake, located just south of Ouray above Red Mountain Pass, has yet to materialize due to design and funding issues, but the project still has the support of interested parties. The U.S. Forest... + continue reading
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Undergoing several years of work, an updated county road map is finally ready for adoption. However, after discussions at an extended public hearing on Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners decided to postpone the decision for adoption until the end... + continue reading

Shane Jordan snapped this photo of Mt. Kilimanjaro as the duo flew out of Tanzania from aboard their world-rounding Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Courtesy photo

This eagle sculpture, located near an inspirational eagle poem by Dennis Weaver, was created by Zimbabwean artist Bongo Love. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

Rain approaches Ridgway on the afternoon of July 7, viewed from County Road 10A. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

Crystal Lake, located near the Ironton Park area south of Red Mountain Pass, has begun to re-grow as a fishery since it was drained in 2012; however, plans for a handicap accessible fishing pier have stalled. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

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07/21/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Despite the troubling trend nationwide showing a decline in volunteerism, the spirit of serving remains consistent in Ouray County. In a report titled "So Volunteerism is Declining: Now What?" released earlier this spring, organized by... + continue reading
07/20/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com The Ridgway Town Council tabled a proposed ordinance that would have limited commercial marijuana cultivation in the town to using agricultural irrigation water, after hearing strong opposition from potential growers during the council's regular meeting... + continue reading

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06/30/2014
By Sheridan Block sheridan@ouraynews.com Out with the old, in with the new. The Matterhorn Inn motel on 6th Avenue has undergone a number of changes in the last few months, all starting with brand new ownership. No strangers to the lodging industry, new owners Joe and Mickie Dziubasik know... + continue reading

Chance Ronemus (left) and climbing partner Alex Young on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Courtesy photo
06/30/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Chance Ronemus, 16, of Ridgway summited the nearly 3,000-foot El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park on June 11 after three days and two nights of climbing that included a sizable fall from a leading position. Ronemus will be a senior at... + continue reading

John Meltzer, co-owner of Ridgway Real Estate, in front of the business' new location next to the True Grit Cafe in Ridgway. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
06/26/2014
By Bill Tiedje bill@ouraynews.com Ridgway Real Estate has started a new chapter in the business's three decade history, moving to a new location next to the True Grit Cafe in downtown Ridgway. Co-owner and managing broker John Meltzer said, "A location doesn't  make... + continue reading
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