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Why Colorado’s Red Mountain Ghost Town Can Be Hard to Identify

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property. The old mining community located in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District might be one of the best places in the state to explore several ghost towns that are all located close to each other.

Public participation shouldn't require a road trip

If you'd like to attend the Ouray School Board's retreat this week, you're welcome to do so. But you'll need to drive almost 300 miles where there's a seat for you in a conference room in the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Colorado Springs. That's according to the district's public...
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Some snow in the forecast this weekend

It’s officially winter. The weather and opening of the ski resort last weekend signaled the shift in seasons. But while there has been some snowfall recently, which is exciting as everything is painted white, the first big dump isn’t necessarily coming anytime soon, according to current weather reports as of press time Friday afternoon.

Escape to Amazing Mountain Views of the San Juans at this Ridgway Airbnb

It's time to check out another stunning vacation rental to make the most of your Colorado summer. We're headed to a site located up above the city of Ridgway to look at a cabin rental close to the Uncompahgre River that includes incredible fishing, trails with mountain views, and all the comforts of a relaxing stay near the San Juan Mountains.
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The Phoenix will rise again

I discovered The Phoenix Bean “closed permanently” on the internet when researching coffee and tea houses in Telluride for a book I’m writing. I thought to myself, “Wow, they really need to get their website updated.” I didn’t consider the possibility The Phoenix Bean no longer existed. A few days later, I called the New Sheridan Inn to conduct more research for my book and found out the unbelievable was true.
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Sheriff’s department review concludes

Bill Masters is Colorado’s longest-serving county sheriff, an accomplishment he doesn’t mind noting. Installed by appointment in 1980, he has since been re-elected every four years, rarely opposed, though sometimes easily thwarting opponents. By all accounts, that can be taken as resounding job approval by San Miguel County’s electorate. But just how good a job is his department doing? In a Wednesday morning work session, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) heard a presentation of a report generated following a department overview conducted by Alan C. Youngs, a police practice consultant.
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A historical perspective

A dreamy ski development in Telluride some seven years ago fizzled and a lot of people were hurt financially. However, many professional ski people see the Telluride slopes as having great potential. A couple from Aspen here recently said, “It’s bound to come some day…”. To people...

West End Uranium Resurgence

Will the zombie mines left over from the last rush come back to life?. It’s one of those days when the clouds pile up in the azure blue, their shadows gliding across the sandstone and sage. The Uravan Mineral Belt—named for vanadium and uranium contained within its sedimentary formations—roughly follows the lower Dolores River on the “West End” of Colorado’s San Miguel and Montrose Counties. Both the belt and the river slice perpendicularly across the Paradox Valley, giving it its name. A place of beauty but also one with a history of human brutality against the landscape, the Paradox Valley lives up to its name in more ways than one.

Fire destroys Log Hill clubhouse

Sheriff, CBI investigating origin; structure where refugee housing proposed 'a total loss'. The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are searching for the origin of a structure fire that destroyed the long-vacant clubhouse on Log Hill Mesa Saturday night. Firefighters from four local departments responded to the fire at 117 Ponderosa Drive, and crews were at the clubhouse from about 6:30 p.m. until after 3 a.m. “It’s a total loss,” Log Hill Volunteer Fire…

County approves housing funding

The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding to grant $500,000 to Ouray Homes, LLC and a letter of support promising $100,000 to the Home Trust of Ouray County, both for affordable housing projects in Ouray. Ouray Homes, LLC plans to build up to 80 homes over two phases on a nine-acre parcel north of the former Biota building. The deed-restricted…
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‘It’s the magic of Christmas’

For Citlali Casillas, it’s the traditional games and activities for kids. For Mayra García, it’s the food and celebrating the diversity of the local Latinx community. “We enjoy a variety of dishes and learn from the conversations how the holidays are celebrated in other places in Latin America,” she explained.

CPW Investigating rash of Suspected Poaching Cases over the last month in San Miguel County

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating eight suspected poaching cases within Game Management Unit 70 in San Miguel County. Three cases of suspected poaching of a mule deer buck occurred within Dry Creek Basin. Two bull elk were discovered at the Dan Noble State Wildlife Area south of Norwood, and another bull elk and two cow elk were also shot and left to waste in the Callan Draw area southwest of Norwood.
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Commissioners hear behavioral health year-end update

Since 2018, when 66 percent of San Miguel County voters passed a mill levy of .75 to support behavioral health services, an active and engaged collaboration of experts in mental health fields, education, and the legal and judiciary fields have helped establish numerous programs and services for those in need. At a Wednesday morning work session, Tri-County Health Network’s (TCHN) Corinne Cavender presented the Behavioral Health Solutions (BHS) year-end review and gave the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) a look at plans for the year ahead. Tri-County is contracted by BHS to administer the department’s funds and programs.

Way Back!

From the December 3, 1992 edition of the Silverton Standard & the Miner: FIRE GUTS SILVERTON TOWN HALL. A Silverton landmark suffered extensive damage early Monday morning when a fire raced through the 84-yearold Town Hall. Notable for its silver bell tower and asymmetrical shape, the two story native stone structure was perhaps the most photographed building in Silverton. The roof and…

Despite protests, County Road 5 to close this week

Ouray County commissioners decided on Tuesday to close the upper portion of County Road 5 on Dec. 2, following the advice of Road and Bridge Superintendent Ty Barger. The decision was met with pushback from two members of the public including Kelly Ryan, the general manager of San Juan Hut Systems, which is involved in an open court case with the county over the controversial road. Barger said in…
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Silver dream goes bust: Ouray mine faces lawsuits for $10M in unpaid bills

OURAY — The court-appointed receiver for the Revenue Mine is searching for potential buyers, as Ouray Silver Mines, Inc., which aimed to resume production before shutting down last year, is facing multiple lawsuits over more than $10 million in allegedly unpaid bills. According to a report filed with the...


50 YEARS AGO November 30, 1972 - Sheriff Frank Merling was traveling down Camp Bird Road Oct. 29 when he noticed lights in the Ben Matto residence. No one answered the doorbell, and all the lights went out when Sheriff Merling called out. He took the license number from the Jeep parked outside and returned to get Sheriff Dougherty at the office. The Jeep was gone when the two officers got back…
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Mountain Village Design Review Board approves Six Senses hotel project

The Mountain Village Design Review Board approved Thursday a final design review and provided a recommendation to Mountain Village Town Council on the major subdivision and rezone associated with the major amendment to the 109R hotel project. The final design review passed with a 5-2 vote, as board members Scott...