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Steve “Parky” Parkinson

Steve “Parky” Parkinson, of Ridgway, passed away with his family beside him Nov. 9, 2021 at the age of 67 after tenaciously fighting metastatic prostate cancer for four and a half years. He will forever be remembered and celebrated by his loving family and large community of friends. Steve was...
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Dog survives deer attack

Ridgway couple's 3-year-old lab recovering after goring, surgeries. John Randolph will never forget the sound. Just minutes after letting his dogs out into the yard in Ridgway on the morning of Nov. 23, he heard Moses, the 3-year-old chocolate lab, wailing in pain. “I just knew it had to be something horrible,” he said. “I was scared to death.” Moses had been gored by a buck, leaving him with puncture wounds on both sides of his body and a white, membrane-like…
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As Silverton’s Popularity Booms, So Does Demand on EMS

The small mountain hamlet--as many call it--has grown in popularity for most recreational user groups over the last several years and Silverton’s EMS team has been stretched to their limits. The emergency calls in 2019-2020 were up 15% from previous years, according to Tyler George, Director of the San Juan Ambulance Association Inc. The Carriage House itself was built for an emergency medical…

Issues put chill on schools' hot lunches

Hot lunches are on a bit of a hiatus at Ridgway schools and are likely going to be limited this semester. The district announced the hot lunch schedule changes to parents this week, letting families know the schools will only be able to serve hot lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays. Staffing shortages are mostly to blame for the problem. Former Director of Food Services Marilyn Younie retired a…

Panel OKs Ridgway townhome project

Plan for six attached homes on Charles Street now heads to Town Council for approval. The Ridgway Planning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend approval of six new townhouses on Charles Street after two lengthy discussions about design and density. The preliminary plat for the RidgSix project will now go to the town council for approval. Mayor Pro Tem Russ Meyer, one of two council members on the Planning Commission, was the lone vote against recommending approval. The other six…

10 Years Ago: Plane crash kills 4

Aircraft plunged into Soda Gulch north of Silverton, Dec. 3, 2011 Four Durango residents were killed in a plane crash a mile and a half from Silverton on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3, amid intense snow squalls in the San Juan Mountains. Those who died were identified as Steve Osborne, 59, Jan (Measles) Osborne, 50, Tyler Black, 24, and Gena Rych, 27. They were enroute from Durango to Aspen to…
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Noel Night returns to Ridgway

It’s the season of giving, and Ashley Perkins, the new director of the Ridgway Chamber, it is also for offering thanks. “We’re so grateful to have this happening,” she said of the return of Noel Night. The annual shopping-noshing-and-mingling holiday event in the heart of Ridgway’s downtown was tabled last year.

Telluride Fire Festival Brings the Heat

The Telluride Fire Festival may not be officially linked to Burning Man, but it certainly strives to capture the spirit of that infamous, free-spirited ten-day event. Erin Ries and her partner in Rocky Mountain Arts, Chris Myers, were inspired to create the Telluride festival after going to Burning Man, which they've attended together every year since 2010. "We had one of the boardmembers of Burning Man encourage us," Ries recalls. "Burning Man attracts 70,000 people, but a very small number actually sees all the art that's there. ... We wanted to bring the Burning Man ethos, which we really value, and also the sculptures and the fire art to our community."

The silt remembers

In June 1975, as winter clung stubbornly to the high San Juan Mountains, a heavy rain fell on the still-icy tailings containment ponds at Standard Metal’s Mayflower Mill, just outside of Silverton. The combination of rain and ice caused one of the impoundments’ sand walls to give way, allowing some 75,000 tons of sludge within to break free and flow into the Animas River.
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’Tis the season

Christmas trees usher in the holiday season with the quaint charm of tradition and natural beauty, as they grace our view around town and in homes. The six Colorado Spruces found along Main Street are a holiday season staple during this time of year. Ryan Schultz, who owns Telluride Arborist,...

Steve "Parky" Parkinson

Steve “Parky” Parkinson, of Ridgway, passed away with his family beside him on November 9, 2021 at the age of 67 after tenaciously fighting metastatic prostate cancer for four and a half years. He will forever be remembered and celebrated by his loving family and large community of friends. Steve...

Thursday, December 2

Birthdays: MAGGIE SMITH, MONICA SELES, CATHY LEE CROSBY, BILL COUGHLIN, JEANNE DREW, KATHERINE WHALING, JESSICA DUMKE, LAURA HOLZLE, BRITNEY SPEARS, AARON RODGERS. At the Nugget tonight: THE FRENCH DISPATCH – 7 PM, RATED R, 1HR 47Minutes. Young People’s Theater presents the middle school production of “Bye Bye Birdie” this Friday,...
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Three public AEDs stolen

San Miguel County’s public access automated external defibrillator (AED) program has literally saved lives over the years, as the devices are available at 42 locations across the region and require no prior training to use. Unfortunately, three AEDs have been stolen within the past couple of months, according to Telluride...

Ouray County adds another dark sky-designated park

RIDGWAY | Ouray County now has not only one, but two places recognized for their top stargazing potential and dedication to preserving the night sky. Top of the Pines open space preserve received the stamp of approval from the International Dark-Sky Association this week, making it the second destination in Ouray County earning the designation in just over a year. Top of the Pines Board President Brad Wallis told county commissioners Tuesday he had just received word the popular outdoor recreational area and wedding venue south of Ridgway has been awarded the designation of an International Dark Sky Park.