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Telluride local dies in car crash outside of Ridgway

Silas Berrier, 26, of Telluride, passed away in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 550 Wednesday morning around 4 a.m., according to Ouray County Coroner Colleen Hollenbeck. Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred south of Ridgway, when the car Berrier was driving left the westbound lane into oncoming traffic and proceeded down an embankment.
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Telluride man killed in accident near Ridgway

A 26-year-old Telluride man died in an early morning crash today south of Ridgway on U.S. Highway 550. The driver has been identified as Silas Berrier, according to the Ouray County Coroner's office. According to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Blake White, the crash was reported before 7 a.m. and involved...
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Potential COVID exposure sends Ride the Rockies caterer home

The catering company providing meals to hundreds of Ride the Rockies participants returned to the Front Range earlier this week after a staff member was potentially exposed to COVID-19, the director of the annual event said. None of the roughly 2,000 riders or any of the volunteers or staff working...
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Residents concerned about Canyon Creek overuse

Overuse of Ouray County’s backcountry is a growing problem from the Blue Lakes to Billy Creek, and local residents are expressing their concern about other areas to county commissioners. Bob and Helena Olivier addressed the commission on June 1 and said they have been stewards of the Canyon Creek area for many years. They both urged commissioners to adopt an ordinance on enforcement to address…
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Stage 1 fire restrictions enacted on BLM land

The city of Ouray has joined in with other governments in implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions as of midnight tonight. Ouray County Sheriff Justin Perry is enacting Stage 1 fire restrictions as of midnight tonight, joining federal agencies that have already announced they will start fire restrictions. ORIGINAL STORY:. Hot,...
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Missing Ouray man found dead in river

A Ouray man reported missing by his wife was found dead in the Uncompahgre River Wednesday evening after suffering a "significant injury" at his house, according to Ouray police. George Saville, 56, was reported missing to the Ouray County Sheriff's Office around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Police said he was last...
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COLUMN: Jailers were twice caught Knappen

It was good to see on my drive into Ouray from Log Hill on Monday that the drought conditions in our area have been declared over. Next to the visitor center in Ridgway, several hands were busy laying in fresh, new sod in several large sections of prepared dirt next to the highway.
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Plaindealer owners given 'rising star' award

The co-publishers of the Ouray County Plaindealer have been jointly honored with the 2021 Colorado Press Association Rising Star award. Erin McIntyre and Mike Wiggins were nominated by veteran journalist Susan Greene, who currently works for CoLab and the Colorado Media Project. She noted in her nomination letter that the couple – though experienced in journalism – is still new to the business of owning a newspaper and publishing.
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Take a Virtual Tour of Colorado Ghost Town Ironton

Because of its once-booming mining industry, Colorado is home to numerous ghost towns. Located in Ouray County, Ironton was established in 1883 and came up from the ground quickly, as in its infancy, over 100 buildings were built in 21 days. The town was originally called 'Cooper's Glen,' with a...
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COLUMN: Just an ordinary average guy

Life in early Ouray County could either gain you notoriety for the ages, as was the case with the celebrated Otto Mears, or it could gently fade with the years, as was the case with Simeon Noel. This is the story of an ordinary average guy, who began his multi-layered...
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Minors cited for underage drinking

Ouray County law enforcement agencies cited 15 teenagers for underage drinking on Log Hill Mesa and in Ouray last weekend. Ten citations were issued to minors for possession of alcohol on Friday night, Undersheriff Tammy Stroup said. A caller who lives in the area reported cars “going in and out” on County Road 1B, she said. When officers responded at about 10:35 p.m., they found about 10…
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A few wishes on our birthday

One of the first things I do after putting the finishing touches on each week’s edition — after exhaling and debating whether Erin or I can muster the energy to make dinner, or if it’s a frozen pizza kind of night — is to move the cursor to the top right-hand side of the front page in our layout program and change the edition number.