Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Water

Ridgway grants “rights” to its river, joining several Colorado towns in push for new water protections

The Ridgway town council has voted to give “rights of nature” to the Uncompahgre River that flows on the edge of its downtown, joining Nederland and a long list of international locations saying they want to be better stewards of their wild spaces. The council followed the lead of Mayor John Clark in approving the […]

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Storage units becoming as hard to get as affordable housing as wealthy remote workers take over the high country

Chase Beck has fielded dozens of calls like this in the past few months.  “They say ‘I just had the floor taken out from under me. I’ve been living here for years. I need to move out in 30 days and I’ve got nowhere to go. Can you help?’” Beck says. The waiting list at […]

Posted inArts, Coloradans, Culture, News

Daniel Wolf, rancher and visionary art collector, dies in Ridgway

In the last few weeks, Daniel Wolf made time to help his eldest daughter with a new project. He helped India shovel through frozen dirt buried beneath the snow, unearthing peony rhizomes and planting them in her newly built greenhouse. It wasn’t unusual for him to take an interest in his daughters’ passions, to spend […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, Growth, Opinion, Opinion Columns, Politics and Government

Opinion: Former Agriculture Commissioner Peter Decker fought for equity for rural Colorado

“Morgan, Roy wants me to be Commissioner of Agriculture. What do I do?” Peter Decker asked. It was 1987 and Gov. Roy Romer was about to announce this appointment. “Get out to rural Colorado,” I answered, having served as commissioner several years earlier. “Go to those Farm Bureau and Farmers Union dinners. Show rural Colorado […]

Posted inColoradans, News, Outdoors

For war-weary veterans, a dose of “adventure therapy” can help them ski off the war

RIDGWAY — It’s nearly dark when the team arrives at the Blue Lakes Hut. After slogging nearly eight miles through melting snow, they celebrate their arrival with steaming bowls of mashed potatoes.  With socks and boot liners dangling from the rafters, the team of former Green Berets rib and tease each other. They poke fun […]

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Colorado’s oldest drive-in theater: 70 years of watching the stars, under the stars at The Star in Montrose

Radio host Al Tessitore took to the airwaves the afternoon of May 19, 1974, to let KUBC-AM 580 listeners know that “Gone With the Wind” was playing at the Star Drive-In movie theater in Montrose. It was a terrible joke. A violent tornado had touched down minutes before, ripping the big outdoor screen to the […]