Ouray

NEWS
5:26 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Severance Taxes Critical To Colorado Communities

Ouray got a $200,000 grant from the state to develop a master plan to reconstruct its hot springs pool with the help of severance tax dollars.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

    

Severance taxes are a vital source of funding for communities across Colorado. This tax applies to revenue the state collects from mining and energy extraction. Half of these funds go directly to communities affected by those activities. The other half goes towards grants for infrastructure and economic development.  

"We have just under a million gallons of hot, natural spring water that flows into the pool," said Patrick Rondinelli, the city administrator of Ouray, while visiting the city's hot springs pool. 

"There’s always been ponds in the early years that were in this location and then finally in the late 1920’s a formal swimming pool was built on this very site," he said.  "And, it’s been maintained in that condition in some variation. There’s been some changes made to it but basically in this same very site all these years."  

Rondinelli said Ouray closes the pool in the spring for about a week to clean it and do basic repairs. The site attracts about 135,000 visitors a year and is a major tourism draw for the small mountain community.

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NEWS
4:49 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Missing Texas Teen Found Dead Below Highway Outside Of Ouray

Red Mountain Pass outside of Ouray, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A missing 18-year-old from Texas was found dead in Colorado on Thursday. 

Rescue workers recovered the body of Edgar Alfredo Vargas from the canyon below U.S. 550 on Red Mountain Pass outside of Ouray, according to a release.

The Ouray County Coroner's Office identified Vargas.

The El Paso teen was reported missing last week. Officials say a search in the area for him started last Friday. 

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NEWS
11:14 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Body, SUV Recovered Below Red Mtn. Pass Outside of Ouray

The rented SUV that was pulled from below Red Mountain Pass outside of Ouray on Thursday.
Credit CDOT

Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton was closed for most of Thursday while emergency personnel recovered an SUV along with the body of a missing man.

Officials say the body of Jin Junge of Denmark was recovered along with a rented white Cadillac Escalade that fell more than 400 below the highway.

Junge was reported missing by family members on Feb. 4.

The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office says GPS equipment installed in the rental vehicle helped them find it.

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NEWS
8:05 am
Fri February 20, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Newscast

  • New Lawsuits Against Colorado's Marijuana Laws
  • Large Marijuana Grow Operation Found in Montrose
  • Cold Temps, Snow Predicted For Western Slope
  • Voter ID Bills Killed By Democratic-Led Committee
  • Limiting access to Wilderness "hot spots"
NEWS
6:00 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Veteran Ouray Ice Guide Dies In Climbing Accident

Mark Miller of Ouary taught ice climbing for over 20 years. He worked as an instructor for San Juan Mountain Guides.
Credit San Juan Mountain Guides via Facebook

Tragedy has struck the ice climbing community of Ouray. A local climbing instructor died while guiding clients in San Juan County last week.

Mark Miller, 50, was guiding clients on an ascent near Eureka last Friday. It’s reported an ice bulge broke when Miller was climbing off-rope causing him to fall to his death. 

Miller taught ice climbing for over 20 years. He worked as an instructor for San Juan Mountain Guides.

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NEWS
8:03 am
Thu January 29, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Newscast

  • Emergency flu shelter for homeless to open in Mesa County
  • DMEA builds business plan for fiber optic internet
  • Ouray hot spring pool gets renovation
  • Government may change way it charges for natural resources
NEWS
8:04 am
Fri January 16, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • Ice Climbing Draws Thousands To Ouray
  • Denver patient tests negative for Ebola again
  • Gov. Hickenlooper gives state of state address
  • Bill proposes compensation for land owners prohibited from drilling
  • Grand Junction tutoring program gets grant
SPORTS
5:24 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Ice Climbing Draws Thousands To Small Colorado Community

An ice climber competes in a climbing event during the Ouray Ice Festival.
JT Thomas

Rock climbing is already a popular sport. And, its winter cousin ice climbing is gaining popularity too. 

Ice Climbing In Ouray

It’s a chilly morning at the Ouray Ice Park. 

Hundreds of people are gathered here for the 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival.

The event celebrates the sport of ice climbing. And, the park is a mecca for it.

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NEWS
2:02 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Ice Climbing Instructor Discusses Sport At Ouray Ice Festival

People ice climbing on the beginner wall at the 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival on Jan. 10, 2015.
Credit Laura Palmisano

This past weekend the 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival took place. The festival is a gathering of ice climbers, gear vendors and ice climbing fans. At the festival you can watch an ice climbing competition or try the sport for yourself. KVNF's Laura Palmisano went to the gathering and spoke to Mark Miller. He's an ice climbing instructor for San Juan Mountain Guides. 

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KVNF LIVE
6:48 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

KVNF Live! - Afrolicious, with The Congress

Credit Jeff Reynolds

Week 4 of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series features the San Francisco-based dance-fusion collective Afrolicious, with opening act The Congress from Denver.

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KVNF LIVE
6:16 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

KVNF Live! - Fox Street, with Gold Magnolias,

Fox Street
Credit Jeff Reynolds

Week 3 of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series features Fox Street, with opening act The Gold Magnolias. Recorded Thursday, June 19th, 2014.

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KVNF LIVE
4:52 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

KVNF Live! - The Brothers Comatose, with Finnders & Youngberg

The Brothers Comatose
Credit Jeff Reynolds

Week 2 of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series features The Brothers Comatose with opening act Finnders & Youngberg.  Recorded Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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KVNF LIVE
7:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

KVNF Live! SHEL, With TAARKA

Week #1 of our 2014 KVNF Live! Summer Concert Series originates from Fellin Park at the Hot Springs Pool in Ouray, and features a group of sisters from Ft. Collins, Colorado, SHEL. The opening act is another Colorado band, TAARKA, from Lyons. This show was recorded on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.

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NEWS
7:02 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Landslide Causes Economic Problems For Ouray

In January a massive landslide closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass. The pass reopened in March, but closed again on a limited basis in late April so crews could continue repairs.
Credit Laura Palmisano

In January a massive landslide closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass for a month while crews cleared debris. 

That stretch of Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway connects the city of Ouray to the town of Silverton. Construction on the highway resumed in April to repair damage and place chain covers over the areas most susceptible to rock movement.

Last week, Ouray declared a state of economic emergency as a result of the natural disaster.

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NEWS
1:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

US 550 Remains Closed, Netting Work To Continue Through Tuesday

A helicopter from Silverton Mountain drops safety provisions and supplies to crews on the mountain.
Credit Dan Bender/La Plata County Sheriff's Office

Update January 27: Technical climbing crews were on hand at the side of recent rockslides along Red Mountain Pass/US 550, installing wire cable netting to stabilize boulders that continue to plague the road below. 

The alternate route south toward Durango, Cortez and beyond is SH 62 to SH 145 through Telluride, and US 160.The Colorado Department of Transportation says that work will continue through at least Tuesday, and there's still no estimated time for when the road could re-open.

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NEWS
2:02 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

US 550 South Of Ouray Closed Through Weekend

Rocks falling onto US 550 created a 6" hole in the highway
Credit Colorado Department of Transportation

Update: 12:30 PM (January 15): CDOT has confirmed that US 550/Red Mountain Pass two miles south of Ouray will be closed at least through this weekend (until Monday, January 20.) Rocks have reportedly been continually falling on the road near mile marker 90 as crews try to clear the rubble. 

Kerrie Neet, the regional director for CDOT, acknowledged that motorists in southwest Colorado don't have many alternative travel options, saying "there is a hardship anytime we close this pass."

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NEWS
8:41 am
Mon December 23, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, December 23, 2013

Headlines:

  • Civil Suit Filed against GJ Airport Administration
  • Grand Mesa Plane Crash Victims Were Looking for Lost Cattle
  • Future of Pot Shops in Mountain Village Still Undecided
  • Ouray Residents to weigh in on City Administrator's Performance
  • Future of Mining & Drilling Uncertain Across Western Slope
  • State Economy Has Some Bright Clouds
NEWS
8:19 am
Tue December 3, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Headlines:

  • Elk Creek Mine Goes “Idle,” 115 More Workers Affected
  • City of Ouray Reviewing its 2020 Economic Development Plan
  • Senator Mark Udall to unveil plans for Brown’s Canyon
  • Group Tells Front Range Water Interests to Stay Away from Western Slope
  • Euology for Pete Poulos, aka “Pete the Barber”
KVNF
12:06 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Ouray Translator Repaired

The bad transmission line that has been causing problems on the 90.1 Ouray Translator was replaced Saturday, Oct. 19th. KVNF reception in Ouray should be much improved.

Local Newscast
9:36 am
Tue October 8, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Headlines:

  • Fundraiser for Chicken Farmers’ Legal Defense Renews Questions of Bias
  • Right-to-Farm Policy dates to a More Rural Delta County
  • State Audit Criticizes Lottery
  • Front Range Flooding Leads to Thousands of Students Classified as Homeless
  • US Forest Service Entomologist Says Ouray Beetle Infestation is Impossible to Stop

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