Ouray

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  • Authorities Continue Search For Man Who Attacked Ouray Officers
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ouray hot springs pool
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.

Highway 550, Red Mountain Pass, Ouray
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. 

vehicle wreck
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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  • Limiting access to Wilderness "hot spots"
mark miller
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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  • 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

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  • 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
ice climbing, Ouray Ice Park, 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.

ice climbing, Ouray Ice Festival
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. 

Afrolicious with audience members onstage
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.

Fox Street
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.

The Brothers Comatose
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.

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.

Red Mountain Pass, Highway 550, Ouray
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.

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.

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."

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

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”

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.

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

Headlines:

  • Update on flooded oil and gas wells.
  • September was 3rd wettest on record.
  • Ouray prohibits OHVs from roadways.
  • Sportsman’s Roundtable seeks two.

Headlines:

  • Climber Found Dead at Capitol Peak
  • Mountain Village May Soon Require Recycling at Construction Sites
  • Colorado State Troopers Begin Special Training This Week
  • Colorado Lottery Criticized for Awarding Contract to Overseas Company
  • Former Ouray Mayor Pam Larsen to Fill City Councilor Vacancy
  • Colorado’s Drought Fueling More Water Disputes
Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Headlines:

  • Aurora Shooter James Holmes’ Parents Will Be Allowed to Watch Trial
  • Colorado Health Exchange Opens October First
  • Ouray City Councilor Gary Hansen Dies Succumbs to Cancer
  • Grand Junction Apartments Evacuated After Homemade Explosives Found
  • Pressure Is On for Colorado Republicans to Back Immigration Bill
  • iSeeChange Report: Ditch Lining and Wildlife

Mountain Air Music Series, week 4 - The California Honeydrops, with Dustbowl Revival.
Recorded at Fellin Park, Ouray, CO, June 27th, 2013.


 

Shane Deringer Photography

Week 3 of the KVNF Live season featured the British Columbia-based indie rock quartet Current Swell, along with opening act The Fox Fire from Brevard, North Carolina. Current Swell's portion of the concert was broadcast live from Fellin Park in Ouray.

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Photo by Len Irish

The second concert of the KVNF Live concert season featured The Otis Taylor Band with opening act Screen Door Porch, live from the Mountain Air Music Series in Ouray on Thursday, June 13th.