Ouray County

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
5:50 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Ouray County Mine Cited for Nearly 100 Safety Violations

A Bureau of Land Management sign welcomes visitors to Ouray.
Credit Ken Lund via Flickr (CC BY-SA http://tinyurl.com/4kprz)

Update Friday, December 20: According to the Watch newspaper, MSHA says the 97 citations handed out to Star Mine Operations in the first week of December were issued during so-called "spot" inspections, and weren't issued as violations that contributed to the deaths of two men at the Revenue-Virginius mine in late November. 

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NEWS
9:39 am
Fri November 29, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, November 29, 2013

Headlines

  • MSHA Team Will Investigate Ouray Mine Accident
  • KDNK's Sounds of the High Country -  Marshall Swearingen on Repurposing a South Dakota Mine for Physics Research
  • State Senator Evie Hudak Resigns
  • Salvation Army in Grand Junction Feeds 700 on Thanksgiving
  • KVNF Sports Report
NEWS
12:47 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Details Emerge in Mining Accident

Miner's Memorial Statue in Ouray, Colorado.
Telluride Watch Newspapers

The recent mining accident near Ouray was one of the worst in recent Colorado history. Two miners died and nearly two dozen were injured at the Revenue-Virginius mine, owned by Star Mine Operations.  More details about what happened are starting to come out. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with reporter Samantha Wright, who’s covering the accident for the Telluride Watch newspapers.

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NEWS
8:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, November 22, 2013

Headlines

  • More Details Emerging after Ouray Mine Accident
  • Missing Ouray Woman Found Dead
  • Small Companies Worried about New Air Pollution Rules
  • Identity of Person Killed in Plane Crash Still Not Released
  • Western Slope Skies - The Two Galileos and the Moons of Jupter
  • KVNF Sports Report
NEWS
9:25 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Supervisor Died Trying to Save Miner from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Ouray County and Star Mining Officials speak to members of the media during Sunday night's press conference
Credit David Jones

New details are emerging about the two men who were killed after inhaling high levels of carbon monoxide at the Revenue-Virginius Mine in Ouray County.

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NEWS
6:42 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

2 Dead, 20 Injured at Silver Mine near Ouray

Update Monday, 3:50 PM: Amy Louviere, Spokeswoman for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, tells KVNF all 20 of the sickened miners have been treated and released from area hospitals. 

Colorado US Representative Don Coram (R-Montrose) released a statement this afternoon, saying "I send my thoughts and prayers to the close knit communities of Ouray and surrounding areas and offer my support to those affected by this terrible tragedy."

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NEWS
8:52 am
Tue October 29, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Headlines:

  • Man Steals Monkey in Grand Junction
  • Mesa County Judge Considers Tossing Out Guilty Verdict for Man Charged with Threats
  • iSeeChange: Colorado Wildfires Greater Threat to Humans than animals
  • NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bill & Melinda Gates Top Donor List for Pro-Amendment 66 Campaign
  • Ouray County to Receive Around $12 Million for Highway Projects
NEWS
9:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Headlines

  • Turning a Public Park into an Edible Forest Free-for-All
  • School Board Members and Candidates Sound Off on Amendment 66
  • US Marshals Looking for Telluride Man Suspected of Attempted Murder
  • "It's Crap!" - North Fork Valley Residents on the Government Shutdown
  • Around the World in 3 Minutes - Commentary from North Fork Valley Vision School Student 
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