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  • By Leslie Vreeland, Contributing Editor

Mountainfilm reels ‘em in with earnest, high-minded discussion and turbo-charged tales of adventure. 

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  • By Tanya Ishikawa, Watch Contributor

Nearly 70 years ago, Karl Schaeffer’s parents came to Ridgway and rode on a Galloping Goose, one of seven motor railcars constructed by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad for small passenger and cargo loads. Though the geese were removed from service the year after the Schaeffers’ visit, their…

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  • By ROB STORY, Staff Reporter

Supermodel Christie Brinkley had only moved out of the big green house on the northwest corner of Aspen and Columbia a couple years earlier when a Ryder moving van turned into the short, dead-end alley north of the house. It was about 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day, 1998. 

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  • By REGAN TUTTLE, Norwood Post Editor

Major construction is happening throughout Norwood. The town is in the middle of implementing one of its biggest projects yet: a raw water system.

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  • By Tanya Ishikawa, Watch Contributor

As a longtime writer and editor of fishing stories, Kirk Deeter has fished around the world; in places he never thought he would be. When asked to tell one of his best fishing stories, the editor of Trout Magazine and Field & Stream editor-at-large has a hard time choosing just one. 

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  • Photographs by Melissa Plantz, Special to The Watch

Winter is the signature season in the San Juans, and award-winning photographer Melissa Plantz, a resident of this region, is constantly searching for her next shot. 

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  • By Tanya Ishikawa, Watch Contributor

Today, getting a permit to start a hard-rock mining operation in Colorado requires a company to provide the state with reclamation plans that outline ways it will handle on-site contamination and protect land and water resources. Though heavy metal pollution of water is a consequence of mini…

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  • By Justin Criado, Associate Editor

As the body count continues to climb, the national opioid epidemic is becoming more and more pervasive. From inner cities to rural farmlands, whether it’s prescription painkillers or black market heroin, opioids are responsible for 116 deaths a day, according to the most recent numbers. In 2…

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  • By LESLIE VREELAND, Contributing Editor

March is supposed to be Colorado’s snowiest month, but the dry just keeps on coming.

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  • By SUZANNE CHEAVENS, Special to the Watch

Since Colorado voters approved the sale of cannabis for recreational use in 2012, the industry has become a $1.5 billion behemoth, and the object of study by other states looking to boost jobs, tax revenue and even tourism. However, growing in the shadows of its gaudy, psychoactive sister, t…

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  • By Tanya Ishikawa, Watch Contributor

Nearly 70 years ago, Karl Schaeffer’s parents came to Ridgway and rode on a Galloping Goose, one of seven motor railcars constructed by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad for small passenger and cargo loads. Though the geese were removed from service the year after the Schaeffers’ visit, their…

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  • By ROB STORY, Staff Reporter

Supermodel Christie Brinkley had only moved out of the big green house on the northwest corner of Aspen and Columbia a couple years earlier when a Ryder moving van turned into the short, dead-end alley north of the house. It was about 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day, 1998. 

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  • By REGAN TUTTLE, Norwood Post Editor

Major construction is happening throughout Norwood. The town is in the middle of implementing one of its biggest projects yet: a raw water system.

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  • By Tanya Ishikawa, Watch Contributor

As a longtime writer and editor of fishing stories, Kirk Deeter has fished around the world; in places he never thought he would be. When asked to tell one of his best fishing stories, the editor of Trout Magazine and Field & Stream editor-at-large has a hard time choosing just one. 

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  • Photographs by Melissa Plantz, Special to The Watch

Winter is the signature season in the San Juans, and award-winning photographer Melissa Plantz, a resident of this region, is constantly searching for her next shot. 

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  • By Tanya Ishikawa, Watch Contributor

Today, getting a permit to start a hard-rock mining operation in Colorado requires a company to provide the state with reclamation plans that outline ways it will handle on-site contamination and protect land and water resources. Though heavy metal pollution of water is a consequence of mini…

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  • By Justin Criado, Associate Editor

As the body count continues to climb, the national opioid epidemic is becoming more and more pervasive. From inner cities to rural farmlands, whether it’s prescription painkillers or black market heroin, opioids are responsible for 116 deaths a day, according to the most recent numbers. In 2…

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  • By LESLIE VREELAND, Contributing Editor

March is supposed to be Colorado’s snowiest month, but the dry just keeps on coming.

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  • By SUZANNE CHEAVENS, Special to the Watch

Since Colorado voters approved the sale of cannabis for recreational use in 2012, the industry has become a $1.5 billion behemoth, and the object of study by other states looking to boost jobs, tax revenue and even tourism. However, growing in the shadows of its gaudy, psychoactive sister, t…

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  • By BARBARA PLATTS, Watch Contributor

There’s no denying or ignoring it, winter of 2017-18, overall, was unseasonably dry.