TELLURIDE 2030 | The Trailer

By Alec Jacobson | 2/3/16
It’s been 10 years since The Telluride Master Plan was released and we at the San Juan Independent think it’s time to revisit the future. This series aims to bring together some of those diverse visions with the hope that, placed side-by-side, they’ll provide enough commonalities to set a tone that’s more specific than “we don’t want to be Aspen.”

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Dispatch from the Front Lines of the European Refugee Crisis

By Samantha Wright | 12/1/2015
Maciek Nabrdalik, internationally acclaimed photographer with VII Photo Agency, is traveling from Poland to Telluride this week for the next installment of the San Juan Independent’s Visiting Journalist Program, bringing images and stories from the front lines of the European refugee crisis.

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Is Recycling Dead in Telluride?

By Alec Jacobson | 11/24/15
Studies show that the energy consumed by a recycling plant versus one that produces the same materials from virgin materials is typically lower and the green house gas emissions are generally less, but the full recycling process – from your home to a sorting facility to a processing plant to a market – can reduce and even reverse that benefit.

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Fortune Minerals Defaults on Revenue Silver Mine Debt

By Samantha Wright | 7/10/15

The fate of the Revenue silver mine near Ouray remains unclear this week, following last Friday’s announcement that the mine’s Canadian owner, Fortune Minerals Limited has defaulted on a $35 million metal prepay agreement with its major financing partner.

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Ouray’s Beetle Scourge (and Its Silver Lining)

By Samantha Wright | 7/8/15
Recent aerial detection surveys conducted by the U.S. Forest Service show vast blobs of white fir beetle-kill all around Ouray. Those blobs have grown significantly over the past two years since the last time such surveys were conducted.

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PHOTO | What’s Bugging our Forests?

Monday night, June 29th, citizens packed the Ouray Community Center​ to learn about the effects of bark beetles and efforts to manage their effect on our forest.  Fire concerns dominated the conversation as Colorado State Forest Service​ and U.S. Forest Service​ officials, and other local experts described a plan to cull beetle kill.

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PHOTO | Sneffels Rescue

A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk lowered Ouray Mountain Rescue Team member Cory Jackson to rescue two skiers on the north face of Mount Sneffels on Tuesday, June 2 at 12,600 feet at the bottom of the Snake Couloir. (Courtesy photo)