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Numbers at the Rico Elementary School have fallen significantly within the past three years, according to counts from the Dolores County School District, Re-2J. In 2014 the school had 20 students, then 17 students last year, and then seven this year. Preschool teacher Rebecca Pugh called that ten-student drop “this year’s mass exodus.”

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There is hot water under the town of Rico, but using it for geothermal development would be expensive.

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Rico Town Manager Mike England has been terminated, effective immediately.

Artists of Rico Colorado Gain Steam

Nov 26, 2015
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ARC, Artists of Rico, provides an exchange of ideas and nurtures a sense of community among the area’s talented artists and craftspeople.  We talk with two leaders from ARC about how making and creating in a small, mountain town; how art can lead community development; and the ARC Pop Up Gallery at the Argentine Grill on Noel Night in Rico.

  • The Rico Hotel is purchased by the Telluride Ski and Golf Company for employee housing.
  • Two men who organized a motorized protest ride through a southeast Utah canyon ordered to pay $96,000 in restitution.

All About Lynx!

Apr 6, 2015
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This winter, students at the Rico School completed a project on the lynx, an endangered cat species that was reintroduced into the San Juan Mountains in recent years. In this interview, the students talk with Curtis Keetch, the Wildlife Biologist in the Ouray and Norwood Ranger Districts, about his role as a biologist and what he has learned about lynx during the reintroduction project that he was involved with.

Rico Mayor Gregg Anderson

Jan 12, 2015
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In this Zine episode, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Gregg Anderson, the mayor of Rico, Colorado, about the potential for geothermal energy and mining development, real estate, and other factors that are driving the economic engine of this small mountain town nestled along the headwaters of the Dolores River.

The Rico Center

Oct 22, 2014
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Life in Rico, Colorado holds many rewards and challenges that come with living in a small mountain town. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Nicole Pieterse, a board member at The Rico Center, about life in Rico and how they work to preserve and enrich the quality of life of the residents, visitors, and economy of Rico through grants to local non-profit organizations, government entities, and individuals.

Rico Elementary School

Sep 17, 2014

The Rico School serves a small group of elementary school students who learn in mixed-age classrooms. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with teacher Eileen Cahalane and several students from the Rico School about the joys of getting an education in a small mountain town.


Mar 7, 2014

HerStory is a performance that celebrates women who made significant contributions to history but are many times unknown to the general public. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Terri Helm and Midge Kirk, and their portrayal of two women who changed the course of history in the early mining days of Rico, Colorado.

KSJD would like to issue the following corrections concerning information that was presented about Lizzy Knight in this interview: