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Competency hearing scheduled for Cortez murder suspect

In a hearing Friday, the defense attorney for Cortez murder suspect Jeremiah Damron announced plans to challenge the findings of two mental health evaluations declaring Damron competent to proceed....

DATE: June 22, 2018 | UPDATED: 22 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Pagosa Springs man arrested on suspicion of child sex assault

A Pagosa Springs man suspected of sexually assaulting a child was advised of possible charges and penalties Friday in District Court in La Plata County. Rodney Keller, 52, is being held in La Plata...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trapped campers, swimming bears in Montana as floods hit U.S.

HELENA, Mont. – Helicopters rescued people stranded by flooding in Texas and Montana, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain bible camp for two days, as severe storms swept the...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | UPDATED: 10 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Public suggests EPA have quantifiable goals for reducing mine pollution

SILVERTON – Several people at a public hearing this week asked why the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed quick-action plan for 26 mines fails to address the top mine polluters in the...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife officials ask public to leave baby animals alone

It’s that time of year, and the message is the same: Do not pick up, interact with or touch wildlife, especially baby animals. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski said the third...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Know your restaurants: May inspection reports

The Journal publishes local restaurant inspection reports provided monthly by the Montezuma County Health Department. Inspections of all retail food facilities are done yearly, and in some cases...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee Reservoir supply drops to a historic low

Inflow into McPhee Reservoir from the Dolores River has dropped to a historic low, falling below the 2002 levels that were the previous driest year since the reservoir was built. As a result,...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Third Thursday market starts summer strong

The Cortez Third Thursday Market started on the first day of summer with a late afternoon sun shining on a big crowd and more vendors than ever. This is the third year the Cortez municipal...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Burro Fire grows slightly; crews work to reinforce fire lines

The Burro Fire east of Dolores grew 9 acres on Thursday, and crews continued on Friday to reinforce containment lines on its northwestern and southern sides. The fire remained at 53 percent...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drop-off deadline for Montezuma County primary ballots is Tuesday

The deadline to receive a primary election ballot in the mail was Monday, but voters can still participate by delivering their ballots to the drop box outside the Montezuma County Clerk and...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | UPDATED: 9 hours 45 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango residents go to D.C. for a day of lobbying for the climate

WASHINGTON – Members of the Durango chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby gathered this week for three days of lobbying to press Congress to enact environmentally friendly policies. Each year, CCL...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News