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Cortez updates HAZMAT training

A methamphetamine lab, an outbreak of anthrax and a hazardous material spill are all possible scenarios locally. Time is of the essence when responding to a hazardous material incident. Acting...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crash cuts power near Cortez

On Sunday morning, Sept. 8, 2013, Empire Electric experienced an outage south of Cortez along U.S. 491/160. The outage began at 7:30 a.m. and affected an area from approximately the port of entry...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

State launches disaster-preparedness effort

DENVER – Colorado leaders want their citizens to be prepared. Prepared for what? Well, maybe for a pandemic. Or an earthquake. Or a blizzard. Or other nasty stuff. Terrorism. A cyber attack....

DATE: Sept. 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chase ends with fatality

An Arizona man involved in high-speed chase with the Colorado State Patrol was pronounced dead on the scene last week following a head-on collision with a semi-truck. A Colorado State Patrol...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Convicted offender accused of preying on family

Within six weeks of inviting a needy family with three daughters to move into his Cortez home, a convicted sex offender allegedly sexually abused the youngest child, an 8-year-old, multiple times,...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

School tax measure makes Colorado’s Nov. ballot

DENVER – A proposed income tax increase for schools qualified for the November ballot Wednesday. The initiative, to be known as Amendment 66, asks voters to raise their income taxes in order to...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stage death

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff Blotter

Saturday, Aug. 24 Dispatch said there had been several calls about the same dog running at large. An officer reported to the residence and spoke with a couple who told the officer that their...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Marijuana businesses ask voters to tax pot

DENVER – Most businesses would never ask for a steep tax increase. But most businesspeople don’t sell a product that would have landed them in prison less than a year ago. A group of marijuana...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Complaint may hamper FLC alumni outreach

Although Fort Lewis College President Dene Kay Thomas was vindicated in the ethics complaint over her trip to Dubai, the case may have done lasting harm to the college’s new outreach efforts to...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sexual contact allegation dismissed against fired deputy

A former Montezuma County sheriff’s deputy has been cleared of any wrongdoing related to an accusation of inappropriately touching a suspect. The accusation was made by a 52-year-old Cortez woman,...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 digs deep for funding, energy

With some creative budgeting, school officials are hopeful the new 152,000-square-foot high school in Cortez will include a geothermal mechanical system. “It’s a highly efficient, earth-friendly...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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