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Busting the Filibuster

In the 1939 film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," James Stewart's character memorably talks himself into exhaustion on the Senate floor to stall an appropriations bill and prove his innocence. After...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

A mission full of Christmas cheer

Forget the reindeer and the sleigh. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus came to town on a 30-foot fire engine. For the third year running, members of the Cortez Fire District set aside time to bring...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Caroling for Hospice

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Year's Eve Events & Services

Evensong meditative candlelight service on New Year's EveHow will we begin a new year? St. Barnabas Church offers a time of reflection and beauty on Monday, Dec. 31, at 5:30 p.m. to which everyone...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters confine house fire to attic

A small fire house early Sunday afternoon was contained to the attic of the home, according to the Cortez Fire Protection District.Assistant Fire Chief Charles Balke said an attic fire started at...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

'Blue Christmas' service for those struggling with loss

Christmas is not a joyous time of year for many people. When folks have experienced the death of a loved one, loss of their health or financial security, watched those they love struggle with these...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Away in the manger

Those who drove down Empire Street at twilight over the weekend probably noticed something that didn't quite fit in among the homes and evergreen trees. It was a stable, strewn with straw and...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Merry Christmas from Mr. Noodles

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Big-hearted secret Santa

At first glance, he didn't look like Santa Claus. Standing near the customer service counter at City Market on Friday, dressed in faded blue jeans, a bright orange shirt and a black leather vest,...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Butler suffers health scare

When doctors asked Cortez City Council member Tom Butler if he had a fear of flying, he realized might be in trouble.The prognosis from those Durango doctors on the condition of his heart was not...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Christmas plumage

THIS WOOD DUCK drake, an unusual visitor to the pond in City Park, is just one of many birds that will be listed during the annual Christmas Bird Count tomorrow. Birders will meet at the Cortez...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Christmas in the system

An economic downturn may just be the best time for giving. The last few years have proven to be penny-pinching times, but that hasn't deterred the Cortez community from bringing Christmas to those...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

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