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City staff getting fitter, healthier – and less costly

Many look at the New Year as an opportunity to resolve to lose weight or become more fit. For Cortez city staff, wellness is not just a consideration on a list of New Year’s resolutions, but rather...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Mayor Sheek: removing graffiti part of city’s cleanup plan

At council’s direction, Planning and Zoning has ramped up efforts in recent years to get property owners to repair or tear down unsafe structures, clean up property and remove weeds. We now have...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Sheek: Maintaining the beautiful landscape of Cortez

Spring is knocking at the door so it seemed appropriate to focus this month’s column on the city’s park superintendent, Mark Boblitt. Mark heads a crew of two full-time and seven part-time...

DATE: May 14, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Sheek: Spring is here and with it renewal and new beginnings

April began with a bang for the city, with a record turnout for the biannual city election. Cortez City Clerk Linda Smith was hoping 1,500 voters would turn out, and 1,509 ballots were returned by...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Sheek: Get informed! 2018 is the year of the mid-term elections

It’s the mid-term elections. The cycle begins with city/town elections on April 3, primaries in June, and the general election in November with candidates for county commission, state and federal...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Sheek: Cortez gets an updated, user-friendly website

At the Tuesday council workshop, Jon Brooks, Manager of Marketing and Events, unveiled the city’s new website , and wow! I had the privilege of getting a sneak preview to prepare for this column,...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Sheek: Libraries change lives and strengthen communities

I am a retired librarian so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of my favorite places in Cortez is our local library. The libraries of today are very different from the ones many of us grew up...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Sheek: a thriving community, suggestion box, bill pay and jazz

Curious to understand why some rural Colorado communities located in the same geographic area with similar populations and assets thrive while others do not, the Colorado Office of Economic...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

It’s summer and time to enjoy our recreational assets

Hooray for summer! Now that it’s finally here, this is a good time to highlight our Parks and Rec Department. They have a lot going on, and the facilities and programs they oversee add much to our...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

From the Mayor: KSJD, beautification, asbestos, city of parks celebration

KSJD and the Sunflower Theatre will soon join past historical landmarks, such as Denver’s Union Station, when it receives a Colorado “2017 State Honor Award” for the preservation and restoration of...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

From the Mayor: so many amazing community events

If the saying, “April showers bring May flowers” is true, Cortez should be bursting with color soon after all the recent rain. I, for one, am ready for sunny days and warmer temperatures! In...

DATE: April 13, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

Welcome to a new monthly column from the mayor

March always comes in with the promise that spring is on the way...and that college basketball fans will either be euphoric with hope or devastated by loss as they watch their favorite teams play...

DATE: March 10, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Mayor

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