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2017: A year of planning and building in Cortez

Cortez had a busy year, full of changes and new beginnings. Some of the most popular stories of 2017 on were related to proposed projects and policy changes from City Hall and the...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seven charged in Towaoc check scheme

Seven people have been charged in a check cashing and wire transfer scheme that withdrew $17,599 from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe government fund. The felony charges were filed Dec. 13 in U.S....

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Louis L’Amour’s son publishes writer’s ‘Lost Treasures’

Posthumous publishing isn’t uncommon when it comes to writers who were as prolific as Louis L’Amour. Sometimes, the volume of unpublished work is big enough that what comes after their deaths ends...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

How NAFTA built a bustling border city in New Mexico

From the top of a dry mesa in southern New Mexico, the Chihuahua Desert looks like an ocean, a vast stretch of sand and mesquite that fades away into hazy light. Southward, the land appears...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Dry winter could stress Arizona’s ponderosa pines

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona has missed out on a white Christmas, and if the lack of snowfall continues, scientists say there will likely be more far-reaching effects on the region’s pine...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Christmas dinner ‘like a big family reunion’

Turkey and all the trimmings were served to about 440 people during the Cortez Christmas dinner on Monday. Like a giant extended family, residents have come together for 27 years to share a meal at...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuits challenge Trump’s trim of Utah monuments

Heidi McIntosh’s first case as an environmental lawyer in the early 1990s was an attempt to block a coal mine in a remote red rock region of southern Utah. The area is a treasure trove of dinosaur...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local football players named to all-state teams

Over the course of the 2017 season, stellar tackling by Cameron Fury, bone rattling blocks by Casey Orange, stellar defensive plays by Matthew Broughton, perfectly throws by Justin Purkat and...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Park fee proposal reignites questions about funding open spaces

When Kitty Benzar bought her house in Colorado’s San Juan National Forest 30 years ago, federal law prohibited land-management agencies from charging people to use undeveloped public lands, like...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores passes town budget for 2018 as tax revenues fall

The Dolores town board passed the 2018 budget recently. The budget is based on an estimated income of $921,731, derived from utility fees, grants, property taxes and sales taxes. Total expenses to...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

When your kids get cabin fever, try these activities

For those who celebrate, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are here. For mom and dad, the last-minute rush to get everything and everyone together is on; for kids, the anticipation of what will be...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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