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Escape from coronavirus news in nature

Social distancing, self-quarantines, job layoffs and a worldwide pandemic. What to do? Escape outside for some space and fresh air. A Colorado stay-at-home order implies exercise should be done...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Chamber announces business and person of the year

The Dolores Chamber has announced The Outpost Motel as business of the year and Jerry Whited as citizen of the year for their outstanding efforts in 2019. Nominations were taken from the public and...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How many COVID-19 tests have been done in La Plata County? Local health officials don’t know

One question health officials in La Plata County keep hearing from the public is: How many tests for coronavirus have been conducted in the community? But arriving at the answer isn’t so simple. “I...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington man gets 7 years in prison for crash that injured Cortez man

A Farmington man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 160/491 that seriously injured a Cortez man. Thaddeus M. Ponder pleaded guilty to felony...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Main Street Cortez’s Restaurant Row takes a hit during pandemic

Since Colorado Gov. Jared Polis closed restaurants to in-person dining to slow the spread of the coronavirus, business in Cortez and Montezuma County has plunged by more than 70% at some...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Transit won’t stop rolling, and sanitizing, during COVID-19 outbreak

The statewide stay-at-home order that took effect Thursday in Colorado says people can use public transit to travel to necessary activities. As of Friday, Durango Transit continued to operate,...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two deaths involving illness are not coronavirus-related, La Plata County coroner rules

Two La Plata County residents who died earlier this month and were tested for the coronavirus did not have the disease, Coroner Jann Smith said. A man in his mid-40s and a woman in her late 30s,...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Southeast Utah reports first case of coronavirus, restricts nonresidents

San Juan County, Utah, on Friday implemented restrictions on all nonresident camping and nonessential leisurely travel to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The order came after the county Utah...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Order to shelter in place makes ‘ghost town’ of Telluride

A late-winter squall dumps a foot of fresh powder on the Telluride ski area just in time for spring break tourists. Ski and snowboard gear and clothing adorn shop windows. Bicycles are parked on...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

17-mile Paths to Mesa Verde awarded final planning

The Paths to Mesa Verde trail project has been awarded $652,000 in grants for final planning and engineering. The 17-mile hiking and biking trail would connect Mancos and Cortez with Mesa Verde...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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