Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: jacobk@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

Thank you for reading; I’m heading to Salt Lake

Friday marked the end of my reporting career with The Journal. I’m headed to Salt Lake City where I’ll be working for a news website.Back in March 2016, I packed everything I could into my tiny car...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Thank You Letters

Mancos Cowboy half marathon set for Saturday

The fourth annual Mancos Cowboy Half-Marathon, 5K and Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Mancos Public Library. The half-marathon will start at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K race will start...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez schools declare critical teacher shortage

Cortez school board members on Tuesday voted to declare a critical teacher and bus driver shortage. Assistant Superintendent Dan Porter said 31 district staff members have resigned since the end of...

DATE: June 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

First Cortez high school demolition phase is complete

The retired Montezuma-Cortez High School demolition project is back on track after slipping in mid-June, and Re-1 School District Owner’s Representative Jim Ketter said June 20 that the first phase...

DATE: June 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos schools’ BEST project officially approved

At their meeting Monday, Mancos School District board members and administrators expressed their excitement at the official approval of their Building Excellent Schools Today grant project, which...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Film festival to benefit Mancos fire victims

A film festival next month in Mancos will benefit former employees of Western Excelsior Corp. who have been impacted by the fire that destroyed the mill on May 8. Mancos-based Alpacka Raft is...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos celebrates a century of community at Grange

Mancos celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Mount Lookout Grange on Saturday by sharing stories about community and relationships. “We need to remember our relationships to each other,”...

DATE: June 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez celebrates teacher Ray Harriman’s life

Cortez said goodbye to beloved educator Ray Harriman at a celebration of life service Friday evening at Panther Stadium. Harriman died June 6 at age 61 after he likely suffered heart failure,...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado vaccination rates lower than average

Most students at Montezuma County schools are up-to-date on vaccines, but some area schools have higher vaccination exemption rates than the state averages, according to data released this month by...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trustees update fire ban

Mancos town trustees voted to make some temporary changes to the town’s fire ban at their meeting Wednesday. After the Weber Canyon Fire in 2013, trustees voted to ban all open fires, including...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man convicted of menacing, endangerment

A Cortez man was found guilty of menacing and reckless endangerment charges in Montezuma District Court on Thursday. Ruben Duran, 33, was on trial this week before District Court Judge Douglas...

DATE: June 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos Grange celebrates 100-year anniversary

The Mount Lookout Grange in Mancos is 100 years old this year, and community members young and old will be celebrating on Saturday. Grange staff members will be offering tours of the new commercial...

DATE: June 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News