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State board endorses $19.8 million for Mancos schools upgrade

Mancos School District’s huge campus upgrade project has been recommended for approval by a state board. The Colorado Department of Education Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) board on May 18...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez driver leads officers on chase in McElmo Canyon

A driver led law enforcement officers on a chase down Montezuma County Road G late Friday afternoon before being apprehended about four miles from the Utah state line. The chase began near Battle...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez schools budget expected to rise

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District budget outlook for the 2017-2018 school year is full of “very good news,” according to Finance Manager Carla Hoehn. Hoehn presented the district’s...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Demolition of retired M-CHS to start next week in Cortez

The retired Montezuma-Cortez High School building will finally come down starting Monday, according to Re-1 school district officials.Owner’s Rep Jim Ketter, who is overseeing the project, said...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez school board approves new graduation guidelines

Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 Board of Education members voted unanimously to approve new high school graduation guidelines at their meeting Tuesday. The new Montezuma-Cortez High School requirements will...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos schools budget expected to increase

The Mancos School District budget for next school year is expected to increase slightly, allowing the district to invest in technology upgrades and staff salary raises, Superintendent Brian Hanson...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos Elementary School awarded two grants

Last week, Mancos Elementary School students and staff celebrated two grants the school recently was awarded. The first award was a $110,000 Play Ground Initiative grant from Great Outdoors...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jackson Gulch Reservoir prepares for irrigation season

Jackson Gulch Reservoir was full by the first of May, and Mancos Water Conservancy District Superintendent Gary Kennedy said that’s somewhat abnormal. “That’s earlier than usual,” he said on...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Quilt Co. makes Top 20 list

Cortez Quilt Co. has been named one of the top 11 quilt shops in North America by the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler Magazine. The magazine is published twice a year, and 20 shops are...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Montezuma County Road X will close due to mussel concerns

At their meeting May 8, Montezuma County commissioners voted to temporarily close County Road X to motor vehicle traffic because of concerns about invasive mussels. The road will be closed for at...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

BOCES program encourages physical activity in schools

The first year of a new grant program designed to encourage more physical activity in Southwest Colorado schools has been a success, the program’s organizer said. Take 10 is an initiative of the...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

Osprey’s sale at Cortez location draws a crowd

Shoppers showed up to search through the packs at the Osprey Packs locals sale Friday in Cortez. The sale started at 7 a.m. and was scheduled to run until noon or until there was no more inventory....

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business