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Mancos trustees ponder next steps after fire

Mancos town officials and board members anticipate they’ll be sorting through the aftermath of the Western Excelsior fire for a long time. At the town board of trustees regular meeting Wednesday,...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Western Excelsior workers, town look toward uncertain future

On Monday afternoon, Mancos resident Jonathan Sam went home to see part of his livelihood up in flames. Sam worked at Western Excelsior Corp. in Mancos as a machine operator for two years before...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez protesters take Tipton to task on health care

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, encountered a passionate group of protesters during an appearance at the Montezuma County Commissioners’ meeting on Monday. About 40 people lined up on the street...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos Farmers’ Market starts June 1

The Mancos Farmers Market starts on June 1 for the 2017 summer season, and organizer Bryan Kyle said he anticipates a more diverse array of vendors and products. “We’re excited to flesh it out,”...

DATE: May 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos senior earns full Duke scholarship

Mancos senior Brittney Peacock has been awarded a full-ride scholarship to Duke University. The institution’s David M. Rubenstein merit scholarship is awarded to students who are the first in their...

DATE: May 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire engulfs Western Excelsior plant in Mancos

The Western Excelsior plant in Mancos erupted into flames Monday afternoon, prompting at least nine fire departments to send fire engines and crews to the rapidly escalating blaze.The Mancos fire...

DATE: May 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez hydroponics store moves to Main Street

Scotty Abrahams and Kathleen Lopiccolo have moved Colorado Hydroponics and Organics to a new location, 725 E. Main St. The shop sells organic garden supply items, Abrahams said. They also help...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Osprey Locals Sale is Friday in Cortez

Osprey Packs plans a spring sale for locals on Friday, May 12, and marketing representative Sam Mix says there will be a large selection of items. “It’s a pretty far-ranging, broad array of Osprey...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez counselors concerned by series ‘13 Reasons Why’

Though Montezuma-Cortez High School counselors Carmen Maness and Tammi Slagle said the way the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” handles suicide is questionable, they said it might help generate...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

Agape Durango’s spiritual festival seeks new Mancos location

Organizers of a spiritual festival have withdrawn their application and are looking for a new location for the festival. The “Rhythm and Soul Festival” had been planned for a location southwest of...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pepperhead Restaurant to close in August

Pepperhead Restaurant owners Tess Montaño-Forth and Pete Montaño announced last week that the restaurant will close in August. Pete Montaño will be forced to retire due to health issues, and Tess...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Ritthaler retiring after 28 years as Cortez band director

After this school year, longtime Montezuma-Cortez High School band director Rodney Ritthaler will retire. Fresh out of college, Ritthaler started as assistant band director at M-CHS 28 years ago....

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News