Position: Reporter

Email: lukeg@cortezjournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

About: Luke Groskopf joined the Cortez Journal in November 2012 as a reporter covering the county and education beats. Luke grew up in Wisconsin and migrated to Southwest Colorado with his family in 2001. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in International Relations, envisioning a career at diplomatic posts overseas. Instead, he ended up back home in Durango, where he interned at the Durango Herald for six months before transferring to Cortez. He likes telling the stories of a town and its people via journalism. Luke is a travel bug who doesn't mind wandering aimlessly; if he can't physically go places he settles for reading about them. In his spare time he enjoys soccer, skiing, documentaries, cooking with mixed results and exploring the mountain bike trails around Cortez. Read More Hide

County's assessed property values dip

Homeowners across Montezuma County received notices in the mail a few weeks ago, stating the revised value of their properties. For the majority, values were down. County assessor Mark Vanderpool...

DATE: May 22, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

County’s assessed property values dip

Homeowners across Montezuma County received notices in the mail a few weeks ago, stating the revised value of their properties. For the majority, values were down. County assessor Mark Vanderpool...

DATE: May 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

At-risk agricultural treasure

In Montezuma County, Carlo Citto is a world away from his native Italy. But the Boulder-based engineer looked right at home Thursday working on the McElmo Creek Flume. Citto was busy testing the...

DATE: May 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tasty transformations

Under new ownership, two well-established Main Street eateries are freshening up their look, and their menus. Blondie’s Pub and Grub has been rebranded as Blondie’s Trophy Room, while the former...

DATE: May 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Business

Assessed property values dip

Homeowners across Montezuma County received notices in the mail a few weeks ago, stating the revised value of their properties. For the majority, values were down. County assessor Mark Vanderpool...

DATE: May 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Business

Anti-drug task force to disband

Money makes the world go ’round. For lack of it, the 22nd District Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force is disbanding next month. The task force will be shut down June 28 unless a last-ditch...

DATE: May 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s in a city hall?

’Tis the season for wanting new digs. The new-and-improved Montezuma-Cortez High School will take shape south of Walmart in 2014 and 2015, aided by a hefty state grant and charitable taxpayers....

DATE: May 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bridge concludes its 7th season

Another one in the books. The Bridge Emergency Shelter wrapped up its seventh season last month. The shelter was open 185 nights from October to April and saw 233 different guests. Many of them...

DATE: May 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Speeding tickets drop

The number of motorists ticketed for speeding in Dolores has fallen precipitously this year, prompting some head scratching among town officials. At the town board meeting Monday, Town Manager Ryan...

DATE: May 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Fire guts Family Dollar

Firefighters responded Tuesday evening to put out a blaze at the local Family Dollar store, but not before extensive damage to the inside. The store was open for business at the time, but no...

DATE: May 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Academy moves to SCCC campus

Starting next fall, Southwest Colorado Community College’s regional law enforcement academy will base operations at the “West Campus” between Mancos and Cortez. Since it opened 15 years ago, the...

DATE: May 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - Education

Law enforcement academy moves to SCCC west campus

Starting next fall, Southwest Colorado Community College’s regional law enforcement academy will base operations at the “West Campus” between Mancos and Cortez. Since it opened 15 years ago, the...

DATE: May 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Education