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

Marching for credit

Joining the band at Montezuma-Cortez High School is not a decision made lightly. It means committing to before-school rehearsals five days a week for nine weeks each semester - marching band in the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Koppenhafer leaves office

Tuesday saw a changing of the guard at the Montezuma County Courthouse, as new commissioners Keenan Ertel and Larry Don Suckla took oaths of office. Departing are the term-limited Gerald...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton reflects on first term

Scott Tipton rode the 2010 Republican wave into Congress, ousting three-term incumbent Democrat John Salazar. He followed it up by coasting to re-election in November over Democratic challenger Sal...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pay up to eat up at Re-1

Classes are back in session Monday after the two-week holiday, and students wanting to purchase breakfast or lunch from their school cafeterias will need to bring along some extra change.Beginning...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Perplexing prices at the pump

Gas prices continued to edge downward in Montezuma County this week. As of Friday afternoon, regular unleaded at the local Shell, Giant, City Market and two Conoco stations was selling for $2.99...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local schools get good, bad news

For students, revealing the semester's report card to a parent can be cause for either celebration and high-fives or trepidation and sweaty palms.But for the moment, the tables have turned. Rather...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local college instructor recognized

Mary O'Brien can't look her students in the face, but that doesn't stop her from making an impression. A faculty member at Scottsdale Community College since 1993, O'Brien has lived in Mancos for...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Local instructor recognized

Mary O'Brien can't look her students in the face, but that doesn't stop her from making an impression. A faculty member at Scottsdale Community College since 1993, O'Brien has lived in Mancos for...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Busting the Filibuster

In the 1939 film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," James Stewart's character memorably talks himself into exhaustion on the Senate floor to stall an appropriations bill and prove his innocence. After...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

A mission full of Christmas cheer

Forget the reindeer and the sleigh. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus came to town on a 30-foot fire engine. For the third year running, members of the Cortez Fire District set aside time to bring...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Away in the manger

Those who drove down Empire Street at twilight over the weekend probably noticed something that didn't quite fit in among the homes and evergreen trees. It was a stable, strewn with straw and...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rule change impacts e-waste

Many consumers take the holidays as a chance to ditch the clunky old television set, the crash-prone computer or the year-old cellphone now considered outdated. In the insatiable rush to buy the...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

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