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

Phone subsidy reform is on the way

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission confirmed plans Monday to move forward with phasing out subsidies to telephone providers in certain isolated parts of the state. For almost 20 years, the...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 schools locked down for 45 minutes

All schools in the Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 went under lockdown for about 45 minutes Wednesday morning after a rumor surfaced that a high school student might be coming to the school...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 has safety plans in place

Last Friday in Newtown, Conn., an armed man forced his way inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 26 people, including 20 young children. The killing spree cast a somber tone over the...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

School district ponders a more innovative future

Imagine there's no textbooks. It isn't hard to do. No letter grades or linear class periods. No florescent lights, too. Imagine all the students, video Skyping with counterparts across the world....

DATE: Dec. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

New cell tower to help 'dark spot'

Cellular coverage is on its way to the remote northeast corner of Montezuma County. On Monday, the Montezuma County Commission approved high impact and special use permits, submitted by Commnet...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Can you hear me now?

Cellular coverage is on its way to the remote northeast corner of Montezuma County. On Monday, the Montezuma County Commission approved high impact and special use permits, submitted by Commnet...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

County vaccine access limited

In Montezuma County, the Public Health Department holds a virtual monopoly over providing vaccines to children and adults, but it's not because they prefer it that way.There is simply nowhere else...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Superintendent 'disappointed' Re-1 overlooked for test case

Just over a week ago, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that four Colorado school districts would take part in a pilot program to test the benefits of longer school days.While Hickenlooper would...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Taxes to be less than predicted

When Cortez taxpayers went to the polls Nov. 6, a solid majority voted to replace the existing Montezuma-Cortez High School, circa 1967, with a new facility. When they did, they committed to paying...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

A question of freedom in the forest

The U.S. Forest Service unveiled a revised travel management plan Thursday for Boggy-Glade, the area north of Dolores comprising 245,800 acres of San Juan National Forest.For years, the Forest...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inflating holiday spirits

Ho, ho...WHOA! To stroll past the abode of Orly and Carol Lucero is to lose yourself, even for a moment, in the innocent joy of the holiday season. The couple spares no expense decking out their...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2012 | CATEGORY: Living

Drought impacts salmon run

Withered crops and steep hay prices. Underwhelmed river guides. Overworked firefighters. Neighborhood visits from hungry, foraging bears. Drought conditions have thrown the rhythms and daily...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2012 | CATEGORY: DS - News

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