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

Children’s Kiva pursues Montessori expansion

A group of local parents, as well as former and current faculty of The Children’s Kiva, have made public their intent to start a Montessori charter school in Cortez for students in kindergarten...

DATE: May 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Education

The future of TV?

Yellow Jacket. Home to irrigated alfalfa fields, tractors rumbling down packed-dirt county roads, and a general aura of tranquility. And a five-star rooftop restaurant? If Jerry McMullen has his...

DATE: May 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Business

Teen Maze teaches youths life lessons

Some kids giggled. Some glanced around awkwardly. Others bore pensive expressions as they learned about common pitfalls of life as an American teenager, and ways to avoid them. This week marked...

DATE: May 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mixed bag at Re-1 meeting

This week’s Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 school board meeting saw a little of everything — some positive news, some more sobering. As the academic year winds down, the board members and district...

DATE: May 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge rejects Dunn plea agreement

Mark Dunn, the 46-year-old Cortez man accused of aggressively firing handguns inside two residences, as well as a domestic violence misdemeanor charge, is likely headed for trial. During a motions...

DATE: May 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Light Up the Night’

Late April means prom season. Area high schools each put on their own themed events, but one particular prom in Montezuma County stood out above the rest. Community Connections Inc, a non-profit...

DATE: May 7, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Mesa Verde greening up

The Spanish phrase Mesa Verde translates to “green table.” Turns out the name is apropos, in more ways than one. Walking through the new Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, a visitor gets the...

DATE: May 7, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

'Light Up the Night'

Late April means prom season. Area high schools each put on their own themed events, but one particular prom in Montezuma County stood out above the rest.Community Connections Inc, a non-profit...

DATE: May 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Still dry up high

Rain early this week has provided some small hope for ag producers in Montezuma County, but runoff from the high country is not likely to go far toward mitigating the drought, and this year's...

DATE: May 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commissioners query Stiles over Boggy-Glade plan

DOVE CREEK - It's been almost two months since Mark Stiles, San Juan National Forest supervisor, announced that all 25 appeals filed against the Boggy-Glade Travel Management Plan had been...

DATE: May 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kinder Morgan to expand plant near Yellow Jacket

Kinder Morgan, the energy giant that supplies about 40 percent of Montezuma County's tax revenue, is moving ahead with plans to expand its compressor plant west of Lewis. Without the expansion, the...

DATE: May 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beautifying a brown town

Motorists and pedestrians traveling up and down South Broadway are greeted by a concrete jungle - asphalt, sidewalks, paved medians, with little vegetation in sight. By late summer, however,...

DATE: May 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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