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

Laughter, the best medicine

Adrianne Chalepah, by her own account, is a rare breed: a Native American, female, stand-up comic. She embraces that uniqueness. She tries to inspire other Native funny-women to follow in her...

DATE: May 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

Marijuana moratorium posited

Town officials last week tossed around the idea of a retail marijuana moratorium until the state comes up with clearer guidelines on buying and selling it. On advice from attorney David Liberman,...

DATE: April 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Phillips takes reins

Heather Alvarez can take a deep, cleansing breath. When town administrator Tom Yennerell left in December for a job in Henniker, N.H., Alvarez stepped in to fill his shoes, on top of her...

DATE: April 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Family Dollar, go home

Residents bristled at the prospect of a Family Dollar store coming to Mancos at the Town Board of Trustees meeting last week. Then, at a special meeting Monday, the town board voted unanimously...

DATE: April 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

There's a dustup with Western Excelsior

James and Vicki Maestas are fed up. For more than two years, they've watched clouds of sawdust bloom into the air from Western Excelsior's plant and settle on their lawn, some 50 yards away. The...

DATE: April 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Cold caused park death

Autopsy results have confirmed that the April 8 death of a Towaoc woman was caused by hypothermia and liver cirrhosis, not a violent assault as some had speculated. Shortly after her death,...

DATE: April 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

School, government boards get tech savvy

Like wide-eyed kids on Christmas morning, the seven board members for Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 powered up brand new iPads earlier this month, complete with protective rubber cases....

DATE: April 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beautiful music at M-CHS

Classes carried on as usual, but melodies and harmonies could be faintly heard around the halls of Montezuma-Cortez High School last Wednesday. M-CHS, like it has for at least 20 years, hosted the...

DATE: April 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Education

Pelon brings global flair to Cortez

Mastering a single instrument is a feat to be proud of. How about 25 different ones? Lauren Pelon is a musical polymath. She is the epitome of versatility — her skills transfer seamlessly between...

DATE: April 25, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

Kindergarten closer to home

In an effort to downsize crowded kindergarten classes, Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 is shifting some of its Ute Mountain Ute students next year to a new full-day classroom in Towaoc. It...

DATE: April 25, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Probation for Baird in sexual assault case

A district court judge accepted the plea agreement of Dolores resident Colin Baird on Thursday, regarding an incident of inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. Judge Todd Plewe sentenced Baird...

DATE: April 24, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

County picks new attorney

Two prominent Montezuma County jobs have been filled. The Board of County Commissioners on Monday announced that John Baxter had been chosen as the new county attorney, and Enrique “Rick” Torres as...

DATE: April 23, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

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