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

Designer branches out on her own

Sometimes it's just time for a change.That was the thinking of Carole Bankston, who, after 16 years with the local ProBuild franchise, decided to open her own design shop. "I'm ready to be my own...

DATE: April 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Business

Praise for Haukeness

Jamie Haukeness, principal at Cortez Middle School, is a humble man. He isn't one to seek out accolades, but this time, they found him. Haukeness was one of four finalists for the Colorado...

DATE: April 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Q&A with the author

For Howard "Bud" Poe, compiling "Trail Canyon: 6 Miles Long and 10,000 Years Deep" was a labor of love. The 150-page book took about 10 years, and some helping hands, to finish. Poe, 78, is not a...

DATE: April 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

Western warblers come to town

A trio of yodeling, crooning, guitar-picking music artists will pay Montezuma County a visit this weekend. They bring a distinct brand of Western flair that has its roots in Texas, but that should...

DATE: April 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

Closed-door meeting raises transparency questions

Alhough no open meetings laws technically were violated, a closed-door meeting between District Attorney Will Furse and the three Montezuma County commissioners on Monday remains shrouded in...

DATE: April 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Harrison resigns

Montezuma County Administrator Ashton Harrison resigned unexpectedly Tuesday morning after almost seven years on the job.He delivered a resignation letter to the Board of County Commissioners at 8...

DATE: April 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

M-CHS adds new classes

Research shows that students try harder on their schoolwork when they care about the subject matter. If a topic seems dry or detached from their lives, they are liable to tune out. For this reason,...

DATE: April 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farm Hub sprouts up locally

Its path forward is ill-defined now, but the newly-formed Montezuma Valley Farm Hub has a clear mission: to help small-scale agriculture producers get started and overcome barriers to market entry....

DATE: April 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Greenlee goes free

Seven years ago, a jury found Farrell Greenlee guilty of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 48 years in prison. This week he walked out of court, for all intents and purposes, as a free man....

DATE: April 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

What the shell?

At least three Cortez youth were in for a runny surprise Saturday at City Park where the Cortez Rotary Club, as it does every year, organized a mass Easter egg hunt for children of all ages. Kathy...

DATE: April 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Land-use code shift coming?

Commercial and industrial developers in Montezuma County could save time and money under new land-use code amendments proposed last week. They were not officially adopted, since they require a...

DATE: April 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ready to soar in the saddle

They're back in the saddle again. After a winter break, the young ropers and riders of Montezuma County are ready to dust off their boots for another spring rodeo season. They get to debut in front...

DATE: March 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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