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

Fun times after school

Cortez students are able to fly-fish, lift weights, light up the theater stage and get some extra learning help via an ongoing grant through the Colorado Department of Education. Four public...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Six in need of a proper fix

You've seen them. The collapsing warehouses. The debris-strewn fields. The empty M&M Truck Stop straight out of some apocalyptic Stephen King novel.The city outskirts are marred by a handful of...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cutbacks for Mesa Verde?

Mesa Verde National Park could see more than $300,000 cut from the rest of its 2012-13 fiscal year budget if Congress doesn't reach a deficit reduction compromise by March 1. According to a memo...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Embattled Postal Service looks to cost savings

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe caused a stir last Wednesday when he announced, at a press conference, that the U.S. Postal Service would stop Saturday delivery of letters, bills and...

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

Drought, sage grouse discussed at meeting

The evening was full of pomp and circumstance, but the morning hours of the Southwestern Colorado Livestock Association's annual gathering on Saturday were marked by some serious agriculture policy...

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

Locals scoop up school bonds

When Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 announced it was putting $1.89 million in general obligation bonds up for sale last week, officials hoped some of them would go to locals. As it turns...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dove Creek schools to arm administrators

The seven-member board that oversees schools in Dolores County voted to allow the Dove Creek High School principal and district superintendent to carry firearms onto school grounds at a Wednesday...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Come speak your mind

If you have a bone to pick, a problem to raise or a question to ask, county government wants to hear it. The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners, as of this week, is setting aside a 15-minute...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Graduation rates remain low

One out of every three students at Montezuma-Cortez High School did not graduate on time last year, according to the Colorado Department of Education. Sixty-five percent of the Class of 2012 -...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Agriculture production not staying local

Agriculture is king in Montezuma County. And the people making a living doing it are getting a bad deal. That's the assessment of Ken Meter, a food systems analyst and president of Crossroads...

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

Penny pinching on pupils

Colorado continues to lag behind the national average in per pupil education funding, according to updated figures released last month.The numbers aren't current - they are based on 2009-10 data -...

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

Hesperus Ski Area

Luxury condominiums? Nowhere to be seen. A five-star restaurant? Missing in action. Boisterous tourist hoards calling to one another in foreign tongues or a southern twang? Unlikely to find them...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

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