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First-grader raises money for the homeless

A Cortez first-grader decided to give an early Christmas present to the Bridge Emergency Shelter this year. Abram Keel, 6, put a cardboard box labeled “Help the Homeless” in his front yard during...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deadline for Montezuma County health survey is extended

A survey sponsored by the Montezuma County Health Department will continue through Nov. 30, director Bobbi Lock said. The survey, which is available online and in paper form at county and city...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 hours 55 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Recreation Center’s community garden set to expand

The community garden outside the Cortez Recreation Center could be much bigger by spring. At the parks, recreation and forestry advisory council meeting on Friday, the leaders of a group of...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New Indian restaurant opens on Cortez Main Street

A new Indian restaurant has opened on Main Street in Cortez. Mirch Masala held its grand opening on Nov. 10, after moving into the space formerly occupied by Nero’s Italian Restaurant. The manager,...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Armed man is arrested; backup deputy crashes driving to scene

A man with a history of homicide and apparently under the influence of drugs was arrested Monday night in Cortez after reportedly waving a loaded gun in his apartment building. Montezuma County...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez council approves costly construction

The Cortez City Council approved two construction-related expenses during its meeting on Tuesday. A change order to the 2017 street improvement project and an engineering design contract for a...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez parks department requests budget increases for wages, construction

The Cortez City Council’s 2018 budget discussions continued with funding request hearings from three departments on Tuesday. During a lengthy workshop before the regular meeting, council members...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez council delays vote on streetlight installation

In a brief regular meeting on Tuesday, the Cortez City Council tabled a vote on whether to install streetlights on North Edith Street, after some residents complained. According to a memorandum by...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez study reveals sinkhole near Seventh Street sewer line

At a Monday meeting, the Cortez Sanitation District board of directors heard the murky results of a field study conducted near a sewer line in the East Seventh Street area. Jon Butler, of the...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Arrive Alive tour visits Montezuma County Fairgrounds

Students participating in Montezuma County’s annual education program, Teen Maze, will get a firsthand glimpse at the effects of distracted driving on Wednesday and Thursday. Organized by the...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Money falls from the sky, surprises Mancos man

A Mancos resident got a surprise message from California on Sunday afternoon. Jeph Blaine, co-owner of Absolute Bakery in Mancos, found a balloon bouquet stuck to a fence near his family’s property...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos Visitor Center opens new photo exhibit

Mancos Visitor Center’s annual photography exhibit, “Sharing the 81328 Perspective,” debuts with a free public reception on Saturday. For about 15 years, the Visitor Center has hosted a photo...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News