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Wind sends Cortez students indoors for Arbor Day celebration

Elementary students from Montezuma County had to hold their Arbor Day celebration indoors on Thursday, but they kept the focus on the outdoors. The city of Cortez, which is recognized as a Tree...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez airport sees increase in flight cancellations

Boutique Air flights at the Cortez Municipal Airport got off to a bumpy start this year, and the company blames turbulent weather and faulty planes. Airport Manager Russ Machen said the airport had...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter storm warning in effect for Montezuma and Dolores counties

A winter storm warning is in effect for parts of Montezuma and Dolores counties until 6 a.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service predicts heavy snow in the San Juan Mountains starting Thursday...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County preps for primaries with unaffiliated voters

After a high turnout for the municipal elections on April 3, Montezuma County is preparing for the first primary in which more than 6,000 unaffiliated voters may vote. More Cortez and Dolores...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 45 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bridge Shelter given 30-day notice to leave Justice Building

The Bridge Emergency Shelter has been ordered to move out of the old Montezuma County Justice Building within a month. The shelter received a 30-day notice on Tuesday to vacate the Bridge’s current...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

MCEDA to hold regional economic summit in Cortez

Next week, the Montezuma Community Economic Development Association will host a regional economic summit designed to strengthen local businesses in Southwest Colorado. The all-day event starts at 9...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 hours 11 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Second annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival accepting submissions

Organizers are accepting documentaries and short films for the second annual Mancos Valley River Film Festival. The festival, organized by Mancos Valley Resources and sponsored by Alpacka Rafts,...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: ARTS04

Cortez murder suspect to receive second competency evaluation

A competency hearing for a Cortez man accused of killing his mother last July has been delayed again pending a third mental health evaluation. Jeremiah Damron was ruled mentally incompetent to...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 hours 20 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado officials learn what to do in a disaster

As Southwest Colorado braces for a summer of drought, government officials from several counties are learning how to prepare for worst-case scenarios. On Wednesday, members of the Extension...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 12 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez council plans to start youth commission

The city of Cortez plans to create a youth commission for local teens who want to get involved in government. During a busy workshop on Tuesday, the city’s new management intern, Peyton Heitzman,...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bridge Emergency Shelter seeks temporary home

The Bridge Emergency Shelter has found itself in limbo again as the Children’s Kiva Montessori School plans to move into its location this fall. Members of the homeless shelter’s board of directors...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Sanitation approves installation of solar panels

The Cortez Sanitation District has approved the installation of solar panels at its sewer lift stations to save on energy costs. During a special meeting on March 27, the district’s board of...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News