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Competency hearing scheduled for Cortez murder suspect

In a hearing Friday, the defense attorney for Cortez murder suspect Jeremiah Damron announced plans to challenge the findings of two mental health evaluations declaring Damron competent to proceed....

DATE: June 22, 2018 | UPDATED: 26 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Third Thursday market starts summer strong

The Cortez Third Thursday Market started on the first day of summer with a late afternoon sun shining on a big crowd and more vendors than ever. This is the third year the Cortez municipal...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Mancos imposes water restrictions amid drought conditions

The town of Mancos is implementing mild water use restrictions to prepare for potential shortages later this year. On June 14, Town Administrator Heather Alvarez announced that the town would be...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos Planning and Zoning Commission gets update on land use code

On Wednesday, a pair of consultants gave the Mancos Planning and Zoning Commission their first glimpse of an updated land use code. The town has hired planning firm SAFEBuilt Studio to give its...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez plans July Fourth fireworks show; other towns cancel

Many Southwest Colorado towns have canceled their Fourth of July fireworks displays, but the show in Cortez will go on. After meeting Thursday morning with city officials and the Cortez Fire...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 43 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New Stonefish-Lizard stage to host New Orleans singer on Saturday

Loungin’ Lizard and Stonefish Sushi and More will host the first concert on a new outdoor stage this Saturday, featuring New Orleans R&B singer Heidijo . After several months of construction on the...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire support personnel pack up; containment still at 53 percent

The interagency fire management team responding to the Burro Fire started cleaning up the incident command station Wednesday amid reports of improved fire containment. An infrared mapping flight at...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos seeks grant to install car charging station

In its meeting Wednesday, the Mancos town board voted to apply for a grant that would allow the town to install a charging station for electric vehicles at Boyle Park. Town Administrator Heather...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 2 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire reaches 53 percent containment; Type 3 team will take over

Many of the support personnel in the fight against the Burro Fire prepared to leave on Tuesday after a calm Monday with very little fire growth. Containment of the fire jumped to 53 percent....

DATE: June 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 32 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

CU Boulder Museum of Natural History explores Mesa Verde National Park

Over the past month, Mesa Verde National Park and the University of Colorado Boulder Museum of Natural History have started a partnership that could lead to new discoveries in the park. Starting in...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez council discusses updating water conservation plan

In a workshop on Tuesday, the Cortez City Council discussed plans to improve the town’s water efficiency during drought. Public Works Director Phil Johnson and Water Plant Supervisor Rich Landreth...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 57 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango policeman’s badge, AR-15, handgun, ammo stolen in Mancos

A Durango policeman’s badge, rifle, handgun and ammunition were reported stolen from his parked squad car in Mancos, according to the town’s marshal. Marshal Jason Spruell said he received reports...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News