Position: Journal Staff Writer

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UPDATE: Bail set at $500,000 in Cortez murder case

Jeremiah Damron is being held in the Montezuma County jail on $500,000 bail and a warrant for first-degree murder after his mother’s body was found beaten and burned Thursday in his backyard south...

DATE: July 24, 2017 | UPDATED: 19 hours 1 minute ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Piñon Project plans for future in new building

The Piñon Project has officially moved into its new location, but that’s just the beginning of the nonprofit’s plans for change. The Cortez charity group moved almost all staff into the former City...

DATE: July 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Cortez plans for new park on old high school land

Demolition of the old Montezuma-Cortez High School is underway, and the Cortez Parks, Recreation and Forestry Advisory Board is planning a use for the land where it stood. At a meeting on Friday,...

DATE: July 22, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 26 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Suspect in car chase contaminates, shuts down Montezuma jail

A Friday morning traffic stop in Montezuma County led to a chase with sheriff’s deputies and police, a crash and a 5-hour shutdown at the county jail. According to Montezuma County Sheriff Steve...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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New medical assistant apprenticeship comes to Montezuma County

The Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center has begun offering a new path for area students to become registered medical assistants. On Thursday, the group announced that a medical...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 23 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Discounts, the Bridge Shelter and more on Cortez council agenda

During its monthly meeting on Tuesday night, the Cortez City Council will vote on several issues discussed in previous workshops. The council will meet at 6 p.m. for another workshop, then hold its...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 21 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Mancos school board chooses leader for bond committee

At a meeting on Monday, the Mancos board of education asked a longtime coach to lead a team of volunteers in getting the word out about a bond issue in the upcoming election. The school district...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Cortez Planning and Zoning plans changes to land use rules

The Cortez Planning and Zoning Commission used a lengthy work session on Tuesday to examine proposed changes to the city’s land use code. City Planner Tracie Hughes presented a draft of the new...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 20 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Cortez Public Art Committee takes shape

Cortez could soon have a new committee to respond to local artists’ concerns about getting paid for public artwork. In March, a group of Cortez artists signed a petition asking the city to create a...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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More details on Cortez Main Street medians revealed

Cortez city officials released more details on the upcoming Main Street median project at the first “public outreach meeting” held on Monday. A handful of business owners and interested citizens...

DATE: July 19, 2017 | UPDATED: 5 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Mancos couple tell about John Muir Trail adventure

The latest presentation in Mancos Public Library’s “Life Is an Adventure” series took the audience on a 210-mile journey through the Sierra Nevada. Mancos residents Peter Robinson and Deb Gardner –...

DATE: July 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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Funds flow in from Mancos Valley River Film Festival

The Mancos Valley River Film Festival on Saturday raised thousands of dollars to help wash away the aftermath of a fire. More than 200 people crowded into the Mancos Opera House to see an...

DATE: July 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 6 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News