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Montezuma-Cortez Superintendent Haukeness announces retirement

Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 Superintendent Lori Haukeness announced Tuesday that she will retire at the end of the school year. Haukeness has served as superintendent since 2016, capping...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 hour 55 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Axis Health System vaccinates 240 people Saturday at clinic in Cortez

Cortez Integrated Healthcare inoculated 240 people age 70 or older Saturday with the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. Recipients of the vaccine fell under the state’s Phase 1B designation for the...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 day 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez City Hall closure extended to Jan. 25

The City of Cortez is closing City Hall until Jan. 25 to ensure that staff and community members are protected against the spread of the coronavirus. City Hall previously planned to reopen for...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos awards second round of CARES Act funding

The town of Mancos has now awarded nearly $75,000 to local businesses in federal coronavirus relief funding during two grant cycles. The second round of grants, which were distributed by the end of...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Recall election for Montezuma-Cortez school board member Lance McDaniel set for Feb. 16

A recall election seeking to remove Lance McDaniel from the Montezeuma-Cortez School District RE-1 Board of Education is scheduled for Feb. 16. The election comes after a petition filed in July...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | UPDATED: 3 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez City Council formally accepts results of financial audit

Cortez City Council accepted the results of an independent audit into the city’ s 2016 finances Tuesday night, allowing Cortez to move one small step closer to financial normality. The city has...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos opts in to Rural Jump-Start Program to attract new businesses, create jobs

The town of Mancos has opted in to the state’s Rural Jump-Start Program to entice businesses to move in with incentive payments and extensive tax relief. According to a press release, the tax...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | UPDATED: 4 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Cortez names a new airport manager for first time in 41 years

New Mexico native Jeremy Patton has been named the new manager of Cortez Municipal Airport, succeeding longtime manager Russ Machen. Machen served in the role for 41 years before retiring. Patton’s...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man allegedly stabs girlfriend in Cortez, stabs himself

A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend and breaking into his former wife’s home in Cortez will face formal charges Jan. 21 in Montezuma County Court. The suspect, Christopher Wheat, was arrested...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez schools opt in to state-led rapid home testing program

Montezuma-Cortez School District will opt into a new state-developed at-home COVID-19 testing program for teachers, staff and selected students. The program allows people who show coronavirus...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez City Manager John Dougherty announces resignation

Cortez City Manager John Dougherty announced his resignation Friday, effective April 30. Dougherty’s resignation comes after an arduous 2½-year term that involved a multiyear financial audit...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez students return to schools for in-person learning

For the first time since Nov. 16, Montezuma-Cortez School District’s students returned to the classroom Wednesday for in-person learning. While a strong emphasis has been placed on student safety,...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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