Position: Reporter

Email: michaelm@cortezjournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6034

About: Michael Maresh is the education, county and public lands reporter for the Journal. Maresh grew up in Phoenix Ariz., and graduated with a bachelor's degree from ... Arizona State University in the late 1990s and has been a reporter for various newspapers for the last 15 years, most recently with the Rio Grande SUN in Española, N.M. which is 23 miles north of Santa Fe.
When not working, Maresh likes to run, hike, barbecue and is a sports fanatic to the fullest when it comes to football, basketball and baseball.

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Building permit fees to drop

The Cortez City Council approved lowering the building permit fees of projects of more than $1 million with one future plan meeting this threshold.The original building permit fee was $5,953.75 for...

DATE: March 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hampson accepts plea deal, faces 25-year sentence

The 28-year-old Dolores man accused of killing a fellow Dolores resident about 15 months ago, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday afternoon in district court.Luther Hampson's trial was...

DATE: March 28, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Hampson accepts plea deal

The 28-year-old Dolores man accused of killing a fellow Dolores resident about 15 months ago, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday afternoon in district court.Luther Hampson's trial was...

DATE: March 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Montezuma County Sheriff says he will not enforce new gun laws

With the stroke of a pen, Gov. John Hickenlooper this week signed three controversial gun bills into Colorado law, instantly drawing criticism from law enforcement officials.Just as quick as that...

DATE: March 22, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Broad Background

Combining a former police officer with a psychologist created the chief investigator that District Attorney Will Furse was looking for to fill out his staff late last year.Tom Seymour, 64, brings...

DATE: March 22, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

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Working on a little side job

The Seventh Street sidewalk project between Ash Street and South Sligo Street is underway. The project is mostly being funded by the Colorado Department of Transportation.The title of the program...

DATE: March 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Good month for sales tax

The city of Cortez sales tax for 2013 is off to a rousing start when compared with 2012.Figures for the month of February revealed a 11.8 percent increase in city sales tax over last year for the...

DATE: March 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Talking about guns

Guns and the Second Amendment dominated Saturday's morning forum where Sen. Ellen Roberts and Rep. Don Coram spoke to about 20 constituents at the Four States Agricultural Exposition.The two state...

DATE: March 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recreation break for businesses?

The city is looking at possibly lowering the Cortez Recreation Center fees for corporations and/or businesses with 10 or more employees.Recreation center Director Dean Palmquist approached the City...

DATE: March 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Council hatches plan to allow chickens

Egg-lovers' right to keep hens in their enclosed backyard moved a little closer to fruition Tuesday.Currently, the city allows chickens to be housed if they are 150 feet away from a residence,...

DATE: March 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Getting close to completion

Plugging along.It's getting closer to completion, but a lot of work still needs to be done on the South Broadway Reconstruction road project that started eight months ago.Lawson Construction, the...

DATE: March 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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April is now in the crosshairs

The annual Cortez Gun and Sportsman Show is returning this year with an earlier date.The event will take place from Friday through Sunday, April 26-28, at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. On...

DATE: March 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News