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National parks cut back on free days

It’s always a pleasant surprise to visit a national park and find out it’s on a free day. But there will be fewer of those surprises, as the National Park System has reduced the number of free days...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Congress considers land for West Fork fire station

Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, along with Rep. Scott Tipton, introduced legislation Tuesday to convey about 4 acres of U.S. Forest Service land to Dolores County for the location of a new...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New thrift shop opens in Dolores

Two former city slickers have opened The 302 Thrift Shop in Dolores. Michael Williams and Melissa Miller moved to the area few years ago from the Cincinnati and Baltimore areas. “We love the...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Town Manager Lana Hancock resigns

Lana Hancock announced Monday that she has resigned as the town manager of Dolores effective Dec. 31. She plans to continue serving as the town clerk and treasurer. “I never intended to be the...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores board votes to take down playground structures

The Dolores Town Board voted unanimously Monday to dismantle the structures at the popular Ron Kotarski Jr. Memorial Playground, pending approval from Great Outdoors Colorado. Based on an...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Republicans announce run for county commissioner

Three Republican candidates have announced their intention to run for the District 1 seat on the Montezuma County Commission in the 2018 election. Jim Candelaria, Charlie Rosenbaugh and incumbent...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County commission proposes cuts to local programs

Revenues won’t cover expenses for the $13 million Montezuma County budget for 2018, but tapping into reserves will balance it out. Expected revenues of $12.3 million are down due to a lower tax...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Paths to Mesa Verde depends on easements

Planners are still seeking the optimum path of least resistance for a proposed nonmotorized trail linking Cortez, Mesa Verde National Park, and Mancos. Paths to Mesa Verde envisions a 20-mile trail...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | UPDATED: 6 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Dry early winter concerns McPhee managers

Winter is off to a slow start in the Dolores Basin, and it’s becoming a concern for McPhee reservoir managers. Mountain snowpack is sparse, with more brown ground showing than the white stuff....

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rally to be held at Canyons monument

On Saturday, Montezuma Great Old Broads for Wilderness will host a rally at the Sand Canyon trailhead to support national monuments. Montezuma Broadband leader Pat McClenny said the rally is in...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo-Gallup water project gains pipeline contract

Navajo and Jicarilla-Apache Nation communities in New Mexico are one step closer to receiving domestic and commercial water supplies as part of a $1.13 billion federal construction project. The...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suckla is named Commissioner of the Year by Colorado group

Larry Don Suckla, a well-known auctioneer turned politician, was honored as Commissioner of the Year by Colorado Counties Inc. during its winter conference Nov. 30 in Colorado Springs. “I’m used to...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News