Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: jmimiaga@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6034

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Federal insurance program for kids at risk

A 20-year federal health program that benefits children in low-income families could lose funding in December, officials report. The Children’s Health Insurance Program provides health insurance...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 hour 16 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fire destroys shop, causes explosions south of Cortez

A violent fire south of Cortez on Thursday evening destroyed a shop and nearly burned down a residence. An unattended burn pile that got out of control in windy conditions sparked dry grass, then...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 9 hours 18 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Kinder Morgan to stop claiming disputed deduction

Following a Colorado Supreme Court ruling, Kinder Morgan has informed Montezuma County that it will stop claiming a contested tariff deduction on their tax filings, county assessor Leslie Bugg...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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County approves 10 percent raises for elected officials

Montezuma County commissioners on Monday voted 2-1 to approve a 10 percent raise for elected officials.Commissioners Keenan Ertel and James Lambert voted for the raise, and Larry Don Suckla voted...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Deputy Kaylee Green is assigned to Dolores schools

There is a new school resource officer on the Dolores campus, and she is a longtime local. Kaylee Green is a deputy with the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office specifically assigned to Dolores...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Dolores passes law requiring bear-resistant trash cans

To protect people and bears, the Dolores Town Board passed an emergency ordinance Monday requiring bear-resistant trash containers for all residents and businesses in town. Since the beginning of...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Escalante Days festival brings crowds to Dolores

A large crowd filled Flanders Park in Dolores on Saturday for one of the biggest days on the town’s calendar. The 2017 Escalante Days festival was packed with friendly competition and family fun....

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Lewis Grange being brought back to life

An effort is underway to refurbish Lewis Grange No. 406 and bring back its community spirit. The Grange was once alive with 4-H meetings, square-dance competitions, Christmas parties, live bands,...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Montezuma health department likely breaches open records law

The Montezuma County Health Department has failed to provide restaurant inspection records to The Journal in compliance with Colorado open records law, citing a staff shortage, faulty database and...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Mesa Verde migration to New Mexico gets new evidence

To help prove that cliff dwellers of Mesa Verde National Park migrated south to the Rio Grande pueblos in New Mexico during the late 13th century, researchers turned to an unlikely source: ancient...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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EPA clears Towaoc Rec Center of asbestos contamination

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed an extensive asbestos cleanup at the Towaoc Recreation Center, but the center is still closed to the public pending final repairs by the Ute...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Denver Botanical Gardens help brighten Heritage Center

The central plaza at the Anasazi Heritage Center is bursting with the colors and aromas of carefully cultivated gardens.During a tour Saturday, a dozen locals and visitors learned about the...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News