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Local coronavirus coverage

Position: Journal staff writer

Email: jmimiaga@the-journal.com

Southwest Memorial seeking in-house COVID-19 testing

Southwest Memorial Hospital is seeking to buy its own coronavirus testing equipment, and the facility has room to double its number of beds to 60 if a surge of hospitalizations are needed, said...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Skier evacuated by helicopter after avalanche near Rico

Rescue crews responded Tuesday to a backcountry skier injured in an avalanche in Dolores County near Rico, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The injured skier was caught in...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez fire crews respond to uncontrolled burns

Two controlled burns got out of control on Tuesday, but were extinguished by Cortez Fire Protection District crews. About 4 p.m., shifting winds that came suddenly out of the north caused a...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Dolores playground not deterred by virus

The anticipated construction of a playground at Joe Rowell Park is moving ahead, but with delays caused by the coronavirus breakout. The $280,000 playground project was recently awarded a $173,400...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 20 hours 27 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Escape from coronavirus news in nature

Social distancing, self-quarantines, job layoffs and a worldwide pandemic. What to do? Escape outside for some space and fresh air. A Colorado stay-at-home order implies exercise should be done...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 20 hours 23 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores and Cortez chambers form business task force

The Dolores Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has teamed up with the Mancos and Cortez chambers to form the Montezuma Business Task Force. The effort is to support local businesses during the...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 20 hours 31 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington man gets 7 years in prison for crash that injured Cortez man

A Farmington man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 160/491 that seriously injured a Cortez man. Thaddeus M. Ponder pleaded guilty to felony...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Main Street Cortez’s Restaurant Row takes a hit during pandemic

Since Colorado Gov. Jared Polis closed restaurants to in-person dining to slow the spread of the coronavirus, business in Cortez and Montezuma County has plunged by more than 70% at some...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Southeast Utah reports first case of coronavirus, restricts nonresidents

San Juan County, Utah, on Friday implemented restrictions on all nonresident camping and nonessential leisurely travel to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The order came after the county Utah...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Order to shelter in place makes ‘ghost town’ of Telluride

A late-winter squall dumps a foot of fresh powder on the Telluride ski area just in time for spring break tourists. Ski and snowboard gear and clothing adorn shop windows. Bicycles are parked on...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

17-mile Paths to Mesa Verde awarded final planning

The Paths to Mesa Verde trail project has been awarded $652,000 in grants for final planning and engineering. The 17-mile hiking and biking trail would connect Mancos and Cortez with Mesa Verde...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores feels impacts of coronavirus

Dolores is feeling the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Restaurants prohibit indoors dining because of a state order, but takeout and to-go services are available. Some restaurants chose to...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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