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Outbreaks and COVID cases drop in Montezuma County

Montezuma County did not report new COVID-19 outbreaks this week and more outbreaks have been resolved, according to data released Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez narcotics team makes another heroin arrest

A Cortez man was arrested last week at gunpoint on the city’s Main Street and charged with suspected heroin possession and distribution. Christopher Allen Gonzales, 24, initially was arrested on a...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

CDOT triggers avalanches on Colorado 145 by remote control

A loud bang reverberates in the Dolores Valley north of Rico, and a white plume erupts from a steep gully high above Colorado Highway 145. In seconds, a wave of snow hits the closed highway, then...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 day 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores youth baseball returns

Get ready for the return of Dolores youth baseball. It has been many years since the younger kids played baseball on the fields of Joe Rowell Park. Elementary and middle school students have been...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2021 | UPDATED: 14 hours 38 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Archery hits target for Dolores elementary

Dolores Elementary School has expanded its archery program to include fourth grade students, and fifth grade students plan to enter a tournament this month. The National Archery in Schools Program...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

A legacy of new dreams: Director of Bridge shelter to retire

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez is seeking a new executive director. Laurie Knutson, who has held the position since 2013, plans to retire in August. Knutson, 67, steered the organization...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2021 | UPDATED: 5 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Ute elder Thomas House Sr. dies at age 96

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe said goodbye this week to a well-known traditional elder. Thomas House Sr., 96, passed away on Feb. 12. He was the tribe’s eldest male member, and the remaining son of...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | UPDATED: 3 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Recent snowstorms lower severity of drought in Southwest Colorado

This week, portions of Montezuma and La Plata counties dropped out of the worst drought category, thanks to recent snowstorms. Most of Montezuma County in now in “extreme drought,” down from the...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado’s Hesperus Ski Area reopens

The Hesperus Ski Area is open again, thanks to over a foot of fresh snow and lower temperatures. On Thursday and Friday, the lift will start turning again for night skiing, then throughout the...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County wants say in National Conservation Area idea

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and her staff attended the Montezuma County Board of County Commissioners meeting in person Tuesday to hear a report about the idea of a National Conservation Area on the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Fairgrounds upgrades commercial kitchen

The Montezuma County Fairgrounds has completed an upgrade on the commercial kitchen and on the bathrooms, said manager Justin McGuire. The county installed stainless steel appliances, a new range...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Children create cards for Montezuma County Patriots’ Valentines for Veterans

Nearly 1,000 Valentine’s Day cards made by local schoolchildren were distributed to local veterans last week. The inaugural Valentines for Veterans event was organized by the Montezuma County...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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