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Ellen Black takes over as Montezuma County treasurer

Newly elected Montezuma County Treasurer Ellen Black has been too busy to move into her new office. Black had already been working for the office at 140 W. Main St. in Cortez since 2015, managing...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 hours 46 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Memorial lists prices for medical services

Southwest Memorial Hospital has been posting prices for customary medical services on its website since July, said Bridgett Jabour, executive assistant for Southwest Health Systems. In 2019,...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowslide hits Colorado 145 near Trout Lake amid ‘high’ avalanche warning’

The Colorado Department of Transportation is conducting avalanche mitigation today on Colorado Highway 145 from north of Rico to Ophir. The highway could have intermittent closures of 30 minutes or...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 7 hours 3 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Two-vehicle crash causes damage on County Road 29

A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Roads 29 and K.2 late Thursday afternoon caused damage to both vehicles and a complaint of an injury. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jason Belmont said a...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County seeks way to open Mesa Verde road

The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners jumped into 2019 by welcoming newly elected member Jim Candelaria and new county administrator Shak Powers. Out of the gate, the commissioners and staff...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pine beetle damage grows in San Juan National Forest

The roundheaded pine beetle continues to ravage drought-stricken ponderosa pine forests on the San Juan National Forest in Dolores County, according to recent aerial surveys. The outbreak in the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

ATV catches fire near residences on Cortez’s south side

The Cortez Fire Protection District responded to an ATV fire Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. at South Washington Street in the Happy Valley Trailer Park. The fire was doused, and there were no injuries,...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Women’s March for Unity is this Saturday

The third annual Cortez Women’s March for Unity will take place Jan. 19 at Cortez City Park at 10 a.m. Speakers include Cortez Mayor Karen Sheek, former candidate for Montezuma County Board of...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Friends group for Canyons monument offers events

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance is continuing its efforts to support Canyons of the Ancients National Monument despite the federal government shutdown. The Alliance is hosting two events in...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Text 911 now available in Montezuma, Dolores counties

The Cortez Communication Center has upgraded its system to accept 911 texts for reporting emergencies in Montezuma and Dolores counties. It is always better to call 911 if you can, says Lori...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow biking conditions are ‘epic’ this year

Good snowpack and cold temperatures this winter have set up ideal conditions for fat-tire snow biking in the Boggy Draw area. But none of it would be possible without the dedicated volunteer...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual Rico Winter Carnival is Jan. 26-27

Cure the winter blues at the second annual Winter Carnival in Rico Jan. 26 and 27. The events at Town Park feature winter sports, a chili dinner and bonfire, and there will be live bluegrass music...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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