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June restaurant inspections

The Journal publishes local restaurant inspection reports provided monthly by the Montezuma County Health Department. Inspections of all retail food facilities are done yearly, and in some cases...

DATE: July 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

American Legion hosts Summerfest Carnival July 20-21

The inaugural Cortez Summerfest Carnival will take place July 20 and 21 at the American Legion grounds located at 320 N. Harrison Street. The new fundraiser event features carnival rides, games,...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM proposes better Sand Canyon parking

The Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment that considers expanding parking areas at the Sand Canyon and Rock Creek trailheads to...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire starts on BLM land south of Mancos

A small lightning-caused fire is burning in the Weber Mountain Wilderness Study Area south of Mancos. The Hilltop Fire on Bureau of Land Management land started Thursday about 6:30 p.m. and has...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoldering Burro Fire reaches 80 percent containment; more rain expected

Thanks to a week of rain, the Burro Fire is down to a smolder and is 80 percent contained, fire officials said Thursday. The fire is not expected to grow from its current 4,593 acres, and there is...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Memorial looks to rebound

A Medicaid rebilling plan to improve the financial health of Southwest Memorial Hospital has not generated the expected results, but officials believe a new turnaround plan will. In May, the...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman faces 18 charges in Cortez horse neglect case

Animal cruelty charges have been filed against Daisy Stenzel for allegedly neglecting 18 horses on County Road N, prompting a seizure by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office in April. This week,...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Winds knock down trees, knock out power in Dolores

High winds Saturday evening knocked down power lines in Dolores, leaving 1,400 people without electricity for up to three hours. Gusts reaching 50 mph ripped off branches and knocked down trees...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

The River bar and grill caters to locals

All fun flows to The River Bar and Grill, a rejuvenated sports bar, restaurant and honky-tonk on the shores of the Dolores River. General manager Debbie Valerio is on a mission to create the best...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Searchers look for missing hiker near Telluride

On Monday, the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office launched a search and rescue mission for a missing Telluride man thought to be in the Iron Mountain area. More than 80 rescue personnel and volunteers...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Camper hauler blamed in fiery U.S. 160 crash

A violent crash recorded on video Monday in front of Woody’s Food Store on U.S. Highway 160 caused a vehicle fire, sent one person to the hospital and partially closed the highway for several...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

National forest challenges county’s claim on federal roads

The Montezuma County commissioners are getting pushback on their assertion that certain roads and trails running through the San Juan National Forest are under the jurisdiction of counties. In a...

DATE: July 8, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News