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Ute Mountain Utes to build $2 million solar farm

A hayfield near Towaoc will soon be transformed into a 1 megawatt solar array, thanks to a $973,000 grant from the Department of Energy and a $1 million match from the Ute Mountain Ute tribe. The...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Dolores town board considers expansion of railroad museum

Dolores Town Board members meeting in their monthly workshop on Monday considered a proposed display track for the Galloping Goose railroad museum and discussed the Dolores River Festival and the...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Lightning fire in San Juan Forest grows to 5 acres

A small wildfire in a remote section of the San Juan National Forest near the Divide Road (564) has burned five acres and triggered road and trail closures. The 412 Fire was reported on June 23 by...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Zinke: Canyons of the Ancients isn’t on priority list

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is one of 27 monuments earmarked for review by Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, but his recent comments indicate it is not a priority for changes. During...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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County to enforce noxious weed controls

Montezuma County is stepping up enforcement to control noxious weeds on private property when they get out of control and impact neighbors. A problematic property on Road 21 is the first case the...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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County declares mill fire an emergency disaster

Montezuma County commissioners on Monday approved a declaration of an economic disaster in the wake of the Western Excelsior fire on May 8. The fire that destroyed the Mancos mill caused the loss...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Bill would name peaks after Norwood climbers

A bill introduced in Congress on May 25 would name two 13,000-foot peaks in the Wilson Range after two well-known mountaineers from Norwood. U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R),...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Commissioners vote to restrict Sage Hen road access

Montezuma County commissioners voted on Monday to continue the temporary closure of County Road X in the Sage Hen area until Nov. 30. The closure of Road X and side roads to McPhee Reservoir is to...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Montezuma County wins Kinder Morgan tax case

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Montezuma County in a long-running tax case against Kinder Morgan. The final decision opens the door for the county to collect millions of...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Davis resigns as Montezuma County assessor

Montezuma County Assessor Scott Davis has resigned. In a June 14 resignation letter to county commissioners, Davis stated that he was unable to serve because of health reasons and a mistake that he...

DATE: June 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Blanding, Ute tribe debate uranium mill

A lively public hearing regarding a license renewal for the controversial White Mesa uranium mill drew supporters and detractors last week on the University of Utah campus. Thirty-three speakers...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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County steps up for McElmo Flume

To prevent losing a key restoration grant for the historic McElmo Flume, Montezuma County commissioners agreed to loan $8,000 toward a required match. In November, the Colorado Historical Society...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News