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Not wild about 'Wild & Scenic'

McPhee Reservoir managers are concerned that more sections on the lower Dolores River are becoming eligible for a national Wild and Scenic River status. Irrigation managers tend to cringe when they...

DATE: July 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Wet and wild fishing on upper Dolores

Stop thinking about drought, heat and wildfires, and imagine cool, refreshing water while fishing the upper Dolores River. It's 10 degrees cooler on the river, and the rushing water and canyon...

DATE: July 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Poll: Improve walking access to the beach

A fun meeting on the state of trails and sidewalks in Dolores utilized electronic audience polling as a tool to measure issues and support for various ideas. The innovative technique, which allows...

DATE: July 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Permitting delay prompts Riot variance

A technicality for approving an off-road race this weekend in McElmo Canyon was not properly followed by Montezuma County officials, prompting a proposed variance to allow the event to go ahead. A...

DATE: July 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Dead Run’ details drama of manhunt

A new book about the Four Corners manhunt gives a detailed account of a surprise shooting rampage in the spring of 1998 that left one officer dead and three others wounded. The shooting spree...

DATE: July 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lower Dolores a target for extra protections

McPhee Reservoir managers are concerned that more sections on the lower Dolores River are becoming eligible for a national Wild and Scenic River status. Irrigation managers tend to cringe when they...

DATE: July 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boots on the ground

Standing around in ballcaps and blue jeans near a gas compressor plant, the Montezuma County commissioners looked at home shooting the breeze about ranching, local characters and historic lore that...

DATE: June 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alert officer and on-duty fire crews prevent disaster

A suspicious fire broke out at the Sears building on Main Street early Thursday morning. Cortez Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde reported the fire began in a recycling Dumpster full of cardboard in the...

DATE: June 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hope Lake trail offers wildflowers

Take a break from the heat and hike up to Hope Lake this summer. This straightforward, moderate hike has amazing, up-close views of rugged mountains along the route to a blue-green lake. It is also...

DATE: June 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

Trail offers scenery, wildflowers

Take a break from the heat and hike up to Hope Lake this summer. This straightforward, moderate hike has amazing, up-close views of rugged mountains along the route to a blue-green lake. It is also...

DATE: June 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - Living

Commissioners: Noncompliant river deck can stay

In a split vote, the Montezuma County commissioners on Monday approved a variance to a regulation prohibiting structures nearer than 100 feet from the Dolores River. Commissioners Steve Chappell...

DATE: June 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Project raises flood-plain issues

The Dolores School board on Tuesday wrangled with a demolition bid and flood plain issues on the $6 million campus expansion project. James Ketter, owner representative for the project, reported...

DATE: June 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News