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City tightens rules for ‘temporary’ dwellings

Suddenly, an RV shows up in your neighbor’s backyard, and you think nothing of it. A week goes by, then a month and it is still there and someone is living in it. You start to wonder, “Who is...

DATE: May 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

County invokes RS 2477 for Dolores-Norwood Road

The Dolores-Norwood Road is a key travel corridor for the region, and the Montezuma County Commissioners want more local control on how it is managed. The 55-mile, mostly graveled, network of roads...

DATE: May 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hampson gets 25 years in prison

Convicted murderer Luther Hampson was sentenced Thursday by District Court Judge Douglas Walker to 25 years in prison. Hampson, 28, pled guilty to second degree murder for killing Jonathan Hayes,...

DATE: May 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sign is back at N.8 Loop

Ripped-out traffic signs that had been annoying residents of Lebanon Estates have been partially replaced, at least for now. The two “no left turn” signs were removed by residents and then “stored...

DATE: May 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Governor signs conservation easement bills

The Colorado governor showed some love for the southwest corner of his realm, visiting the Dolores River Valley Thursday to sign two bills related to extending tax credits for land conservation...

DATE: May 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bow WOW! Not as easy as it looks!

Organizers of the Durango Kennel Club Dog Show, held over the weekend at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, reported low attendance this year. But a good time was still had by attendees and their...

DATE: May 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

No plea bargain yet in Roatcap Fire case

District Court Judge Todd Plewe was skeptical of a plea bargain presented by prosecutors for a man charged with starting a wildfire south of Dolores. Roger “Bucky” Stratton, 54, has been charged...

DATE: May 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rule case remains under investigation

It’s been five months since law enforcement searched the home and property of former Montezuma County commissioner Larrie Rule as part of an auto theft investigation. A few weeks ago, law...

DATE: May 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Internet upgrades

Locals and visitors soon can expect updated web pages for Montezuma County, the city of Cortez and the Re-1 school district, officials report. However, a city proposal to collaborate with other...

DATE: May 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shoults to change embezzlement plea

A former Cortez Office Outpost employee, charged with embezzling $255,000 from the company, is expected to plead guilty later this month, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Brian K. Shoults,...

DATE: May 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local film ‘GloryKilling’ about youth, violence

A gang of rogue, blood-stained filmmakers has been carousing around Cortez shooting video for a low-budget horror flick. Josh Mason, a Dolores native and former sociology instructor at Pueblo...

DATE: May 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

Building boomlet boosts economy

New businesses and new home construction are creating a mini-surge of development and revenues for area towns, prompting optimism about an economic recovery. City officials for Cortez, Dolores and...

DATE: April 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News