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Cortez Fire Protection District elects three board members

In Tuesday’s election, voters chose Les Rogers, Brad Ray and Jan Nelson to serve on the Cortez Fire Protection District board of directors. In unofficial results, Rogers garnered the most votes,...

DATE: May 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores River Festival will kick off summer with full slate of music

The Dolores River Festival has lined up seven bands to perform all day at Joe Rowell Park on June 2. “It should be a really fun day,” said festival promoter Ryan Robison. “The lineup has a lot of...

DATE: May 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Volunteers pitch in to improve Cortez’s Geer trail network

About 20 volunteers armed with picks, scrapers and shovels rerouted trail sections at the Geer Natural Area in Cortez on Saturday, then enjoyed a barbecue lunch. The event was sponsored by the city...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez firefighters extinguish blaze on new station’s roof

The sun and a misplaced skylight started a fire Friday on the roof of the new Cortez Fire Protection District station on North Washington Street. The blaze was quickly extinguished, but it damaged...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Monster truck that broke world record stops in Cortez

Kids and adults scrambled up into the cab to get behind the wheel of the record-holding Raminator monster truck, on display Friday and Saturday at New Country Auto Center in Cortez. The Raminator...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Phil’s World serves up new entree – the Poquito Burrito

Long-awaited new trail construction has begun at Phil’s World, despite a pending appeal of the project. The Tres Rios office of the Bureau of Land Management approved 22.5 miles of additional...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

High Desert Conservation election canceled

An incomplete registered voters list has caused the High Desert Conservation District mill levy election on May 8 to be canceled. The special district was seeking a .5 mill levy to fund its...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cooper resigns as Dolores Schools superintendent

Scott Cooper, superintendent of Dolores Schools, has announced he is resigning to take a job at a large school district in Grand Junction. He informed the school board yesterday and told staff this...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Ute fraud case grows to $1.1 million

A Ute Mountain Ute fraud case continues to expand, and now totals more than $1.1 million in embezzled and stolen funds involving 11 people. On April 30 in U.S. District Court in Durango, three...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico Elementary School to shut down as enrollment falls

The Dolores County school board has decided to close Rico Elementary School by June due to a lack of students. It will not reopen for the fall 2018. In a letter to Rico residents, Bruce Hanson,...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation groups agree to stay sage grouse lawsuit

A coalition of conservation groups that sued to list the Gunnison sage grouse as an endangered instead of threatened species has reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado denies license for Paradox uranium mill

Colorado has revoked a radioactive materials license for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill near the Dolores River after a court ruling recommended that it be denied. But the company planning...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News