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County faces $1 million budget deficit, cutbacks

In the face of a $1 million budget deficit for 2018, Montezuma County has implemented a hiring freeze and will not give raises. In addition, the county commission voted 3-0 to reverse their earlier...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

October test shows no mussels at McPhee; recreation impacted

A coalition of local government agencies that formed to prevent an invasive mussel contamination at McPhee Reservoir can claim victory in its first year. A test in October showed no sign of the...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

CSU Extension gets new advisory committee

As part of a restructuring effort, the Montezuma County Commission has appointed an advisory committee to help support the county’s Colorado State University Extension office. Jan Sennhenn, Don...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest travel plan released for Rico-West Dolores

A new travel plan for the Rico-West Dolores area of the San Juan National Forest reduces single-track motorcycle access in order to benefit wildlife habitat, hunters and quiet recreation users. But...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shots fired as wanted man leads officers on chase into Dolores

Law enforcement officers deployed a spike strip and fired a stun gun and a firearm before arresting a man who fled a traffic stop on Colorado Highway 184 about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Up to a foot of snow headed our way

More than a foot of snow is forecast for the high country of the San Juan Mountains, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. The weather agency has issued a winter storm watch...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report recommends replacing playground structures

The Ron Kotarski Jr. Memorial playground was built in May 2002 by Leathers and Associates. Hundreds of volunteers participated in the community construction project. The castle-style playground is...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silver Sparrow jewelry gallery opens in Dolores

Silver Sparrow Designs has opened a new gallery and studio in Dolores. Owner and silversmith Kristi Smith has spent decades perfecting her custom jewelry designs. She recently renovated the back of...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Town Board explores repairing playground

A much anticipated engineer’s report on the condition of the playground at Joe Rowell Park concluded the 15-year old structure is in “poor to fair” condition. But the Dolores Town Board was not...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Niña weather pattern could mean dry winter

Cortez weather watcher Jim Andrus reported Monday that Southwest Colorado could be in for a drier than average winter due to a developing La Niña weather pattern. The National Weather Service has...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

A BLM and county parking solution for Sand Canyon?

A combined effort by Canyons of the Ancients Monument and Montezuma County could boost parking at the Sand Canyon trailhead from the current 20 spots to up to 60. There is a dire need for...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores students honor veterans in annual ceremony

Students thanked veterans, and they returned the favor during a friendly Veteran’s Day ceremony on the Dolores School campus Friday. The entire student body attended the event that featured...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News