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Pre-evacuation notices issued north of Dolores

A pre-evacuation notice has been issued for residents north of Dolores as the Plateau Fire, burning 5 miles to the north on the San Juan National Forest, continues to grow. The notice affects all...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Trade magazine highlights Dolores engravers Jerry and Marcie Ryan

Ryans’ Custom Products, a personalization retailer in Dolores, is featured in the July issue of Insights, a national trade magazine. Jerry and Marcie Ryan have been creating custom award trophies...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

President Dee Prock resigns from Dolores school board

Dee Prock, president of the Dolores school board, has resigned in the midst of a recall election effort against her. In April, critics targeted Prock and fellow board member Vangi McCoy for a...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County commissioners revise, broaden tax plan

The Montezuma Board of County Commissioners is considering asking voters for a 1 percent sales tax in November to offset budget shortfalls from the local oil and gas market and residential tax...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A Cortez tale: A Rendezvous with the Redneck Cowboy

Day 2 of the Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally was a bright success, as all 20 balloons lifted off without a hitch and floated across town. It was a clear day with manageable wind and was, as...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hot air balloons fly above Cortez on first day of rally

Under cloudy skies, 19 hot air balloons lifted off Friday from Parque de Vida for the 16th annual Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally. Light rain arrived in the area about 7:30 a.m. Friday and...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Fair’s fun contests attract a crowd

A visit to the Montezuma County Fair features the lighter side of life with events like the jalapeño-eating contest, chicken chase and pet costume show. There were not too many takers for the...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

County online sales tax idea unconstitutional, state says

The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners is considering asking voters in November to approve a sales tax specifically for purchases made over the internet. But the Colorado Department of Revenue...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual Mancos Days festival attracts big weekend crowd

Several thousand people flooded downtown Mancos streets and parks last weekend for the 59th annual Mancos Days celebration. “We’re having a blast. A lot of people come back to Mancos for this event...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire damages Chronic Therapy marijuana shop in south Cortez

An unexplained fire caused significant damage to the Chronic Therapy marijuana shop in south Cortez early Monday morning, but the building was saved. The fire at 1020 S. Broadway torched a good...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

42nd annual Escalante Days party scheduled for Aug. 10-11

“Where the Wild Still Lives” is the theme of the 42nd annual Escalante Days and Nights festival in Dolores Aug. 10-11. The downtown festival began in 1976 to commemorate the nearby Escalante Ruin,...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kevin Wade Folsom pleads guilty in Haycamp slaying, gets 25 years

Kevin Wade Folsom on Monday pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of James Lloyd Box Jr., who was fatally shot Jan. 2 on Haycamp Mesa east of Dolores. After accepting the plea deal, District...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News