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The search for Mitchell Dale Stehling, 51, who mysteriously disappeared June 9 after telling his wife and parents he was going for a hike in Mesa Verde National Park, has been scaled back. The...

DATE: June 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

CO2 tax dispute goes to state hearing

Montezuma County assessor Mark Vanderpool is in a Denver hearing room this week defending a property tax bill being contested by CO2 producer Kinder Morgan. The dispute, ongoing since 2008, is in...

DATE: June 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We Rock Dirt Riot’ set on Road G

The area’s motorhead tradition will get a boost July 5-6 at an off-road endurance challenge in McElmo Canyon. The “We Rock Dirt Riot” event will be held on Sheldon Zwicker’s property at 5740 and...

DATE: June 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Topography tweaks M-CHS building plan

A hilly sagebrush field with commanding views of Sleeping Ute Mountain will soon be transformed into the new Montezuma-Cortez high school. The $44 million project will include a 162,000-square-foot...

DATE: June 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Searchers: No signs of missing Texas man

There is still no sign of Mitchell Dale Stehling, a 51-year-old Texas man who has been missing since Sunday at Mesa Verde National Park. More than 50 searchers on foot and horseback initially...

DATE: June 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Potash exploration near Egnar approved

The possibility of a potash mine near Egnar and Dove Creek is one step closer. The BLM has approved a potash exploration project submitted by RM Potash, a subsidiary of Australia-based Red Metal...

DATE: June 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Town, sheriff talk enforcement

The Dolores Town board cruised into summer with a swift Tuesday meeting, covering routine business while mending some fences with the sheriff's office. Sales tax revenues have been down for two...

DATE: June 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

EPA cleans up Rico's mineral legacy

"We all live downstream," as the saying goes, and that becomes more of a concern when abandoned mines are upstream, which is the case near the headwaters of the Dolores River. North of Rico along...

DATE: June 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Hiker missing at Mesa Verde

A 51-year old Texas man has been missing since Sunday afternoon at Mesa Verde National Park. Forty searchers on foot and horseback and two dog teams are combing the canyonlands around Spruce Tree...

DATE: June 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Hiker missing at Mesa Verde

A 51-year old Texas man has been missing since Sunday at Mesa Verde National Park. Fifty searchers on foot and horseback and two dog teams are combing the canyons around Spruce Tree House where...

DATE: June 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Drought is now 'extreme'

An ominous graphic on the U.S. Drought Monitor website reveals worsening drought conditions overtaking the region. The 12-week map animation begins March 19 and ends June 4. Red hues representing...

DATE: June 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Old mines, today’s water Environmental agency cleans up Rico’s mineral legacy

“We all live downstream,” as the saying goes, and that becomes more of a concern when abandoned mines are upstream, which is the case near the headwaters of the Dolores River. North of Rico along...

DATE: June 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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