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Newly elected mayor, board members take office

Political change is blowing in the spring winds of Dolores. During Monday’s special board meeting, four new board members and a new mayor were sworn into office in front of 20 onlookers. The new...

DATE: April 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New regulations for Montezuma County septic systems are upheld

The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners has upheld additional regulations for septic systems in the county, despite efforts by one commissioner to revoke them. After a hearing April 2, the...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma sheriff seizes 18 ‘emaciated’ horses north of Cortez

Eighteen “emaciated” horses on a property north of Cortez have been seized by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and transported to a sanctuary for rehabilitation. On April 11, agriculture...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores student theater opts for whimsical ‘Chocolate Factory’

The Dolores Theater Group was rehearsing for a complex Shakespeare play, then the Florida school shooting happened. “It was a heavy time, so the students decided on something lighter and went with...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County gravels, maintains Dolores-Norwood Road

Montezuma County continues to improve the Dolores-Norwood Road north of Dolores and is working toward affirming county control of the route from the San Juan National Forest. Last week, the Road...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Utah BLM sells oil and gas leases near Hovenweep

The Utah Bureau of Land Management has sold oil and gas leases near Hovenweep National Monument, despite requests by monument officials to defer them to protect archaeological and natural...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oil and gas drilling could ramp up in Southwest Colorado

The door has opened a bit wider for oil and gas development in Southwest Colorado under the Trump administration. And the time frame for public comment and protest periods is expected to be...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local company may buy Western Excelsior mill site

Aspen Wall Wood is interested in purchasing the remaining assets of the Western Excelsior mill facility in Mancos, officials from both companies announced during a Montezuma County commissioners...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Forest approves 25 miles of trails at Boggy Draw

In the next five years, expect more nonmotorized trails to appear in the Boggy Draw recreation area north of Dolores. A final plan for 25 additional miles of trails was approved by the San Juan...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde National Park prefers removal of ‘trespass horses’

Mesa Verde National Park is seeking public comment on a plan to remove free-roaming horses and cattle from the park’s interior. Currently, about 80 “trespass horses” and 12 feral cattle roam the...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee farmers face shortages after dry winter

A Dolores Basin snowpack that came in at half its normal level means McPhee Reservoir will not fill to capacity, and farmers may receive 20 percent less water this season. On Thursday, Dolores...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Details of fight between officer, suspects in Towaoc are revealed

Two brothers from the Ute Mountain Ute tribe are being detained at the La Plata County Jail without bond after fighting with a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer Sunday at a Towaoc residence. Wendell...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News