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Counterfeit bills reported in Montezuma County

Counterfeit money has been showing up at convenience and liquor stores in the area, reports Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin. “We began receiving reports Tuesday evening, and it has continued...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Change is in the air at Dolores Town Hall

The April Dolores Town Board election will be competitive, and includes 12 candidates for four board seats and two candidates for the mayor position. The names will be released when the submitted...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores couple publishes Southwestern folk-art crime thriller

A Dolores couple have published a new book that weaves together Southwest folklore, a mysterious murder and the criminal underworld of art theft. “The Mystery of the Weeping Friar,” by DJ Park, was...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma Valley Irrigation considers changes for McElmo Creek

How to improve irrigation to McElmo Canyon, the issue of using agricultural water on roads, and boat access on Narraguinnep were addressed at the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. stockholders’...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuit against county’s road decision is dismissed

A lawsuit filed by a West Summit Lake resident against Montezuma County has been dismissed by the District Court for lack of legal standing. In September, county commissioners changed the road...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unlimited Learning Center graduates class of nursing assistants

The Unlimited Learning Center in Cortez graduated another class of certified nursing assistants last month. The Center offers career-path training, coursework and certification for medical jobs,...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kevin Wade Folsom charged with first-degree murder

Multiple criminal charges were filed Thursday against Kevin Wade Folsom in the shooting death of James Box Jr., whose body was found in the San Juan National Forest east of Dolores. In Montezuma...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Power to Polls march scheduled for Saturday in Cortez

Montezuma Alliance for Unity will host a rally and march Saturday to raise awareness of women’s rights and the importance of voting. The rally begins at 10 a.m. with speeches at the flag pole area...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gates on Road 41 in Weber Canyon will remain open

For years, there have been three unlocked gates across Road 41 in Weber Canyon south of Mancos. But Monteuzma County has ruled the gates are not authorized because they cross a public road. At the...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Best-selling outdoors author will speak in Dolores

On Jan. 19, best-selling author Kevin Fedarko will share his experiences hiking 800 miles through the Grand Canyon during the River Permit Party, sponsored by the Dolores River Boating Advocates ....

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico gets new bus service to Telluride

New bus service from Rico to Telluride is expected to begin this month, reports Rico Town Manager Kari Distefano. The round-trip shuttle will run Monday through Friday, leaving Rico at 6:50 a.m. in...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water projects for Rico, Sambrito Wetlands recommended for funding

The Southwest Basin Roundtable recommended for approval $194,000 worth of grants toward regional 2018 water projects during a meeting Wednesday in Cortez. The Roundtable also recommended the...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News