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Southwest Memorial prepared for COVID surge

The surge of COVID-19 patients never came for Southwest Memorial Hospital, but it’s prepared if it does. Southwest Memorial has seven negative-pressure isolation rooms to treat COVID-19 patients...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought puts Dolores district of San Juan forest at high risk level

San Juan National Forest Fuels Crew Supervisor Vince Mowery is deep in the forest above Dolores clipping Gambel oak and snowberry bushes, pulling off pine needles, grabbing a handful of forest duff...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing Cortez man found dead in Arizona

A Cortez man who was reported missing has been found dead in northern Arizona, according to Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin. The body of Ocean Christopher Rodd, 23, was discovered on Oct. 22...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hiker injured on Wilson Peak recovering

The parents of a hiker seriously injured after a fall on Wilson Peak credit nearby hikers, rescuers and doctors for saving their son’s life. About 11 a.m. on Sept. 26, Joseph Ferrara of Telluride...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parks and Wildlife tests for chronic wasting disease in deer

A technician cuts out the lymph nodes from the bloody neck of a decapitated mule deer head, but it’s not a wildlife Halloween story. Rather Colorado Parks and Wildlife staffer Chad Johnston is...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores couple alert community to visiting mountain lion

A security camera captured video of a mountain lion passing through a residential backyard in Dolores Sunday night. The home on Short Street backs up to open space at the base of Granath Mesa. It...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storm grazes Cortez, brings frigid temps

About a half inch of snow fell in the Cortez area from the recent storm. Mesa Verde National Park saw 1 inch of accumulation, and roads near Yellow Jacket says some minor snow drifts. County roads...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Early ballot count points to high turnout in Montezuma County

As Election Day Nov. 3 grows near, ballots are flowing into drop boxes and are arriving via mail to the Montezuma County Clerk’s Office. Colorado is a mail-ballot state, and all active registered...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Four arrested during drug raid at Cortez motel

Three people were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of drug-related offenses during a raid on several rooms at the American Holiday Mesa Verde Inn in Cortez, according to law enforcement...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes face stay-at-home order as COVID cases spike

The Ute Mountain Tribe Council has tightened community restrictions in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases on the reservation. Last week, the tribal council increased its emergency status to...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Planning continues for new mesa trail in Dolores

A proposed hiking and biking trail that would connect Dolores with Granath Mesa and the Boggy Draw trail system has gained momentum and has preliminary support from residents, landowners, the Town...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County upholds 3-acre minimum for development

After upholding the 10-acre minimum lot size for the Dolores Valley in a previous meeting, Montezuma County commissioners agreed Tuesday to retain the 3-acre minimum lot size in the county outside...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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