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Gas leak closes Arbecam Avenue; Cortez Milling shuts down

A gas line break on West Arbecam Avenue in Cortez caused a portion of the street to be closed for a half-hour Friday while the line was plugged. A construction crew tearing down an old house broke...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma orchard project receives two state grants

The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project’s mission of reviving the local apple economy just got a financial boost. The nonprofit MORP was recently awarded two grants totaling $120,000 for...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local master leasing plan never received final approval

A master leasing plan to further regulate oil and gas in Southwest Colorado has not been approved by the federal government, despite an announcement in December that it was, according to officials...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Phelps, McClellan elected to Dolores school board

Education professor Kay Phelps and construction company owner Casey McClellan were both elected to the Dolores School Board in Tuesday’s election. The two were the top vote-getters out of seven...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Veterans Day program Nov. 10

Dolores Schools will have their annual Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. in the auxiliary gym. A reception and brunch for veterans will be held at 8 a.m. in the music...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parents, kids rally in Dolores to support playground

Several moms and their kids held a rally in front of Dolores Town Hall on Monday to show support for reopening the playground in Joe Rowell Park. The playground was closed Sept. 11 by town...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two counties collaborate to save Lower Dolores River campgrounds

Dolores and Montezuma counties are considering partnering with the San Juan National Forest to maintain Ferris and Cabin campgrounds on the Lower Dolores River. The campgrounds, upriver from...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuit against White Mesa uranium mill is dismissed

An environmental lawsuit against the White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah has been dismissed by Utah District Court judge. In April 2014, Grand Canyon Trust sued the mill’s owner, Energy...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pleasant View plans $1 million new fire station

The Pleasant View Fire Department is planning to build a new fire station on Road CC across from the elementary school. Chief Jeff Yoder explained that the new station is needed because the current...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County offers downtown building for historical museum

The Montezuma County Historical Society is working to open a museum in downtown Cortez. The county commissioners have offered the group rent-free use of an office building at 35 S. Chestnut St.,...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. department likely to rescind plan for region’s oil and gas

A new directive by the U.S. Department of Interior jeopardizes a pending master leasing plan in Southwest Colorado that would scrutinize oil and gas development near Mesa Verde National Park. In...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cast your vote for Dolores School Board by Nov. 7

Seven candidates are running for two open seats on the Dolores School Board. They are Sandra Corbitt, Rebecca Frasier, Lisa Holz, Casey McClellan, Kay Phelps, Eugene Reininger III, and Jerry...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News