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Phone Number: 970-564-6034

2018: Year of drought, wildfires, political change

Major wildfires, drought, a large marijuana drug bust, an officer-involved fatal shooting, large hospital layoffs and a hard-fought election topped the news charts for Montezuma County in 2018....

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storm blankets Montezuma County with heavy, wet snow

A Christmas storm dumped 3.2 inches of snow in Cortez and about 6 inches in Dolores overnight Tuesday. For Cortez, the heavy, wet snow had a snow-water equivalent of about 5-to-1, said Jim Andrus,...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores sees 2018 leadership changes in town and schools

In 2018, Dolores saw changes in leadership, wildfires, new trails, a murder case, a school board recall election, a reality show and new businesses. The year kicked off violently with a murder the...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County passes $44 million budget for 2019

The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners approved a $44 million budget for 2019 that funds a wide variety of services and includes improvement projects. Total revenues coming in – including...

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

Physical therapy clinic opens on Main Street, Cortez

Spire Physical Therapy and Wellness has arrived at 30 E. Main St. in Cortez. After years working for large health providers, owner and physical therapist Jacki Gilpin decided to enter into private...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Powers is offered job as Montezuma County administrator

The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners voted to hire from within to fill the position of county administrator. After a discussion about three finalists during a special meeting Dec. 21, they...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

White Mesa Mill accepts Cherokee Nation radioactive waste

More than 10,000 tons of radioactive waste has been delivered from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma to the White Mesa Mill south of Blanding, Utah, in order to extract and recycle the uranium. The...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A white Christmas? El Nino is setting up

There is a small chance for a white Christmas in Cortez, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Norv Larson said models indicate a 20 percent possibility for snowfall late in the...

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

Elementary students sing in the holiday season

Sounds of the holidays filled the gymnasium during the popular Dolores Elementary Christmas Concert Tuesday. An estimated 800 people attended the event, which featured songs by each grade during...

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

Dolores School board gets good news, bad news

The Dolores Re-4a School District has received two awards from the Colorado Department of Education for student performance on state tests. Superintendent Phil Kasper announced that Dolores High...

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

Eaton retires from Canyons of the Ancients post

A mix of excitement and pride emanates from Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Manager Marietta Wetherill Eaton as she prepares to retire in January after a four-decade career working in...

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

Annual Cortez Christmas Bird Count is Dec. 29

The 2018 Cortez Christmas Bird Count will take place Dec. 29 at 7:30 a.m. beginning at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Participants will be divided into groups to survey areas of...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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