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Ute Mountain Utes awarded $1.6 million public safety grant

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has been awarded a $1.6 million Department of Justice grant to improve public safety. Of that amount, $898,918 is for public safety and community policing, and $748,013...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge rejects suit to remove Gunnison sage grouse protection

A federal judge has rejected a Colorado lawsuit to remove the Gunnison sage grouse from Endangered Species Act protection. The Sept. 27 decision by Judge Christine M. Arguello upholds a 2014 U.S....

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores schools ban on-campus cellphone use

Something unusual is happening in Dolores schools. When secondary school Principal Jenifer Hufman walks around during recess and lunch, kids are talking to one another and playing together instead...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public questions hospital officials on fiscal crisis

Dozens of citizens expressed dismay and anger about the decline in the financial health of Southwest Memorial Hospital during an emotionally charged community forum Monday night at Cortez City...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Should Dolores allow pot stores? Town, residents weigh in

Dolores residents and the town board on Monday considered allowing a retail marijuana shop in town during a workshop Monday attended by 40 people. The town’s moratorium on retail marijuana sales...

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

Southwest Health fires interim CFO, plans public forum

Turnover of top managers and doctors at Southwest Memorial Hospital has become part of the challenge of an ongoing financial recovery process, officials say. This year, management consulting firm...

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

August inspections: The Farm, Shiloh Steakhouse, Burger Boy, Pippo’s and more

The Journal publishes local restaurant inspection reports provided monthly by the Montezuma County Health Department. Inspections of all retail food facilities are done yearly, and in some cases...

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

Sand Canyon to get improved parking, pending funding

The Bureau of Land Management has approved a plan to improve parking and access to the South Sand Canyon Trail system in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. But a timeline on construction is...

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

Lance McDaniel is appointed to Montezuma-Cortez school board

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School Board has appointed Lance McDaniel to fill a vacant board seat for District A . The board interviewed McDaniel and Tiffany Cheney in public for the position Sept....

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

Montezuma County candidates attend third forum

Candidates for the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners discussed their views on an array of topics during the League of Women’s Voters forum Tuesday in the Kiva Room at the Montezuma Combined...

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

Harvest Beer Festival attracts 600 to park

The trifecta of craft beer, live music and land preservation attracted more than 600 people to the 20th Annual Harvest Beer Festival put on by Montezuma Land Conservancy recently in Cortez. The...

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

Lewis-Arriola fire district asks for tax increase

The Lewis-Arriola Fire Protection District will ask voters for a mill levy increase in the November election to stabilize its budget. The volunteer fire department currently has a mill levy of 3.09...

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

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