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Low-stress roundup technique begins for Mesa Verde horses

Mesa Verde National Park has begun bait-trapping for wild horses as part of a long-term effort to habituate them for eventual capture, removal and adoption. As many as 80 “free-roaming” mustangs...

DATE: June 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

County launches digital planning portal

Montezuma County Planning Department has launched an online application portal for land developers and for access to public records. Users can upload planning and zoning documents, and permit...

DATE: June 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County commissioners consider changes in land use code

Montezuma County wants to review long-standing building restrictions in the Dolores River Valley established to control density and protect the local water source. The commissioners approved two...

DATE: June 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man sentenced for looting on Canyons of Ancients National Monument

A Cortez man was sentenced Wednesday for damaging a ceremonial Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and removing artifacts. Lonnie Shadrick Winbourn,...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Free COVID-19 testing offered in Dove Creek

Axis Health System will provide free COVID-19 testing in Dolores County for two days next week. The free drive-thru service will take place June 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Axis’ Dove Creek...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Galloping Goose cancels trips, limits museum operations in Dolores

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the historic Galloping Goose No. 5 railroad car based in Dolores. All excursions have been canceled for 2020, said Joe Becker, president of the Galloping Goose...

DATE: June 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Repeat offender from Towaoc gets 30 years for assaulting wife

A federal judge in Durango has sentenced David Sidney Wells, 44, of Towaoc, to 30 years in federal prison for assaulting his wife on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation. Wells was indicted April 5,...

DATE: June 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fans return to Montezuma County Speedway

Fans are returning to the Montezuma County Speedway, despite a Colorado health order that prohibits large gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. But race promoter Gene Felker believes...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

District 3 commissioner candidates express views

Unless an unaffiliated candidate petitions onto the November general election ballot, the Montezuma County commissioner race for Districts 2 and 3 likely will be decided during the June 30 primary...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

District 2 candidates express views

Unless an unaffiliated candidate petitions onto the November general election ballot, the Montezuma County commissioner race for Districts 2 and 3 likely will be decided during the June 30 primary...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire destroys house on U.S. 160 south of Cortez

About 4:52 a.m. Wednesday, Cortez Fire Protection District crews responded to a house fire on U.S. Highway 160 south of Cortez. The two-story structure was engulfed in flames, said Chief Jay...

DATE: June 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspect arrested for vehicular assault

A man was arrested for suspected vehicular assault and other charges following an incident in the 25000 block of Road G that injured a pedestrian, reports Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin....

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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