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Sandhill cranes return to San Luis Valley

In February and March, the annual spring migration of greater sandhill cranes takes place in the San Luis Valley. In appreciation of the wildlife spectacle, the 36th Monte Vista Crane Festival ...

DATE: March 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Backcountry skier killed in avalanche identified

A backcountry skier was killed Sunday after being buried by an avalanche near Lizard Head Pass, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The man was identified as Scott Spencer, 53,...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Friends, neighbors welcome home teen injured in crash

The community came out Saturday to welcome home Joey Whited, who was badly injured in a motorcycle accident in September. The homecoming held at Dolores Outfitters attracted a large crowd of...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Earthquake hits area near Bedrock salinity project

A record magnitude 4.5 earthquake occurred Monday morning 35 miles north of Dove Creek in Montrose County, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey. The quake occurred at 10:22 a.m. in a remote area....

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Galloping Goose plows through snowstorms in Animas Valley

The Galloping Goose No. 5 experienced some winter adventure during two February excursions on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Feb. 15 and Feb. 18 trips to Cascade Canyon were...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

February restaurant inspections: Taco Bell, Farm Bistro, Denny’s ...

Colorado has implemented new restaurant inspection regulations that took effect Jan. 1. The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations are based on a national standard for retail...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma commissioners declare county a gun sanctuary

Montezuma County commissioners on Thursday declared the county a gun sanctuary in response to a proposed gun control law in the Colorado Legislature. About 150 people filled the commissioners’...

DATE: March 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four States Ag Expo comes to town March 14-16

Get prepared for the farming and ranching season at the Four States Agricultural Exposition March 14-16. The long-running tradition at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds is in its 37th year and is...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Some officers unclear about roles in gun sanctuary

In anticipation of possible new gun-control laws, the Montezuma County commissioners are leaning toward a resolution to declare the county a gun rights sanctuary exempt from a proposed state law....

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter snowpack is strong in Dolores River Basin

Dolores Basin snowfall as of Feb. 27 is at 114 percent of average, according to Snotel data with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Snotels are devices placed in various locations and at...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Logging, thinning plan for Dolores District is released

The San Juan National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposed logging and forest restoration project northwest of Dolores and east of Dove Creek. The draft environmental assessment for the...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Public Library gets new assistant, children’s librarian

The Dolores Library has some new staff and new programs. Cheyenne Baber is the new children’s librarian. She is also an artist and offers free painting classes. Bryan Kyle is the new library...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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