Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: jmimiaga@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6034

Christmas Comet arrives over Southwest Colorado for holidays

The night sky will offer two astronomical shows this week and next. The Christmas Comet will fly closest to Earth in 20 years and will be visible in the southern night sky, preferably with a...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores passes 2019 budget of $1.28 million

The Dolores Town Board passed the 2019 budget Monday. The budget is based on an estimated annual income of $908,810 derived from property taxes, sales taxes and utility fees. Total expenses to...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three finalists named for top county position

Three finalists have been named for the position of Montezuma County administrator. Chuck Giannone, Travis Parker and Shak Powers were chosen out of 12 applicants by the county commissioners for...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico is awarded two transportation grants

Rico was recently awarded two transportation grants. The town was awarded a $10,000 Charge Ahead Colorado grant from the Colorado Energy Office for an electric-vehicle station. The station will be...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crash on U.S. 160 sends man to hospital

A violent one-car crash on U.S. Highway 160 east of Cortez about 5 p.m. sent the driver to Southwest Memorial Hospital, according to the Colorado State Patrol. A white Toyota 4Runner with Colorado...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores continues pot ban for one year

The Dolores Board of Trustees has extended a ban on retail marijuana sales set to expire this month to give them more time to study the issue. In a 6-1 vote Monday, trustees agreed to continue the...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter snowfall gets off to a good start

Snowfall in Cortez this winter has surpassed the total for all of last winter, said Jim Andrus, local weather observer for the National Weather Service. As of Dec. 6, winter snowfall measured 11.8...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas well leaks wastewater in Canyons of Ancients National Monument

A gas well in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in October spilled about 3,150 gallons of wastewater onto the ground, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

November restaurant reports are in

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: Dec. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Applicants sought for county recreation committee

Montezuma County is accepting applications for the Montezuma County Recreation Advisory Committee. The committee will advise the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners on the planning,...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ribbon-cutting celebrates saving of historic flume

Journal Staff Writer The 128-year old McElmo Creek Flume – a relic of pioneer ingenuity that operated until 1991 – was nearly swept away by flood waters in 2006. But today the historic irrigation...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores, Towaoc residents face heightened risk of wildfire

An updated wildfire risk map released by the Colorado State Forest Service shows the foothill towns of Dolores, Towaoc and Durango have a “higher” potential to be impacted by a wildfire. The...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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