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Dolores Town Board gets OK to remove playground structure

The Town of Dolores has received final approval from Great Outdoors Colorado to remove playground equipment in Joe Rowell Park. The organization helped pay for the structure through a $100,000...

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

Watters chosen to serve on Dolores Town Board

Melissa Watters was appointed to the Dolores Town Board on Monday. She fills a seat vacated by Trever Ince, who recently resigned. Watters has lived in Dolores for 6½ years and has been a teacher...

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

McPhee managers plan to open lake early

McPhee Reservoir and San Juan National Forest officials are proposing to open the McPhee boat ramp two weeks earlier in mid-April for the 2018 motorized boating season. But in order to do so, the...

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

Pine beetle gaining ground in Southwest Colorado

San Juan National Forest officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the destructive impacts of a round-headed pine beetle infestation. The beetle is native to the state but is more...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Victim in Haycamp slaying is identified

The body of a man believed to have been murdered was found Thursday morning in the Haycamp Mesa area of the San Juan National Forest, according to Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin. The victim...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Galloping Goose schedules winter excursions

The Galloping Goose No. 5 will be running the rails again this winter in the Animas Valley. The second annual winter excursion will take place over two weekends in February on the Durango and...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Elementary students bring Dolores history to life

Dolores third-graders relived the local history of the Rio Grande Southern railroad and the mining, logging and ranching industries during a well-attended performance Dec. 19. Dozens of parents...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families find a home

Habitat for Humanity of Montezuma County ended 2017 by renovating a fixer-upper that was purchased by a family in need. And Habitat will jump start 2018 with its first new home construction...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Western writer bringing back dime novel

Cortez author Denny Bertrand’s stories on cowboy life continue to be recognized as part of a growing trend to bring back the dime novel. “A lot of Western writing is from the early 1900s. My...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Ute film earns Los Angeles awards

“The Strength of Siblings,” a short dramatic film made by Ute Mountain Ute youths, has won two film awards. Shot in Towaoc and Cortez last year, the 32-minute drama focuses on substance abuse and...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

2017: County commissioners had a full plate, full chambers

Montezuma County government faced a flurry of issues and projects in 2017. Cmmissioners aligned with Pleasant View residents to prevent major changes to an intersection, partnered with local land...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

2017: A year about land use, health and play in Dolores

The Dolores area experienced successes and controversy in 2017. News ran the gamut, from land use, a troubled playground, bears and wildfires, to new health clinics, record winter snows and an epic...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News