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Escalante Days brings Dolores together as fire burns above town

A festive parade kicked off Escalante Days in Dolores on Saturday, and was followed up by rowdy chain saw and arm-wrestling contests cheered on by an energetic crowd. A refreshing rainstorm the...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Health System lays off 9.5 percent of staff

Management for Southwest Memorial Hospital announced layoffs Tuesday of 40 employees as part of a reorganization plan to bolster the hospital’s struggling financial position and improve...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plateau Fire's risk of erosion is low, report says

The risk of erosion from the Plateau Fire’s burn scar into McPhee Reservoir is considered low, according to a recent hydrology report. Burn specialists and hydrologists flew over the fire area...

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

Sattley one of four running for county commissioner

Jesse James Sattley, of Dolores, has petitioned onto the November ballot for Montezuma County commissioner representing District 1. Sattley, 70, was raised in the county and has worked as a farmer...

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

Plateau Fire 93 percent contained

The Plateau Fire burning 6 miles north of Dolores grew to 16,300 acres over the weekend but is 93 percent contained, fire officials said Sunday during a community meeting. A gap in containment on...

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

Fairgrounds ‘a petting zoo’ of Plateau Fire evacuees

The fair is over, but animals returned to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds last week as evacuees of the threatening Plateau Fire north of Dolores. About 45 alpacas, 25 goats, some chickens and a...

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

Plateau Fire forces Escalante bike race to new location

The Escalante Bike Race scheduled for Saturday has moved to a new location because of forest closures from the Plateau Fire. The races will be held at the Sage Hen area 6 miles west of Dolores...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: More Sports

Grazing on the Glade adjusted

The San Juan National Forest plans to adjust grazing management for cattle ranchers in the Glade area north of Dolores for long-term range health, according to a recently released draft record of...

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

Pre-evacuation notices issued north of Dolores

A pre-evacuation notice has been issued for residents north of Dolores as the Plateau Fire, burning 5 miles to the north on the San Juan National Forest, continues to grow. The notice affects all...

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

Trade magazine highlights Dolores engravers Jerry and Marcie Ryan

Ryans’ Custom Products, a personalization retailer in Dolores, is featured in the July issue of Insights, a national trade magazine. Jerry and Marcie Ryan have been creating custom award trophies...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

President Dee Prock resigns from Dolores school board

Dee Prock, president of the Dolores school board, has resigned in the midst of a recall election effort against her. In April, critics targeted Prock and fellow board member Vangi McCoy for a...

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

Montezuma County commissioners revise, broaden tax plan

The Montezuma Board of County Commissioners is considering asking voters for a 1 percent sales tax in November to offset budget shortfalls from the local oil and gas market and residential tax...

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