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Hot air balloons fly above Cortez on first day of rally

Under cloudy skies, 19 hot air balloons lifted off Friday from Parque de Vida for the 16th annual Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally. Light rain arrived in the area about 7:30 a.m. Friday and...

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

Montezuma County Fair’s fun contests attract a crowd

A visit to the Montezuma County Fair features the lighter side of life with events like the jalapeño-eating contest, chicken chase and pet costume show. There were not too many takers for the...

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

County online sales tax idea unconstitutional, state says

The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners is considering asking voters in November to approve a sales tax specifically for purchases made over the internet. But the Colorado Department of Revenue...

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

Annual Mancos Days festival attracts big weekend crowd

Several thousand people flooded downtown Mancos streets and parks last weekend for the 59th annual Mancos Days celebration. “We’re having a blast. A lot of people come back to Mancos for this event...

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

Fire damages Chronic Therapy marijuana shop in south Cortez

An unexplained fire caused significant damage to the Chronic Therapy marijuana shop in south Cortez early Monday morning, but the building was saved. The fire at 1020 S. Broadway torched a good...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

42nd annual Escalante Days party scheduled for Aug. 10-11

“Where the Wild Still Lives” is the theme of the 42nd annual Escalante Days and Nights festival in Dolores Aug. 10-11. The downtown festival began in 1976 to commemorate the nearby Escalante Ruin,...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kevin Wade Folsom pleads guilty in Haycamp slaying, gets 25 years

Kevin Wade Folsom on Monday pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of James Lloyd Box Jr., who was fatally shot Jan. 2 on Haycamp Mesa east of Dolores. After accepting the plea deal, District...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfires north of Dolores grow to a total of 2,305 acres

The Plateau and West Guard Fires burning north of Dolores have rapidly expanded, in part because of back-burning efforts by firefighters. The Plateau Fire, in Plateau Canyon north of McPhee...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study analyzes wild horse herd management

The Bureau of Land Management is considering bait trapping to manage the Spring Creek Basin wild horse herd between Dove Creek and Norwood. BLM’s Tres Rios Field Office is seeking public comment on...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Reservoir levels in Southwest Colorado are dropping fast

The drought and extremely low winter snowpack are wreaking havoc on water supplies for reservoirs and irrigators in Southwest Colorado. Narraguinnep and Groundhog reservoirs are at their lowest...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Post-burn study begins for Burro Fire

Fire recovery specialists have begun assessing the impacts of the Burro Fire, which scorched 4,593 acres in Bear Creek Canyon northeast of Dolores. Recent rains have led to nearly 100 percent...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bid to stop Dolores school board recall is denied

Protest petitions filed against a recall election for two Dolores School board members have been denied, allowing the election to move forward. On July 19, a protest hearing was held to determine...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News