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Crews respond to Lost Canyon wildfire south of Dolores

Local fire agencies are battling a 2-acre wildfire south of Dolores and east of County Road 30. About 25 firefighters are working to contain the Lost Canyon Fire, said Dolores Fire Chief Mike Zion....

DATE: Oct. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sentencing phase of statewide pot busts begins

The sentencing phase of a wide-reaching illegal marijuana farm and distribution network that included operations in Montezuma County has begun. From Rifle to Grand Junction and Cortez to Denver,...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Talented musical expeditionaries perform in Dolores

The folk-blues fusion of Suitcase Junket and singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton will fill the music hall of the Dolores River Brewery Oct. 5 beginning at 8 p.m. The talented duo are bona fide musical...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public reviews San Juan National Forest’s trail plan

Residents, and national and state officials met last week at the Dolores Public Lands Office to discuss proposals for new trails near the Dolores River and McPhee Reservoir. Trail concepts were...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico election includes town board, transportation, sewer system taxes

On Nov. 5, Rico residents will decide whether to raise property taxes to build the town’s first central sewer system. To pay for the $4.2 million project, the town proposes taking a $3 million,...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County, Ute Mountain tribe hold elections

Local elections are on the horizon for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Montezuma County and Colorado. On Oct. 11, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe will elect a tribal chairman and three council members. On...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez bike race donates $66,000 for youth programs

The annual 12 Hours of Mesa Verde mountain bike race is not just an intense endurance test, it’s also a major fundraiser for community youth programs. This year, $66,000 of race proceeds was...

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

Ceremony will honor Mesa Verde’s early boosters

The Colorado General Federation of Women’s Clubs is celebrating their 125th anniversary by honoring early members who played a key role in the establishment of Mesa Verde National Park in 1906. On...

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

Department of Interior exempts electric bikes from motorized category

A new federal policy intends to open access to electric bicycles on traditional biking trails within lands managed by the U.S. Department of Interior, according to a recent order from Interior...

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

New manager appointed to lead Dolores Water Conservancy District

Longtime district engineer Ken Curtis has been appointed the new general manager for the Dolores Water Conservancy District. Curtis replaces Mike Preston, who is retiring after leading the...

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

Southwest Memorial offers needle disposal service

Southwest Memorial Hospital has implemented a free syringe disposal program. More than 7.8 billion needles are used each year by the 13.5 million people in the U.S. who self-inject medications...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plea offered in Mancos murder case

Murder suspect Debra Gaylyn Riddle has been offered a plea deal, and has until Jan. 10 to decide to accept it or go to trial. Riddle faces a second-degree murder charge for the death of her...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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