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Woman faces 18 charges in Cortez horse neglect case

Animal cruelty charges have been filed against Daisy Stenzel for allegedly neglecting 18 horses on County Road N, prompting a seizure by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office in April. This week,...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winds knock down trees, knock out power in Dolores

High winds Saturday evening knocked down power lines in Dolores, leaving 1,400 people without electricity for up to three hours. Gusts reaching 50 mph ripped off branches and knocked down trees...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

The River bar and grill caters to locals

All fun flows to The River Bar and Grill, a rejuvenated sports bar, restaurant and honky-tonk on the shores of the Dolores River. General manager Debbie Valerio is on a mission to create the best...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Searchers look for missing hiker near Telluride

On Monday, the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office launched a search and rescue mission for a missing Telluride man thought to be in the Iron Mountain area. More than 80 rescue personnel and volunteers...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Camper hauler blamed in fiery U.S. 160 crash

A violent crash recorded on video Monday in front of Woody’s Food Store on U.S. Highway 160 caused a vehicle fire, sent one person to the hospital and partially closed the highway for several...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

National forest challenges county’s claim on federal roads

The Montezuma County commissioners are getting pushback on their assertion that certain roads and trails running through the San Juan National Forest are under the jurisdiction of counties. In a...

DATE: July 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Montezuma Heritage Museum to open downtown

For the first time since the 1950s, Montezuma County will have space for a museum, and this time, it is an entire building. The Montezuma Heritage Museum will be at 35 S. Chestnut St., and is...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Appeal denied for Dolores man who pleaded guilty in murder

An appeal by Luther A. Hampson, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for the murder of Jonathan Hayes in 2012 near Dolores, has been denied. After sentencing in 2013, Hampson filed a motion...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rains put Burro Fire to sleep for now

Rains have put the Burro Fire down for a nap, allowing firefighters to get some chores done reinforcing containment lines. About .1 inch of rain fell on the fire Thursday night, said public...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff to investigate fatal McElmo Canyon shootout

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on results of a federal investigation into an officer-involved shootout in McElmo Canyon in February that left one man dead. But Sheriff Steve...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico celebrates Independence Day with floats, music, art and food

Hundreds of people gathered in Rico on Wednesday for the traditional July Fourth parade, and to eat Navajo tacos and listen to the Four Corners Community Band. Rico residents and visitors honored...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM announces new district manager

The Bureau of Land Management recently hired Stephanie Connolly as the Southwest District manager, and the public is invited to network with her during open houses in Durango, Dolores, Grand...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News