Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: jmimiaga@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6034

Dolores boating release could begin in May

McPhee Reservoir managers are predicting a whitewater boating release from the dam in time for Memorial Day weekend. The reservoir is rising more than a foot per day, and irrigation diversion...

DATE: May 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke rises from prescribed burn northeast of Cortez

Smoke has been visible northeast of Cortez from a prescribed burn in the Haycamp Mesa area of the San Juan National Forest. Fire crews with the Dolores Ranger District are lighting underbrush,...

DATE: May 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upcoming dam release benefits ecology of Dolores River

A whitewater release from McPhee Dam this month will provide boating fun on the Dolores River, but it also will have ecological benefits. Aquatic biologist Jim White, of Colorado Parks and...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Agencies consider Sage Hen motorized trail proposal

Officials with the San Juan National Forest, Bureau of Reclamation, Montezuma County Recreation Committee, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Thursday discussed a proposal to allow motorized use on...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge lifts injunction on uranium mining in Paradox Valley

A federal judge has lifted a seven-year ban on uranium leases in Southwest Colorado after a U.S. mining program was shown to have no harmful effect on four endangered fish species in the Colorado...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Truck driver cited in bus crash south of Telluride

The driver of a box truck that slammed into a passenger bus on Colorado Highway 145 south of Telluride was cited for careless driving, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The crash occurred May...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Know your restaurants: April inspection reports are in

Colorado has implemented new restaurant inspection regulations that took effect Jan. 1. The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations are based on a national standard for retail food...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Birding festival features tours, lectures

Bird-watching tours in Montezuma County and lectures about birds will take place May 8-12 in Cortez during the 15th annual Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival. The festival designs activities...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez woman gets 7 years in prison for drug distribution

A Cortez woman charged with drug distribution has been sentenced to seven years with the Colorado Department of Corrections. In a plea bargain, Jordan D. Balfour, 27, also known as Jordan Lopez,...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Carbon dioxide group sues county in tax case

An organization formed to protect the interests of smallshare carbon-dioxide owners has filed a lawsuit against Montezuma County claiming overtaxation. The complex case is a spinoff of a Colorado...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fundraising campaign kicks off for county museum

“Save our history. Tell our stories” is the motto of the future Montezuma Heritage Museum , and a fundraising campaign has begun to make it a reality. A kickoff event for the effort will be from 2...

DATE: May 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

UPDATE: Colorado 145 re-opens after bus-semitrailer crash

Colorado Highway 145 fully reopened to traffic shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday after a crash between a bus and semitrailer around 9:30 a.m. closed the highway. Nine people on board the bus,...

DATE: May 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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