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Stephanie Alderton

Position: The Journal

Cortez city employees finish annual fitness challenge

While many people are resolutions for a healthier lifestyle in 2017, several city employees have just achieved their goals for 2016. Since 1992, the city of Cortez has held an annual eight-week...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Winter weather advisory for Cortez on New Year’s Eve

A small snow storm moved into the Four Corners area on New Year’s Eve, and is expected to stick around for the rest of the weekend. Snow started falling all over Montezuma County early Saturday...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Fire District hires 4 full-time firefighters

The Cortez Fire Protection District is starting 2017 with more full-time firefighters than ever. Chief Jeff Vandevoorde promoted four part-time firefighters to full-time positions on Christmas Day....

DATE: Dec. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

DUI arrests in Cortez increase fourfold during holidays

This holiday season, Cortez police cited more than four times the number of intoxicated drivers compared with last year.Patrol Lt. Andy Brock said 34 people in Cortez were cited on suspicion of...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos marshal reports fewer traffic stops, more property crime

Mancos Marshal Jason Spruell gave a report to the board of trustees on Wednesday about the town’s crime statistics going into his first year of office. Spruell was appointed marshal in May, and...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

2016: A year of political scores and economic challenges

The past year in Montezuma County brought stories of tragedy, triumph and the politics in between.Some of the most-read popular stories on in 2016 dealt with ongoing issues such as...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez capital projects to be completed in 2017

The Cortez city government has made a New Year’s resolution to finish several projects originally planned for 2016. The city’s biggest capital projects in 2017 were originally planned for last...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gasoline, propane prices expected to rise in 2017

Gasoline and propane prices are going up all over Colorado, and Montezuma County is no exception. And though rising gas prices make for a more expensive commute, higher propane prices hit home...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Christmas Bird Count turns up new feathered friends

Bird-watchers in the Cortez area had a field day with the annual Christmas Bird Count on Monday. For more than a decade, Cortez has participated in the nationwide bird count, which helps the...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local institutions to finance hospital construction

The Southwest Health System and Montezuma County Hospital District Board of Directors announced Dec. 22 that financing has been secured for the expansion of Southwest Memorial Hospital. The...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Fire’s blood drive gets a big turnout

More than 30 people signed up Thursday to give a part of themselves during the holiday season – their blood. The United Blood Services blood mobile parked outside the Cortez Fire Protection...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez City Council approves $31 million budget for 2017

The Cortez City Council approved a budget of just over $31 million for the 2017 fiscal year.Although the city budgeted $31.85 million for 2016, the city’s revised budget was $29.27 million as of...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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