Jacob Klopfenstein

Position: The Journal

Ellis gets 4 years after fatal Mancos crash

After hearing more than an hour of emotional testimony, District Court Judge Douglas Walker on Tuesday sentenced James Ellis to four years in prison.Ellis, 28, was the driver in a crash near Mancos...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Newly elected officials take oath of office in Cortez

Elected officials gathered Tuesday for what likely will be the last swearing-in ceremony in the Montezuma District Court building on Main Street. A combined courthouse is being built on North Park...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

State relaxes standards for Mancos teachers

The Colorado State Board of Education has awarded Mancos School District Re-6 “innovative status,” which allows the district to hire unlicensed teachers and give less frequent evaluations,...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez, Mancos students could benefit from new state test

Just three years after selecting the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, the state board of education wants a new contractor in spring 2018 who will provide less testing and faster feedback. At...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma assistant DA moves to La Plata County

After three years of working as an assistant district attorney for the 22nd Judicial District, Sean Murray left the office in October. Murray starts work Jan. 11 as a deputy district attorney for...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three sentenced in DUI cases in Montezuma County court

County Court Judge JenniLynn Lawrence on Monday sentenced Lloyd Lobato to 150 days in jail in connection with a fourth DUI conviction. Defense attorney Alex Gunning requested home detention for...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

M-CHS gets high ranking for energy efficiency

Montezuma-Cortez High School is saving more energy than 89 percent of similar schools in the country, according to a rating from Energy Star, a program of the Environmental Protection Agency that...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Veryl Goodnight opens new Mancos gallery

After 10 years, artist Veryl Goodnight has returned to her Mancos roots. Goodnight has opened a studio at 106 Grand Ave. to showcase her painting, sculpting and fascination with history. It’s the...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chilcott opens Indian art shop in Mancos

Kelly Kilgore Chilcott has opened American Indian Art at 100 W. Grand Ave. in Mancos. The store contains a large inventory of Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and other tribal artifacts such as bowls, textiles,...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Memorial welcomes its first baby of 2017

Dantzelle Kelly and Tim Yazzie of Cortez rang in the new year with the birth of their daughter Serenity Yazzie, the first baby born at Southwest Memorial Hospital in 2017. Serenity was born on...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton will focus on finance, veterans in 2017 Congress

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton looks to continue focusing on finance, veterans affairs and health care in the new year, according to his communications director. Tipton, a Republican from Cortez, defeated...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez school board approves $20.8 million budget

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 Board of Education approved the district’s 2017 budget on Tuesday. The board also was told that the cost of asbestos abatement for the retired high school will be about...

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

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