Jacob Klopfenstein

Position: The Journal

Director of Montezuma School to Farm Project resigns

The Montezuma School to Farm Project faces a leadership change and possible staff and program cuts in 2017 because of declining funding, according to a Dec. 20 release from interim director Sarah...

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

Mancos gets new trustees, regulates livestock in 2016

Mancos is growing, and town officials are thinking long-term.The number of people who live in town has eclipsed 1,400. Officials are planning short-term fixes to infrastructure systems, as well as...

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

Massage therapist opens up shop in Cortez

Susana Kirk has opened a massage therapy business as part of Desert Willow Wellness Center at 321 North St. in Cortez. Kirk offers massage and hot stone therapy, acupuncture, intuitive wellness...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

State denies Montezuma-Cortez's accreditation request

The Montezuma-Cortez School District was denied a new district accreditation rating from the Colorado Department of Education, but it gained new ratings for the middle and high schools.The Re-1...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos trustees OK dog facility, stall on ADUs

At their meeting Dec. 14, Mancos trustees approved a special-use permit for Doggie Den Daycare after an hourlong discussion about whether to allow the business. The business, a dog care service...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public weighs in on Paths to Mesa Verde project

More than 50 people crowded the Mancos Town Hall on the night of Dec. 15 for the first public outreach meeting on the Paths to Mesa Verde Trail.The proposal is a 17-mile, multiuse trail between...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunday fire damages Mancos home; no injuries reported

A Montezuma County family lost almost everything in a house fire early Sunday morning. Mancos Fire District Chief Tony Aspromonte said four vehicles and eight firefighters were on scene on Road...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sopiwnik gets 12 years for Dunton sex assaults

Daniel Sopiwnik was sentenced to 12 years to life in prison Friday in Dolores Combined Court after he was convicted of three sexual assaults in an October trial. A 13-member jury found Sopiwnik,...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos elk ranch gets $50,000 conservation grant

An elk ranch east of Mancos will be conserved in part through a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, according to a news release on Dec. 8.The 215-acre Schultz Elk and Cattle Ranch, in eastern...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez schools accountability group talks 2017 budget

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District will have to do more with less next year, as officials face declining revenue to balance the budget and increased pressure to improve school performance....

DATE: Dec. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos trustees pass $2.68 million budget

Mancos trustees voted unanimously to approve the town’s 2017 budget at their meeting Wednesday. The total capital and operational budget will be $2,685,026, up 7 percent from 2016. The operating...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

GOCO grant will fund Manaugh school garden

Great Outdoors Colorado awarded $340,000 to projects in Montezuma and La Plata counties last week, according to a news release from the agency on Dec. 9. The Southwest Conservation Corps got a...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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