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Mancos school board backs away from arming school staff

Residents came out in force to the Mancos School Board’s meeting on Monday night to voice their opinions on the main agenda item: arming school staff. About 60 residents, teachers and parents...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez school board approves $18.5 million budget

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District board adopted their annual budget on Dec. 19. The district has a balanced budget for 2017-2018, which means there is enough money in the general fund,...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballantine Family Fund awards over $300,000 in grants in 2017

The Trustees of the Ballantine Family Fund awarded more than $300,000 in grants to nonprofits in 2017. In addition to the previously reported $54,000 in Core Value Grants in Montezuma County, the...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

M-CHS Symphonic Winds to perform with Southwest Civic Winds

The Montezuma-Cortez High School Symphonic Winds will perform a combined concert with the Southwest Civic Winds on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Ralph E. Vavak Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores district votes to officially combine middle and high schools

The Dolores Re-4A School District voted Jan. 11 to officially consolidate the Dolores Middle School and Dolores High School into a Dolores Secondary School. The Colorado Department of Education...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 school board renews Kiva charter, gets demolition update

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School board on Tuesday learned that the first phase of the retired high school’s demolition and asbestos abatement was complete, and it approved the renewal of the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Education

CMS to restructure in 2018-2019 school year

At Tuesday night’s Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District Board meeting, Kate Ott, principal of Cortez Middle School, presented a redesign of the instruction delivery system of the school. According...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Piñon Project receives large donation

The Piñon Project on Tuesday received a donation of $23,067.99 for use in its general fund from Tiospaye , a nonprofit based in Durango. The donation came from a workshop facilitated by Tiospaye....

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Fire Protection District discusses election and chief’s position

The Cortez Fire Protection District board met Jan. 10 to discuss the upcoming election, replacing a fire chief and building its new firehouse. The board has three open seats. Sherri Wright’s and...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on East Main Street

A pedestrian was struck Tuesday morning while crossing East Main Street in Cortez. Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Bittle called it a “very minor” accident. A half dozen police officers responded to the...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Veterans Outreach Center moves to larger facility

The Veterans Outreach Center has moved into a new building at 432 N. Broadway. Darla Sanders, Disabled American Veterans senior vice commander and the director of project outreach, said the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 school board discusses safety at retreat

In light of the Aztec High School shooting , school safety weighed heavily on the minds of the board members at their daylong work retreat on Monday. The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District board...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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