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Email: erice@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6036

Montezuma-Cortez school board meets for retreat

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School Board met for a daylong retreat on Monday to discuss strategic planning moving forward with the district. Before breaking into study groups, board members discussed...

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

Midge Kirk plans book launch at Mancos library

Midge Kirk will launch her book “They Persisted” at the Mancos Public Library on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. According to a news release, the book is a brief look at the lives of 21 women who were born in...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos Grange to hold MLK pancake breakfast

Mount Lookout Grange in Mancos will host a pancake breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. The breakfast has become an annual tradition for the town after it was...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three fire departments respond to Mancos blaze

A house fire on County Road 32 in Mancos is still under investigation. According to Shawn Bittle, assistant fire chief of the Cortez Fire Protection District, the point of origin was the kitchen,...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Fire Protection District approves 2018 budget

The Cortez Fire Protection District’s 2018 budget is a little tighter than usual, but it’s healthy, according to Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde. With the construction of the new fire station, the...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde plans prescribed fire

Mesa Verde National Park is planning a prescribed fire, weather permitting. The one-acre fire will take place in the Chapin Mesa area between Jan. 8 and 31 and will dispose of amble oak, piñon and...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Miguel’s newest poet laureate to perform at Cortez library

Literary Fridays at the library will continue into the new year at Cortez Public Library. The library will welcome the newest poet laureate of San Miguel County, Elissa Dickson, on Jan. 19 at 10...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jack and Janelle Kays are recipients of veterans Supporter of the Year award

Members of the American Legion and Cortez Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered at KSJD to award a local couple for their help in aiding veterans for “as long as they have been here.” Jack and Janelle...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three-car crash causes congestion on Main Street in Cortez

A three-car fender bender about noon Friday briefly tied up traffic on West Main Street in Cortez. All three cars were in a westbound lane on West Main at North Chestnut Street. It appeared the...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos approves marijuana shop, gravel at RV park

The Mancos Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved gravel pads for an RV park and the town’s third marijuana shop. Developer Dugan McDonald proposed changes and an extension for the construction of...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Onward! contributes to 12 nonprofits in Four Corners

Onward! A Legacy foundation has awarded 12 grants to regional nonprofits in 2017. In its 16th year, Onward! said it has created a foundation where investors can easily and safely make philanthropic...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

2017: Mancos rises from ashes, ends year with a celebration

This was a year of beginnings, growth and camaraderie in Mancos. The biggest story of the year was the Western Excelsior Plant fire, which left hundreds without jobs. However, alongside tragedy,...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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