Position: Journal Staff Writer and Photographer

Email: erice@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6036

Cooking with Michele kicks off Amazing Authors 2018 Tour

The Amazing Authors Tour, running in libraries in Bayfield, Cortez and Telluride in January, March and May, will be all about food in 2018. The first event of the tour will be a visit by Michele...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos church honors Sabido, Vizguerra during Las Posadas

The United Methodist Church on Saturday hosted Las Posadas, a Mexican Christmas tradition that re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter before the birth of Jesus. Jeanette Vizguerra, an...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez lights

DATE: Dec. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballantine Family will award $54,000 in grants in Montezuma County

The Ballantine Family Fund will award $54,000 in Core Value Grants to nonprofits in Montezuma County. According to news release, The Ballantine Family began awarding these grants in 2015 as a way...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez school board discusses safety, annual budget

The Montezuma-Cortez School Board heard the budget for 2018 at its monthly meeting Tuesday night, and in a public discussion, heard about safety concerns. “I am excited to say for the first time in...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Elementary donates peanut butter and jelly to food pantry

Mesa Elementary School collected about 200 jars of peanut butter and jelly for the Good Samaritan Center’s Food Pantry. The food was delivered by Brittany Forkner, president of the PTO at Mesa...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

SWOS holds Gallery Night for students, parents

Southwest Open School hosted a Gallery Night on Dec. 19 to celebrate student learning through the academic semester of the school year. Parents, guardians and family of students were invited. They...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Manaugh Elementary School may face state intervention

Manaugh Elementary may face state intervention next year, according to the Colorado Department of Education. Lori Haukeness, superintendent of Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District, said she and...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos School Board discusses whether staff should be armed

The topic on everyone’s mind at the monthly Mancos School Board meeting was school safety. Board treasurer Tim Hunter brought up the question of arming school staff early in the meeting, leading...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde announces retirement

Chief Jeff Vandevoorde requested approval for his resignation from the Cortez Fire Protection District board on Wednesday night. He is retiring after 8½ years serving Cortez and 40 years in the...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos heads to committee for Citizen of the Year

Mancos will soon have a new Citizen of the Year. Nominations were due Dec. 1 and the current Citizen of the Year, Dr. Linda Simmons, is curating her committee. The committee will consist of three...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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