Position: Journal Staff Writer and Photographer

Email: erice@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6036

Montezuma-Cortez discusses school safety after Aztec shooting

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District’s safety team met Thursday at Cortez Middle School with parents, teachers and administrators to discuss its plans for a potential disaster. The district’s...

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

First Southwest Bank Partners with online education program

First Southwest Bank announced in a news release that it will sponsor a web-based financial literacy program to 31 schools in the San Luis Valley, Pagosa, Bayfield, Durango and Cortez areas. The...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Asbestos being removed from retired high school

Abatement of the retired Montezuma-Cortez High School continues, according to a news release dated Dec. 8. According to the release, Colorado Hazard Control is using a dustless method similar to...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local schools respond to Aztec High School shooting

In the aftermath of the school shooting in Aztec, New Mexico, that left two students and the shooter dead, school districts are refocusing on safety. According to the districts, previously...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Artisans of Mancos welcome three new members

The Artisans of Mancos co-op welcomed three new members at a reception on Saturday afternoon. Landscape painter Linda Bonds works in pastels, and Western landscape painter Aileen McAlistar works in...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Open School to host Gallery Night

Southwest Open School will host a Gallery Night on Dec. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event aims to celebrate student learning through the academic semester of the school year. Parents, guardians or...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gingerbread auction raises funds for Grace’s Soup Kitchen

The annual Gingerbread Auction to benefit Grace’s Soup Kitchen for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church was held on Dec. 7. Organizer Leigh Waggoner, who started the event three years ago, said nearly...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vista Grande holds annual ‘Hazel’s Place’ store

Each year, the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez opens the Hazel’s Place Christmas store. The “store” is free for residents to shop for themselves, family and friends. The event is sponsored by...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez National Honor Society holds coat drive

The National Honor Society of Montezuma-Cortez High School is seeking donations for its annual coat drive. According to senior Liz Story, M-CHS chapter president, the coats will go to Wings/Renew...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez school district steps up security

In light of the school shooting in Aztec, New Mexico, Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 District released a statement about school security. According to New Mexico State Police, three people are dead,...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos Valley Chorus brings annual holiday cheer to Cortez

Southwest Colorado Concerts kicked off its holiday season with a performance by the Mancos Valley Chorus on Tuesday. The chorus sang traditional songs as well as twists on tradition. The 32...

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

‘A Christmas Carol’ plays to sold-out crowds at the Sunflower

Lydia Burke and Michael Witten from The Hampstead Stage Company , in Barnstead, New Hampshire, performed to a packed crowd at the Sunflower Theatre on Saturday afternoon. They performed a classic...

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

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