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Jean Caffeine to perform at the Sunflower Theatre

Jean Caffeine will perform her memoir piece, “Sadie Saturday Night” at the Sunflower Theatre on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 at sunflowertheatre.org and $15 at the door....

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

Denver foundation considers Montezuma-Cortez for new program

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe have been selected by the Denver nonprofit Nathan Yip Foundation for new educational projects. Montezuma-Cortez proposed a...

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

SWOS achieves improvement status in state testing

Southwest Open School Director Charlotte Wolf announced Wednesday that SWOS is off the accreditation accountability clock after an overall improvement in state criteria for Alternative Education...

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

Cortez student receives Pinhead Institute Internship

Montezuma-Cortez High School student Danita Miles was one of 23 teens from Southwest Colorado to land an internship through the Pinhead Institute this year. The internship program was founded in...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire district covers dispatch, new station, chief’s evaluation

The Cortez Fire Protection District dispatched three firefighters to wildfires north of Grand Junction last week. The firefighters are on a 21-day dispatch and headed to South Dakota to fight...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Legacy Dance holds grand opening for Main Street studio

When Denise Westbrook announced the closing of Come Dance Tonight, a studio on Main Street in Cortez, two of her most devoted students couldn’t bear to see it go. Cassidy King and her brother...

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

‘The Mask You Live In’ shown at the Sunflower Theatre

On Thursday, the Sunflower Theatre screened “The Mask You Live In,” which explores how America’s definition of masculinity can harm men and boys. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film...

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

The Cortez Leopard Sharks welcome new head coach

The Cortez Leopard Sharks welcomed a new head coach last week after a nationwide search. Justin Racer recently moved from Shelby, North Carolina, where he was the head coach of the Sharks swim...

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

Mancos fair to spotlight local artisans, benefit families

Mancos’ Grand Avenue will host the 14th annual Mancos Valley Arts and Crafts Street Fair on Sept. 30. The fair will have a large variety of artisans, according to Carrie Summers Baikie, coordinator...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

SWOS Gallery Day spotlights student learning

The Southwest Open School opened its doors at a Gallery Day on Sept. 7, giving students a chance to demonstrate what they are learning to teachers, parents and peers. These events are important to...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes mark end of summer with Bear Dance, powwow

Native Americans gathered in desert plains of White Mesa, Utah, on Labor Day weekend as singers and dancers celebrated the end of summer with bear dances and other time-held traditions.Although the...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News