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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

BeLiz MedSpa offers medical spa treatments in Cortez

In a pleasant little house at 9 N. Park St. sits BeLiz MedSpa , a medical spa opened by Becky Oliver and Liz Sellers almost two years ago that offers medical skin care and more. The two are...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez announces district is almost ‘off the clock’

Superintendent Lori Haukeness announced Wednesday that the Montezuma-Cortez district is close to moving off the accreditation accountability clock after an estimated overall 6-point improvement....

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boy, 9, on a mission to protect national monuments

Nine-year-old Robbie Bond is on a mission to protect the country’s national monuments and parks, and in the process, he’s well on his way to visiting all 27 sites by the end of the year. On...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez surpasses English SAT benchmark

Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 District students fell short of the state’s average English SAT score of 513.4, coming in at an average of 490.5. Students taking the PSAT left a slightly larger margin in...

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

DC Rat Rod car show meets on Colorado borderland

On a sunny summer day in the plains of the Utah and Colorado border, people from near and far took their cars to the Stateline Bar and Grill for the fourth annual DC Rat Rod Nationalz Car Show. ...

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

Expanding Loungin’ Lizard opens The Chophouse on Main Street

More variety arrived on Main Street last month with The Loungin’ Lizard’s expansion. The Loungin’ Lizard, at 2 W. Main St., has expanded into the space next door, opening The Chophouse at Loungin’...

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

Harvest Beer Festival to benefit Montezuma Land Conservancy

The Montezuma Land Conservancy will host the family-friendly 19th annual Harvest Beer Festival and Super Silent Auction at Parque de Vida on Sept. 9 “Each year, it is our only major fundraiser, and...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez school board passes mill levy resolution

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 District School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to put a property tax increase on the November ballot to increase funding for local teacher salaries,...

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

Phase 2 of high school demolition awaits state OK

The Montezuma-Cortez school district has completed phase 1 of demolishing the retired high school, and is awaiting state approval to begin phase 2, according to an update from a district...

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

Collision at North Broadway and Lebanon sends driver to hospital

A woman was transported Tuesday evening to Southwest Memorial Hospital after a collision at North Broadway and Lebanon Road.A crew from the Cortez Fire Protection District removed the driver’s door...

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

Montezuma-Cortez touts English scores at Mesa Elementary

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District reported gains Thursday on its student performance testing, but it fell short of the state average. The Colorado Department of Education on Thursday...

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