Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Fort Lewis College enrollment flat, but showing signs of growth

Fort Lewis College enrollment is flat compared with last year, but college officials say the numbers also show signs of the growth. This fall 3,308 students are attending FLC compared with 3,317...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ed Zink – bicyclist, rancher and Durango native – dies at 71

Ed Zink, a founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists and longtime La Plata County rancher, died Friday from complications of a heart attack. He was 71. Family...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 21 hours 58 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Public insurance option could lower costs for Connect for Health customers

The state of Colorado proposed an insurance option this week that could offer relief to residents paying some of the highest insurance premiums. The new public insurance option could lower premium...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 21 hours 58 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewage treatment plant nears completion; will it pass the smell test?

The Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility, the largest construction project in city history, is nearing completion and sending cleaner water into the Animas River. But the smell of human waste...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College paves way for free tuition to lower-income students

Fort Lewis College announced Friday it will ensure students from working and middle-class families can attend the school tuition-free starting next fall. The FLC Tuition Promise, a new grant...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College drops ‘liberal arts’ from mission statement

The Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees approved a new mission statement for the school Friday that drops the words liberal arts, but school officials say, captures the essence of what it means to...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango will revisit whether to allow e-bikes on trails

An order by the Department of the Interior to ease restrictions on electric bikes is prompting the city of Durango to re-examine its cycling rules. The order redefines e-bikes as “bicycles” and...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

First frost expected early Thursday in SW Colorado

Some gardens in Southwest Colorado could get nipped Wednesday night by the first frost of the season. The overnight low in Durango is expected to drop to 29 degrees for about two or three hours...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

No-interest loans aim to develop agricultural economy

A new regional nonprofit, Four Corners Slow Money, wants to help develop the regional agricultural economy by providing small-scale farmers and food-focused entrepreneurs with no-interest loans. ...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Medicaid expanding to cover inpatient, residential addiction treatment

An expected Medicaid expansion next year will allow more low-income Southwest Colorado residents struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to seek more intensive treatment. Local addiction...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crow Canyon seeks answers to humanity’s biggest questions

Among the kivas, pit houses and other remnants of prehistoric humans in the Four Corners, archaeologists at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center are looking for clues to learn how ancient people...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County tests camera-equipped radar trailers

Camera-equipped radar speed trailers in La Plata County could haunt a driver’s record rather than just flash a reminder to “slow down.” La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith said his office is testing...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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