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Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Child Health Plan Plus funding may expire; state advises looking at alternatives

As uncertainty around the funding for Child Health Plan Plus drags on, the state is advising pregnant women and parents of children enrolled in the public low-cost health insurance program to...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado aims to clean up trashy record on recycling

New goals could help clean up the state’s trashy record on waste. Colorado diverts only 12 percent of its waste from the landfill, far below the national average of 34 percent, according to a...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new way to track our mental health indicators

Mental Health Colorado, a statewide nonprofit, is making it easier to track depression, suicide, opioid overdoses and other regional mental health indicators. “Our goal is to equip individuals with...

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

Durango Fire Protection District seeks impact fees for additional funding

After a big victory on Election Day, when voters approved a property tax increase to help pay for Durango Fire Protection District operations, the agency is resuming a push to implement...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado identifies Montezuma, La Plata as priorities for suicide prevention

The state Office of Suicide Prevention has identified La Plata and Montezuma counties as priority areas for comprehensive prevention efforts. The counties will be part of a collaborative effort...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are region’s lodgers taxes too low?

The Durango Area Tourism Office plans to explore increasing the lodgers tax to boost the budget for marketing Durango to tourists and bring more visitors to the city. It’s a process that would...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet asks FCC for details about rural broadband work

The Federal Communications Commission has been slow to provide details to Sen. Michael Bennet about how CenturyLink is spending millions of dollars on publicly funded rural internet improvements....

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

Warm temps prompt emergency ordinance for bear-strewn trash

Heftier fines for bear-strewn trash are making a come back, as warmer temperatures persist. The Durango City Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance Monday eliminating warnings for...

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

Suicide summit focuses on how to talk about problems, feelings

Talking about suicide and asking about suicidal thoughts is hard. So audience members practiced at the Suicide Prevention Community Summit at Montezuma-Cortez High School. “We’re better off having...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five things to know about Colorado Connect for Health open enrollment

Federal funding cuts to insurance offered by state health care exchanges have raised questions about the coverage that would be available next year. While some people will see prices change,...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five things to know about Colorado Connect for Health open enrollment

Federal funding cuts to insurance offered by state health care exchanges have raised questions about the coverage that would be available next year. While some people will see prices change,...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wolf Creek Ski Area approved for new lift

Next season, skiers and snowboarders at Wolf Creek Ski Area could spend less time shuffling back to the Alberta Lift after venturing too far east. The U.S. Forest Service announced approval of the...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Outdoors