Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Burn scar flooding dissipates in Falls Creek Ranch

Heavy rain above the southern end of the 416 Fire burn scar Friday did not materialize into serious flooding, in part, because meadows and fields in the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision helped absorb...

DATE: July 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents worry about blasting for hotels on East Second Ave.

The developer of two six-story hotels on East Second Avenue south of College Drive will have to negotiate with neighbors before excavating with explosives. The city of Durango notified neighbors...

DATE: July 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dock, pavilion and other improvements planned for Lake Nighthorse

A new pavilion, fishing dock and swim beach at Lake Nighthorse are expected to give visitors more options for recreation and help relieve congestion at the lake’s boat ramp. The city of Durango...

DATE: July 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archaeologists find new sites at Lone Mesa State Park

On a low, grassy ridge near a ponderosa pine forest north of Dolores, archaeologists and volunteers identified stones last week that Native Americans likely shaped more than 1,000 years ago. The...

DATE: July 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango students resurrect solar car for Texas race

A student-engineered solar car spent hundreds of miles on the road and then years in storage before Durango students resurrected it to race last week in Texas, where it tested the engineering...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Anglers put in fishing line disposal sites outside Dolores

An angler concerned about discarded fishing line at Twin Spruce Ponds on Colorado Highway 145 was the force behind a new disposal site to clean up the area. During a cleanup day with the Dolores...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Author, nonprofit founder shares the wisdom of weeds

Katrina Blair loves all plants equally, a passion that led her to write a book, start a nonprofit and teach internationally about edible and medicinal weeds. She was 11 when she discovered her love...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

51 days on Dolores River a boon to boaters, biologists

For 51 days this spring and summer, water managers opened the spigots on McPhee Reservoir, sending millions of gallons of water down the Dolores River – a boon to fish, farmers and boaters. During...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Towaoc man found guilty of sex assault charges

A Towaoc man was found guilty Thursday in federal court of two sex assault charges. Ute Mountain Ute tribal member Wambli Mills, 23, used physical force to sexually assault an intoxicated friend at...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bridge shelter and transitional housing to open this fall

A new homeless shelter and transitional housing apartments on East Empire Street are expected to open in the fall and provide a new opportunity for residents to stabilize their lives. The $2.7...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide prevention campaign plans expansion

Suicide prevention messages are expected to blanket Montezuma and La Plata counties in September during an expanded reprise of last year’s successful campaign to encourage at-risk residents to seek...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Insurance premiums may fall 30% for state health exchange customers

Residents in Southwest Colorado purchasing insurance off the state health care exchange next year could see the cost of their premiums fall an average of 30%. The state Division of Insurance...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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