Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

La Plata Electric Association has long touted its support for green energy, but now it’s close to reaching a cap on the local renewable power it can support. The co-op serves more than 30,000...

DATE: April 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Child poverty persists in SW Colorado despite low unemployment

Poverty is proving to be a persistent problem for families and children across the region, even though unemployment is low. Recently released Colorado Kids Count data show that 11.7 percent of...

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

What you need to know about Lake Nighthorse opening

Lake Nighthorse opens for recreation Sunday. It is a moment decades in the making. First approved by Congress in 1968 to fulfill a water rights settlement with Native American tribes, it was scaled...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma, La Plata counties rank high for two STDs

Montezuma and La Plata counties rank in the top 20 among Colorado counties for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Montezuma County had the second highest rate of chlamydia and the third highest rate for...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amid shortage, health education centers work to recruit rural doctors

As the nation faces a looming shortage of doctors, rural areas such as Southwest Colorado, could be particularly susceptible. A local organization and similar groups across the state are working to...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vision board installed at Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy

A new chalkboard at the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy asks students to write down their visions. “Having a personal vision or a vision for the world is a guidepost for living your life,”...

DATE: March 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide survivor Kevin Hines to share his story with Durango

Editor’s note: Kevin Hines was scheduled to appear at Fort Lewis College tonight for his presentation: “Cracked: Not Broken: The Kevin Hines Story.” Hines will appear via livestream. The event will...

DATE: March 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Wolf Creek Pass reopens after fatal crash near scenic overlook

A 39-year-old Texas man was killed in a crash involving two pickups near the scenic overlook on Wolf Creek Pass about 4 p.m. Thursday. Trooper Gary Cutler, a spokesman with the Colorado State...

DATE: March 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Student battling cancer will get to meet his NBA hero

Riverview Elementary student Jaden Page will meet his NBA hero this month after battling cancer for a year and a half. The Make-A-Wish Foundation plans to send Jaden, 10, and his family to meet...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield resident announces bid for Coram's seat

Bayfield resident and La Plata Electric Association board member Guinn Unger announced this week he plans to challenge state Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose. The Democrat, who turns 69 on Wednesday,...

DATE: March 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

KSUT ‘Tribal Radio’ documentary earns accolades

The story of KSUT Tribal Radio is garnering recognition from film festivals in New Mexico and California. “Tribal Radio,” by Durango-based filmmaker Sean Owen , won Best Native American Documentary...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College public health program is growing fast

Fort Lewis College established the first public health undergraduate degree program in the state in 2010, and since then, it has exceeded expectations, growing faster than anticipated and breaking...

DATE: March 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Education