Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Ranchers face one-two punch from drought, hard winter

Healthy green grass is a welcome sight for cattle ranchers in Southwest Colorado who have faced an exceptional drought, low prices and harsh winter weather. For Brad Fassett, owner of Fassett Hay...

DATE: June 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Laughing gas eases anxiety during labor for moms at Mercy

The anxiety of new moms likely knows no bounds, but in the midst of labor at Mercy Regional Medical Center, there’s a new option to help take the edge off – laughing gas, aka nitrous oxide. The...

DATE: June 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Man hit by train in ‘serious’ condition; may face trespassing charges

A man hit Monday evening by a Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train was in “serious” condition Tuesday at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. Police said Max Benally, 46, and another man were...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police identify man found dead in stairwell

Police on Tuesday released the identity of a man found dead in a stairwell last week on Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Ferlando James, 32, was found Friday morning in the stairwell of a business...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students learn to find secrets hidden in human bones

Elementary school students studied the “bones” of Wild West outlaws for clues about age, gender, height and, ultimately, the identity of the “deceased,” just as professionals would. The bones –...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-speed internet finally arrives to village north of Purgatory Resort

The arrival of high-speed internet has been less than speedy for some residents in Southwest Colorado, including a small village near the La Plata-San Juan county line. But residents and businesses...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire east of Bayfield burns itself out

A lightning-caused wildfire that started on a steep hillside 5 miles east of Bayfield this weekend burned itself out Monday. The 256 Fire ran out of fuel after burning about one-tenth of an acre...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ketamine center aims to help those with depression, PTSD, chronic pain

People living with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain have a new option for treatment in Durango, in the form of an old medication called ketamine. Dr. Dan Caplin opened...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman killed in early-morning crash on U.S. Highway 160

Police have identified the victim of a car crash who died early Sunday in west Durango as Kaila Craig, 19, of Durango. Craig was driving east on U.S. Highway 160 near the Twin Buttes subdivision...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Abortion fight likely to heat up in Colorado

The fight over abortion rights could heat up in coming years in Colorado as anti-abortion activists plan a state ballot question to limit late-term abortions amid a recent wave of abortion...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is banding together the answer to lowering health costs?

Ballooning health care prices in Southwest Colorado have outpaced other areas of the state for years. Now, an effort led by Local First is working to bring down health insurance costs across La...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homegrown CBD oil company grows as national market explodes

While other entrepreneurs were investing in marijuana after Colorado legalized it in 2012, the founders of 4 Corners Cannabis, a La Plata County company, keyed in on its lower-profile cousin, hemp....

DATE: June 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

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