Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Hemp entrepreneurs face banking challenges

Opening a checking account or getting a loan can be tough for hemp businesses in Southwest Colorado and across the nation because federal regulations haven’t caught up to the industry. The 2018...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Delta-Montrose Electric prohibited from helping LPEA exit Tri-State

Delta-Montrose Electric Association successfully negotiated an exit from Southwest Colorado’s wholesale electricity supplier this month, but it won’t be able to help other co-ops, such as La Plata...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

New federal funding lowers health insurance premiums on state exchange

Federal funding was approved Wednesday that will help Southwest Colorado residents save an average of 30% on insurance premiums purchased through the state health care exchange. “People that pay...

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

Monsoon arrives, bringing risk of flooding

Grab an umbrella and raincoat: The monsoon has arrived. And with the seasonal storms, an increased chance of flooding below the 416 Fire burn scar. While new vegetation has greened up parts of the...

DATE: July 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tight budget forces CDOT to prioritize highway projects in Southwest Colorado

After Colorado voters refused to increase sales taxes to fund transportation in November, the state is homing in on smaller priority road construction projects to address safety concerns. The...

DATE: July 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smile kids, you’re on candid camera: Durango schools expanding video surveillance

When hundreds of students return to school next month, they can smile and wave: They’ll be on candid camera. Durango School District 9-R is spending $365,000 on video surveillance systems to...

DATE: July 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pine Tree Fire north of Arboles reaches 742 acres

Firefighters worked Monday and Tuesday to manage a wildfire north of Arboles in southwest Archuleta County, allowing it to increase in size to 742 acres to remove fuels and improve forest health....

DATE: July 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three area high schools rank among state’s top 100

In a U.S. News & World Report ranking of Colorado’s best public high schools, Durango High School came in 66th and Bayfield High School was 79th, based on factors such as test scores and...

DATE: July 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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