Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Fort Lewis College names new provost

A new Fort Lewis College provost who will help promote student success and retention has been hired and will begin July 1. FLC’s first-year retention rate, at 66% for 2015, the last year for which...

DATE: April 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recovered alcoholic encourages others to look beyond addiction

Cruz Baca, a former alcoholic and drug user, got sober after drunkenly hitting two pedestrians on College Drive in 2016 and has since made it his mission to help others struggling with addiction....

DATE: April 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango endometriosis specialist offers patients relief from pain

An internationally known specialist in endometriosis opened a second clinic in Durango, drawing patients who have often endured pain from their condition for 10 years and undergone failed...

DATE: April 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: LIFESTYLE04

Bird’s chicken restaurant to open this week in Durango

Bird’s, a new chicken restaurant and tavern on north Main Avenue, will open this week. The fast-casual restaurant will open in a remodeled building that formerly housed KFC. Its menu will feature...

DATE: April 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flower/coffee shop, medical tourism site among ideas pitched by Fort Lewis College students

A combined flower and coffee shop and a medical tourism website were among the top business ideas students pitched this month during Hawk Tank, Fort Lewis College’s annual business plan contest. ...

DATE: April 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Monica Lewinsky calls for culture of bullying online to end

Monica Lewinsky called for a societal shift to eliminate the widespread culture of bullying and humiliation online during a talk Tuesday at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College....

DATE: April 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

La Plata Electric’s energy supplier funded firm that fought clean air rules

La Plata Electric Association’s wholesale energy supplier is one of more than 20 companies that funded a lobbying firm devoted to fighting environmental protections. The lobbying firm, Utility Air...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Summer gas prices expected to crest north of $3

Gas prices are expected to break $3 per gallon in Southwest Colorado during the summer driving holidays according to AAA. The last time gas prices broke $3 in Colorado was October 2014, said Skyler...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grass fire contained near Highway 172

A grass fire burned 25 to 30 acres Saturday afternoon near Highway 172 and County Road 222 in the Florida River Valley. Despite strong winds, the fire was fully contained before 5 p.m., although...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fundraiser settles lunch debt for students

Miller Middle School announced it would serve partial lunches to students who owed $8 or more to the cafeteria this week, prompting a school employee to start a Facebook fundraiser to pay off their...

DATE: April 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Obesity rates rise in La Plata and Montezuma counties

Too much fat and sugar may be catching up with residents in La Plata and Montezuma counties, causing obesity rates to rise slowly but steadily, a report by County Health Rankings found. About 17...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, county to spend $70,000 on strategic plan to address homelessness

After years of public controversy about how to deal with homelessness in town, the city of Durango and La Plata County have hired a consulting firm to help officials and community members tackle...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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