Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: sdolan@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

Cortez, former police officer pay $100K in misconduct case

The city of Cortez and a former Cortez police officer agreed in January to pay a $100,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed a year after the officer pleaded guilty in a criminal misconduct case....

DATE: March 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Court finds Damron not guilty by reason of insanity

Jeremiah Damron has been found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2017 death of his mother and will be committed to the Colorado Department of Human Services. During a hearing on March 14 in...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Podcast about historic Montezuma Avenue is underway

A podcast that will guide listeners along a walking tour of historic homes on Montezuma Avenue is under production at KSJD. The podcast is a project of the Cortez Historic Preservation Board, which...

DATE: March 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Couple sentenced to 8 years in prison for drug distribution

Before sentencing Lyndel and Sherri Clark to eight years in prison for drug distribution, Judge Todd Plewe said most people age out of the criminal justice system, but the married couple in their...

DATE: March 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former nonprofit director sentenced to two days in jail

The former executive director of a Cortez nonprofit that serves victims of domestic violence was sentenced Tuesday to two days in jail an ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution for stealing from the...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez working through land use code update

The Cortez City Council has completed the first of three work sessions to review an update to the city’s land use code. On March 12, City Planner Tracie Hughes guided City Council through a brief...

DATE: March 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hemp is hot topic at agricultural expo in Montezuma County

There is no stereotype of an industrial hemp farmer. From academics to marijuana producers, urban farm activists to generational ranchers – it seems there’s a place for everyone in the burgeoning...

DATE: March 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ag Expo: Drought planning advised for uncertain future

Southwest Colorado has had a good snow year, with 159 percent of median snow-water equivalent as of March 14, but unless that trend continues, the Colorado River Basin could face some bad news. At...

DATE: March 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ott to pay $54K in restitution to Dove Creek fire department

Mancos resident Julie Ott was sentenced Thursday to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $54,560 in restitution to the Dove Creek Fire Protection District after a jury found her guilty of...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

After verdict, defendant’s family causes disturbance in courthouse

A guilty verdict in a jury trial Wednesday at Montezuma County Combined Courts resulted in the defendant’s family members were removed from the courtroom before being removed from the courthouse...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez delays vote of support for Bennet bill

A vote to express local support for a federal child tax credit expansion bill, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, was scheduled Tuesday at Cortez City Council, but the vote was tabled after...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman accused of fifth DUI charged with misdemeanor

A habitual traffic offender pleaded guilty to her fifth DUI in Montezuma County Court on Wednesday in a plea agreement that reduces the felony charge to a misdemeanor. Alexandra Silas was arrested...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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