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Email: sdolan@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

Woman pleads guilty to fifth DUI, not guilty to assault

A Towaoc woman with four prior DUI convictions pleaded guilty Friday in 22nd Judicial District Court to driving under the influence. Shondella Silas, 41, pleaded guilty to the Class 4 felony of...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shiprock man found guilty in Towaoc sex assault

A Shiprock man was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Durango Friday of raping a woman near Towaoc in July. Merle Denezpi, 39, faces life in prison for using force to engage in a sexual act...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County experts share orchard pruning tips

The co-founders of the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project put on a workshop Saturday south of Dolores to share tips on how to properly prune a fruit tree. This is the best time of year to prune...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman suffers concussion after City Market sprinkler fails

An 81-year-old Cortez woman suffered a concussion at City Market on Friday when a sprinkler head that was part of a voluntary recall spontaneously failed. Cortez Fire Chief Jay Balfour on Saturday...

DATE: March 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: City Market in Cortez reopens after fire scare

A sprinkler discharged a few hundred gallons of water inside of City Market in Cortez on Friday afternoon, closing the grocery store for a couple of hours. Firefighters, police officers and...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sergeant cleared in shooting of armed, ‘depressed’ Mancos man

A Colorado State Patrol sergeant who fatally shot an armed Mancos man after a rollover on Thanksgiving Day in Gunnison County will not face criminal charges, according to District Attorney Dan...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman found guilty in dispute with Dove Creek Fire

A jury found a Mancos woman guilty Thursday of criminal mischief for causing $20,000 to $100,000 in damage to the Dove Creek Fire Protection District when she excavated the fire district’s...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council OKs Montezuma Park bandstand

The Cortez City Council approved a code change and rezone that will allow the Cortez Retail Enhancement Association to build a $30,000 bandstand at Montezuma Park. For the past three years,...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wigglin’ Pig granted liquor license in downtown Cortez

The Wigglin’ Pig on West Main Street in Cortez can now serve alcohol along with pulled pork tacos, grilled cheese and other “gourmet comfort food” dishes. The Cortez City Council on Tuesday...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez grants Kiva Montessori permit for two locations

The Cortez City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a conditional use permit allowing the Children’s Kiva Montessori School to move into two buildings as the struggling charter school faces the...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Liquor license approved for Cortez golf simulation business

Beer can now be served at a golf and multisport simulation business on the corner of East Empire Street and Colorado Highway 145. The Cortez City Council on Tuesday approved a hotel and restaurant...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Concrete, asphalt to be diverted from landfill with new machinery

The Four Corners area — and its landfills — could soon benefit from a concrete and asphalt crusher at Cortez-based D&L Construction. Since the machinery is cost-prohibitive to the local...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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