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Architect unveils plans for new City Hall

Last week, municipal officials got their first glimpse of preliminary design plans for the new City Hall. In October, the Cortez City Council approved a $3 million purchase price for The Journal...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hemp pioneer fields questions at Ag Expo

An attentive audience of more than 50 local farmers and citizens quizzed America’s first modern-day industrial hemp farmer at the Four States Ag Expo. As the three-day event came to a close on...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. aid to county farms hits $1.4M

U.S. Department of Agriculture census data revealed that government payouts to Montezuma County farmers increased more than 130 percent during a 10-year span, from less than $600,000 in 2002 to...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kids, trauma and justice in a Native border town

“Nearly every child that enters the criminal justice system has faced significant trauma. The kids out here – my god – they are set up from the day they are born to become criminals.” -  Rose...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City forecasts $11.7M budget in 2015

The city of Cortez is forecast to spend $11.7 million in 2015, nearly a 5 percent increase over last year’s budget of almost $11.2 million. Over the past several weeks, city leaders have held a...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City increases grant funding during 2015

The city of Cortez will be more generous in 2015 after municipal leaders agreed to increase its community grant program by 10 percent. The city recently received $117,100 in grant requests from 33...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

CSD presents $1.6 million draft budget

Because of aging infrastructure, about 15,000 feet of the same sewer lines maintained by the Cortez Sanitation District must be cleaned every month. Total CSD enterprise fund operating expenditures...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tests indicate schools have more work to do

Across the board, Montezuma-Cortez district principals agree that more work is needed to improve students’ academic performance. Last year’s Colorado TCAP scores were made available to the public...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

Sheriff, hospital may face $5M suit

The family of a Navajo man who died while in custody at the Montezuma County Detention Center last fall may request $5 million in damages. Harrison M. Begay, 38, of Tonalea, Ariz., died inside a...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

District has plan to raise performance

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District is struggling, but efforts are underway to help turn things around, according to Superintendent Alex Carter. “Our reading levels are most alarming,” he...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

Cortez schools fail to make the grade for fourth straight year

For the fourth straight year, Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 schools did not meet state performance expectations during the 2012-2013 academic year. According to a Colorado Department of Education report...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

City of Cortez projects budget surplus

The 2014 Cortez budget projects a $668,581 surplus, according to a memo that City Manager Shane Hale sent to municipal leaders last week. City leaders will hold public a hearing next week before...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News