Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: tbaker@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

More locals pack heat

Montezuma County residents are flooding the sheriff’s office with request to obtain concealed-carry permits. Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell said his office has received 276 permits so far...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

DA’s office goes green with electronic records

Since taking office this year, District Attorney Will Furse has spent about $600 on copy paper. It’s estimated that a tree 4- feet tall and six to eight inches in diameter can produce 16.5 reams of...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

It’s not trash

Thanks to recycling efforts, area residents are pitching in to divert about 1,000 tons of waste every year from the Montezuma County landfill. Recycling efforts in Montezuma County were boosted in...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

Bond hiked for accused machete assailant

Montezuma County Court Judge JenniLynn Lawrence raised bond Wednesday for a 36-year-old Cortez man accused of terrorizing a neighborhood with a machete. Marquez Walker of 422 E. Arbecam Ave. faced...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gentlemen's agreement settles water exchange for now

Mesa Verde National Park and the Town of Mancos have agreed to a temporary water exchange in light of current drought conditions. Mesa Verde National Park has a 1962 junior water right off the...

DATE: July 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

'The next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates'

At 17 years old, Easton LaChappelle has gone places few at his age may ever go. Previously featured in Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines, the senior-to-be at Mancos High School has...

DATE: July 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Judge denies change of venue in Roatcap fire defendant’s case

A defense counsel request for a change of venue in the Roatcap fire case was denied Friday by District Court Judge Todd Plewe. Public defender Amy Smith filed the motion for change of venue, saying...

DATE: July 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Organizers of balloon rally seek volunteers

Mayday. Mayday. Hot air balloon pilots plead for help this weekend, and that’s no lofty request. The Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally descends on the area this weekend, but in order to dot...

DATE: July 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dunn gets 10-year prison sentence

Within 15 minutes of being sentenced to a 10-year prison term Thursday, Mark Dunn was handcuffed inside the back of a Cortez Police Department squad car. Chief District Court Judge Doug Walker...

DATE: July 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Assailant terrorizes strangers

A leisurely stroll around the neighborhood turned terrifying Tuesday when an assailant yielding a machete attacked two women in broad daylight. Wishing to remain anonymous, the victim told the...

DATE: July 25, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s Office posts bust to Facebook page

On Tuesday, the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office posted limited information concerning a drug bust on its new Facebook page. After the Cortez Journal sought additional information — the person...

DATE: July 25, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Online purchase landed Cronk in hot water

A pending felony embezzlement charge against a former Montezuma County undersheriff boils down to an automobile performance chip bought on the Internet. Felony embezzlement and related misdemeanor...

DATE: July 25, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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