Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: tbaker@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

State shuts down Red Arrow Mine

A gold miner nine miles northeast of Mancos denies allegations that he used mercury to refine gold. Reached by telephone Monday morning, Craig Liukko told the Cortez Journal he declined to comment...

DATE: July 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Sanitation district rejects billing proposal

Board members from the Cortez Sanitation District held an hour-long discussion last week about altering its current rate structure, only to send the plans back to the drawing board. The greatest...

DATE: July 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Six record highs fell in June

Cortez broke six daily high temperatures readings in June, and back-to-back 102-degree readings matched the city’s all-time record high. Those consecutive 102-degree record highs occurred June 27...

DATE: July 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

City water diversion official after decades

Don’t be alarmed. It appears all is calm — with no more ripples — for a year-old City of Cortez water rights request to resolve an issue with generational roots dating back to an oversight early in...

DATE: July 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Officials cannot confirm Cronk’s résumé

Former Montezuma County Undersheriff Robin Cronk appears to have padded his experience as a law enforcement official. According to his personal page on the social media site LinkedIn.com, Cronk...

DATE: July 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cronk charged personal items

A gun club visit in Scottsdale, Ariz.: $600. Three floor liners from Amazon.com: $270. A single meal at Pepperhead Restaurant: $275. And a Bluetooth microphone from L.A. Police Gear: $217. Using...

DATE: July 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stitched for a queen

Using material from the gowns of former Pioneer Queens, the 2013 Mancos Days Queen Quilt required approximately 150 stitching hours. "It's a one-of-a-kind collector's item," said Queenie Barz. ...

DATE: July 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Town seeks opinions about commercial development

Mancos officials have initiated a 12-question online survey to collect the community's thoughts on future commercial development. "We're hoping to get a better idea of what citizens want," said...

DATE: July 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Shirley Whipple is Pioneer Queen

Shirley Whipple cupped her hand and raised her arm. Then she rotated her wrist back and forth. "I've been practicing my wave," she said, flashing a pink rose smile. Whipple's preparation for...

DATE: July 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Bids over estimate

Cortez City Council will consider two construction bids for a proposed waterline project at its bimonthly meeting tonight. Records show the city’s estimated project cost was $419,275. Grand...

DATE: July 8, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposals sought to spruce up Broadway

Calling all contractors: The South Broadway beautification project is expected to start after Labor Day. The South Broadway improvement project extends from Maple Street south to McElmo. It’s the...

DATE: July 8, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tie a purple ribbon

Danna Nofsinger’s mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1998. She fought the disease for more than 10 years before passing away in 2009. “The main reason I participate in Relay for Life is...

DATE: July 8, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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