Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: tbaker@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

Menacing case ends in mistrial

A Cortez man on trial for menacing and weapons charges received an early birthday present last week after the court declared a mistrial. Moments after day three of the trial started on Wednesday,...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homicide suspect requests bond reduction

Defense attorneys have requested that bond be reduced for a Utah woman accused of killing two people in a head-on collision. In custody on a $75,000 bond, Rowena Yanito, 33, of Bluff, Utah,...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former sheriff hopeful arrested

Once a candidate for Montezuma County sheriff, William “Bill” Conner faces allegations that he molested two underage relatives. Conner, 55, of Cortez, was arrested and jailed on Friday, Oct. 16. A...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunflower to screen ‘Unbranded’

“It’s a film with a cause, but it’s also brimming with drama in the midst of jaw-dropping landscapes,” wrote Los Angeles Times critic Sheri Linden. Featuring stars with one-word names like...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Arts and Entertainment

Trial nears in Samoa-Cortez fraud

A Durango prosecutor has requested that the Samoan ambassador to the United Nations be allowed to testify via video against a Utah man accused of spearheading an international scam in Montezuma...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pedestrian injured during arrest

A Cortez police officer with a history of anger management has been involved in another arrest involving use of force. This time, an apparently intoxicated pedestrian suffered a bloody nose and...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Our forgotten apples

Funds from a $53,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will be used in part to genetically identify historic apples grown in Montezuma County. In recent years, Montezuma Orchard Restoration...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pot dispute erupts at local church

No charges were filed after an armed sheriff’s employee got into a dispute at a local church over a missing marijuana plant. In a three-page report, Cortez police officer Mark Adkins wrote that he...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dove Creek murder trial delayed

DOVE CREEK – Initially set to start in December, the jury trial for a man charged in the strangulation death of his lover has been postponed until next spring. At a motion’s hearing on Friday, Oct....

DATE: Oct. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 votes 3-2 backing plan for hospital tax

During a rare public debate, Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 board members split over a request to back a proposed tax increase for Southwest Memorial Hospital. At the Re-1 board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13,...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

CSD unveils $3.8M budget for 2016

Combining operations and upgrades, the Cortez Sanitation District has proposed spending more than $3.8 million in 2016. The proposed expenditures in the 2016 budget include $1,590,486 for operating...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado pot grower faces pesticide suit

Two Colorado marijuana consumers filed a lawsuit Oct. 5 in state court, arguing that Denver-based LivWell, which owns Beacon Wellness Group dispensaries in Cortez and Mancos, inappropriately used a...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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