Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: tbaker@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

Officer uncovers outdoor ganja grow

A Cortez man has been ticketed after police discovered an outdoor marijauana grow in a residential backyard. According to a two-page police report, Cortez police officer Jennifer Goodall was on...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. official confirms investigation on Ute Mountain Ute reservation

A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson has confirmed that federal officials are actively investigating a case on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation southwest of Cortez. After receiving a tip about a...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman claims neighbor shot breeding bull

A Dolores man faces up to six years in prison if convicted on charges stemming from the shooting of a neighbor’s bull.Upon the request of District Attorney Will Furse, Scott Klassen, 57, was bound...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute elections are next week

A total of nine candidates are seeking election to one of two three-year terms on the Ute Mountain Ute tribal council. The election, open to tribal members 18 and older, is held Friday, Oct. 9....

DATE: Oct. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Board revisits retired M-CHS

After a 45-minute discussion this week, school officials have agreed to pursue three avenues regarding the former Montezuma-Cortez High School building. At a special workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 29,...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Area kids face hardships

Nearly 2 in 3 Montezuma County children under the age of 6 reside in homes that face financial hardships. While only about a third of Montezuma County children live below the federal poverty level,...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lt. Gov. Garcia reads to area preschoolers

Earlier this year, pediatricians at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that reading to a toddler activates brain networks that support budding literacy. This week, Colorado Lt....

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former deputy challenges details

In a November 2013 termination letter, a Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office official bulleted reasons to fire Patricia McEachern. A Denver attorney rebutted the claims, according to documents...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Journal obtained records after 6 requests

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office turned over public records in the Patricia McEachern discrimination case only after a First Amendment attorney requested the records on behalf of The Journal,...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

MCSO pays $158K in case

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office has settled a 2013 employment dispute involving a former deputy. The settlement reached in June includes a $158,529 payment to Patricia McEachern, who was...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Clampers honor Mitchell Springs

Located south of Cortez, Mitchell Springs once provided area residents and travelers with water. The site will be commemorated on Saturday. Near the intersection of South Oak Street and County Road...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge guides grand jury

Sixteen area residents were impaneled for a grand jury on Wednesday. They are likely to meet periodically over the next several months. Chief District Court Judge Doug Walker provided an overview...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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