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Phone Number: 970-564-6033

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DATE: Sept. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Education

Wrongly charged woman free after 6 months in jail

Vehicular homicide charges have been dropped against a Farmington, N.M., woman after she spent nearly six months in the Montezuma County jail awaiting trial. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jonathan...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Balderrama pleads guilty to Empire theft

Sentenced in April to 12 months in prison for filing a false federal tax return, Lisa Balderrama, of Cortez, has since been charged with four counts of theft by local authorities. After receiving...

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

New details emerge in Larrie Rule probe

A recent review of a three-state auto-theft investigation that involved former Montezuma County Commissioner Larrie Rule revealed the existence of a text message that linked him to the case....

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

State may give Native mascots second look

Ute tribal leaders say the state could be a shining example for the nation if Native American mascots were retired at public schools. Earlier this year, House Bill 15-1165 was introduced in Denver...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: DS - Education

Southern Utes say spill cost $200K Heart raises concern about Dolores

IGNACIO - The price tag for the Gold King Mine disaster has reached about $200,000 for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and additional expenditures are likely, according to Southern Ute Chairman...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Guilty plea in Empire theft

Sentenced in April to 12 months in prison for filing a false federal tax return, a Cortez woman has since been charged with four counts of theft by local authorities. After receiving the federal...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: DS - News

State may give Native mascots second look

Ute tribal leaders say the state could be a shining example for the nation if Native American mascots were retired at public schools. Earlier this year, House Bill 15-1165 was introduced in Denver...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: MT - Education

Jammed water dock heads for agenda

At their next regular meeting, town leaders are expected to discuss a needed upgrade at the Mancos water dock. "It's been a problem for years," said town administrator Andrea Phillips. Last week,...

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

Students, teachers rate new M-CHS in survey

After two weeks inside the new Montezuma-Cortez High School, the reviews are mixed among teachers and students. In a limited six-question survey, students and teachers agreed that the windows in...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kuhn is given 2 years in Durango halfway house

After pleading guilty to violating his probation, a Cortez man was sentenced to two years in a Durango halfway house. In custody at sentencing last week, Dylan Kuhn, 22, begged the court to...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 extends Calkins deal

Redevelopment of the boarded-up Calkins Building in downtown Cortez has been delayed. Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 school district officials, who own the 1909 former schoolhouse, voted unanimously last...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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