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Phone Number: 970-564-6033

EPA tests water at spill site on U.S. 160

A substance described as diesel or fuel oil was detected in a well about nine months ago at the Wild Wild Rest toxic spill site west of Mancos. The findings were included in a 114-page...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunflower gets international film festival

Area residents will be given the opportunity to decide if a German, Swiss, Turkish, French, Chilean, Danish, British or American film director should win the 18th Annual Manhattan Short Film...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report: Cortez man wields knife for dibs on pork chop

A woman was reportedly held at knifepoint by a baby sitter on Sunday after she tried to eat a left over pork chop. A Montezuma County sheriff’s deputy responded to the cold disturbance call at...

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

Two Re-1 board seats to remain vacant

It appears the seven-member Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 school board will have two open seats this fall. According to district election supervisor Linda Diffendaffer, candidates filed petitions to run...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Education

Cortez man claims ‘illegal sentence’ in child sex case

A Cortez man convicted of attempted child sex assault has argued that the court imposed an “illegal sentence.” In a four-page motion filed in June, public defender Amy R. Smith requested that...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Baxstrom is charged with attempted murder

A Cortez man will face charges of attempted murder and assault in the alleged shooting of his common-law wife. At a hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 26, Garrett “Ty” Baxstrom, 38, was charged with one...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Veterans battle over parade route

The smoke has evidently cleared after a battle erupted over the annual Veterans Day Parade in Cortez. The first shots were fired last November when several veterans opted to boycott the parade on...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

'Dodged a bullet'

TOWAOC - During an economic development tour at the Ute Mountain Ute reservation on Sunday, Gov. John Hickenlooper said he was impressed by the tribe's new state-of-the-art mill and packaging...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: DS - News

New high school opens

Buses and cars dropped students off at the new Montezuma-Cortez High School without much fanfare on Wednesday, as assistant principal Chris Kelley and Ute Mountain Ute education counselor Alicia...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Education

Governor visits

TOWAOC - During an economic development tour at the Ute Mountain Ute reservation on Sunday, Gov. John Hickenlooper said he was impressed by the tribe's new state-of-the-art mill and packaging...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Cortez police officer tackles pedestrian

A man that reportedly upset Walmart customers with a stereo was apparently tackled by a Cortez police officer who has a history of anger-management issues. In a two-page incident report, Cortez...

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

Governor tours Ute tribal land

TOWAOC – During an economic development tour at the Ute Mountain Ute reservation on Sunday, Gov. John Hickenlooper said he was impressed by the tribe’s new state-of-the-art mill and packaging...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

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