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Phone Number: 970-564-6033

Kuhn admits to probation violations

After pleading guilty to violating his probation, a Cortez man convicted of manslaughter in the 2011 death of his 6-month-old daughter was again denied bond. At a revocation hearing on Tuesday,...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dispute mires Hampson case

The proceedings for post-conviction relief from a man serving a 25-year prison term for murder barely inched forward this week. Luther Hampson, 30, of Dolores, has filed a motion arguing that...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fifth grades lag in science

Across Montezuma County, only about 1 in 5 students in the Class of 2022 are on track to be college- or career-ready in science. In comparison, about 1 in 3 fifth-graders across the state are on...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton gets earful in town

On summer recess, Rep. Scott Tipton has traveled across Colorado’s 3rd congressional district – Grand Junction, Durango, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Towaoc, Pueblo and Beaver Creek – to speak to...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman survives shotgun blasts, beating

A Cortez woman survived three shotgun blasts after being beaten nearly unconscious last weekend. Her common-law husband has been identified as the suspect. Garrett (Ty) Baxstrom, 38, of Cortez, is...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Re-1 teachers visit Ute tribe

In the Ute language, Towaoc, pronounced TOW-ay-ock, translates into English as “thank you.” That’s according to Ute Mountain Ute Chairman Manuel Heart, who thanked each of the 33 new...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Education

Educators, tribal leaders give blessings at M-CHS ceremony

Hundreds gathered on Friday, Aug. 14 as Native and Anglo blessings were offered at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Montezuma-Cortez High School.The building officially opens for the first day...

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

Kuhn bond denied; hearing delayed

A Cortez man convicted in his baby’s death will remain in custody on a no-bond hold pending a revocation hearing next week. Appearing via telephone at a hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 11, public defender...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Verdict reached in sex assault

A Cortez man could end up in prison for the rest of his life after being found guilty of sexually assaulting his common law wife. After more than three hours of deliberations on Monday, Aug. 10, a...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

New M-CHS thrills parents, students during tour

Spectacular. Impressive. Pretty cool.That’s how some students and parents described the new Montezuma-Cortez High School after touring the building earlier this week.“It’s big,” said senior Colton...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Asbestos removal complicates future of the old school

Re-1 school district officials have found themselves between a rock and hard place with the old Montezuma-Cortez High School building. The district made a rock-solid promise to tear down the old...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Architect’s plan for school came after collaboration

The old Montezuma-Cortez High School, built in 1966, was an antiquated building. Asbestos-based ceiling tiles were falling in the auditorium, and mercury-emitting floors in the gym contributed to...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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