Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: tbaker@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

Carter again faces scrutiny over plan to demolish old M-CHS

Tear it down, or not tear it down? That was the question this week as city and school officials clashed again over the outcome of the former Montezuma-Cortez High School. Outgoing Montezuma-Cortez...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos school board discusses college entrance exams

A Colorado Department of Education proposal to change college entrance exams across the state is on the radar at Mancos schools. State education officials had to backtrack last week after...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Columbine ownership shifts in joint venture

Ownership at The Columbine in Mancos, one of Colorado’s oldest saloons, changed hands on New Year’s Day. Formerly held by a six-person partnership, The Columbine is now owned by Tammy Davison,...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Utes, Cortez Middle School launch monthly science night

Cortez Middle School teachers are reaching out to tribal students and parents in Towaoc, offering a series of hands-on scientific experiments. “The purpose of the program is to provide an...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez superintendent Carter announces resignation

Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 Superintendent Alex Carter announced his resignation Friday in an email to teachers. In a 289-word email on Jan. 15, Carter told teachers that he has accepted an undisclosed...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Civil complaint seeks cleanup of M&M Truck Stop site

The Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety has a filed civil action in district court demanding cleanup at the former M&M Truck Stop. In a four-page complaint filed in April with the 22nd...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Middle School science fair wows judges

From zapping zits with toothpaste to swabbing lockers for bacteria, scientific discovering at the Cortez Middle School is thriving. Held on Thursday, Jan. 15, the annual Cortez Middle School...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow irritates Grand Avenue resident

Town officials met Monday to address how to effectively handle the pressures of mounting piles of snow. “This has been a heavy snow year,” said town administrator Andrea Phillips. At a town meeting...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Becker appointed to Town Board

Three political hopefuls fielded multiple questions on Wednesday before one was appointed to temporarily serve on the Mancos town board. The post comes available in April. While four residents...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Republicans coming up empty in search for caucus site

Montezuma County Republicans are scrambling to secure sites to host party caucus meetings. The caucuses are set for March 1. At a GOP luncheon last week, Precinct 8 co-chair Patti French advised...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outdoor dining proposal for downtown inches forward

A proposal to allow downtown bars and restaurants the ability to provide outdoor dining opportunities inched forward this week. Officially presented to the Cortez City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 12,...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

State: U.S. 160 spill site poses no health risk

A Colorado petroleum remediation official has confirmed that a former gas station site near Mancos poses no immediate health concerns. On Dec. 30, The Journal emailed the Montezuma County Public...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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