Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: tbaker@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6033

Children’s advocates plan robust lobby effort in Denver

For child advocates, childhood care, health and education are top priorities during the 2016 legislative session. The Colorado General Assembly convened last week. During the 120-day session, which...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

Sanitation officials blame sewer problem on inmate flushing habits

Montezuma County inmates are under suspicion, but not for unlawful activity. Cortez Sanitation District officials suspect that inmates at the 104-bed Montezuma County jail are flushing items in...

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

Sheriff rolls out Pay My Jailer debt-collection service

To help collect more than $300,000 in inmate debt, the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office is turning to the Internet. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin plans to roll out Pay My Jailer, a...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man’s court fight over privacy fence delayed

Last week, municipal officials agreed to stay a trial stemming from a code enforcement violation issued to a South Madison Street property owner in June. Outside of City Hall, Joe James, the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cash, pot reported stolen in armed home invasion

Masked gunmen entered a Montezuma County home last week and stole cash, marijuana and electronics. Two suspects have been identified. “This is the county’s first home invasion connected directly to...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

City to consider downtown outdoor dining, drinking

City officials are expected to review a draft ordinance on Tuesday night that would allow downtown businesses to offer outdoor dining and alcohol consumption. According to the proposed three-page...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man convicted in Friday the 13th knife fight

A 45-year-old Cortez man glanced at his attorney then shook his head after he was found guilty of first-degree assault late Wednesday. A jury of eight men and four women deliberated for about 90...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hearings stayed for ex-Marshal Cox

Court hearings for a former lawman were stayed on Wednesday after a Montezuma County judge and a La Plata County public defender both withdrew from pending criminal matters. Montezuma County Judge...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Online fundraiser draws ire in Cortez

A $5,000 social media fundraiser for a woman charged with child abuse has drawn ire from multiple residents. “You know this is pathetic,” one woman posted on GoFundMe.com. “And so is she.” Launched...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

M-CHS demolition bid tops $2 million

At $2.2 million, the top estimate to demolish the former Montezuma-Cortez High School building is more than 15 times the budgeted amount. Last month, Re-1 School Superintendent Alex Carter told...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Minimum wage straps local workers

Across Montezuma County, a single mother with a preschooler making minimum wage must work more than two full-time jobs in order to make ends meet. The alarming statistic was recently revealed in a...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

City election process gets underway

The 2016 municipal election process officially launched today with candidates able to circulate nomination petitions. Held on April 5, the election comprises four seats on the seven-member city...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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