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City OKs marijuana dispensary’s relocation

The city of Cortez unanimously approved a plan for a Cortez marijuana dispensary to relocate directly across the street from its current location. After a public hearing last week, The Beacon,...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

City approves land-for-jobs contract with Osprey

The city of Cortez and Osprey Packs have agreed to a deal that provides the global backpack company with land for new headquarters if it adds 45 full-time jobs by 2021. The contract was unanimously...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Governor dedicates Colorado’s Gold Star Tree of Honor

Army Spc. George Raymond Geer of Cortez is one of more than 350 Colorado military service members lost in the global war on terror since Sept. 11, 2001. Gov. John Hickenlooper dedicated the state...

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

Records disprove Cortez convict’s claim of combat duty

Currently in custody at the Montezuma County jail, a homeless man who claimed to be a combat veteran was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008 after boot camp. Military records obtained by...

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

Conman gets 6 months in education scam

The man convicted in an international scam that bilked Cortez-area residents and the Unlimited Learning Center out of $62,000 has been sentenced to six months in jail. After a 45-minute hearing on...

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

Parents, students confront Re-1 board over coach’s release

During a mostly civil exchange, parents and students criticized Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 district’s top athletic official on Tuesday, claiming that politics and favoritism were motivating factors in...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City quietly drops case against owner of Cortez pot shop

City officials have snubbed media queries to disclose why criminal charges filed against a Cortez ganjapreneur went up in smoke. In an exclusive interview last month, Garrett Smith, owner of The...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Towaoc man found dead near Wal-Mart

A Towaoc man was found dead by city recycling crews Monday morning north of Wal-Mart. Brainard Cuthair, 49, was found lying in the grass about 75 feet off of S. Sligo Street just after 8 a.m. on...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Superintendent calls reporter a ‘cancer,’ then apologizes

Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 Superintendent Alex Carter responded to a media request on Wednesday with an email to a Boulder lawyer in which he called a reporter a “cancer.” “I have a really horrible...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless combat veteran jailed

Found guilty in connection to a knife fight, a homeless veteran has been jailed and ordered to seek mental-health treatment from the federal government. To self-medicate with marijuana, the veteran...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Learning about puffers may prevent theft or your car

About 1 in 3 Colorado motorists don’t know that it’s illegal to leave a vehicle unattended while running – even on a frigid morning before driving to work or school, according to Coloradans Against...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez school district to interview board appointees

At a meeting tonight, officials will interview candidates interested in filling two open seats on the Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 school board. Submitting a letter of interest to serve for District G is...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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