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Crime student arrested in theft

A criminal justice student was recently arrested after allegedly stealing more than $5,000 from her employer. About 2 p.m. on Dec. 1, a Dollar Tree district manager called the Cortez Police...

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

Hundreds line Main Street for Parade of Lights

Legend has it that a bird’s nest found in a Christmas tree will lead to health, wealth and happiness in the New Year.“A Christmas Nest” was the theme to the 26th Annual Parade of Lights held in...

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

Beware: Scammers working the lines

Assorted telephone scams are on the rise in Cortez as local authorities field daily calls from concerned residents. “Most of these scams want the individual being scammed to purchase Green Dot...

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

Baxstrom renews bid to qualify for defender in attempted murder

Denied a court-appointed attorney in November, a Cortez man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his wife has filed a fourth application requesting a public defender. This week, Garrett...

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

Holiday spirit starts to shine in Cortez

On Black Friday, Keesee Motor Co. wheeled a red truck onto its showroom floor to help collect Christmas gifts for families. “It’s not unusual for the truck to be filled for or five times,” said...

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

Woman, 66, gets 4 years in meth case

A 66-year-old woman was sentenced to four years in prison this week after being convicted of importing more than $15,000 of crystal meth into Cortez. “I’m just overwhelmed,” the defendant Darlene...

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

Pot growers compare notes

In 2015, a local cannabis advocate conservatively estimates that some 300 farmers across the Four Corners harvested at least 500 pounds of marijuana. A handful of those farmers gathered this week...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Boyfriend’s letter to inmate goes to pot

For generations, marijuana has been rolled inside paper to create what is commonly referred to as a joint. Instead of rolling it, a Durango man is suspected of recently folding a bit of cannabis...

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

Utes request added diplomacy with Re-1

Improved lines of communication could enhance relations with Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 school officials, and more important, benefit students, according to Ute Mountain Ute leaders. “We seem to be an...

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

Data reveal racial disparity in Cortez special education

A disproportionate number of Native students – 2 in 5 – received special-education instruction at local schools last year, according to the 2015 Indian Policies and Procedures report released in...

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

CPD: No updates in apparent BB gun shooting

Local authorities have yet to solve an apparent BB gun shooting spree that occurred more than a week ago along Main Street. As of press deadlines on Monday, Cortez Police Department spokesperson...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Icy patch blamed for slow justice

A Durango public defender recently slipped on an icy patch, breaking her ankle and forcing the court to delay justice again. As a result of the accident, an elderly man agreed to waive his right...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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