Position: Journal Staff Writer

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Phone Number: 970-564-6033

Carter renews push for mill levy override

The average residential property owner in Montezuma County paid 55 percent less to fund public education last year than in 1995. Last week, Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 Superintendent Alex Carter called a...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 eyes oil-gas taxes

Claiming that Kinder Morgan pays only its minimum share of local taxes, Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 Superintendent Alex Carter said he envisioned company executives laughing all the way to the bank....

DATE: Nov. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 board oaths, interviews planned

At a special swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Nov. 20, Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 officials are expected to conduct interviews with potential board members. To date, three county residents have expressed...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Sheriff reports case of smashed mailboxes is solved

It took local authorities nearly three weeks to crack the case connected to 35 smashed mailboxes last month. Earlier this week, the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office posted a press release on its...

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

Nowlin signs demand to keep Gitmo prisoners out of Colorado

Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin has joined 40 sheriffs in opposition to housing suspected terrorists in Colorado. On Monday, the County Sheriffs of Colorado sent a letter to President Barack...

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

Community unites to honor its veterans

After a year of controversy over the site of the city’s annual Veterans Day parade, Cortez residents and veterans were treated to two events on Wednesday – a Main Street procession and the...

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

Sanitation withholds payment on N. Broadway manholes

Sanitation officials are withholding final payment on a nearly $750,000 North Broadway sewer line project because of subpar manholes. After a lengthy discussion this week, Cortez Sanitation...

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

Are Re-1 schools safe? ‘You bet,’ says police chief

What is the worst-case scenario for local school safety? “An active shooter in one of our schools is my worst fear,” said Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane. “It keeps me up at nights.” “I would echo...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Education

Bond lowered for suspect in vehicular homicide case

Despite receiving a bond reduction last week, a Utah woman charged with vehicular homicide remained in custody on Monday. At a hearing last week, court-appointed attorney Katie Whitney...

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

Vietnam Wall getting a face with a name

When completed, a new education center will put a face to each of the 58,307 names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. “I think Eddie would be all for it,” said...

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

Samoa-Cortez scam ends in plea deal

A Utah man agreed to a plea deal last week, admitting that he spearheaded an international scam that bilked Montezuma County residents out of about $60,000. Appearing before Chief District Court...

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

Box replaces Hayes on Ute Mountain Ute council

TOWAOC – At a Ute Mountain Ute swearing-in ceremony on Friday, a long-standing tribal leader exited, and a fresh face emerged.Gary Hayes opted to not seek another tribal council term in last...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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