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Census underway in Cortez; coronavirus highlights need to participate

The 2020 Census is underway, and leaders of the Montezuma County Counts campaign are urging locals to use their increased time at home to complete the survey. For the first time, the Census is...

DATE: March 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 54 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

First positive case of COVID-19 in Montezuma County

The Montezuma County Public Health Department and Southwest Health System announced Saturday the county’s first positive case of COVID-19. According to Southwest Health System, officials were first...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Remote learning begins in Montezuma County

Social distancing efforts have changed nearly every facet of our lives in recent weeks, from grocery shopping to employment. And with Colorado school closures expected to stretch into the summer,...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Schools offer free food to students through closures

Montezuma County schools might be closed, but the food line is open. Dolores, Mancos and Montezuma-Cortez school districts are offering free lunches and breakfasts to students 18 and younger, in...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos declares health disaster emergency

The town of Mancos has declared a local health disaster emergency and is moving into a Tier 3 COVID-19 response plan. Declaring a local health disaster emergency will allow local small businesses...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos eateries cope with coronavirus

Restaurants have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, and in Mancos they’re rapidly adjusting structures to stay afloat. The adjustments include new hours, hand sanitizer galore and...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma school districts prepare for online instruction

As the state of Colorado has upped restrictions on public gatherings, the possibility of remote K-12 schooling is becoming an increasing reality. And local schools are scrambling to figure out how...

DATE: March 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Democrats cancel in-person assembly

The Montezuma County Democrats have canceled their in-person county assembly, scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Mary Dodd, one of the assembly’s organizers, said the group had preemptively...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County groups organizing food assistance programs

Montezuma County agencies are organizing efforts to meet food needs as restaurants and businesses close and residents stock up at grocery stores. The COVID-19 Mutual Aid group is facilitating food...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez declares state of emergency amid coronavirus pandemic

The city of Cortez has joined other governmental entities in declaring a state of emergency, which will allow the city to access additional state and federal funds. City Council unanimously...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Updates: Schools extend spring break; city closes library, rec center

As community leaders continue meeting and formulating emergency plans to confront the coronavirus outbreak, a number of Montezuma County events have been canceled or postponed. These range from...

DATE: March 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Columbine Bar sees leadership change

The Columbine Bar has new business owners, and they’re looking to bring it back to its heyday. Betsy Harrison and James Law were both part of a previous group that ran the bar for about 10 years,...

DATE: March 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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