Emily Hayes

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Cortez Stand Down event draws more veterans than previous year

The second annual Stand Down event in Cortez served about 140 veterans Saturday, exceeding the previous year’s number while providing access to basic needs, medical benefits and financial support....

DATE: Sept. 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 hour 51 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores cidery EsoTerra Ciderworks aims to boost region’s apple economy

Before crates of apples come into focus in the cool darkness of the walk-in, Leigh Reeves is already rifling through freshly picked crab apples and tiny, rotund pears. The aroma of apples sifts out...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez schools create new position to help with online learning

The transition to a mix of in-person and online learning has necessitated a new role in Montezuma-Cortez schools – site coordinators. For the 600 students in the district who are learning remotely...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez sales tax revenue higher than anticipated

Sales tax revenue in Cortez is higher than the city initially projected given the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the finance director warned the City Council Tuesday evening that...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

County renews tax relief program for new businesses

Montezuma County Commissioners renewed the Rural Jump-Start Zone program for five years Tuesday, offering state income and sales tax breaks to new businesses and income tax breaks for the...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez plans free landfill drop-off day, curbside pickup

The Montezuma County Landfill will hold a free drop-off day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the day after Cortez’s City Cleanup Week. But Cleanup Week is now on the list of things impacted by COVID-19,...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Professional opera will debut in historic Mancos setting

Live performances are slowly reemerging as a possibility, particularly outside crowded cities. And in Mancos, Opera Lafayette, a professional opera company based in Washington, D.C., will debut its...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Veterans call on young people to serve their community

The city of Cortez officially dedicated the park at 830 E. Main St. as Veterans Park on Friday, which also marked the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against the United States. ...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Cortez finance director pleads guilty to embezzlement

The former Cortez finance director pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzlement of public property and faces prison, probation and restitution if the court accepts the agreement. Katheryn Moss, 70,...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos to distribute $90,000 in grants to businesses, nonprofits

The town of Mancos is directing federal coronavirus relief money to businesses and nonprofits in Mancos that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mancos local government...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Peace marchers and Patriot riders converge at Cortez City Hall

Members of the Walk for Justice and Peace and the Montezuma County Patriots attended a Cortez City Council meeting Tuesday night to address an incident that occurred on Saturday during their...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cold front expected to improve air quality

Southwest Colorado is again shrouded by smoke from wildfires across the West, particularly in California and Utah. But a cold front settling into the region will help improve air quality as the...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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