‘Exceptional’ drought now plagues parts of Western Slope

Colorado’s drought conditions have worsened this week. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 90 percent of the state is in a severe drought, and more than half is considered in extreme...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Ute official leaves post amid Facebook disputes

The chairman of the election board for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has left his post after engaging in contentious exchanges with Towaoc and Cortez-area residents on social media over political...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez driver faces homicide charge, $500k bond after woman dies

A Cortez woman died Tuesday evening on Colorado Highway 145, after falling from the roof of a moving vehicle, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The deceased victim was identified as Amy A....

DATE: Oct. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bustang commits to expansion in Southwest Colorado

Not everyone has a reliable car. Many people can’t drive because of a health or legal condition, and others simply prefer to let someone else take the wheel, especially in winter. So when the...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commercial driving courses offered for Ute Mountain Ute community

The Ute Mountain Tribe and the Unlimited Learning Center have partnered to offer commercial driving training for tribal members in Towaoc. The five-week course will be offered 10 times in the next...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three land use code changes get green light

Montezuma County Commissioners agreed to change four items on the Montezuma County land use code, but will continue to review three controversial items. For public notice on proposed land use...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mine discharge in Owen Basin not a spill, officials report

A hiker’s report of “orange-colored” water flowing from an abandoned mine into the South Fork of the West Mancos River Monday triggered an investigation by the Colorado Division of Reclamation...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Athlete of the Week: Dylan Kibel sees hard work pay off

Just before the clock strikes 8 a.m. at Montezuma-Cortez High School, the sound of a bat smashing a ball echoes down the halls. The sounds, which come courtesy of senior Dylan Kibel, speak of hard...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Injured man rescued from Wilson Peak near Telluride

A man was rescued Saturday after falling on Wilson Peak and sustaining severe injuries, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office. The 30-year-old hiker took a “significant” fall on the east...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County discusses proposal to reduce setbacks

Montezuma County commissioners and the public Tuesday debated proposed land use code changes that would reduce setbacks from property lines and eliminate size restrictions for secondary residences....

DATE: Sept. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Debate continues for reducing 3-acre minimum

The Montezuma County Board of County Commissioners will continue to study a controversial land use code proposal to reduce the minimum lot size from 3 acres to 1 acre after hearing from residents...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez couple receives archaeology award

Have you found pottery shards on your property? Ever wonder if that little hill in your backyard is an ancient ruin? Since 2008, the Hisatsinom Archaeological Survey Program has helped landowners...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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