Cortez

Burro Fire slows Wednesday night; rain on horizon

The Burro Fire’s growth slowed down on Wednesday after a day of moderate temperatures and 23 percent humidity. The wildfire, which continues to burn in the Bear Creek Trail area near Rico, grew 15...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff to investigate fatal McElmo Canyon shootout

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on results of a federal investigation into an officer-involved shootout in McElmo Canyon in February that left one man dead. But Sheriff Steve...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez launches crowd-pleasing Fourth of July fireworks

People came to Cortez from all over Montezuma County and beyond to watch Wednesday’s Fourth of July fireworks display, one of the few in Southwest Colorado that weren’t canceled this year. Parque...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dove Creek keeps tradition alive with 63rd Pick ’n’ Hoe

Dove Creek residents and hundreds of their relatives and friends from across the country marked Independence Day on Wednesday with the town’s 63rd annual Pick ’n’ Hoe celebration. The celebration...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Containment crews stay ahead of creeping Burro Fire

Warm, dry weather and low fuel moisture continue to feed the Burro Fire, which has grown 141 acres since Monday. An infrared mapping flight about 8:17 p.m. Tuesday showed the fire was at 4,578...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trinity Lutheran Preschool receives grant for playground

The Trinity Lutheran Preschool was awarded an Early Childhood Health Outdoors Seed Grant from the Denver-based nonprofit Qualistar Colorado. According to a news release, ECHO Seed Grant sites...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

The coal mines of Montezuma Valley, from Mesa Verde to Mitchell Springs

Growing up in Cortez, we always had heat in the house. There was the cook stove – the Warm Morning – maybe the pot belly stove for heat, but I never asked where the coal came from. When a load of...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Looking back

Far View Center at Mesa Verde could become a science museum

In a symposium Saturday in Mesa Verde National Park, a scientist, a historian and an architectural designer outlined a possible future for the long-empty Far View Center. The building, formerly the...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire grows northwest toward Colorado Highway 145

The Burro Fire grew by about 135 acres over the weekend, reaching a total of 4,437 acres in the Bear Creek Canyon area. On Saturday, the fire showed growth along its northwestern, southwestern,...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire on track to become Colorado’s 5th largest wildfire

The 416 Fire is on track this week to become one of Colorado’s largest wildfires in state history. According to a Monday morning update from the National Incident Management Organization, the 416...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire grows to 4,388 acres; smoke advisory goes into effect

The Burro Fire grew by about 86 acres on Saturday, reaching a total of 4,388 acres in the Bear Creek Canyon area. On Saturday, the fire showed growth along its northwestern, southwestern,...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animal Planet’s ‘Rocky Mountain Vet’ offers free clinic in Cortez

Animal Planet’s “Rocky Mountain Vet ” Dr. Jeff Young visited Cortez Saturday for a Planned Pethood Plus spay and neuter clinic. With film crew on scene at the Cortez Fire Protection District...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News