Rico tests the water for uses of geothermal resources

Rico is blessed with geothermal resources, but tapping into the underground hot water resource for commercial purposes within town is easier said than done, and costly. The Colorado School of Mines...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cloud seeders get upgrade in mountains above Dolores

A remote-operated cloud-seeding generator is being installed in the mountains above Dolores in an attempt to improve snowpack and runoff into McPhee Reservoir.The Dolores Water Conservancy District...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service collects native seeds for uncertain future

The impacts of beetle kill and fire in the San Juan Mountains have prompted the U.S. Forest Service to collect and store vast amounts of native seeds for future reforestation efforts. Two...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

'Big Rains' and unease put Dolores valley on edge in 1880s

I came to the Dolores River with my parents July 11, 1881. Durango was then less than a year old, and Montezuma Valley was La Plata County. We camped all night on the old Phelps ranch in Lost Canon...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Fort Lewis College admits historic high-achieving Class of 2020

As Fort Lewis College gradually merges into its higher admission standards, due to take full effect in 2019, it’s seeing a corresponding improvement in the achievement levels of students. On Aug....

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report causes clash over single-payer health care stability

DENVER – Proponents of a $25 billion single-payer health care ballot effort say the proposal would be adequately funded, despite an independent study that said otherwise. ColoradoCare supporters...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man receives deferred judgment in child sex sting case

One of several men arrested last spring during a child predator sex sting in Durango received a four-year deferred judgment Monday with a suspended 45-day jail sentence. Christopher Rindfleisch,...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Voters will see 9 statewide issues on November ballot

DENVER – Colorado voters this November will face seven citizen-initiated statewide ballot measures and two other issues referred by the Colorado Legislature. The ballot picture came into focus...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Western monarch butterflies get a closer look

On warm fall days on the California coast, it’s not uncommon to see the iconic monarch butterfly flitting through the sky. In some places, so many butterflies are present that it makes an...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Documentary offers a sharp look at the West’s water crisis

In 1922, seven Western states agreed to divvy up the water in the Colorado River, paving the way for giant dams, reservoirs and aqueducts to move and store it. Over the next century, the arid...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Cemetery limits access after theft and vandalism

The Journal The Cortez Cemetery will start locking its gates because of theft and vandalism, said Gayle Johnson, manager of the Cortez Cemetery District. The cemetery will be open only during...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Donations help summer reading program succeed

The Cortez Public Library would like to thank the following for helping make our 2016 Summer Reading Program such a success: McDonald’s gave gift certificates/bookmarks for Happy Meals; Three...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Thank You Letters

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