Cortez

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

Countryside cabins open near Cortez

The newly constructed Stone Turtle Lodges at the northern edge of Cortez offer travelers and vacationers a comfortable and scenic alternative to the routine hotel room. Owners Keith and Janice Moen...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Cortez seeks high school students for youth commission

The city of Cortez is seeking volunteers for a new youth commission, set to start meeting in late July. Management intern Peyton Heitzman first proposed the idea of a commission to the City Council...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pickleball mania strikes Cortez at new courts’ grand opening

About 60 pickleball enthusiasts from the Four Corners area attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cortez’s new outdoor courts on Saturday. In May, the city finished converting some of the tennis...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire grows; firefighters conduct burnout operations

The Burro Fire grew by about 166 acres on Friday, reaching a total of 4,302 acres in the Bear Creek Canyon area. On Friday, the fire showed growth along its northwestern, southwestern,...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

June sets heat records in Montezuma County

June in Montezuma County was a month of wildfires and record high temperatures, but it also saw an unusually high amount of rain. Cortez meteorologist Jim Andrus said the high temperatures on June...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

SWOS students get hands-on experience in farm work

Southwest Open School and the Montezuma Land Conservancy have teamed up to give students hands-on learning experience in agriculture. The agriculture immersion program, in its first year, is funded...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire expands in Bear Creek as forest dries out

The Burro Fire grew by 300 acres since Thursday to 4,136 acres, and is expected to continue growing because of dry fuels and hot, windy weather. The fire is creeping down Bear Creek and has spread...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire pushes to crews’ containment line

The Burro Fire grew an estimated 57 acres on Tuesday and Wednesday, but remained at 40 percent containment, firefighters said. Most of the growth occurred in the northwest part of the fire and near...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez plans July Fourth fireworks show; other towns cancel

Many Southwest Colorado towns have canceled their Fourth of July fireworks displays, but the show in Cortez will go on. After meeting Thursday morning with city officials and the Cortez Fire...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News