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Colorado doesn’t have enough ventilators, so medical professionals get creative

WASHINGTON – The limited supply of ventilators is one of the main concerns hospitals face as they gear up for what is expected to be an onslaught of COVID-19 cases in April. To prepare, medical...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez fire crews respond to uncontrolled burns

Two controlled burns got out of control on Tuesday, but were extinguished by Cortez Fire Protection District crews. About 4 p.m., shifting winds that came suddenly out of the north caused a...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Escape from coronavirus news in nature

Social distancing, self-quarantines, job layoffs and a worldwide pandemic. What to do? Escape outside for some space and fresh air. A Colorado stay-at-home order implies exercise should be done...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

CDOT to enhance commercial parking at rest area between Cortez and Mancos

Starting April 6, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner Four Corners Materials will begin rest area truck parking enhancements at two locations on U.S. Highway 160,...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Collision with semitrailer kills Jeep driver in Montezuma County

An Arizona man was killed Monday morning when his Jeep collided with a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 491 near Lewis, the Colorado State Patrol said in a news release. About 9:38 a.m., a purple 1992...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Polis says spread of coronavirus is slowing, but second person in 40s has died

CENTENNIAL – Measures limiting Coloradans’ movement may have begun to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in the state, Gov. Jared Polis said Monday. Polis said the number of people affected by...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How pregnant women in Colorado are adapting to the coronavirus crisis

Taylor Taylor (her first name is the same as her last) doesn’t consider herself a “germaphobe.” But when the first cases of the novel coronavirus emerged in Colorado early in March, the 27-year-old...

DATE: March 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Census underway in Cortez; coronavirus highlights need to participate

The 2020 Census is underway, and leaders of the Montezuma County Counts campaign are urging locals to use their increased time at home to complete the survey. For the first time, the Census is...

DATE: March 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Remote learning begins in Montezuma County

Social-distancing efforts have changed nearly every facet of our lives in recent weeks, from grocery shopping to employment. And with Colorado school closures expected to stretch into the summer,...

DATE: March 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado processed 61,000 unemployment claims in four days

Out-of-work Coloradans continued to file for unemployment benefits last week, but unlike the week before, the state’s system handled thousands more applicants after implementing technology upgrades...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Farmington man gets 7 years in prison for crash that injured Cortez man

A Farmington man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 160/491 that seriously injured a Cortez man. Thaddeus M. Ponder pleaded guilty to felony...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Main Street Cortez’s Restaurant Row takes a hit during pandemic

Since Colorado Gov. Jared Polis closed restaurants to in-person dining to slow the spread of the coronavirus, business in Cortez and Montezuma County has plunged by more than 70% at some...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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