Lantern Fest putting community gardens to bed

The Common Ground Cortez Community Gardens will be put to bed next week, and gardeners are marking the event with a Lantern Fest. The event is intended to encourage community members to connect art...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Autumn’s prime time in the San Juan Mountains

Lynne Lewis stays busy during autumn leading backpacking tours into the La Plata Mountains from her operation, Rimrock Outfitters in Echo Basin. Business will be good this week as colors peak in...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado senators urge rural PILT funds be reauthorized

Democratic and Republican senators came together last week to request in a letter to the Senate majority and minority leaders a two-year reauthorization of payments in lieu of taxes and the Secure...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lost Canyon wildfire south of Dolores is contained

Fire crews on Friday mopped up a wildfire that broke out Thursday morning south of Dolores, said Dolores Fire Chief Mike Zion. The 2-acre Lost Canyon Fire torched trees and created spot fires in...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

September restaurant inspections: Schools come clean

The Journal publishes local restaurant inspection reports provided monthly by the Montezuma County Health Department. Unannounced inspections are conducted for restaurants, school, hospital and...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Memorial appoints permanent CFO

Rick Shrader has been appointed chief financial officer of Southwest Health System, the management arm of Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. Shrader has been serving as interim CFO since...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crews respond to Lost Canyon wildfire south of Dolores

Local fire agencies are battling a 2-acre wildfire south of Dolores and east of County Road 30. About 25 firefighters are working to contain the Lost Canyon Fire, said Dolores Fire Chief Mike Zion....

DATE: Oct. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sentencing phase of statewide pot busts begins

The sentencing phase of a wide-reaching illegal marijuana farm and distribution network that included operations in Montezuma County has begun. From Rifle to Grand Junction and Cortez to Denver,...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Talented musical expeditionaries perform in Dolores

The folk-blues fusion of Suitcase Junket and singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton will fill the music hall of the Dolores River Brewery Oct. 5 beginning at 8 p.m. The talented duo are bona fide musical...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Medicaid expanding to cover inpatient, residential addiction treatment

An expected Medicaid expansion next year will allow more low-income Southwest Colorado residents struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to seek more intensive treatment. Local addiction...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County, Ute Mountain tribe hold elections

Local elections are on the horizon for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Montezuma County and Colorado. On Oct. 11, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe will elect a tribal chairman and three council members. On...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Secretary of state touts fight against dark money, expanding voter access

Jena Griswold, Colorado’s newly elected secretary of state, said she’s already made strong headway on her three campaign promises in just one year in office. But still, there’s plenty of work to...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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