Update: Three critically injured in U.S. 491 crash

Three people were critically injured Sunday morning after a semitrailer and Subaru collided on U.S. Highway 491 north of Cortez, the Colorado State Patrol said. Heavy, wet snow contributed to at...

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

Invasive doves common sight during Christmas Bird Count

An unfortunate scene played out on a Saturday morning at a crowded bird feeder in a front yard on County Road 22. Invasive Eurasian collared doves bullied a feasting flock of red-winged blackbirds,...

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

Eli Tomac breaks opening-day curse at Anaheim

Eli Tomac of Cortez raced from the middle of the pack to take third place in the last lap of the opening race of the AMA Supercross season Saturday in Anaheim. It was Tomac’s best finish at the...

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

Update: Avalanche kills backcountry skier near Red Mountain Pass

An avalanche on Saturday killed one skier in the upper Senator Beck Basin northwest of Red Mountain Pass, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center . Four others were rescued....

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

Restaurant inspections: Tequila’s, Wigglin’ Pig and Olio shine

The Journal publishes local restaurant inspection reports provided monthly by the Montezuma County Health Department. Inspections of all retail food facilities are done yearly, and in some cases,...

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

Get ready for another round of snow this weekend

Another round of snow is predicted to hit Southwest Colorado this weekend. Mike Charnick, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction , said that Saturday is expected to be...

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

Update: State propane shortage not hitting Cortez, supplier says

A propane shortage in Colorado is not impacting a main supplier in Cortez. Fraley Co. has a full supply and is meeting customer demands, said General Manager Kelly Gagneaux. He said Fraley’s main...

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

Cortez ‘still evolving’ on snow removal around medians

A city like Cortez can save some money during a light winter. It comes with more serious costs, though. In 2018, Cortez budgeted $60,000 on salt and sand to help with snow removal but ended up...

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

Cortez likely to finish land use code update in 2019

A planning process to update Cortez’s land use code could conclude in fall 2019. City planning staff in late October released a draft update to the code. The process began in 2015, when the city...

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

Former MMA fighter is sentenced for probation violation

A former Army soldier and MMA fighter has been sentenced to two years at Hilltop House community correction center in Durango for violating probation stemming from drug and burglary charges....

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

Montezuma County Fairgrounds gets new leader

Longtime Montezuma County Fairgrounds employee Larry Copeland has been promoted to manager of the facility. He replaces Tanner Young, who served as manager since 2010, but resigned in November to...

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

Online schools free K-12 students from tyranny of the clock

Michele Carver, 17, a Durango high school student who frequently travels for dance competitions, has found a perfect school to accommodate her trips: Southwest Colorado eSchool, where classes are...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Education

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