Recent snowstorms lower severity of drought in Southwest Colorado

This week, portions of Montezuma and La Plata counties dropped out of the worst drought category, thanks to recent snowstorms. Most of Montezuma County in now in “extreme drought,” down from the...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man arrested after slow-speed RV chase in Cortez is charged

Formal charges were brought Thursday in Montezuma County Court against the man who led police on a slow-speed RV chase through Cortez earlier this month. The highest offenses that Kevin Ritter, 41,...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Dispatch Center upgrading network for 911 calls

Because of an upgrade to its 911 emergency network, the Cortez Dispatch Center is asking businesses and organizations to check that they can still reach 911. Businesses and organizations that have...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado’s Hesperus Ski Area reopens

The Hesperus Ski Area is open again, thanks to over a foot of fresh snow and lower temperatures. On Thursday and Friday, the lift will start turning again for night skiing, then throughout the...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County wants say in National Conservation Area idea

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and her staff attended the Montezuma County Board of County Commissioners meeting in person Tuesday to hear a report about the idea of a National Conservation Area on the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Fairgrounds upgrades commercial kitchen

The Montezuma County Fairgrounds has completed an upgrade on the commercial kitchen and on the bathrooms, said manager Justin McGuire. The county installed stainless steel appliances, a new range...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Children create cards for Montezuma County Patriots’ Valentines for Veterans

Nearly 1,000 Valentine’s Day cards made by local schoolchildren were distributed to local veterans last week. The inaugural Valentines for Veterans event was organized by the Montezuma County...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eli Tomac finishes fifth in Orlando 1 Supercross

Eli Tomac of Cortez got off to a slow start against a fast crowd Saturday in the AMA Supercross in Orlando but recovered to finish fifth. Starting the main event in 11th place ofter one lap, Tomac...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: More Sports

Southwest Colorado livestock meeting addresses grazing, wolves

The annual meeting of the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association took place at a larger venue this year because of pandemic restrictions, and the relevant topics important to ranching and...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

State details last month’s outbreak at Mesa Elementary

Mesa Elementary School in Cortez reported a coronavirus outbreak last month, causing the school to shut down for 10 days. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

City to hold two public meetings on Master Street Plan

The city of Cortez will hold two public meetings seeking input on its updated Master Street Plan beginning Feb. 17. The Master Street Plan, which hasn’t been updated since 1999, is a guiding...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez woman pleads guilty in Road H shooting case

A Cortez woman accused of shooting a firearm at an acquaintance who had given her a ride to Farmington has pleaded guilty and faces up to 10 years in prison. Kelsey Lynn Brown, 28, pleaded guilty...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

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