Cortez

Handgun lands felon behind bars

A 30-year-old felon was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to a firearms charge. At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Jan. 9, John Finocchiaro of Cortez apologized to...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Better with age

In 1974, the Osprey was on the endangered species list. Mike Pfotenhauer recalled seeing it as a boy in the wilds of Wyoming. It was a unique bird. One he admired. “Most of my competitors have...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Plea deal for arson suspect is rejected

A plea deal was reached, but ultimately rejected last week after the arson suspect claimed that he didn’t start the fire at the Family Dollar Store last May. “I plead guilty, but I didn’t commit...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Idol competition returns to Cortez

Warm up those vocal chords. Auditions for the Real Second Annual Cortez Idol competition kick off next week. Hosted at Blondie’s Trophy Room in downtown Cortez, the singing competition is modeled...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Arts and Entertainment

First baby of the new year surprises new Cortez parents

Cortez’ first newborn in the New Year was Sam Leonard Alvarez. He weighed just four pounds, and was 18½ inches long. Born at 9:07 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey shows 75 percent of Main Street drivers wear seat belts

Along Main Street on Saturday, three out of four Cortez motorists wore seat belts while driving, but only three in five passengers buckled up. The Cortez Journal used proven highway observation...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters get new rescue truck

Awaiting its first official call, a new 2013 Kovatch Mobile Equipment rescue pumper now sits in the parking lot of the Cortez Fire Protection District. “It has that new-car smell,” said Assistant...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Christmas dinner feeds hundreds in Cortez

Hundreds of holiday meals were served at the 25th annual Community Christmas Dinner in Cortez on Wednesday. Held Christmas Day at the Montezuma County Annex, the free dinner is made possible by...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

M-CHS breaking ground for school during solstice

Golden shovels are expected to unearth the 35-acre site for the new Montezuma-Cortez High School at high noon on Saturday, the winter solstice. “The winter solstice is regarded by many native...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer rate hike OK’d

A half-dozen business, government and school leaders cried foul over rate hikes for sewer service, but those concerns were flushed without much ado. Despite public disapproval, rates hikes were...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Machete-wielding man gets 4 years for rampage

A father of five was ordered to serve two years in prison last week in connection to terrorizing a Cortez neighborhood with a machete during the summer. After pleading guilty to three counts of...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Machete-wielding man gets 4 years

A father of five was ordered to serve four years in prison last week in connection to terrorizing a Cortez neighborhood with a machete during the summer. Walter Marquez, 36, of Cortez was sentenced...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News