Cortez

Locals weigh in on Prop BB – the pot surplus

Recent online reaction among Journal readers was mixed regarding Proposition BB, a $66.1 million marijuana tax surplus. Last week, The Journal asked Facebook fans to weigh in on whether they...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Referendum 3A asks to continue Dolores Schools tax

Referendum 3A asks voters in the Dolores School District to continue a mill levy passed in 2008 for another eight years. The levy generates $390,000 per year, and if approved, taxes would stay at...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Referendum 5A asks voters to OK hospital tax

The Montezuma County Hospital District is asking voters next week to vote yes on ballot measure 5A, a limited sales and use tax a sales and use tax that will be used to help fund a $14.2 million...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Referendum 4A asks to freeze DWCD levy

For 28 years, McPhee dam and reservoir have been serving Dolores and Montezuma Counties, plus the Ute Mountain Ute tribe, with municipal and irrigation water. The Dolores Water Conservancy District...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local pumpkin patches still have plenty for Halloween

Thanks to a wet start to summer, local pumpkins have been abundant this season, amid a national shortage of the popular seasonal gourds. Larry Hauser, of Hauser Farms off of Road L near Dolores,...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Living

Natural oils

A Cortez woman who has made her livelihood from the oil-and-gas industry has taken the recent slump as a sign to go after her passion: creating her own line of all-natural skincare products. Kathy...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Mining reclamation requires funding

Mining-reclamation experts this week told a congressional panel that good Samaritan legislation and funding for restoration efforts are “inseparably tied together.” The comments came during a...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Western Slope’s baby boomers create demand for young workers

A growing retirement-age population across the Western Slope will be an important economic and real estate market driver in the coming years. Retiring baby boomers “tend to hang out in one place...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Input sought on projects for Montezuma, Dolores counties

The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado is updating the Dolores and Montezuma County Community Development Action Plans, and public comment is encouraged. The document is...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

States sue over new clean air rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – States and industry groups dependent on fossil fuels began filing court challenges Friday to President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Health care website offers more help

The Obama administration is working to make it easier for people to compare health plans and sign up for coverage on the website created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. New...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Briefs

Avian flu outbreak hurts supply of eggs Higher egg prices at restaurants and grocery stores are here to stay for a while. An outbreak of avian flu in June triggered a massive culling of about 42...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business