Cortez

Former Empire worker pleads guilty in embezzlement case

A former employee at the Empire Electric branch in Cortez has pleaded guilty in connection to embezzling about $280,000 from the utility company.Lisa Kay Balderrama, 50, of Cortez, pleaded guilty...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Partners pledge to save Calkins

An out-of-state real estate development group has vowed to preserve the historic Calkins Building and place it on the National Register of Historic Places. Brian Burton, principal of the newly...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspect cleared in Make My Day case

Shane French, 38, walked out of a Montezuma County courthouse a free man Monday after being found not guilty on all charges in connection to the stabbing of a Cortez police officer.The jury of...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez teams win two of four robot titles

Things have changed with how kids are learning to apply science and mathematics. At the Four Corners FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament on Saturday, scores of young students on 18 teams, ages 9...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Education

Twitter interrupted

Before a noon recess on Tuesday, public defender Amy R. Smith asked the court to bar The Cortez Journal from using Twitter for live reports on courtroom proceedings. A Tweet is limited to 140 total...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Officer violates CPD stun gun policy

Testifying at an assault trial on Wednesday, a Cortez Police Department officer admitted under oath that he violated the city’s stun gun policy in the Valentine’s Day confrontation. On the witness...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

D.A. alters trial tactic

Editor's Note: District Attorney Will Furse filed a motion on Feb. 6, 2015, to “dismiss the case  (against Ryan Carter) without prejudice.” The court granted the request on Feb. 6. Click here for...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Officer says suspect stabbed him

Patrolman Casey Eubanks testified this week that he suffered a half-inch long and a half-inch deep knife wound in the Valentine’s Day confrontation. “I felt a sharp burning on my left side,” he...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

The French Trial: Trial may go second week

A weeklong trial started on Monday for a 38-year-old man accused of stabbing a Cortez police officer.Shane French is charged with four counts of assault, including several against peace officers,...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lego Robotics teams going to regional contest in Durango

Lego Robotics. The term conjures visions of kids huddled over an elevated robot game table, holding their breath until they shout in triumph when their robot completes its mission.On Monday, Dec....

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury selected in French trial

A weeklong trial started this week for 38-year-old Shane French, who is charged with stabbing a Cortez police officer on Valentine’s Day. The trial started with the jury voir dire process on...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jurors will get Make My Day case

A weeklong trial is set to start on Monday for a 38-year-old man charged in connection with the stabbing of a Cortez police officer on Valentine’s Day. Shane French, 38, faces four counts of...

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

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