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Vesicular stomatitis declines, but spreads

The vesicular stomatitis outbreak isn’t as bad as last year, says the Colorado state veterinarian, but the contagious equine and livestock disease is spread across a wider geographic area than has...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

‘Stigma’ from Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River could linger

Unsure of the economic losses the “stigma” of the Gold King Mine spill will have on businesses and property owners, an environmental litigation firm held a discussion Friday about the rights and...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Relief-fund donations are slow

Durango is not living up to its reputation as a generous community in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River. Ten days after the Community Emergency Relief Fund was...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Purgatory looking up

For Purgatory Resort’s new owner James Coleman, replacing the notoriously slow-moving Legends Lift 8 is only the first step of his long-term vision that looks to improve the ski mountain. “We want...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

State a model for stopping gas waste

DENVER – A nonpartisan watchdog group launched a three-state campaign to end waste of natural gas on public lands. Michael Surrusco, senior policy analyst with Taxpayers for Common Sense, said that...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Poor-performing gas wells being plugged

Several poor-performing gas wells north of Narraguinnep Reservoir are being plugged. In 2009, the Bill Barrett Corp. installed wildcat wells on private land north of Road X to tap natural gas...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Officials discuss tribal community safety concerns

IGNACIO – On the topic of public safety in tribal communities, U.S. attorneys had questions rather than answers for law-enforcement officials, prosecutors and victim-assistance workers attending...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute tribe considers renewables

The Ute Mountain Ute tribe may benefit from wind, solar and hydro-electric power, according to participants at a forum on renewable energy last week in Towaoc. The three-day event featured...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez code-enforcement actions rise 513%

Data collected by the Cortez Planning and Building department since 2012 shows there’s been a roughly 513 percent increase in code-enforcement actions over the past three years as the city tightens...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Who’s in, who’s out on M-CHS coaching staff?

The status of the coaching staff at Montezuma-Cortez High School was uncertain Monday after head coach Dave Wagner announced that three assistant coaches had resigned. According to Wagner,...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Cortez, Dolores, Mancos papers will combine into The Journal

Ballantine Communications, Inc. will soon consolidate The Cortez Journal, Dolores Star and Mancos Times into one newspaper, named The Journal. Our local journalists and advertising representatives...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Obama’s misjudgment helping reheat Cold War

WASHINGTON – On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

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