Economic development

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Region 9 finds hope for Montezuma economy in tax credits

A Region 9 analyst focused on an upside of the county’s “distressed” economy during a recent report to the Cortez City Council: Tax help is available. Laura Lewis Marchino, executive director of...

DATE: May 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Federal judge halts Village at Wolf Creek land swap

In a significant win for opponents of the Village at Wolf Creek, a federal judge on Friday invalidated the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to approve a land exchange that would have essentially...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Montezuma Community Economic Development Association elects execs

The Montezuma Community Economic Development Association elected a new executive committee on Tuesday to replace outgoing members and fill vacant seats. The association’s board president, Dave...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Luxury RV resort near Purgatory on hold after contract dispute

A proposed 157-lot luxury RV resort is on hold because of a contract dispute between the landowner and would-be developers, according to San Juan County administrator Willy Tookey. The proposed...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Regional Economic Summit looks at Montezuma County economy

Local economists and industry experts attempted to diagnose the Montezuma County economy in a Regional Economic Summit in Cortez on Wednesday. Keynote speaker was Robert “Tino” Sonora, a professor...

DATE: March 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Colorado Senate panel kills bill seeking to aid rural economies

DENVER – A bill that would have assisted rural communities in wading through the muck of what government assistance was available to them, and how to apply for it, was killed in committee on...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Montezuma County lobbies to reopen Sage Hen campground

Tucked into a secluded cove of McPhee Reservoir lies the once-popular Sage Hen area of the San National Forest.But since it was closed to camping in 2006, the recreation area near Dolores has lost...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ute Mountain casino unveils $5.5 million upgrade

A $5.5 million remodel of the Ute Mountain Casino and hotel in Towaoc was unveiled Dec. 27 during an evening blessing and lighting ceremony. Apprentice General Manager Gary Hayes said it is the...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Retailers must reach buyers outside Cortez to grow

Though total retail sales have increased in Southwest Colorado since 2000, business owners must rely on shoppers from elsewhere, such as tourists and online buyers, to be successful here, according...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Economic development leader Ed Morlan dies

Longtime economic development leader and Bayfield Town Board member Ed Morlan died Tuesday in Durango. Morlan, 66, was having eye surgery on Oct. 31 when he may have suffered a pulmonary embolism,...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Local apples pressed into cider for new market

Local apples were once again pressed into juice for market during a successful pilot project held in a Lebanon orchard last month. The event, sponsored by the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project,...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Workforce development board weighs airport ballot item

Arguments for and against an airport expansion ballot question this fall were presented Wednesday to the Southwest Colorado Workforce Development Board. The ballot measure would raise taxes –...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business