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County steps up for McElmo Flume

To prevent losing a key restoration grant for the historic McElmo Flume, Montezuma County commissioners agreed to loan $8,000 toward a required match. In November, the Colorado Historical Society...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Former Cortez priest, Rev. Larry Gallegos, dies at 78

The Rev. Larry Gallegos, who had been with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango on and off for nearly 30 years, died Friday. He was 78. “You won’t believe how many people I’ve had call me and...

DATE: June 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

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Route 66 tourist towns could lose critical funding if program expires

Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at...

DATE: June 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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A search for truth: Albert Pfeiffer, Kit Carson and the Long Walk

Just west of Pagosa Springs is a small roadside park north of the highway. A bronze plaque set in granite says that more than a century ago Capt. Albert Pfeiffer stripped naked on behalf of Utes in...

DATE: June 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

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Southwest Studies kicks off lectures with Adventure in Crooked Canyons

The Journal The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College kicks off its summer lecture series based on the theme “A Year in the Life of the West” with a presentation from Jack Turner, 1936:...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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Wetherill descendant will give Mesa Verde talk

Harvey Leake, great-grandson of John Wetherill, will discuss the activities of his ancestors and their archaeological investigations in the area on June 16, at 7 p.m. at the Visitor and Research...

DATE: June 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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In 1889, Cortez was a ‘wide open’ town

By June HeadMontezuma County Historical SocietyFrank Clyde Thompson came to Montezuma Valley with his parents in 1887, at which time his father, A.L. Thompson, drove into town with three wagon...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back

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Historic homestead restored in Recapture Wash

This month, archaeologists and volunteers helped to stabilize and restore a historic frontier cabin near Blanding, Utah. The Shumway Cabin site, located on the banks of Recapture Wash, is part of...

DATE: May 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Galloping Goose museum proposes expansion

The Galloping Goose Society wants to construct a track behind its museum in downtown Dolores to display restored railroad cars. The plan is to lay 80-feet of track, running east-west, and parallel...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Montezuma Valley bank receives state preservation award

A Cortez building will be among five historic places honored this year by Colorado Preservation, Inc., for preserving a part of regional history. Shawn Collins, of KSJD Radio, will receive the...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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American artifacts: Collectors build museums to benefit local economies

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give,” Winston Churchill said. Now, two Colorado native sons are practicing that wisdom by giving back to their hometowns. Both men...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's travels

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1911 floods brought havoc to Southwest Colorado, Part 1

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series. Part 2, which reports on damage to other areas of the Four Corners areas, will be published on May 5. Rico sounds the alarm Residents of...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Looking back