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Sale of Montezuma courthouse leaves Bridge shelter in limbo

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez could face its own emergency this year, as Montezuma County commissioners recently put its location up for sale. The decision to sell the Montezuma County...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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What to do with the Justice Center?

When the new combined courthouse is completed late next summer, there will be an exodus from two Montezuma County buildings as departments and court staff are shuffled to new office locations.The...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Long-term campers in San Juan Mountains spur campground closures

Another cluster of campgrounds in the San Juan National Forest faces a ban on overnight camping because a handful of individuals have taken up residence there and trashed the place. “People are...

DATE: June 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Pot dispute erupts at local church

No charges were filed after an armed sheriff’s employee got into a dispute at a local church over a missing marijuana plant. In a three-page report, Cortez police officer Mark Adkins wrote that he...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

Bridge shelter reopens Monday

Last year, the Bridge Emergency Shelter provided lodging and meals to more than 40 homeless citizens on some nights. It reopens on Monday. Located in the old Montezuma County jail on the corner of...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Business District takes new approach with panhandlers

Downtown businesses have asked nicely. They’ve moved or removed benches. They’ve called the police. And now they’re trying something new – a campaign asking people to donate to local nonprofits...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

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Searching for solutions

Durango law enforcement has long been working with homeless residents, but as the problem has become more visible, local agencies are looking to partner with the community to work on solutions....

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Bear bites illegal campers

Two people were transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center early Saturday morning after allegedly being bitten by a bear that wandered into their illegal camp near the Durango Tech Center. Joe...

DATE: May 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Mt - news

Bear bites illegal campers

Two people were transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center early Saturday morning after allegedly being bitten by a bear that wandered into their illegal camp near the Durango Tech Center. Joe...

DATE: May 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Program links food banks with farmers

A weekday evening spinoff of the popular Saturday Cortez Farmers Market is making its return this July, and in conjunction, a new initiative is giving Cortez soup kitchens access to the Evening...

DATE: May 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Mt - news

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New program links local food banks with farmers

A weekday evening spinoff of the popular Saturday Cortez Farmers Market is making its return this July, and in conjunction, a new initiative is giving Cortez soup kitchens access to the Evening...

DATE: May 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

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City ponders panhandling puzzle

Drafting new laws to limit panhandling is proving to be a challenge for Durango. The city stopped enforcing a law that prohibited loitering for purposes of begging last fall after it received a...

DATE: May 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Living