Poverty

Poverty rate for Montezuma County children increases

Montezuma County’s poverty rate for children under age 18 climbed to 29 percent in 2015, though the poverty rate for the rest of Colorado fell, according to the 2017 Kids Count study .The latest...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County’s child poverty rate nearly double state average

More Montezuma County children are affected by poverty on average, and more are born into high-risk situations than the state as a whole, according to a new report from the Colorado Children’s...

DATE: April 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County considers asphalt plant; city weighs in

Is there a good place for a hot asphalt plant? The plants emit black smoke and stink of oil, but they’re needed to pave area roads, which the public demands. The hot-button issue came to the...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico archbishop uses ‘Social Gospel’ to fight poverty

ALBUQUERQUE – When Pope Francis appointed a new archbishop of New Mexico’s largest diocese last year, some anti-poverty advocates expressed optimism given his previous work on immigration reform...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Faith

Kids, trauma and justice in a Native border town

“Nearly every child that enters the criminal justice system has faced significant trauma. The kids out here – my god – they are set up from the day they are born to become criminals.” -  Rose...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Obamacare's repeal could leave Colorado with high Medicaid cost

Thousands of people in Southwest Colorado are enrolled in Medicaid, but the state may not be able to maintain all that coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.President Donald Trump signed...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grange fundraising $60,000 for community food bank

To combat hunger in the community, the Mount Lookout Grange, Mancos FoodShare and Tiopsaye Outreach Group have embarked on a $60,000 fundraising campaign to build a Mancos food pantry for those in...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

State offers assistance to pay heating bills

A state program aimed at helping struggling Coloradans pay for heating bills is taking applications until April 30.The Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), a Colorado Department of Human...

DATE: April 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Baxstrom renews bid to qualify for defender in attempted murder

Denied a court-appointed attorney in November, a Cortez man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his wife has filed a fourth application requesting a public defender. This week, Garrett...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Holiday spirit starts to shine in Cortez

On Black Friday, Keesee Motor Co. wheeled a red truck onto its showroom floor to help collect Christmas gifts for families. “It’s not unusual for the truck to be filled for or five times,” said...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Governor vetoes loan bill

DENVER – Consumer-interest groups rejoiced Thursday after Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed legislation that they feared would have hurt low-income people applying for small loans. The measure would...

DATE: June 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

OHV bill crashes

DENVER - It's been a bumpy ride for legislation that would take steps to allow off-highway vehicles on county roads, and on Friday, that effort crashed. A joint committee of both the House and...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: MT - News