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Montezuma, Dolores counties are designated as natural disaster areas

The Journal The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated five counties in Southwest Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by multiple disasters in the...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Ring in the sky catches people’s eye and imagination

A mysterious ring in the sky around Durango on Sunday afternoon had some people wondering if life from another planet had finally arrived to Earth or if the sight was long-awaited evidence of...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter weather advisory: Snow in the mountains

The National Weather Service has announced that a winter weather advisory is in effect for Southwest Colorado from 9 p.m. Monday through 11 p.m. Tuesday. Moderate to heavy snowfall is expected,...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

How a potato helped the Four Corners survive climate shifts

Between 7,000 and 9,000 years ago – during the middle Holocene – the Four Corners area went through a slow but dramatic climatic shift. As the region became hotter and drier, stream and lake levels...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Kids go trick-or-treating with a Cortez firefighter

At the tip-a-firefighter fundraiser at JFargo’s on Saturday, two families won the opportunity to go trick-or-treating with a firefighter. The winning families gathered Monday at the Cortez Fire...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Weather advisory: Up to 14 inches of snow in the mountains

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Southwest Colorado from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Five to 10 inches of snow, with up to 14 inches in isolated areas, is...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

UPDATE: Winter weather advisory issued for San Juan Mountains

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday that calls for snowfall in the San Juan Mountains above 11,000 feet.The forecast...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Freeze warning issued for Monday night in Southwest Colorado

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for much of the Western Slope for Monday night, as temperatures drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s. Locations in Southwest Colorado include...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow falls in mountains near Telluride

The first recorded snow of the season fell last night in Southwest Colorado, blanketing mountain peaks above 12,000 feet. “I’d say it’s less than an inch. It is a sign that fall is here,” said...

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

Thursday lightning strikes cause small fires near Cortez

Cortez firefighters responded to several small fires caused by lightning strikes during a brief thunderstorm Thursday afternoon. Assistant fire chief Shawn Bittle said three trees caught fire in...

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

Burst of wind causes power outage, fells trees in Cortez

Some Cortez residents experienced a power outage and falling trees on Labor Day afternoon, thanks to a brief but intense windstorm. Cortez meteorologist Jim Andrus said at least one microburst...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lightning kills Durango mountain biker at Lizard Head

Lightning killed a 24-year-old Colorado man as he biked Sunday near Lizard Head Pass.The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as John Daniel Huisjen, of Durango. He was biking the...

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