Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: jgonzalez@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6048

Penny Fieldson trades in trucking license for a hair and nails shop

Longtime Cortez resident Penny Fieldson is trading in her trucking license for a pair of haircutting shears, as she plans to open her own beauty salon, Abstract Hair and Nails, on Nov. 9. Although...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

City plans to add pickleball courts

In response to an uptick in local interest in the sport, the city of Cortez is planning in 2016 to transform the two tennis courts at Centennial Park into pickleball courts as part of a $325,000...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City hashing out 2016 budget

The city of Cortez is putting the finishing touches on its 2016 budget, which is projecting $10.8 million in expenses and $11.4 million in revenue. Overall, preliminary budget figures are putting...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos backyard farming rules now include livestock permit

Recommendations for how Mancos regulates the raising of farm animals within town limits ruffled a few feathers at the Oct. 28 board of trustees meeting, as some thought they may be too onerous in a...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Referendum 5A asks voters to OK hospital tax

The Montezuma County Hospital District is asking voters next week to vote yes on ballot measure 5A, a limited sales and use tax a sales and use tax that will be used to help fund a $14.2 million...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local pumpkin patches still have plenty for Halloween

Thanks to a wet start to summer, local pumpkins have been abundant this season, amid a national shortage of the popular seasonal gourds. Larry Hauser, of Hauser Farms off of Road L near Dolores,...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Living

Natural oils

A Cortez woman who has made her livelihood from the oil-and-gas industry has taken the recent slump as a sign to go after her passion: creating her own line of all-natural skincare products. Kathy...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Delay upsets Paradise Village residents

Residents of the Paradise Village subdivision vented frustrations last week about delayed progress of the major water, sewer and roads overhaul of the neighborhood, and city officials pledged to...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fashion show raises $12,000 for charity

The 5th annual Pretty in Pink Fashion show raised $12,000 for the Women’s Cancer Coalition this year– $2,000 more than its initial goal of $10,000. “We had attendance of over 200 people. It was...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Living

Mancos resident’s photo wins contest

For the past five years, Brenna Spencer of Mancos has been entering shots of her dogs into the annual American Kennel Club’s photography contest. This year, her persistence paid off, as she took...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dog lovers want Cottonwood Park to stay off-leash

Cottonwood Park has been used unofficially as an off-leash dog park for years, and several residents at an Oct. 19 forum on improvements for the park said they want it to stay that way. Town...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Family Dollar store coming back to Cortez

Family Dollar is making its return to Cortez, and construction on the 8,200-square-foot store is wrapping up this year. According to Bryn Winburn, spokesperson for Family Dollar, the store is...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

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