Planners adjust logging project to minimize impacts to trails

San Juan National Forest officials addressed concerns about a logging project’s impact on the recreation in the Boggy Draw area north of Dolores during a community meeting March 10 held on Zoom....

DATE: March 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez woman’s baby born with COVID-19 antibodies

A Cortez health care worker who received two shots of the coronavirus vaccine while pregnant gave birth to a girl last month with high levels of virus antibodies. Haley Saunders was nine months...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kaleb Barkhurst pleads guilty to reckless driving in Cortez crash

A man involved in a violent crash on Cortez’s Main Street on Sept. 14 has pleaded guilty to two traffic offenses as part of a plea agreement. During a Montezuma County court hearing March 17, Kaleb...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oxley pleads guilty to official misconduct in fatal shootout

In district court Monday, former Montezuma County Sheriff Sgt. Edward Francis Oxley pleaded guilty to first-degree official misconduct as part of a six-month deferred judgment and sentence for his...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Tribe breaks ground on $3.1 million health clinic

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe broke ground Monday on a $3.1 million expansion of its Towaoc health clinic. The new 5,000-square-foot Indian Health Services building will house dental and medical...

DATE: March 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ranchers and farmers rally in response to governor’s MeatOut Day

Community members led a cattle drive and “freedom ride” along Main Street in Cortez Saturday morning to voice their support for the livestock industry in response to Gov. Jared Polis’ proclamation...

DATE: March 20, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-speed chase ends in crash near Colorado-New Mexico line

New Mexico State Police were involved Friday in a high-speed car chase of a kidnapping suspect on U.S. Highway 491 that ended when the suspect crashed, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The...

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Benefit planned for Lewis-Arriola firefighter with cancer

A benefit dinner and dessert auction for a firefighter with the Lewis-Arriola Volunteer Fire Department who is battling cancer will be held Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm at the Lewis Arriola...

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Justice Department reopens cold case murders on Ute Mountain Ute reservation

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking information on two unsolved suspected murders of Native Americans from Towaoc, on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation. In a news release March 17, the FBI...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

M-CHS plans first live musical in a year, and it’s an original

After a series of coronavirus delays, Montezuma-Cortez High School’s drama students will perform live with a new musical they wrote themselves. Friday will mark the premiere of “The Isle of Skye,”...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge reduces bond for Cortez man suspected in drug case

A Cortez man facing a charge of alleged felony drug possession with intent to distribute received a reduced bond Thursday in Montezuma County Court. Christopher Allen Gonzales was arrested Feb. 17...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who led police on slow-speed RV chase to consider plea deal

The man who led police on a slow-speed RV chase along Main Street in Cortez last month will consider a proposed plea agreement that could land him in prison for 12 to 18 months. Kevin Ritter, 41,...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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