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Re-1 board meeting focuses on safety

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 board on Tuesday focused on school safety after a weekend investigation into an alarming social media post. “There were community members, specifically parents of some of...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 7 hours 28 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Basil Rathbone – residents’ best friend – now needs help of his own

The service dog of Madison House Assisted Living recently underwent surgery. Now the people who love him need help to pay his bills. Basil Rathbone was named after a 1940s actor by previous...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 44 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Acclaimed Hot Club of Cowtown to perform in Cortez

The Southwest Colorado Concert Association’s 2017-2018 season continues with Western swing group the Hot Club of Cowtown. The group will perform at the Montezuma-Cortez High School Ralph E. Vavak...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County sheriff investigates social media post of girl with a gun

Law enforcement officials in Montezuma County recently questioned a juvenile girl who allegedly posted a social media photo of herself with what appeared to be an assault rifle. The weapon turned...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

100 Club holds Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser for first responders

The 100 Club of Montezuma County held a Mardi Gras-themed masquerade ball Saturday night to raise funds for families of first responders who die in the line of duty. The event was held at the...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 41 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

CMS eighth-graders work to beautify their school

Lissa Lycan’s eighth-grade language arts students at Cortez Middle School worked to beautify the school during the Feb. 9 school day. According to Lycan, every Friday, her students participate in...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 40 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Education

Rollover on County Road 26 blocks northbound traffic

A rollover crash was reported to law enforcement officers about 11:30 a.m. Friday. The crash occurred on the 11000 block of County Road 26. The driver was transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 27 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Fire Protection District swears in new lieutenants

The Cortez Fire Protection District welcomed two new lieutenants to its ranks on Wednesday night. Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Bittle swore in Charles Borden and Patrick Spencer as lieutenants at the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 31 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Denkai Animal Sanctuary moves to Yellow Jacket

Floss Blackburn moved her national animal rescue organization, Denkai Animal Sanctuary, to Yellow Jacket in October. Founded in 2004, the sanctuary operated in Weld County until the move last fall....

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 23 hours 55 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

‘You may never have the opportunity again’

Lewis Hurst grew up in a different time, one of horse-drawn carriages and one-room schoolhouses. “When you got old enough to do anything, you were up at four in the morning feeding the chickens or...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Second annual Grow-a-Row fundraiser

The Montezuma School to Farm Project is holding its second annual Grow-a-Row fundraiser. The goal is 300 pumpkins of any variety. According to a news release, School to Farm is seeking gardeners...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alpacka Rafts recognized as a top innovator

The Wright , an outdoor-inspired industry summit and award program, has recognized Alpacka Rafts in Mancos as one of the Rocky Mountain region’s top innovators. Beginning on May 1, The Wright will...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News