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Vehicle-mounted camera will assess road conditions in Cortez

A contractor with the Cortez Public Works Department will drive city streets next week with a vehicle-mounted camera to gather data on road conditions. Beginning March 29, a contractor with iWorQ...

DATE: March 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dove Creek nonprofit releases rehabilitated red-tailed hawk

After four months of painstaking rehabilitation and care, SouthWest Avian Protection Service released a young red-tailed hawk back into the wild Saturday afternoon. The hawk was found in November...

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

Health department’s online vaccine scheduler up and running

The Montezuma County Public Health Department announced this week that its new online vaccine appointment scheduler is up and running. In order to schedule an appointment previously, those seeking...

DATE: March 20, 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

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

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

Cortez Public Library to open at limited capacity

The Cortez Public Library will open its doors at limited capacity beginning March 22. The building will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Curbside pickup will remain an option...

DATE: March 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez schools to go remote for day of March 22

Montezuma-Cortez School District will learn remotely Monday in case staff receiving their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine over the weekend experience any side effects. According to a letter...

DATE: March 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bond reduction denied for man charged with stabbing girlfriend in Cortez

A man charged with stabbing his girlfriend, endangering a child and stealing his ex-wife’s car was denied a reduction in bond Tuesday morning in district court in Cortez. Christopher Wheat, 29, was...

DATE: March 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

SHS team moves back into new Family Birthing Center

Citing progress against the coronavirus, Southwest Memorial Hospital has announced that its Family Birthing Center returned to its permanent location in the inpatient wing this month. According to...

DATE: March 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

City votes to reopen council meetings to the public

Cortez City Council voted Tuesday to allow citizens to appear in person for public comment at its next meeting. Council consulted with Southwest Memorial Hospital’s Dr. Kent Aikin on safe ways to...

DATE: March 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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