Position: Reporter

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 970-564-6034

About: Michael Maresh is the education, county and public lands reporter for the Journal. Maresh grew up in Phoenix Ariz., and graduated with a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in the late 1990s and has been a reporter for various newspapers for the last 15 years, most recently with the Rio Grande SUN in Española, N.M. which is 23 miles north of Santa Fe.
When not working, Maresh likes to run, hike, barbecue and is a sports fanatic to the fullest when it comes to football, basketball and baseball.
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Attorney questions Hampson interview

Attorneys sparred over the definition of custody and application of the Miranda rights during a suppression hearing for 26-year-old murder suspect Luther Hampson on Wednesday.The defense is trying...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hampson in court over constitutional rights

A day-long court hearing Wednesday, looked into whether murder suspect Luther Hampson's constitutional rights were violated by the Montezuma County Sheriff's Department.Hampson's attorney argued in...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Rape case in DA's hands

More than four months after two children told police that they were raped at a Cortez motel, the mother of one of the children is wondering why the case remains in limbo.The Cortez Police...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dunn could face more charges

The Cortez man accused of firing a handgun inside two residences Sept. 30 was informed by the the district attorney's office on Tuesday afternoon that the advisement of more charges is forthcoming....

DATE: Feb. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

More than one would think

Late last year, local resident Melvin Darnell Fisher was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual exploitation of children along with eight years on three charges of attempting to commit sexual...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

'More than a uniform'

Vern Rucker and Buck Woodman consider themselves much more than police officers.Everyday during the school year the two Cortez Police officers interact with students in their jobs as school...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parking lot mugging

The Cortez Police Department and the Montezuma County Sheriff's Office are providing preventive tips to residents after a local woman was assaulted in an attempted purse theft on Tuesday night.The...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

More patrol officers on Cortez streets

Doing more with less is what the city of Cortez is now doing with its police departmentTwo additional Cortez Police officers have been patrolling the streets after a shuffle was made following the...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

10-year sentence for robbery

The second man accused in the armed robbery of a Cortez medical marijuana facility in February 2012 was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 10 years in prison.True Earth Medicine, located at 302 North...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Satisfied with billing move

Several months ago the Cortez Sanitation District informed the city of Cortez that it planned to end the 10-year practice of having the city handle its billing.Even after the separation, the...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dove Creek schools to arm administrators

The seven-member board that oversees schools in Dolores County voted to allow the Dove Creek High School principal and district superintendent to carry firearms onto school grounds at a Wednesday...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gun classes packed to pack

In light of the National debates over guns and the Second Amendment, concealed weapons classes have been booming in the area.Howard Miller, a concealed weapons permit instructor for Centurion...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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