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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Lawsuit settlement costs county $71K

After months of negotiations, Montezuma County has settled the lawsuit that was filed against the sheriff's office in the summer following the justified shooting of a suspect.Sheriff Dennis Spruell...

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

Sales tax: Better than 2011

The city of Cortez sales tax for 2012 was better than 2011, up 4 percent with still one more month to go, according to figures released by the city.In the first 11 months of 2012 retail sales...

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

Not bad for government work?

Salaries for Montezuma County and city of Cortez employees in many instances are lower than other municipalities around the state.Salaries for elected officials in the county are tied to state...

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

A proposal that's off target?

Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell's views on gun control and proposed new laws relating to this matter mirror what other numerous law enforcement agencies across the country are...

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

Shelter sees effects of frigid blast

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez has seen a shifting clientele since the temperatures started dropping to dangerous lows.Shelter manager Donna Boyd said there have been many more people...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

On the minus side

Temperatures in Cortez on Tuesday hit a record low for Jan. 15, according to a local meteorologist.Meteorologist Jim Andrus said the temperature reached minus 12 degrees on Tuesday beating the old...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sprucing up brownfields

Montezuma County and the city of Cortez are proceeding cautiously when it comes to targeting "brownfields" as they try to make the area more attractive to businesses and the community.Brownfield...

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

Council debates shelter funds

The Bridge Emergency Shelter may receive extra funds from the city of Cortez to help them through the remainder of the year.M.B. McAfee, chair of the board of directors and acting executive...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Experienced attorneys fill deputy DA slate

Newly elected 22nd Judicial District Attorney Will Furse will rely on a combination of local experience and fresh vision to staff the prosecutor's office and handle criminal matters in the district...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Furse takes over as DA

"A little surreal" is how the new district attorney for the 22nd Judicial District described his first day in office.Surrounded by boxes and a jumbled mess of drawers filled to the top with papers...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

More to take home pets

The cost to adopt a pet in Cortez just became more expensive after the Cortez City Council approved a new ordinance to increase fees at the Cortez Animal Shelter. The council, in December,...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cold spell hits region

Bundled with layers of clothing, thick gloves and heavy winter gear to ward off the cold, Larry Copeland was still shivering a little as he removed snow at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds Thursday...

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

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