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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Shelter provides assistance to homeless

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez is ramping up for a busy season.The shelter, which opened Oct. 15, opens its doors at 6 p.m. every evening and closes at 7 a.m. the following day. This is one...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

An unfortunate reality

A local homeless man with a medical condition shoplifts on a consistent basis, but he's seen very little jail time.Stormy John has been arrested numerous times in the past couple of months, though...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trust after the bust is a must

Defendants awaiting trial, who bond out of the Montezuma County Detention Center, will be monitored to ensure they are complying with the stipulations set by the court.Discussions about pre-trial...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public pot use could be an issue

Law enforcement has concerns over the new Amendment 64, which allows people in Colorado to use and possess marijuanaOne of the main concerns is no current law enables officers to arrest or cite...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colder weather increases hypothermia cases

With the cold and snow of winter in full force, health experts are providing tips to keep people safe from hypothermia and other effects related to the elements.Southwest Memorial Hospital...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

County still talking settlement

Despite having a mediation meeting on Dec. 7 between the Denver Health and Hospital Authority, the Montezuma County Sheriff's Office and Zachary Sullivan, speaking by phone from prison, no decision...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Butler suffers health scare

When doctors asked Cortez City Council member Tom Butler if he had a fear of flying, he realized might be in trouble.The prognosis from those Durango doctors on the condition of his heart was not...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recent storm puts dent in drought

The 10 inches of snow that fell in the past week has only made a small dent in the drought conditions in Southwest Colorado, according to a local weather forecaster.Meteorologist Jim Andrus...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tragedy impacts Kemp family

The recent mass shootings affected one Montezuma County resident more than most who saw or heard about the news.Greg Kemp got some shocking, heartbreaking news. His son-in-law Steven Mathew...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police chase lands man in jail

A Cortez resident was arrested Dec. 10 after leading Montezuma County Sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph.Shane Billsie, 25, is charged with vehicular...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firearm sales booming following school shooting

Firearms are being sold at a high rate following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, local gun dealers are reporting.Following a trend nationwide, gun owners...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Re-1 schools locked down for 45 minutes

All schools in the Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 went under lockdown for about 45 minutes Wednesday morning after a rumor surfaced that a high school student might be coming to the school...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

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