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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South Broadway work continues

The Dec. 15 deadline to complete the Highway 160/491 South Broadway reconstruction project that started in July will not be met, and the contractor has been given an extension.Nanci Regnier, public...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Auto theft investigation targets Rule's property

Law enforcement officials are releasing little information concerning a search warrant conducted last week on property where Montezuma County Commissioner Larrie Rule and his wife Pat DeGagne-Rule...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

More beds in Cortez for tourists?

Questions over whether a sewer line had enough capacity to handle a Hampton Inn Hotel on the east side of town has been resolved.The Cortez Sanitation District had these concerns when...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Focused on important subjects

Government, the constitution and the Declaration of Independence are vitally important to Bud Garner.Those three facets of life is what community activist Bud Garner lives by.Garner has been...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Living

Council discusses new legal pot law

The Cortez City Council Tuesday night in a workshop were briefed on the new law that makes possession and usage of small amounts of marijuana legal in the state of Colorado.While the city must...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vandals target SWOS

Two men were arrested on a variety of charges after breaking into the Southwest Open Charter School and vandalizing the school on Nov. 30.Johnathan Paul Snow, 20, of Cortez and Daylen Roy Oran, 18,...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drive time needed for cheaper airfares

Wanting to get away will cost a few more dollars for those not willing to travel more than 100 miles roundtrip to an airport. Residents wishing to fly to Denver can save more than $200 if they...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Bail set at $100K for Greenlee

The 43-year-old Cortez man, who had his second-degree murder conviction vacated in October, had his bond amount set at $100,000 cash on Tuesday morning.Although a bond hearing, the most dramatic...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Devoted dog on the job

Dusty looked back and forth at his handler and the person walking toward the police officer. He waited to see if there was any danger before approaching the person to smell and check to ensure...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

DUI enforcement picks up during holidays

Residents drinking and driving this holiday season are more likely to be caught by law enforcement, and this enforcement was in full force over the Thanksgiving weekend.Lt. Ted Meador of the...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sexual assault plea leads to prison term

A 44-year-old Cortez resident was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison under a plea agreement for sexually abusing three children over a span of several years.Melvin Darrell Fisher was...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Council places 11 properties on historic place register

The Cortez City Council Tuesday night approved adding 11 properties within the Original Townsite of Cortez to the City’s Register of Historic Structures, Sites and Districts.In 2011, the city used...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

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