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Man pleads guilty to fentanyl distribution in Montezuma County

A New Mexico man, Manuel Nester Vargas, has pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal drug distribution, a Class 3 felony, under a plea agreement with the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office....

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Six COVID-19 deaths, outbreak reported at Cortez and Mancos nursing homes

Six residents of a nursing home in Cortez have died because of COVID-19, and seven people have tested positive at a nursing home in Mancos, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez bike race donates $42,000 to community programs

The 12 Hours of Mesa Verde mountain bike race at Phil’s World was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, but kids who benefit from the charity event did not lose out. That’s because sponsors and...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Raffle tickets available for cattle brand quilt

The Southwestern Cowbelles’ famous brand quilt is up for grabs again. Raffle tickets are being sold for the traditional queen-size quilt, which features 41 local cattle brands. Coincidentally, it...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation calendar highlights work of mystery photographer

A mysterious box of century-old photographs depicting Navajo culture and Western pioneers has been brought to life by two old friends from Dolores. A calendar project called “Hogback in Time” was...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

New commissioners, DA take oath of office

Three newly elected Montezuma County public officials were sworn into office Tuesday by 22nd Judicial Judge Doug Walker. County commissioners Kent Lindsay, District 2, and Joel “Joe” Stevenson,...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Elected Montezuma County officials take oath of office today

Montezuma County officials elected in November will be sworn into office today at 9 a.m. by 22nd Judicial Judge Doug Walker. The newly elected officials are Montezuma County Commissioners Kent...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Online party hosted by Dolores River Boating Advocates

The popular river permit party and fundraiser for the Dolores River Boating Advocates will move online this year because of the pandemic. The live telethon style event will be held Jan. 27-29 from...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspect pleads not guilty in theft of Dolores campground’s iconic Airstream

A Cortez woman charged in the alleged theft of a classic Airstream camper from the Dolores River Campground has pleaded not guilty, according to 22nd Judicial District court proceedings. Elizabeth...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five new coronavirus outbreaks reported for Cortez

Montezuma County has reported five new active COVID-19 outbreaks, bringing its total active cases to 23, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. The county has had a total...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

New year’s first baby at Southwest Memorial is born to Dove Creek family

The first bundle of joy for 2021 at Southwest Memorial Hospital was born into a Dove Creek family Jan. 5. Chealsie Leppert gave birth to Samuel Chanson Jude Montgomery about 6:25 a.m. Tuesday. The...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Patriots rally in Cortez to condemn election results

Honking horns and cheers could be heard along Main Street Wednesday afternoon as supporters of President Donald Trump voiced their concerns about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election....

DATE: Jan. 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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