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Dolores-Norwood Road will close for 25 miles during winter

Dolores County has issued a winter closure on a 25-mile section of the Dolores Norwood Road (Forest Road 526) for highway vehicles. Vehicle closure gates are placed at the Cottonwood Road...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five more outbreaks reported in Montezuma County

Another senior assisted living facility in Cortez has reported a COVID-19 outbreak, and one resident has died from the disease, according to the weekly report from the Colorado Department of Health...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Moderna vaccine arrives for first responders in Montezuma County

First responders in Montezuma County are next to get vaccinated against COVID-19, officials report. One hundred doses of the Moderna vaccine have arrived at the Montezuma County Health Department,...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Christmas bird count flies ahead in modified form

The annual Cortez Christmas bird count will be held on Dec. 26, but with pandemic-related changes. To protect against the spread of COVID-19, the event will not be an open-invitation gathering like...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aspen Wall Wood fire continues to burn and smoke

The slash fire at the Aspen Wall Wood sawmill yard southeast of Dolores continues to burn and smolder a week after erupting into a firestorm that required two days to contain. The fire that broke...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Senate approves bill to expand Yucca House

A bill to expand Yucca House National Monument passed the Senate Tuesday and awaits President Donald Trump’s signature. The bill, called the Yucca House National Monument Expansion Act, will grow...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

CDOT takes steps to slow traffic at Lewis-Arriola school

In a Dec. 10 meeting with school officials and parents, Colorado Department of Transportation agreed to install warning signs to try and slow down traffic on U.S. Highway 491 at the Lewis-Arriola...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores water and sewer rates to increase

An increase in monthly water and sewer service rates in Dolores will go into effect in January. The base water rate will increase by $5 to $30.84 per month, up from $25.84. The base sewer rate will...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New pediatrician offers insight on COVID-19 and children

Pediatrician Dr. Moriah Tarpey, who was recently hired by Southwest Health System, is concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on children. Tarpey previously practiced pediatrics in Yakima,...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Memorial reaches full capacity; COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Southwest Health System CEO Tony Sudduth reported this week that Southwest Memorial Hospital had reached full capacity, as positive cases of the coronavirus continued to rise in Montezuma County....

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores County goes to more restrictive Level Orange

More COVID-19 cases in Dolores County has moved it to Level Orange on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 risk assessment dial. And in Montezuma County, Southwest...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New pediatrician hired at Southwest Memorial Hospital

A pediatrician has joined the staff of Southwest Health System at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. Dr. Moriah Tarpey is practicing at the SHS primary care clinic, caring for newborns through...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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