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City of Cortez promotes outdoor seating

The city of Cortez is offering to fast-track the application process for restaurants and retail stores looking to increase outdoor capacity. The goal is to offset restrictions on indoor capacity...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man arrested for alleged fentanyl distribution

A New Mexico man, Manuel Nester Vargas, has been arrested for suspicion of illegal distribution and possession of the drug fentanyl in the Cortez area, according to the Cortez Police Department....

DATE: Dec. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Exceptional drought persists in Southwest Colorado

A persistent drought continues in the Four Corners, and residents should expect more of the same, weather officials report. For the Cortez area, precipitation is at 44% of normal for the year, said...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Holiday events focus on generosity, tradition

The tradition of Santa Claus and the spirit of giving will continue this holiday season, but with adjustments for pandemic precautions. On Dec. 5, the Stuff the Bus gift donation event for families...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County deputies search Haycamp Mesa, arrest man sought in collision

A Montezuma County investigation and search for a man suspected of forcing a female driver off the road led to an arrest Nov. 30 on Haycamp Mesa, said Sheriff Steve Nowlin. John Austin Fusco, 37,...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coronavirus outbreaks hit Cortez nursing home, Walmart

New outbreaks of COVID-19 continue to hit Montezuma County and include a senior living center, a church, a county department and a major retailer. The county now has 14 active outbreaks in the...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

A wandering young lion tracked 558 miles to Mesa Verde

A roaming young mountain lion has arrived at Mesa Verde National Park after traveling 558 miles from central New Mexico, wildlife officials report. The young male was fitted with a GPS collar by...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

22nd Judicial District in Cortez holds court remotely

The 22nd Judicial District has implemented an order to conduct all court cases remotely because of the increase in COVID-19 cases in Montezuma and Dolores counties. Until further notice, criminal...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez schools receive Empire Electric rebate check

Empire Electric Association has paid the first rebate to the Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District for installing energy efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units on four local...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stalled Montezuma County recycling gets a reboot

Recycling options were disrupted in Montezuma County because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but services are up and running again, officials report. Local recycling is provided by the Montezuma County...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deadline to enter Cortez Parade of Lights is Thursday, Dec. 3

In these trying times, the 31st annual Parade of Lights is scheduled to offer a glimmer of hope and holiday spirit. The event on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. is organized by The Four Corners Board of Realtors,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Four new outbreaks in Montezuma County; five dead

Montezuma County has four new COVID-19 outbreaks, bringing its total to 10, and Dolores County has reported its first outbreak, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. As of...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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