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UPDATE: One victim of fatal plane crash near Telluride identified

A plane crash on Thursday east of Telluride killed both people on board, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office. The pilot has been identified by the Sheriff as Bryan Lee Kill, 48, of...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Thanksgiving a to-go affair in Cortez

Hosting a takeout Thanksgiving meal for the community is the new main course in these pandemic times. To avoid a large gathering that could spread COVID-19, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Candlelight vigil held for health care workers in Cortez

A candlelight vigil was held at Southwest Memorial Hospital Wednesday to show gratitude for health care workers on the frontlines of the pandemic. About 30 people attended the vigil, organized by...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Final approval of Rico Trail plan pending

The Rico Trails Project has gained preliminary approval from the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. The draft decision and document that found no significant environmental...

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

Phil’s World trail expansion complete

A 24-mile trail expansion project at Phil’s World recreation area east of Cortez has been completed. Trail construction began in spring 2018, and the last few miles were completed this fall. There...

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

Recall petition against Cortez school board member is upheld

Formal protests filed against a certified petition to recall Montezuma-Cortez Board of Education member Lance McDaniel have been denied. If the decision is not appealed, and if McDaniel does not...

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

Ute Mountain Casino holds Thanksgiving drive-thru

TOWAOC – The Ute Mountain Casino and tribal government provided more than 1,500 Thanksgiving meals to tribal members during a drive-thru event Thursday. The event replaces the traditional sit-down...

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

Petition to recall Cortez school board member McDaniel is challenged

A hearing was held Thursday to protest the petition to recall Montezuma-Cortez school board member Lance McDaniel. The validity of the recall petition has been formally challenged, forcing a...

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

Six active coronavirus outbreaks reported in Montezuma County

Montezuma County has six active COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. CDPHE defines an “outbreak” of COVID-19 as two or more people who contract the...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez is hit by pandemic

As a pandemic surge hits the region, Southwest Health System on Wednesday reported adequate capacity for patients, but CEO Tony Sudduth added that COVID-19 exposure has reduced staff and could...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Ute film about pandemic threat to air

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe went into a lockdown to try and protect its 2,100 tribal members. Tribal officials implemented curfews, travel restrictions and closures...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Toddlers get place on playground

The new Dolores Community Playground just expanded to include a section designed for toddlers. KABOOM! donated $80,000 worth of equipment in cooperation with the Colorado Health Foundation. The...

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

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