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Republicans gather in Cortez for election watch party

Montezuma County Republicans gathered Tuesday in Cortez for an election night watch party hosted by J. Fargo’s Family Dining & Micro Brewery. Manager Tiffany Ghere offered $2 beer specials for the...

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

Update: Montezuma County turnout easily surpasses 2016 tally

On Election Day morning, voters arrived in a steady pace to drop off ballots at the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Several staff assisted voters, and others could be seen in the back...

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

Southwest Memorial prepared for COVID surge

The surge of COVID-19 patients never came for Southwest Memorial Hospital, but it’s prepared if it does. Southwest Memorial has seven negative-pressure isolation rooms to treat COVID-19 patients...

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

Drought puts Dolores district of San Juan forest at high risk level

San Juan National Forest Fuels Crew Supervisor Vince Mowery is deep in the forest above Dolores clipping Gambel oak and snowberry bushes, pulling off pine needles, grabbing a handful of forest duff...

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

Missing Cortez man found dead in Arizona

A Cortez man who was reported missing has been found dead in northern Arizona, according to Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin. The body of Ocean Christopher Rodd, 23, was discovered on Oct. 22...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hiker injured on Wilson Peak recovering

The parents of a hiker seriously injured after a fall on Wilson Peak credit nearby hikers, rescuers and doctors for saving their son’s life. About 11 a.m. on Sept. 26, Joseph Ferrara of Telluride...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parks and Wildlife tests for chronic wasting disease in deer

A technician cuts out the lymph nodes from the bloody neck of a decapitated mule deer head, but it’s not a wildlife Halloween story. Rather Colorado Parks and Wildlife staffer Chad Johnston is...

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

Dolores couple alert community to visiting mountain lion

A security camera captured video of a mountain lion passing through a residential backyard in Dolores Sunday night. The home on Short Street backs up to open space at the base of Granath Mesa. It...

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

Storm grazes Cortez, brings frigid temps

About a half inch of snow fell in the Cortez area from the recent storm. Mesa Verde National Park saw 1 inch of accumulation, and roads near Yellow Jacket says some minor snow drifts. County roads...

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

Early ballot count points to high turnout in Montezuma County

As Election Day Nov. 3 grows near, ballots are flowing into drop boxes and are arriving via mail to the Montezuma County Clerk’s Office. Colorado is a mail-ballot state, and all active registered...

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

Update: Four arrested during drug raid at Cortez motel

Three people were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of drug-related offenses during a raid on several rooms at the American Holiday Mesa Verde Inn in Cortez, according to law enforcement...

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

Ute Mountain Utes face stay-at-home order as COVID cases spike

The Ute Mountain Tribe Council has tightened community restrictions in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases on the reservation. Last week, the tribal council increased its emergency status to...

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

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