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Cliff dwelling tours to restart at Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park will restart its hallmark cliff dwelling tours that were suspended in 2020 because of the pandemic. Tours will resume to the popular Cliff Palace and Long House sites....

DATE: April 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Promoter urges repairs to fairgrounds racetrack

Fairgrounds Speedway promoter Gene Felker is urging Montezuma County to repair and upgrade the racetrack, and is interested in renegotiating his contract or purchasing the venue. Standing before...

DATE: April 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores to celebrate SummerFest

Dolores has a new festival this summer, and your pet dog is invited to participate. The inaugural SummerFest will take place July 17 at Joe Rowell Park and features a dog carnival, car show, live...

DATE: April 20, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Warm weather, wind evaporates irrigation season

Runoff from below-average snowpack is forecast to result in the lowest project irrigation supply in McPhee Reservoir history. According to most probable forecast, Dolores River Basin snowmelt is...

DATE: April 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Resigning CEO of Southwest Health highlights achievement

Southwest Health System has announced that CEO Tony Sudduth has resigned. According to a April 16 news release, Chief Financial Officer Rick Shrader will serve as interim CEO. Community Hospital...

DATE: April 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Woman who died from U.S. 491 crash is identified

The woman who died in a one-vehicle crash April 14 on U.S. Highway 491 has been identified as Britany N. Montoya, 32, of Georgetown, Texas, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Three other...

DATE: April 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Abandoned M&M truck stop in Cortez is demolished

Demolition has been completed for the old M&M Truck stop south of Cortez to make room for a new Love’s Travel Stop. Envirotech Inc., of Farmington, was contracted by Love’s to knock down and remove...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pedestrian hit by truck while crossing E. Main Street in Cortez

A man was hit by a truck while crossing E. Main Street this week in Cortez. The man was taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital and released with minor injuries, said Assistant Cortez Police Chief...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low flows on Dolores River will hurt fish

Below-average snowpack and ongoing drought will hurt flows and fish habitat below McPhee Dam going into spring and summer, reports Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Water releases from the dam are...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores continues to study short-term rental rules

During their meeting Monday, the Dolores Town Board was not ready to decide on proposed regulations for short-term rentals. They also gave a bike club approval to build a new trail in town, and...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Solar project proposed northwest of Cortez

A large solar project is proposed northwest of Cortez in cooperation with Empire Electric Association. The five megawatt solar energy system would be built on 52 acres off County Road 24 on private...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Edge of the Cedars archaeologist named employee of the year

Utah State Parks has awarded Jonathan Till, curator of the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, in Blanding, as the 2020 employee of the year. Till is a well-known archaeologist in the Four...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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