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Archery hits target for Dolores elementary

Dolores Elementary School has expanded its archery program to include fourth grade students, and fifth grade students plan to enter a tournament this month. The National Archery in Schools Program...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

A legacy of new dreams: Director of Bridge shelter to retire

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez is seeking a new executive director. Laurie Knutson, who has held the position since 2013, plans to retire in August. Knutson, 67, steered the organization...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Ute elder Thomas House Sr. dies at age 96

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe said goodbye this week to a well-known traditional elder. Thomas House Sr., 96, passed away on Feb. 12. He was the tribe’s eldest male member, and the remaining son of...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recent snowstorms lower severity of drought in Southwest Colorado

This week, portions of Montezuma and La Plata counties dropped out of the worst drought category, thanks to recent snowstorms. Most of Montezuma County in now in “extreme drought,” down from the...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado’s Hesperus Ski Area reopens

The Hesperus Ski Area is open again, thanks to over a foot of fresh snow and lower temperatures. On Thursday and Friday, the lift will start turning again for night skiing, then throughout the...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County wants say in National Conservation Area idea

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and her staff attended the Montezuma County Board of County Commissioners meeting in person Tuesday to hear a report about the idea of a National Conservation Area on the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Fairgrounds upgrades commercial kitchen

The Montezuma County Fairgrounds has completed an upgrade on the commercial kitchen and on the bathrooms, said manager Justin McGuire. The county installed stainless steel appliances, a new range...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Children create cards for Montezuma County Patriots’ Valentines for Veterans

Nearly 1,000 Valentine’s Day cards made by local schoolchildren were distributed to local veterans last week. The inaugural Valentines for Veterans event was organized by the Montezuma County...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado livestock meeting addresses grazing, wolves

The annual meeting of the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association took place at a larger venue this year because of pandemic restrictions, and the relevant topics important to ranching and...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez woman pleads guilty in Road H shooting case

A Cortez woman accused of shooting a firearm at an acquaintance who had given her a ride to Farmington has pleaded guilty and faces up to 10 years in prison. Kelsey Lynn Brown, 28, pleaded guilty...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Kwiyagat Community Academy prepares to launch in Towaoc

Progress continues on a Ute Mountain Ute charter school that will open in Towaoc this year. The Kwiyagat Community Academy will provide kindergarten and first grade instruction for 30 students...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Defendant pleads guilty in Main Street speed contest

One of two teenagers charged with engaging in a speed contest and reckless driving that caused a three-car crash on Main Street in Cortez Sept. 14 has pleaded guilty. In exchange for a guilty...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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