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A window into small-town medicine

Studies show one in five Americans live in rural areas, but only one of every 10 graduating medical students ultimately ends up practicing in small towns. A group of those aspiring doctors,...

DATE: June 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Little profit in local festivals

Tourism officials learned Thursday that two local festivals have lost money in recent years. Mesa Verde Country new executive director Heather Hughes informed board members at their monthly meeting...

DATE: June 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

County inmate dies in custody

An inmate at the Montezuma County Jail reportedly committed suicide while in custody last Thursday. Edward Grant Lyen, 61, was booked on a single count of sexual assault of a child Thursday, June...

DATE: June 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Citizens Bank sold N.M.-based bank buys local institution

Four Corners Community Bank, based in Farmington, has signed an agreement to acquire Citizens State Bank of Cortez, a subsidiary of Community Bankshares, Inc. The consolidation was announced on...

DATE: June 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some city workers to get raises

Nearly half of the city’s employees can expect a pay increase effective July 1. Prompted by high turnover rates and small hiring pools, the City of Cortez recently commissioned the Mountain States...

DATE: June 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sanitation district revisits rates

A preliminary rate study suggests the Cortez Sanitation District should bill all its customers a known flat rate. Commissioned by the Cortez Sanitation District (CSD), the study was prepared by...

DATE: June 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roatcap fire case inches toward trial

“I got this one beat, boy!” That’s what Roger “Bucky” Stratton boasted upon exiting the district court house Tuesday afternoon following a 3½ hour motions hearing. His attorney, public defender Amy...

DATE: June 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local felony suspect arrested in Texas

The U.S. Marshals Service apprehended a fugitive in Texas on felony charges originating out of Montezuma County. According to reports, a Montezuma County sheriff detective developed information...

DATE: June 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plotting a healthy harvest

The one-acre Cortez Community Garden on East Empire is donating seven plots to local citizens. Both the non-profit community garden and several local businesses have teamed up to sponsor the free...

DATE: June 13, 2013 | CATEGORY: Living

Free virtual legal aid offered

Pro se is Latin for do-it-yourself. Records show the number of Colorado family law cases without any attorney involved has increased by more than 60 percent over the last decade. Now a new Virtual...

DATE: June 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Mural is a traffic-stopper for Mancos

In the spring and fall, cattle drives near Mancos on Highway 160 can halt traffic. "People will get out of their cars to take pictures of the mountains," said Mancos Liquor storeowner Ryan McKie....

DATE: June 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Family Dollar fire probe continues

Last month’s fire at Family Dollar remains under investigation, but officials hope to have a final report late next week. “The investigation is ongoing,” said Cortez Police Det. Lt. Jim Kingery. ...

DATE: June 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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