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Jurors expected to decide verdict in knife attack

A jury is expected to decide the fate of a Cortez man this week charged in connection to a Friday the 13th knife attack. The alleged victim was hospitalized after suffering a collapsed lung. At a...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

A Look Back at 2015: Defining moments in Cortez

Here are some of the top stories of the year as decided by the editorial staff.Banks grow weary of 'green rush' In early 2015, less than a fifth of the institutions represented by the Colorado...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thieves target car washes

During an eight-day span last month, thieves targeted two Cortez car washes in apparent attempts to steal quarters, squeaky clean. According to the Cortez Police Department, an unknown suspect...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hospital project wins $2M grant

In addition to a voter-approved sales tax, proceeds from energy and mineral production will also help fund a $14.2 million capital improvement project at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Announced on...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez students lag state test results

Cortez students at every grade level lag average Colorado scores by nearly 20 percentage points in meeting or exceeding expectations in English and math, according to test results from the 2014-15...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos vows next marshal will face strict background check

With a Jan. 22 application deadline approaching, Mancos officials have vowed its next town marshal will be subjected to a thorough background check. Former Marshal John Cox, who resigned last month...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer rates adjusted

Jimmer’s Backcountry BBQ has been paying nearly $120 per month in sewer fees. In the New Year, the rate is expected to drastically decrease. At a special Cortez Sanitation District (CSD) meeting in...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

M-CHS grad launches Air Force JROTC vision

A retired U.S. Air Force colonel is hopeful that a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) can take flight again at the Montezuma-Cortez High School. Michael Pasquin floated the idea to...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez district warned of aging bus fleet

More than half the buses used daily to shuttle students to Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 schools have more than a quarter-million miles on the odometer. “There’s going to come a day that we can’t pick...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Planning and Zoning weighs laundry project

The waters started to churn this week for a new commercial laundry operation after planning officials sorted through numerous zoning concerns. It’s been more than a year since the 1,300 residents...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Christmas dinner is just a few days away

Anytime someone knocked on her door and needed a helping hand, Ethel Jane Giannini obliged. An Italian immigrant who settled in Virginia, Giannini’s Southern hospitality was not only routinely...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute students’ film wins award in Los Angeles

The unimaginable occurred at the recent LA Skins Fest when “Escape,” the first movie ever produced by Ute Mountain Ute teens, won Best Student Film. An authentic story that aims to change the...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Arts and Entertainment

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