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Montezuma-Cortez seniors graduate after parade to high school

In a unique ceremony that followed social-distancing guidelines and took over the south side of Cortez, the Montezuma-Cortez Class of 2020 graduated from high school. All the while remaining in...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez board approves HVAC upgrades to four campuses

New HVAC systems are headed to the Montezuma-Cortez Middle School and Kemper, Mesa and Lewis-Arriola elementaries. The Montezuma-Cortez school board unanimously approved the purchase and...

DATE: May 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seventh Street road extension ready for use

After years of discussions, Seventh Street has been extended from Sligo Street to County Road 27. The Montezuma County Road and Bridge Department and county officials celebrated the road...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez announces new police chief, library director

The city of Cortez has a new chief of police and a library director. After months of having both jobs posted, the city announced May 18 that Vernon Knuckles will be taking over as police chief and...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez High School commencement plans set

Cortez high school seniors are gearing up to graduate Thursday, and it’s set to be a citywide event. Along with neighboring districts , the Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 has changed its...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Without schools, how are students accessing counseling?

As public schools and colleges move to remote learning to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, students and counselors are faced with a new challenge: How do students access school-based...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Marchless march’ protests state restrictions in Cortez

Dozens of cars and motorcycles processed down Main Street in Cortez Saturday morning for a “marchless march” to protest the state’s restrictions preventing businesses from reopening. Downtown...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores High School seniors graduate in style

High school seniors across the country are facing an unusual, prom-free end to their K-12 careers, but Dolores graduates headed out into the world with much fanfare and style. Resilience and pride...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flyover speeds by Southwest Memorial in Cortez

Locals spread in front of Southwest Memorial Hospital Friday morning with eyes to the skies as two Colorado Air National Guard jets sped by on a flyover over Southwest Colorado. Cortez was one stop...

DATE: May 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez announces layoffs, limited recreational opportunities

Cortez residents will still be able to recreate this summer, although it will look different. On May 12, the City Council approved a series of recreation-related items, including the closure of the...

DATE: May 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores graduation shifts course

Dolores seniors are set to graduate Thursday night, but with a twist to the original COVID-adjusted plans. The Dolores School District Re-4A had decided to hold a Drive-In Graduation followed by a...

DATE: May 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado Council director shares her experience with COVID-19

The full-scale impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic may seem distant, but for Miriam Gillow-Wiles, they’re close to home. The executive director of the Southwest Colorado Council of Governments is...

DATE: May 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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