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Cortez schools declare critical teacher shortage

Cortez school board members have declared a critical teacher and bus driver shortage. Assistant Superintendent Dan Porter said 31 district staff members have resigned since the end of the school...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

Cortez restaurant Pepperhead plans to close July 7

Pepperhead Restaurant in Cortez will close July 7, more than a month earlier than owners Tess Montaño-Forth and Pete Montaño originally planned. After eight years, Pete Montaño is retiring from the...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Cortez man convicted of menacing, endangerment

CORTEZ – A Cortez man was found guilty Thursday of menacing and reckless endangerment charges in Montezuma District Court. Ruben Duran, 33, was on trial before District Court Judge Douglas Walker...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Longtime Cortez teacher Ray Harriman dies after crash

CORTEZ – Montezuma-Cortez High School social studies teacher Ray Harriman likely suffered heart failure that led to a car crash near the intersection of Fourth Street and Merritt Way in Dolores...

DATE: June 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Red Arrow in Mancos fined $6,400 for mine rule violations

The Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board last week fined Red Arrow Gold Corp. of Mancos more than $6,000 for violating state rules. Red Arrow failed to submit an annual fee, report and map to the...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Mancos Brewing Co. opening new location

Mancos Brewing Co. opened for business Thursday at its new location, and brewer DeWayne Jackson anticipates being able to make a lot more beer. “We’ll be able to increase our daily production at...

DATE: May 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Cortez driver leads officers on chase in McElmo Canyon

A driver led law enforcement officers on a chase down Montezuma County Road G late Friday afternoon before being apprehended about four miles from the Utah state line. The chase began near Battle...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Bikers give Lewis-Arriola student a ride home

Motorcycle riders escorted a Lewis-Arriola Elementary School student home Wednesday after reports that the student had been bullied. Bikers Sharon King, Dawn Lingo, Bill Bone and Rus Bone gathered...

DATE: May 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Run + Hike store opens in Cortez

Darrin and Melanie Dennison hope to encourage people to get out and enjoy the areas around Cortez with their new store Run + Hike. The store has opened at 1 W. Main St. in Cortez, behind FB...

DATE: May 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Mancos State Park preparing for summer of boating, fishing

Though Southwest Colorado saw the return of colder weather recently, Mancos State Park is ready for the summer season, Park Manager Scott Elder said. “It’s coming quickly,” Elder said. “It’s...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Montezuma Land Conservancy developing 80-acre farm

Montezuma Land Conservancy has acquired an 80-acre farm northwest of Cortez that it hopes will become a community resource. “We’re learning tons about the land and how to take care of it,” Jay...

DATE: April 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mancos Elementary Principal Cathy Epps honored as school garden champion

Mancos Elementary Principal Cathy Epps got a surprise on Saturday when she was honored as a Mancos School Garden Champion. Teachers, students and Montezuma School to Farm Project staff members...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News