Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

33-year-old man dies in Montezuma County jail

A man died in the Montezuma County Detention Center on Wednesday morning. Michael McMordie, 33, of Cortez died in his cell between 1 and 1:30 a.m., Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin said....

DATE: May 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 hours 7 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Whitewater dam release for Dolores River scheduled for Memorial Day weekend

A 10-day whitewater boating release is planned for the Dolores River below McPhee dam and reservoir, managers said this week. The recreational water flows will be let out from Tuesday to May 30 and...

DATE: May 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Orchards in Southwest Colorado look promising this year

The apple and peach orchards in Southwest Colorado are blooming late this year, but the delay helped avoid a frost, owners say. A strong crop is expected, thanks to record levels of low-elevation...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Literary Festival to attract dozens of authors

The public is invited to attend a flurry of free writing and poetry workshops at the inaugural Cortez Literary Festival, June 7-8. Keynote speaker Anne Hillerman will kick off the Cortez Library...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Dolores River Festival is June 1

A perfect summer day of music in the park and whitewater rafting will take place during Dolores River Festival June 1. Nine bands will perform between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on two different stages set...

DATE: May 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Community

Don Vic’s Grocery offers authentic Mexican food

A long-abandoned gas station on the east side of Cortez has been transformed into Don Vic’s Mexican Grocery Store. Owner Victor Nunez purchased the building and remodeled it into a brightly colored...

DATE: May 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Lisak hired to lead Dolores Chamber

Susan Lisak has been hired as the new director of the Dolores Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center. Lisak has a professional background in marketing and has been active with the Dolores and...

DATE: May 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Dolores drive-by shooting suspect arrested

A man suspected of shooting at an occupied parked car in Dolores then fleeing was arrested and detained Friday by Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Dustin Ray Wall, 30, was taken into...

DATE: May 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man, dog found dead in motor home fire south of Cortez

A man died in a motor home that caught fire about 1:30 a.m. Sunday south of Cortez, according to Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin. Patrick Goddard, 63, was found dead after a fire engulfed the...

DATE: May 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee Dam release will benefit ecology of Dolores River

A whitewater release from McPhee Dam this month will provide boating fun on the Dolores River, but it also will have ecological benefits. Aquatic biologist Jim White with Colorado Parks and...

DATE: May 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Smoke rises from prescribed burns northeast of Cortez

Smoke has been visible northeast of Cortez from a prescribed burn in the Haycamp Mesa area of the San Juan National Forest northeast of Cortez. Fire crews with the Dolores Ranger District are...

DATE: May 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores boating release could begin by Memorial Day

McPhee Reservoir managers are predicting a whitewater boating release on the Dolores River in time for Memorial Day weekend. The reservoir is rising more than a foot per day, and irrigation...

DATE: May 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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