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Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Montezuma County taps into solar energy

Montezuma County is now partially powered by the sun. In March, 208 solar panels were installed on top of the county annex building, which houses the health department, senior center, Colorado...

DATE: May 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Head-on crash closes U.S. 160 east of Cortez

A head-on crash involving a semitrailer and a sedan closed U.S. Highway 160 for three hours early Friday morning east of Cortez, according to the Colorado State Patrol. A 30-year old female driver...

DATE: May 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman suffers burns in camper explosion on San Juan National Forest

A woman suffered serious burns last week from an explosion in her camper parked on the San Juan National Forest near Mancos, the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman, who is from...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man gets three years in prison after incident with police officer

District Judge Todd Plewe sentenced Shane French on Tuesday to a three-year prison sentence and two years’ parole after a guilty verdict for felony menacing against a peace officer. In a January...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Air attack helps tame fire at base of Ute Mountain

A wildfire broke out Wednesday north of Towaoc on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation. The fire burned at the base of Ute Mountain and was brought under control around 5:30 p.m., said Ute Mountain...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde National Park announces partial reopening Sunday

Mesa Verde National Park will partially reopen Sunday after being closed for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The park will increase visitor access with a phased approach, and...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado officials deny Montezuma County’s request to reopen businesses

Montezuma County’s application for a variance from the statewide safer-at-home public health order has been denied by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. The county submitted a...

DATE: May 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County disputes state’s coronavirus death count

The Montezuma County Coroner’s Office is disputing the state’s claim of a third fatal case of the coronavirus in Cortez, saying the person died of alcohol poisoning. County Coroner George Deavers...

DATE: May 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores trail builder named BLM Volunteer of the Year for Colorado

Before Shawn Gregory rides a new mountain bike trail, he often builds it first. That dedication earned him the 2019 Colorado Volunteer of the Year award by the Bureau of Land Management. “I was...

DATE: May 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Waterfall debris injures Telluride woman

Snowmelt is quickly filling creeks and rivers – and waterfalls. On Sunday, a woman was critically injured at Cornet Falls outside Telluride after debris from the 80-foot waterfall hit her in the...

DATE: May 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Opening of McPhee and House Creek boat ramps delayed

The opening of the McPhee and House Creek boat ramps has been delayed until June 1 to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Hand-launched non-motorized and non-trailered watercraft are allowed to launch...

DATE: April 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Partial reopening begins for offices, businesses in Montezuma County

On Monday, Montezuma County offices and local businesses began a phased, partial reopening with restrictions to protect against COVID-19. Officials encourage the public to make appointments before...

DATE: April 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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