Position: Journal Staff Writer

Mesa Verde National Park prefers removal of ‘trespass horses’

Mesa Verde National Park is seeking public comment on a plan to remove free-roaming horses and cattle from the park’s interior. Currently, about 80 “trespass horses” and 12 feral cattle roam the...

DATE: April 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Oil and gas drilling could ramp up in Southwest Colorado

The door has opened wider for oil and gas development in Southwest Colorado under the Trump administration. And the time frame for public comment and protest periods is expected to be shortened. A...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Local company may buy Western Excelsior mill site

Aspen Wall Wood is interested in purchasing the remaining assets of the Western Excelsior mill facility in Mancos, officials from both companies announced during a Montezuma County commissioners...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Business

San Juan Forest approves 25 miles of trails at Boggy Draw

In the next five years, expect more nonmotorized trails to appear in the Boggy Draw recreation area north of Dolores. A final plan for 25 additional miles of trails was approved by the San Juan...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee farmers face shortages after dry winter

A Dolores Basin snowpack that came in at half its normal level means McPhee Reservoir will not fill to capacity, and farmers may receive 20 percent less water this season. On Thursday, Dolores...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

BIA officer, suspect shot during scuffle in Towaoc

Two brothers from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe are being detained at the La Plata County Jail without bond after fighting with a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer Sunday at a Towaoc residence. Wendell...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man with four DUI arrests gets 24 years in prison after fatal crash

A Montezuma Creek, Utah, man with four DUI arrests has been sentenced to prison for causing a fatal crash in 2016 while driving drunk to the Ute Mountain Casino. Timothy Amos Merritt, 57, was...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County seeks to hire Social Services director, other staff

Montezuma County departments have several job openings. Three full-time positions are being advertised, as well as part-time administrative jobs. The county is seeking a Social Services director,...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Court upholds flows for Dolores River

A state water court has upheld a controversial new in-stream flow right established by the Colorado Water Conservation Board for the Dolores River. In 2015, the state water board appropriated a 900...

DATE: April 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man charged with slaying in Montezuma County considers plea deal

Kevin Wade Folsom, who has been charged with killing a Southern Ute man on Haycamp Mesa, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing to review a plea deal from the Montezuma County District...

DATE: April 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tourism trends upward in Montezuma County

Tourism is trending upward in Montezuma County, according to revenues from a lodgers tax and Mesa Verde National Park. The revenues from the county lodgers tax revenues increased by almost 10...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Cortez rec center tax passes; Wheelus elected Dolores mayor

In Tuesday’s municipal elections, Cortez voters approved a measure to extend and reduce the sales tax that funds the Cortez Recreation Center. Voters also elected new board members for in Cortez,...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News