Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Four arrested during drug raid at Cortez motel

Three people were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of drug-related offenses during a raid on several rooms at the American Holiday Mesa Verde Inn in Cortez, according to law enforcement...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes ordered to stay home as COVID-19 cases spike

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council has tightened community restrictions in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases on the reservation. Last week, the Tribal Council increased its emergency...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Mancos woman sentenced to prison for killing common-law husband

A Mancos woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison plus five years parole for the second-degree murder of her common-law husband, David J. Mooney. The sentence handed down by 22nd Judicial...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plane crash near Telluride kills newlyweds

A plane crash Monday east of Telluride killed the pilot and the only passenger, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office. The two victims were newlyweds and have been identified as...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fallen puppy, hiker rescued at Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride

A hiker was injured Saturday after falling 30 feet at Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride while trying to rescue a friend’s puppy that had also fallen. Blue, a 3-month-old puppy, lost her footing just...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez couple receives archaeology award

Have you found pottery shards on your property? Ever wonder if that little hill in your backyard is an ancient ruin? Since 2008, the Hisatsinom Archaeological Survey Program has helped landowners...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cortez woman dies apparently riding atop car’s roof

A Cortez woman died Tuesday evening on Colorado Highway 145, after falling from the roof of a moving vehicle, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The deceased victim was identified as Amy A....

DATE: Oct. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mine discharge in Owen Basin not a spill, officials report

A hiker’s report of “orange-colored” water flowing from an abandoned mine into the South Fork of the West Mancos River on Monday triggered an investigation by the Colorado Division of Reclamation...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Injured man rescued from Wilson Peak near Telluride

A man was rescued last weekend after falling on Wilson Peak and suffering severe injuries, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office. The 30-year-old hiker took a “significant” fall on the east...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

DOLORES – Various birds zip and dive around the Benchmark Lookout fire tower as Rick Freimuth scans the horizon with binoculars for any sign of wildfire smoke. His panoramic view encompasses the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Campground’s prize Airstream recovered after theft

A beloved Airstream camper stolen from the Dolores River Campground has been recovered and is back home. The restored 1953 Airstream Flying Cloud decked out in 1950s décor is a popular rental at...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pedestrian killed south of Cortez is identified

A pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night south of Cortez has been identified as Elijah “Eli” Cantsee of Towaoc. Cantsee, 19, was in the southbound lane of traffic on South...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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