Position: Journal Staff Writer

Kinder Morgan begins paying back taxes

Back taxes owed by energy giant Kinder Morgan have begun flowing into Montezuma County coffers. In December, the company cut a check for $1.38 million to the county owed from 2011, reports assessor...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Apple reference books donated to libraries in Cortez, Mancos and Dolores

A fundraising campaign has resulted in local libraries each receiving a newly published set of reference books on apple varieties. The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Embezzlement, money laundering case rocks tiny Towaoc

Eight people have pleaded guilty to embezzling and money laundering of government money from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Estimates of the amount stolen has...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Affidavit provides details in shooting death of Ignacio man

An arrest affidavit provides details about an alleged slaying that took place on Haycamp Mesa east of Dolores in early January. Kevin Wade Folsom, 39, was arrested on Jan. 3 and later charged with...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montrose mill eyes San Juan Forest for timber

Montrose Forest Products has announced it is working on plans to expand its Montrose mill to process ponderosa pine harvested from the San Juan National Forest in Southwest Colorado. The $20...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribes united on restoring Bears Ears National Monument during testimony to Congress

During a U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C., local Native American tribes voiced unanimous opposition to a bill that replaces Bears Ears National Monument...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes blast member’s testimony against Bears Ears

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council has rejected congressional testimony made by a tribal member supporting a bill to replace Bears Ears National Monument with two smaller monuments. Suzette Morris...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pleasant View residents concerned about elk management

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has agreed to meet with Pleasant View landowners regarding wildlife-damaged fence issues and other concerns. The situation came to the forefront after landowner Debbie...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee likely to fill for farmers’ irrigation needs

Thanks to recent improvements in snowpack, full-service irrigators of McPhee Reservoir are expected to get a full supply this farming season, officials report. But it will take a miracle from the...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

First-degree murder charge filed in connection with Ignacio man’s death

Multiple criminal charges were filed this week against Kevin Wade Folsom in the shooting death of James Box Jr., an Ignacio man whose body was found in the San Juan National Forest east of Dolores....

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Best-selling outdoors author will speak in Dolores

Best-selling author Kevin Fedarko will share his experiences hiking 800 miles through the Grand Canyon at a river permit party, sponsored by the Dolores River Boating Advocates , on Friday. Fedarko...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee managers plan to open reservoir early

McPhee Reservoir and San Juan National Forest officials are proposing to open the McPhee boat ramp two weeks earlier in mid-April for the 2018 motorized boating season. But in order to do so, the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life