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Q&A: Candidates in Dolores school board recall election present views

Two candidates are vying to unseat a Dolores RE-4A school board member in Oct. 9 recall election via mail ballot. Voters will decide whether board member Vangi McCoy will retain her seat or be...

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

Damron pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

Jeremiah Paul Damron, who is charged with first-degree murder of his mother last summer in Cortez, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Tuesday. The plea sets in motion a mandatory mental...

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

Suspects in August Montezuma County pot raids hear charges

Six of eight defendants arrested in a Montezuma County raid Aug. 28 for allegedly growing too many marijuana plants appeared Tuesday in front of District Court Judge Todd Plewe for arraignment. Hoa...

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

Oprah Winfrey reality show filmed in Dolores

Television crews for the Oprah Winfrey Network visited Dolores last month to shoot a reality show about a local man engaged to pop singer Michelle Williams. “Chad Loves Michelle” features Dolores...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Ute Mountain Utes awarded $1.6 million public safety grant

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Justice to improve public safety. Of that amount, $898,918 is for public safety and community policing, and...

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

Dolores schools ban on-campus cellphone use

Something unusual is happening in Dolores schools. When secondary school Principal Jenifer Hufman walks around at recess and lunch, kids are talking to one another and playing together instead...

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

Public questions Southwest Memorial Hospital officials on fiscal crisis

Dozens of citizens expressed dismay and anger about the decline in the financial health of Southwest Memorial Hospital during an emotionally charged community forum earlier this week at Cortez City...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Should Dolores allow pot stores? Town, residents weigh in

Dolores residents and town officials considered allowing a retail marijuana shop in town during a workshop this week attended by 40 people. The town’s moratorium on retail marijuana sales expires...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Health fires CFO, plans public forum

Turnover of top managers and doctors at Southwest Memorial hospital has become part of the challenge of an ongoing financial recovery process, officials say. This year, management consulting firm...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez school board fills vacancy

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School Board has appointed Lance McDaniel to fill a vacant board seat for District A . The board interviewed McDaniel and Tiffany Cheney in public for the position Sept....

DATE: Sept. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sand Canyon to get improved parking, pending funding

The Bureau of Land Management has approved a plan to improve parking and access to the South Sand Canyon Trail system in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. But a timeline on construction is...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Elementary test scores rebound dramatically

Significant improvement in 2018 state test scores has removed Dolores Elementary School from a Colorado watch list, school officials reported last week. And overall, the Dolores School District...

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

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