Position: Journal Staff Writer

Phil’s World serves up new entree – the Poquito Burrito

Long-awaited new trail construction has begun at Phil’s World, despite a pending appeal of the project. The Tres Rios office of the Bureau of Land Management approved 22.5 miles of additional...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

High Desert Conservation election canceled

An incomplete registered voters list has caused the High Desert Conservation District mill levy election on May 8 to be canceled. The special district was seeking a .5 mill levy to fund its...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cooper resigns as Dolores Schools superintendent

Scott Cooper, superintendent of Dolores Schools, has announced he is resigning to take a job at a large school district in Grand Junction. He informed the school board yesterday and told staff this...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico Elementary School to shut down as enrollment falls

The Dolores County school board has decided to close Rico Elementary School by June due to a lack of students. It will not reopen for fall 2018. In a letter to Rico residents, Bruce Hanson,...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Ute fraud case grows to $1.1 million

A fraud case on the Ute Mountain Ute tribe continues to expand, and now totals more than $1.1 million in embezzled and stolen funds involving 11 people. On April 30 in U.S. District Court in...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation groups agree to stay sage grouse lawsuit

A coalition of conservation groups that sued to list the Gunnison sage grouse as an endangered instead of threatened species has reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado denies license for Paradox uranium mill

Colorado has revoked a radioactive materials license for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill near the Dolores River after a court ruling recommended that it be denied. But the company planning...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Newly elected mayor, board members take office

Political change is blowing in the spring winds of Dolores. During Monday’s special board meeting, four new board members and a new mayor were sworn into office in front of 20 onlookers. The new...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma sheriff seizes 18 ‘emaciated’ horses north of Cortez

Eighteen “emaciated” horses on a property north of Cortez have been seized by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and transported to a sanctuary for rehabilitation. On April 11, agriculture...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Utah BLM sells oil and gas leases near Hovenweep

The Utah Bureau of Land Management has sold oil and gas leases near Hovenweep National Monument, despite requests by monument officials to defer them to protect archaeological and natural...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 | CATEGORY: Local News