Position: Journal Staff Writer

Montezuma County online sales tax idea unconstitutional, state says

The Montezuma County Board of Commissioners is considering asking voters in November to approve a sales tax specifically for purchases made over the internet. But the Colorado Department of Revenue...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

42nd annual Escalante Days to be held Aug. 10-11

“Where the Wild Still Lives” is the theme of the 42nd annual Escalante Days and Nights festival to be held in Dolores Aug. 10-11. The downtown festival began in 1976 to commemorate the nearby...

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

Fire damages Chronic Therapy marijuana shop in south Cortez

An unexplained fire caused significant damage to the Chronic Therapy marijuana shop in south Cortez early Monday morning, but the building was saved. The fire at 1020 S. Broadway torched a good...

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

Man pleads guilty in Haycamp slaying, gets 25 years

A Montezuma County man has pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of James Lloyd Box Jr., who was fatally shot Jan. 2 on Haycamp Mesa east of Dolores. After accepting the plea deal on Monday,...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfires north of Dolores grow to a total of 2,305 acres

The Plateau and West Guard fires burning north of Dolores have rapidly expanded, in part because of back-burning efforts by firefighters. The Plateau Fire, in Plateau Canyon north of McPhee...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bait trapping proposed to control Spring Creek wild horses

The Bureau of Land Management is considering bait trapping to manage the Spring Creek Basin wild horse herd between Dove Creek and Norwood. BLM’s Tres Rios Field Office is seeking public comment on...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

K9 Search and Rescue hosts workshop for dogs, handlers

Twenty search dogs and their handlers from nine states participated in the inaugural Four Corners Search and Rescue Workshop last week. The free, three-day training event was put on by K9 Search...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commissioner candidate grows hemp as experiment

On a recent sunny day, Republican candidate for Montezuma County commissioner Jim Candelaria stood next to his flourishing, 6-foot-tall hemp crop. The local builder and former firefighter admits he...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Reservoir levels in Southwest Colorado hit 16-year low

The drought and paltry winter snowpack are wreaking havoc on water supplies for reservoirs and irrigators in Southwest Colorado. Narraguinnep and Groundhog reservoirs are at their lowest levels in...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drones help create detailed maps of ruins in Ute Mountain Ute park

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is turning to high-tech aerial photogrammetry to document and preserve the history of its tribal park, which is more than twice the size of the neighboring Mesa Verde...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Bid to stop Dolores school board recall is denied

Protest petitions filed against a recall election for two Dolores School board members have been denied, allowing the election to move forward. On July 19, a protest hearing was held to determine...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two wildfires north of Dolores grow; some roads closed

Two lightning-caused wildfires discovered Sunday north of Dolores on the San Juan National Forest have grown and have triggered area closures. The Plateau and West Guard fires are being managed for...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News