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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

Cortez Western writer bringing back dime novel

Cortez author Denny Bertrand’s stories on cowboy life continue to be recognized as part of a growing trend to bring back the dime novel. “A lot of Western writing is from the early 1900s. My...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Books

Ignacio man identified as victim of shooting

The body of an Ignacio man believed to have been murdered was found Thursday morning in the Haycamp Mesa area east of Dolores in the San Juan National Forest, according to Montezuma County Sheriff...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man arrested after body is found in forest outside Dolores

The body of a man believed to have been murdered was found Thursday morning in the Haycamp Mesa area of the San Juan National Forest, according to Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin. A suspect,...

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

Pine beetle gaining ground in Southwest Colorado

San Juan National Forest officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the destructive impacts of a round-headed pine beetle infestation. The beetle is native to the state but is more...

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

Galloping Goose will hold winter trips in Animas Valley

The Galloping Goose No. 5 will be running the rails again this winter in the Animas Valley. The second annual winter excursion will take place over two weekends in February on the Durango &...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

2017: A year about land use, health and play in Dolores

The Dolores area experienced successes and controversy in 2017. Ron Kotarski Jr. playground closes The story that got the most attention in Dolores was the closing of the popular Ron Kotarski Jr.,...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez deli offers locally raised meats, Hungarian style

The owners of Blue Sky Farms in Lewis have opened up the Cortez Meat Market and deli at 119 E. Main St. in Cortez. The market sells cuts of locally raised pork, lamb and beef, plus cold cuts,...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

Montezuma Land Conservancy awarded $1.8 million grant

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded the Montezuma Land Conservancy a $1.8 million Inspire Initiative grant for programs that focus on outdoor activities for youths. The grant will be used to expand...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Peaks honoring Norwood climbers a step closer

A bill to name two 13,000-foot peaks in the Wilson Range in memory of two mountaineers from Norwood has passed the U.S. House by a vote of 409-0. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, the...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life