Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Montezuma orchard project receives two state grants

The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project’s mission of reviving the local apple economy just got a financial boost. The nonprofit MORP was recently awarded two grants totaling $120,000 for...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County, BLM may team up for Sand Canyon solution

A combined effort by Canyons of the Ancients Monument and Montezuma County could boost parking at the Sand Canyon trailhead from the current 20 spots to up to 60. There is a dire need for...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pleasant View plans new $1 million fire station

The Pleasant View Fire Department is planning to build a new fire station on Montezuma County Road CC across from the elementary school. Chief Jeff Yoder explained that the new station is needed...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Collaboration aims to save Lower Dolores River campgrounds

Dolores and Montezuma counties are considering partnering with the San Juan National Forest to maintain Ferris and Cabin campgrounds on the Lower Dolores River. The campgrounds, upriver from...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County offers downtown building for historical museum

The Montezuma County Historical Society is working to open a museum in downtown Cortez. The county commissioners have offered the group rent-free use of an office building at 35 S. Chestnut St.,...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. Department of Interior likely to rescind plan for region’s oil, gas

A new directive by the U.S. Department of Interior jeopardizes a pending master-leasing plan in Southwest Colorado that would scrutinize oil and gas development near Mesa Verde National Park. In...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Lewis-Arriola farm conference will focus on profitability

The third annual Southwest Agricultural Seminar will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center, 21203 Road S, in Cortez. The event is sponsored by...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Local bank leader retires after 41 years

President of Dolores State Bank Ed Merritt is retiring after 41 years. Merritt grew up in Dolores and went on to be one of the financial leaders of the community. Under his leadership, Dolores...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Montezuma County to hold meeting to discuss Sand Canyon parking

The Montezuma County commission will hold a neighborhood meeting on a plan to expand parking for the Sand Canyon trail at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 6. The meeting will be held at the site of a new Bureau of...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public access to land near Summit Lake in Montezuma County hits snag

Access to public lands south of Summit Lake in Montezuma County could be blocked by a 2-foot-wide strip of private land, officials have learned. The Bureau of Land Management and Montezuma County...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

When wild burros flew and rafted whitewater

If you were in the Grand Canyon in 1980-81, you might have seen a strange sight: wild burros being lifted out by helicopter or floating by on rafts. Mark Applequist of Cortez was part of the...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Nature Center at Butler Corner takes shape

The Nature Center at Butler Corner north of Dolores is constructing a visitors center and is planning a grand opening for this spring. The $75,000 center will feature classroom space as well as...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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