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Flutist performs duet with nature, ruins

A flutist from New Mexico is recording a soundtrack for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument as part of an artist-in-residence program. Bonnie Schmader is an accomplished flute and harp...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

UPDATE: Boggy Draw fire outside Dolores grows

A low-intensity wildfire discovered Tuesday in the Boggy Draw area has grown to 40 acres, and a containment plan has been implemented, according to San Juan National Forest officials. The Draw Fire...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde faces $65.7 million in backlogged maintenance

A campaign by the Pew Charitable Trusts is working to raise awareness of eroding infrastructure at national parks – a problem that’s hitting Mesa Verde National Park, which lists more than $65...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Access to McPhee Reservoir improves at Sage Hen

To better accommodate the public, the San Juan National Forest has improved access to McPhee Reservoir from the Sage Hen area west of Dolores. County Road X and side roads that lead to the...

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

Dolores River Festival boosts economy, analysis says

The 2017 Dolores River Festival attracted a large regional crowd and benefited local shops and hotels, according to an economic analysis conducted by Fort Lewis College business students. The...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Lightning triggers wildfire east of Dove Creek

A lightning-caused wildfire is burning east of Dove Creek and has grown to 60 acres since it was discovered on Saturday, fire officials report. The Secret Canyon Fire is burning on Bureau of Land...

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

Denver Botanical Gardens brightens Heritage Center

The central plaza at the Anasazi Heritage Center is bursting with the colors and aromas of carefully cultivated gardens. During a tour earlier this month, a dozen locals and visitors learned about...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Southwest Health to open health clinic in Dolores

Southwest Health System is opening a health clinic in Dolores. The group purchased the office building at 601 Central Ave., formerly Mountain Stone, said Ken Boucher, chief ambulatory services...

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

2017 becomes a year to remember on the Dolores River

Above-average snowpack last winter triggered a rarely seen extended whitewater release on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam that lasted 85 days. An estimated 24,000 boaters flocked to the 200...

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

Infants and toddlers get early schooling

With the opening of a new infant and toddler center, the Dolores school district now serves students between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years old. “It’s amazing, we are so excited to offer this for...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Federal insurance program for kids at risk

A 20-year federal health program that benefits children in low-income families could lose funding in December, officials report. The Children’s Health Insurance Program provides health insurance...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County hopes to display antique equipment

The Montezuma County road department has some antiquated equipment, and they’d like to show off the old technology to the public. Road superintendent Rob Englehart presented various construction...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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