Position: Journal Staff Writer

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

U.S. House panel passes bill to allow mountain biking in wilderness areas

Mountain bikers have long been banned from wilderness areas because of a phrase in the 1964 Wilderness Act prohibiting “mechanical transport.” But a bill being considered in the U.S. House could...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

National parks cut back on free days

It’s always a pleasant surprise to visit a national park on a free day. But there will be fewer of those surprises as the National Park System has reduced the number of free days to four for 2018,...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New thrift shop opens in Dolores

Two former city slickers have opened The 302 Thrift Shop in Dolores. Michael Williams and Melissa Miller moved to the area a few years ago from the Cincinnati and Baltimore areas. “We love the...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Dolores Town Manager Lana Hancock resigns

Dolores Town Manager Lana Hancock has announced that she has resigned effective Dec. 31. Board member Trevor Ince also resigned because he moved from the area. Hancock plans to continue to serve as...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Congress considers land for West Fork fire station

Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, along with Rep. Scott Tipton, have introduced legislation to convey about 4 acres of U.S. Forest Service land to Dolores County for the location of a new fire...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo-Gallup water project gains pipeline contract

Navajo and Jicarilla-Apache Nation communities in New Mexico are one step closer to receiving domestic and commercial water supplies as part of a $1.13 billion federal construction project. The...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Momentum builds for nonmotorized trail connecting Cortez and Mesa Verde

Planners are still seeking the optimum path of least resistance for a proposed nonmotorized trail linking Cortez, Mesa Verde National Park and Mancos. The Paths to Mesa Verde plan envisions a...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dry early winter worries McPhee Reservoir managers

Winter is off to a slow start in the Dolores Basin, and it’s becoming a concern for McPhee Reservoir managers. Mountain snowpack is sparse, with more brown ground showing than snowy white. Snotels...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Ute film earns Los Angeles awards

“The Strength of Siblings,” a short dramatic film made by Ute Mountain Ute youths, has won two film awards. Shot in Towaoc and Cortez last year, the 32-minute drama focuses on substance abuse and...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Rally at Sand Canyon to support national monument

On Saturday, Montezuma Great Old Broads for Wilderness will host a rally at the Sand Canyon trailhead to support national monuments. Montezuma Broadband leader Pat McClenny said the rally is in...

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

Desert bighorn management in Dolores River Canyon reviewed

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public comment about a new management plan for desert bighorn sheep in the lower Dolores River Canyon. About 175 desert bighorns inhabit the Dolores River...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life