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Local and national recreation groups sue forest

Motorcycle and land access groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the San Juan National Forest over new trail recreation rules that reduce motorized trail use. San Juan Trail Riders, based in...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Disposal fees jump up at Montezuma County landfill

Disposal fees at the Montezuma County landfill will increase in 2019 to save money for $3 million in estimated closure costs when the current landfill reaches capacity and the permit expires in...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes elect two out of 16 candidates

Ute Mountain Utes elected Alston Turtle and Selwyn Whiteskunk to the Tribal Council during a well attended election Friday, according to unofficial results. Sixteen candidates threw their hats into...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Forest finalizes Glade grazing plan

A new cattle grazing plan for the Glade area of the San Juan National Forest north of Dolores has been completed. Dolores District Ranger Derek Padilla has issued a final record of decision for the...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Former director at domestic violence nonprofit faces felony charges in Cortez

The former executive director of Renew Inc., a Cortez nonprofit that serves victims of domestic violence, has been charged with theft of agency resources after an investigation by the Montezuma...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ultralight plane crashes south of Cortez

A man who was injured as his ultralight aircraft crashed Tuesday in a remote field south of Cortez was assisted by a British tourist who witnessed the accident while driving. “I saw him flying...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Q&A: Candidates in Dolores school board recall election present views

Two candidates are vying to unseat a Dolores RE-4A school board member in Oct. 9 recall election via mail ballot. Voters will decide whether board member Vangi McCoy will retain her seat or be...

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

Damron pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

Jeremiah Paul Damron, who is charged with first-degree murder of his mother last summer in Cortez, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Tuesday. The plea sets in motion a mandatory mental...

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

Suspects in August Montezuma County pot raids hear charges

Six of eight defendants arrested in a Montezuma County raid Aug. 28 for allegedly growing too many marijuana plants appeared Tuesday in front of District Court Judge Todd Plewe for arraignment. Hoa...

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

Oprah Winfrey reality show filmed in Dolores

Television crews for the Oprah Winfrey Network visited Dolores last month to shoot a reality show about a local man engaged to pop singer Michelle Williams. “Chad Loves Michelle” features Dolores...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Ute Mountain Utes awarded $1.6 million public safety grant

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Justice to improve public safety. Of that amount, $898,918 is for public safety and community policing, and...

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

Dolores schools ban on-campus cellphone use

Something unusual is happening in Dolores schools. When secondary school Principal Jenifer Hufman walks around at recess and lunch, kids are talking to one another and playing together instead...

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

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