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Forest seeks comments on Boggy Draw trail plan

The Dolores Ranger District is accepting public comments on a preliminary environmental assessment for the Boggy Draw Trails expansion project. The project would add about 25 miles of non-motorized...

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

Bears Ears could be reduced by 1 million acres, documents show

Maps and documents obtained by The Wilderness Society and The Washington Post show that dramatic changes to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments are expected to be announced...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County faces $1 million budget deficit, cutbacks

In the face of a $1 million budget deficit for 2018, Montezuma County has implemented a hiring freeze and will not give raises. In addition, the county commission voted 3-0 to reverse their earlier...

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

October test shows no mussels at McPhee

A coalition of local government agencies that formed to prevent an invasive mussel contamination at McPhee Reservoir can claim victory in its first year. A test in October showed no sign of the...

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

Silver Sparrow jewelry gallery opens in Dolores

Silver Sparrow Designs has opened a new gallery and studio in Dolores. Owner and silversmith Kristi Smith has spent decades perfecting her custom jewelry designs. She recently renovated the back of...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

CSU Extension gets new advisory committee

As part of a restructuring effort, the Montezuma County Commission has appointed an advisory committee to help support the county’s Colorado State University Extension office. Jan Sennhenn, Don...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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