Kristen Plank

Position: The Cortez Journal

Local forest visits remaining steady

Visits to national forests across the United States continue to decline, but local forests are seeing a slight increase in visitors.A U.S. Forest Service report showed a steady decline of visitors...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beetles helping in tamarisk battle

A little beetle is biting its way through one of Montezuma County's most invasive plant species.The tamarisk leaf beetle recently was discovered on tamarisk plants in the area, and the tiny...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2009 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

District Re-1 addresses preparedness for H1N1 virus

Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 officials say they will meet their goals of preparing schools for the H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu.The Re-1 school board met with Sue Ciccia, the...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sale barn celebrates 50th anniversary

Four generations of ranchers after its opening, the Cortez Livestock Auction will celebrate its 50th anniversary this week.Known originally as the Cortez Sale Barn, located off U.S. Highway 491,...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2009 | CATEGORY: Business

House approves park visitors center for Mesa Verde

The proposed visitor and curatorial center at Mesa Verde National Park stands to receive $22 million under a funding bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.The money was requested by U.S....

DATE: July 3, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cold plunge

CORTEZ - Just before Michael Morehead plunged face-first into the 40-degree Dolores River, he thought, "There's no way I'm going to do this."But the 14-year-old Southwest Open High School student...

DATE: May 15, 2009 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Cortez schools OK 4-day week

Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 board members voted to cut the school week to four days starting this fall, to help solve a $1 million budget deficit.The action, taken Tuesday, was approved...

DATE: May 8, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

Elegant find

Al Schneider, a retired English professor and amateur botanist, bent down to a yellow-flowering plant and introduced himself."I shook its hand and said, 'Hello, I don't think we've met before,'"...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

Slump in the economy doesn't kill gas, oil work

Gas and oil operators in Montezuma County are trying to keep their heads above the current economic crisis.Bob Clayton, operating superintendent for Kinder Morgan in Montezuma County, said local...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

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