Sean Dolan

Position: JOURNAL Staff Writer

After car chase, Montezuma County inmate suspected of selling meth in jail

Ten days after Cortez resident Robert Marquez led Montezuma County Sheriff’s deputies on a 25-mile car chase in late November, the jail was locked down on suspicion that he was dealing meth behind...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man allegedly imprisons, assaults disabled man

A Dolores man has been charged with felony assault for allegedly punching a man with a mental disability in the face while imprisoning him in a Cortez trailer. Erik L. Genaw, 30, faces charges of...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Women’s March calls on women to run for office

Just before joining nearly 300 people in the Cortez Women’s March for Unity on Saturday, 16-year-old Annika Lewis recalled a time when she was scolded at school for wearing a tank top with thin...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo artist shares unique sand painting style in Cortez

CORTEZ – The Navajo for generations have created sand paintings for use in sacred ceremonies. Diné artist Bento Yazzie has a unique take on the art form, but he struggles to describe what it’s like...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: One person dies in crash south of Cortez

One person died Thursday night on U.S. Highway 160/491 south of Cortez after a semitrailer and pickup truck collided on the McElmo Creek bridge, law enforcement officers said. According to a...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plea deal pending for woman who faces repeat drug charges

A Montezuma County resident on a 12-month deferred sentence for drug charges in February 2018 picked up similar drug charges in December, and in the first 10 days of 2019 received two summonses...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Initially open, Mesa Verde now closed during U.S. shutdown

An unpaid park ranger posted at the front entrance to Mesa Verde National Park has been turning away visitors for about two weeks because the partial federal government shutdown has parked the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bond relief denied in December kidnapping, robbery case in Cortez

One of two defendants suspected of kidnapping, robbing and threatening to kill and bury a hitchhiker on County Road G in December laughed in Montezuma County Court on Wednesday when Judge JenniLynn...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez ‘still evolving’ on snow removal around medians

A city like Cortez can save some money during a light winter. It comes with more serious costs, though. In 2018, Cortez budgeted $60,000 on salt and sand to help with snow removal but ended up...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Invasive doves common sight during Christmas Bird Count

An unfortunate scene played out last Saturday morning at a crowded bird feeder in a front yard on County Road 22. Invasive Eurasian collared doves bullied a feasting flock of red-winged blackbirds,...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez likely to finish land use code update in 2019

A planning process to update Cortez’s land-use code could conclude in fall 2019. City planning staff in late October released a draft update to the code. The process began in 2015, when the city...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez woman facing meth charges is diagnosed with lung cancer

A Cortez woman with pending felony drug distribution charges is seeking a quick conclusion to her criminal proceedings because of health issues. Jordan D. Balfour, 27, also known as Jordan Lopez,...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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