Sean Dolan

Position: JOURNAL Staff Writer

New city of Cortez finance director brings private sector experience

Ben Burkett has been away from home for about 18 years. Now, he’s back in Cortez with a prominent job as the city’s finance director. In mid-January, Burkett, a graduate of Montezuma-Cortez High...

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

Cortez defense attorney given two weeks to back up claim about client

A 22nd Judicial District judge has given a defense attorney two weeks to gather information to back up his allegation that an Arizona man was wrongfully removed from a Montrose community...

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

After assault charges, Dolores man back in custody for two violations

A Dolores man charged with assault and false imprisonment in early January was back in court last week for failing to appear in court. Erik Genaw, 30, faces four counts in Montezuma County Court,...

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

Cortez couple faces 8 years in prison for meth, heroin distribution

A married couple in their 60s are facing eight years in prison after both pleaded guilty Friday to two identical counts of distribution of meth and distribution of heroin. Co-defendants Sherri L....

DATE: Feb. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

State provides mental health funding to rural jails

Inmates with mental health disorders at Montezuma County Detention Center and La Plata County Detention Facility will receive more services and treatment starting this year with mental health...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

FBI, Kansas request Colorado DA dismiss kidnapping charges

Local charges have been dismissed against a 47-year-old Kansas man who was found in a Cortez hotel on Jan. 24 with a 14-year-old girl who ran away from her Topeka home. He will be extradited and...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Questions loom regarding bandstand at Montezuma Park

There are plenty of questions regarding a potential bandstand at Montezuma Park, but Cortez City Council last week gave it the nod to move forward with rezoning. The Cortez Retail Enhancement...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge finds probable cause in July aggravated robbery

After hearing conflicting stories, a Montezuma County judge ruled that the District Attorney’s Office established probable cause that a Cortez man committed aggravated robbery in July. The case was...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

FBI assists in Cortez arrest of Kansas man on kidnapping charges

With assistance from the Topeka Police Department and an FBI special agent, Cortez Police Department on Thursday night arrested a Kansas man on charges of harboring a minor and second-degree...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Court orders Pueblo mental health facility to explain delay

Since McKale Dick was booked into Montezuma County Detention Center on April 17, 2018, he has allegedly assaulted detention officers on two occasions and jumped off the railing at the county jail,...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man faces DUI charge three weeks after car chase

A Towaoc man was arrested for a fifth DUI case on Jan. 16, less than three weeks after being arrested on suspicion of driving intoxicated during a car chase in Cortez. Daniel S. Lehi, 38, appeared...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mental health evaluation ordered in Montezuma County trespass case

A Montezuma County judge on Wednesday ordered a mental health evaluation for a Cortez man who allegedly trespassed on his sixth-grade teacher’s property in January. Jeremy D. Lindsey, 29, pleaded...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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