Sean Dolan

Position: JOURNAL Staff Writer

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

Cortez sex offender fails to register

Cortez resident Daniel J. Beltran, 22, could serve one to three years with the Colorado Department of Corrections for failing to register as a sex offender. Beltran pleaded guilty in December 2017...

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

Towaoc woman arrested for DUI after close call with deputy

A 19-year-old Towaoc woman was arrested for DUI after a Montezuma County Sheriff’s deputy reportedly drove off the road to avoid a head-on collision on County Road 25 on Dec. 22. The deputy took...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report of man ramming booth at Four Corners monument a misunderstanding

A report of a man attempting to ram his vehicle into a sales booth on the Colorado side of the Four Corners Monument on Dec. 19 turned out to be a misunderstanding. Dispatch received the unusual...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico man with 9 DUIs arrested in Cortez

A Shiprock man with seven DUI convictions in New Mexico and two in Colorado was arrested on a DUI in Cortez on Dec. 23. Perry Hayes Jr., 47, allegedly had an open case of Budweiser in the backseat...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hypodermic needles found in inmate’s hair bun

An inmate at Montezuma County Detention Center faces new charges after three hypodermic syringes were found in his hair bun on Dec. 20. Two syringes were empty, but one contained a clear liquid...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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