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Dolores town manager proposes water and sewer rate increases

The Dolores town manager has proposed raising water and sewer rates for residents and businesses to fund maintenance costs and system upgrades. At the Jan. 27 Town Board meeting, interim Town...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma Land Conservancy approved for $24,000 grant

The Montezuma Land Conservancy has been approved for a $24,000 grant from the Southwest Basin Round Table to conduct water-saving research on Fozzie’s Farm, a hands-on youth education site. As part...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spring Creek Basin wild horse plan up for revision

The wild horses of the Spring Creek Basin herd are contently grazing through a thin layer of snowpack on their 22,000-acre management area northeast of Dove Creek. To better define and support...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado Canyons hires new director

A local archaeologist and educator has been named executive director of Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance. Shaine Gans will lead the nonprofit, which focuses on environmental work, education and...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Improved Sand Canyon parking lot opens until construction resumes

The main Sand Canyon trailhead parking lot has reopened with significant improvements, but another temporary shutdown will come when construction resumes in spring. The uneven sandstone has been...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Restaurant inspections: Walmart, Chavalo’s, Beny’s, Safeway ...

The Journal publishes local restaurant inspection reports provided monthly by the Montezuma County Health Department. Unannounced inspections are conducted for restaurants, school, hospital and...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sage Hen trail dropped to protect golden eagle

The San Juan National Forest has canceled an environmental analysis of a proposed motorized trail through the Sage Hen area after an active golden eagle’s nest was discovered nearby. Because the...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County moved on many fronts in 2019

In 2019, rural Montezuma County pushed forward on recreation, economic development and solar energy. Officials addressed issues with social services, state gun control laws, better law enforcement...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores approves 2020 budget

The Dolores Town Board approved a $1.5 million budget for 2020 that funds a variety of services, and includes infrastructure upgrades and recreation projects. The budget is balanced, said town...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado chosen for $50 million forest project

Southwest Colorado has been chosen for $50 million in additional funding for expanded forest health and wildfire mitigation efforts on public and private land. The newly formed Rocky Mountain...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico expenses continue to outpace revenue, town manager says

Rico’s budget has improved thanks to an increase in property values and sales tax revenue, says Town Manager Kari Distefano, but operating expenses outpace revenues. “Trends with respect to town...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

November restaurant reports are in

The Journal publishes local restaurant inspection reports provided monthly by the Montezuma County Health Department. Unannounced inspections are conducted for restaurants, school, hospital and...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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