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Cortez fire crews respond to uncontrolled burns

Two controlled burns got out of control on last week but were extinguished by the Cortez Fire Protection District. About 4 p.m. March 31, winds that came suddenly out of the north caused a...

DATE: April 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Skier evacuated by helicopter after avalanche near Rico

Rescue crews responded Tuesday to a backcountry skier injured in an avalanche in Dolores County near Rico, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The skier was caught in the slide,...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Census underway in Cortez; coronavirus highlights need to participate

The 2020 census is underway, and leaders of the Montezuma County Counts campaign are urging locals to use their increased time at home to complete the survey. For the first time, the Census is...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Collision with semitrailer kills Jeep driver in Montezuma County

An Arizona man was killed Monday morning when his Jeep collided with a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 491 near Lewis, the Colorado State Patrol said in a news release. About 9:38 a.m., a purple 1992...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Order to shelter in place makes ‘ghost town’ of Telluride

TELLURIDE – A late-winter squall dumps a foot of fresh powder on the Telluride ski area just in time for spring break tourists. Ski and snowboard gear and clothing adorn shop windows. Bicycles are...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington man gets 7 years in prison for crash that injured Cortez man

A Farmington man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 160/491 that seriously injured a Cortez man. Thaddeus M. Ponder pleaded guilty to felony...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Southeast Utah reports first case of coronavirus, restricts nonresidents

San Juan County, Utah, on Friday implemented restrictions on all nonresident camping and nonessential leisurely travel to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The order came after the Utah county...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores activates ‘Peace on Earth’ sign amid COVID-19 breakout

The Dolores Rotary Club is lighting up the hillside in Dolores again as a show of community cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually, the lights are lit up over Christmas and Easter, but...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Mesa Verde National Park remains open

Mesa Verde National Park announced it will modify operations during the coronavirus outbreak, but it will remain open. As of March 17, partial closures within the park were implemented to reduce...

DATE: March 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Ballots coming out for Cortez council election

Ballots for the crowded City Council election will be mailed this week, giving Cortez residents about three weeks to make their decision. Fourteen candidates are vying for five seats on the council...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Governor urges cancellation of large gatherings as tests show coronavirus in Colorado

Gov. Jared Polis said Friday he is urging the cancellation of large public gatherings in Colorado as an increase in testing for the new coronavirus shows there has been community spread of the...

DATE: March 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez High to perform ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

A fiddler on a roof may seem to have a uniquely precarious situation, but perhaps there are some universal parallels that can be drawn. At least according to Tevye, the Jewish milkman hero of the...

DATE: March 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

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