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Colorado denies license for Paradox uranium mill

Colorado has revoked a radioactive materials license for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill near the Dolores River after a court ruling recommended that it be denied. But the company planning...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local company may buy Western Excelsior mill site

Aspen Wall Wood is interested in purchasing the remaining assets of the Western Excelsior mill facility in Mancos, officials from both companies announced during a Montezuma County commissioners...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

New Dolores town manager has deep well of experience

New Dolores interim Town Manager David C. Stahl Sr. brings a mix of municipal government and business experience to the position. The energetic Colorado native is 67 but is not ready to retire...

DATE: April 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Passenger numbers flat for 2017 at Durango-La Plata County Airport

Dry conditions aren’t just worrying the region’s fire agencies – they’re also cited as a big factor in explaining why passenger traffic at the Durango-La Plata County Airport dropped slightly in...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

As home prices rise, fewer residents benefit from mortgage assistance in Southwest Colorado

Mortgage assistance through the HomesFund is designed to help working families buy homes, but as housing prices rise, it is tougher for the nonprofit to aid residents. The number of households the...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

If the Front Range’s economy is a racehorse, Southwest Colorado’s is a plow horse

Can the natural gas industry pull itself off the canvas to once again be an engine for the Four Corners economy? Will Colorado’s 90-cent increase to the minimum wage, which took effect Monday, help...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

National parks cut back on free days

It’s always a pleasant surprise to visit a national park on a free day. But there will be fewer of those surprises as the National Park System has reduced the number of free days to four for 2018,...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

FLC professor: Tax plan’s hit to graduate students could harm economy

WASHINGTON – A Fort Lewis College professor says the proposed Republican tax overhaul plan that includes changes to tax deductions for graduate students could have long-term harm to the economy...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local bank leader retires after 41 years

President of Dolores State Bank Ed Merritt is retiring after 41 years. Merritt grew up in Dolores and went on to be one of the financial leaders of the community. Under his leadership, Dolores...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Region 9 report reveals slight job growth in Montezuma County

Data recently released by the Region 9 Economic Development District show a slight increase in the number of jobs in Montezuma County in 2016, especially in the service sector. Region 9 economic...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores River Festival boosts economy, analysis says

The 2017 Dolores River Festival attracted a large regional crowd and benefited local shops and hotels, according to an economic analysis conducted by Fort Lewis College business students. The...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Montezuma County declares mill fire an economic disaster

Montezuma County commissioners on Monday approved a declaration of an economic disaster in the wake of the May 8 Western Excelsior fire. The fire that destroyed the Mancos mill caused the loss of...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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