Law enforcement

Mexican immigrant places hope in private bill after years in sanctuary

When longtime Cortez resident Rosa Sabido first sought sanctuary from deportation in Mancos United Methodist Church more than 1,000 days ago, she expected to stay for a few weeks to a year. As the...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former La Plata County Sheriff’s deputy sentenced for careless driving causing death

A former La Plata County Sheriff’s deputy is serving a 10-day jail sentence as punishment for a crash that killed Greg Ryder, a longtime, regular performer at the Diamond Belle Saloon and The...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Safe Sister takes on women’s self-defense in La Plata County

BAYFIELD – Women yell loudly as they deliver punches to pads held by instructors – shouts that include, “That’s my purse!” or “Back off!” or a series of expletives. The idea is to distract would-be...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County passes $51.4 million budget for 2020

The Montezuma County budget jumped for 2020, with additional expenditures going toward paving roads, infrastructure projects and law enforcement. On Dec. 17, county commissioners approved a $51.3...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two-vehicle crash kills one, injures another south of Cortez

A two-vehicle crash killed one man Tuesday south of Cortez on U.S. 160/491, according to the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office. The collision occurred just before 1 p.m. and involved a white Ram...

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

Retired Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane dies

Newly retired Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane, a beloved and respected law enforcement leader who served as Cortez chief for 39 years, died Friday afternoon. Lane, 75, had been undergoing treatments...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez reaches settlement in French case

The city of Cortez has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a family who sued the city and several police officers over the arrest of Shane French at his home in 2014. The cash...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio students likely expelled after bringing pellet gun onto school bus

Two Ignacio High School students will likely be expelled after bringing a pellet gun onto a school bus Wednesday afternoon. No students were in danger during the incident, said Kathy Pokorney,...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hundred Club provides 16 scholarships to college students

Sixteen children of law enforcement officers and emergency responders earned scholarships from the Hundred Club this year, a record for the nonprofit that was set up after the 1974 downtown Durango...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two volunteers accused of embezzling from San Juan County, N.M., fire department

FARMINGTON – Two volunteers with the San Juan County, N.M., Fire Department are accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the county, according to county officials. Zachary Trujillo and Kyrie...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Man arrested in shooting south of Cortez

A 29-year-old man has been arrested and faces charges of attempted murder, after a gunshot fired early Friday morning sent Nicholas Posey to the hospital, according to the Montezuma County...

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

Man stands trial for alleged sexual assault of 8-year-old girl

A Pagosa Springs man’s trial began this week after he was arrested in June 2018 for allegedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in Bayfield. According to authorities, Rodney Keller, 53, was...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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