Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Two dogs rescued from tall cliff on Ute Mountain Ute reservation

Two dogs stranded on a mesa cliff southeast of Towaoc have been rescued by a Montezuma County Search and Rescue team during a nighttime mission. After receiving permission from the Ute Mountain Ute...

DATE: April 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-speed chase in New Mexico leads to couple’s arrest

A dramatic high-speed chase of a suspect from Farmington to Shiprock, New Mexico, last month that involved multiple law enforcement agencies ended in two arrests. According to New Mexico State...

DATE: April 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Promoter urges repairs to Montezuma County Fairgrounds racetrack

Fairgrounds Speedway promoter Gene Felker is urging Montezuma County to repair and upgrade the racetrack, and is interested in renegotiating his contract or purchasing the venue. Standing before...

DATE: April 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low flows on Dolores River will hurt fish

Below-average snowpack and ongoing drought will hurt flows and fish habitat below McPhee Dam going into spring and summer, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Water releases from the dam are...

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Dolores creates new summer festival

Dolores has a new festival this summer, and your pooch is invited. The inaugural SummerFest will take place July 17 at Joe Rowell Park and features a dog carnival, car show, live music and vendors....

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores museum restores narrow-gauge freight cars

Before the Galloping Goose No. 5 rail car carried passengers and mail to and from Dolores in the 1930s and ’40s, freight trains and steam locomotives dominated the historic railroad town....

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forecast for McPhee irrigation ‘worst ever’

Runoff from below-average snowpack is forecast to result in the lowest project irrigation supply in McPhee Reservoir history. According to most probable forecast, Dolores River Basin snowmelt is...

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cliff dwelling tours to restart at Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park will restart its hallmark cliff dwelling tours that were suspended in 2020 because of the pandemic. Tours will resume to the popular Cliff Palace and Long House sites....

DATE: April 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Health System CEO Tony Sudduth resigns

Southwest Health System has announced that CEO Tony Sudduth has resigned. According to a news release issued Friday, Chief Financial Officer Rick Shrader will serve as interim CEO. Community...

DATE: April 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Solar project proposed northwest of Cortez

A large solar project is proposed northwest of Cortez in cooperation with Empire Electric Association. The 5 megawatt solar energy system would be built on 52 acres off County Road 24 on private...

DATE: April 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Abandoned M&M truck stop in Cortez is demolished

Demolition has been completed for the old M&M Truck stop south of Cortez to make room for a new Love’s Travel Stop. Envirotech Inc., of Farmington, was contracted by Love’s to knock down and remove...

DATE: April 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores River Anglers seeks water quality protection for streams

The Dolores River Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited seeks to designate nine stream reaches in the Upper Dolores River watershed for Outstanding Waters status. The designation offers protection for...

DATE: April 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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