Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Cortez man swims 9.5 miles of McPhee Reservoir

When endurance athlete Adam Lederer sought out a new long-distance challenge last year, he decided to swim the 9.5-mile length of McPhee Reservoir. And he did it at night, in rough water. “I was...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hemp farmers find niche market in CBD

A Dolores family found a new business in growing hemp, and their harvest also eases the owner’s multiple sclerosis symptoms. Richard and Tyler Tibbits are in their third year growing hemp to...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mancos woman pleads guilty to murder of common-law husband

Debra Gaylyn Riddle on Monday pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of her common-law husband, David J. Mooney, at their residence west of Mancos July 3, 2019. The plea agreement includes a...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche control on Colorado Highway 145 goes high tech

Avalanche control on Lizard Head Pass between Rico and Telluride on Colorado Highway 145 is about to go high tech with a $1.4 million remote-control system. Every winter north of Rico, the Yellow...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico considers building mountain bike park

Rico Trails Alliance has submitted a preliminary plan to construct 1.5 miles of non-motorized trails on a 10-acre hillside above Deadwood Road in the town of Rico. The flow park concept includes a...

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

Orchard hub to serve Montezuma County apple growers

The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project in Southwest Colorado now has a base of operations, thanks to a donation from The Nature Conservancy and other donors. The conservancy donated $297,000...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cortez woman faces charges in 2018 Haycamp slaying

Jennifer Marie Folsom has been charged with second-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting her husband, James Lloyd Box Jr., on Haycamp Mesa outside Dolores in 2018. Box was then fatally...

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

Ute Mountain Utes may earmark CARES Act money for household water

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is considering using CARES Act funding to improve basic utility services for tribal residences, according to a tribal council member. But a tribal member who has lived...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Bustang Outrider resumes round-trip route from Durango to Grand Junction

Bustang Outrider’s round-trip bus service from Durango to Grand Junction has resumed with COVID-19 prevention measures. To ensure social distancing, capacity has been reduced by 50%, or 16 maximum...

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

Friends of Cedar Mesa awarded $300,000 to protect Bears Ears

Friends of Cedar Mesa has been awarded $300,000 from the World Monuments Fund to help protect the most at-risk archaeology sites in the Bears Ears area of southeast Utah. The contribution is part...

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

Montezuma County sheriff’s deputy charged with domestic violence

Montezuma County sheriff’s deputy Donnie Mack Brown has been arrested and charged with domestic violence and harassment, according to the Cortez Police Department and 22nd Judicial District...

DATE: July 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County officials clash over mask mandate

Montezuma County commissioners have defied Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ COVID-19 prevention orders, and one suggested the local health department could face firings and a reduced budget if it...

DATE: July 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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