Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Firefighters suppressing Loading Pen Fire near Dolores

Fifty firefighters with air support are fighting the Loading Pen Fire located 17 miles northeast of Dolores on the San Juan National Forest, and additional crews have been ordered. A local Type 3...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man sentenced for looting on Canyons of Ancients National Monument

A Cortez man was sentenced Wednesday for damaging a ceremonial ancestral Puebloan archaeological site in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and removing artifacts. Lonnie Shadrick Winbourn,...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Repeat offender from Towaoc gets 30 years for assaulting wife

A federal judge in Durango has sentenced David Sidney Wells, 44, of Towaoc, to 30 years in federal prison for assaulting his wife on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation. Wells was indicted April 5,...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fans return to Montezuma County Speedway despite ordinance

Fans returned to the Montezuma County Speedway despite a Colorado health order that prohibits large gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. But race promoter Gene Felker believes having...

DATE: June 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Sports

100 cords of firewood provided to Navajos and Hopis

The closure of the Black Mesa coal mine in 2019 has increased the demand for firewood for the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe. More than 100 cords of wood were donated recently to tribal members as...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Suspect arrested for alleged vehicular assault in Montezuma County

A man was arrested for suspected vehicular assault and other charges after an incident in the 25000 block of Road G that injured a pedestrian, Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin said. Wyatt...

DATE: June 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Racers get in gear at Montezuma County Speedway

Car racing has resumed at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway, and this week a limited fan base will be welcomed back. The June 5-6 races will include requirements for racers, pit crews and...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Sports

Montezuma County taps into solar energy

Montezuma County is now partially powered by the sun. In March, 208 solar panels were installed on top of the county annex building, which houses the health department, senior center, Colorado...

DATE: May 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Head-on crash closes U.S. 160 east of Cortez

A head-on crash involving a semitrailer and a sedan closed U.S. Highway 160 for three hours early Friday morning east of Cortez, according to the Colorado State Patrol. A 30-year old female driver...

DATE: May 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman suffers burns in camper explosion on San Juan National Forest

A woman suffered serious burns last week from an explosion in her camper parked on the San Juan National Forest near Mancos, the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman, who is from...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man gets three years in prison after incident with police officer

District Judge Todd Plewe sentenced Shane French on Tuesday to a three-year prison sentence and two years’ parole after a guilty verdict for felony menacing against a peace officer. In a January...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Air attack helps tame fire at base of Ute Mountain

A wildfire broke out Wednesday north of Towaoc on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation. The fire burned at the base of Ute Mountain and was brought under control around 5:30 p.m., said Ute Mountain...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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