Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Mesa Verde National Park announces partial reopening Sunday

Mesa Verde National Park will partially reopen Sunday after being closed for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The park will increase visitor access with a phased approach, and...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado officials deny Montezuma County’s request to reopen businesses

Montezuma County’s application for a variance from the statewide safer-at-home public health order has been denied by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. The county submitted a...

DATE: May 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County disputes state’s coronavirus death count

The Montezuma County Coroner’s Office is disputing the state’s claim of a third fatal case of the coronavirus in Cortez, saying the person died of alcohol poisoning. County Coroner George Deavers...

DATE: May 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores trail builder named BLM Volunteer of the Year for Colorado

Before Shawn Gregory rides a new mountain bike trail, he often builds it first. That dedication earned him the 2019 Colorado Volunteer of the Year award by the Bureau of Land Management. “I was...

DATE: May 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Waterfall debris injures Telluride woman

Snowmelt is quickly filling creeks and rivers – and waterfalls. On Sunday, a woman was critically injured at Cornet Falls outside Telluride after debris from the 80-foot waterfall hit her in the...

DATE: May 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Opening of McPhee and House Creek boat ramps delayed

The opening of the McPhee and House Creek boat ramps has been delayed until June 1 to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Hand-launched non-motorized and non-trailered watercraft are allowed to launch...

DATE: April 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Partial reopening begins for offices, businesses in Montezuma County

On Monday, Montezuma County offices and local businesses began a phased, partial reopening with restrictions to protect against COVID-19. Officials encourage the public to make appointments before...

DATE: April 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Parade lifts spirits at nursing home in Southwest Colorado

What cures the blues during a pandemic? How about a parade? That’s what Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez decided to do Monday to boost the spirits of residents and their families. Nursing homes...

DATE: April 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sailor from Mancos evacuated from USS Roosevelt after positive COVID-19 test

When a 2019 Mancos High School graduate decided to join the U.S. Navy, he never imagined that he would battle a virus. Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Chase Rose, 18, is one of almost 800 crew on the...

DATE: April 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Fire Protection District seeks mill levy increase

The Dolores Fire Protection District is asking voters for a mill levy increase to help replace worn-out equipment. The May 5 mail ballot election requests that the mill levy be raised from 6 mills...

DATE: April 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Elk rescued from Colorado mine shaft

Sometimes luck is on your side, and the same is true for wildlife. That was the case for an young cow elk rescued April 18 from a mine shaft in the Rio Grande National Forest near Creede. In moment...

DATE: April 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Car crashes into auto parts store in Cortez

An SUV slammed into the NAPA Auto Parts building at 325 S. Broadway in Cortez on Wednesday, taking out a telephone pole along the way. The driver fled west on foot and was later contacted by the...

DATE: April 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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