Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Dolores River Festival canceled again because of pandemic

The Dolores River Festival has been canceled again because of COVID-19 restrictions, but there will be live music, drive-in movies and dancing in the streets this summer and fall in Dolores. State...

DATE: March 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

CDOT to begin road projects in Cortez, Dolores and Rico

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin pavement surface improvements of several stretches of highways in Cortez, Dolores and Rico. Crews will mobilize next week. The project will also...

DATE: March 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

30 people evicted from Cortez motel; advocates seek help for displaced families

Thirty people from 15 families were forced to move out of the American Holiday Mesa Verde Inn in Cortez this month to allow for repairs and renovations, according to housing advocates and hotel...

DATE: March 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Montezuma County sheriff’s sergeant charged in fatal shootout

A former Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office sergeant faces felony gun charges after firing at a suspect in a fatal car chase and shootout in McElmo Canyon in 2018. In September, the 22nd Judicial...

DATE: March 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County drops to coronavirus Level Blue

Montezuma County officials announced Wednesday that based on a reduction in COVID cases, the county has decided on its own to drop to the less restrictive Level Blue “caution” category on the...

DATE: March 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wood mill fire subsides, smoldering continues

The slash pile fire at the Aspen Wall Wood mill south of Dolores has subsided significantly but continues to smolder nearly three months after it began. Smoke from the fire is way down, and is...

DATE: March 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Native American tribes deliver vaccines to broader community

As sovereign nations, Native American tribes can distribute COVID-19 vaccine supplies to a wider demographic than the state process can. As a result, the Ute Mountain Ute and Navajo tribes recently...

DATE: March 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Programs encourage Navajo youths to ride bikes

Youth cycling programs that serve the Navajo Nation were featured during the Navajo Trails and Outdoor Recreation Conference held online Feb. 16-17. In December, Gallup-based Silver Stallion...

DATE: March 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

New technology triggers avalanches above Highway 145

A loud bang reverberates in the Dolores Valley north of Rico, and a white plume erupts from a steep gully high above Colorado Highway 145. In seconds, a wave of snow hits the closed highway, then...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

A legacy of new dreams: Director of Bridge shelter in Cortez to retire

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez is seeking a new executive director. Laurie Knutson, who has held the position since 2013, plans to retire in August. Knutson, 67, steered the organization...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Ute elder Thomas House Sr. dies at age 96

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe said goodbye this week to a well-known traditional elder. Thomas House Sr., 96, passed away on Feb. 12. He was the tribe’s eldest male member, and the remaining son of...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Fairgrounds upgrades commercial kitchen

The Montezuma County Fairgrounds has completed an upgrade of its commercial kitchen and bathrooms, said manager Justin McGuire. The county installed stainless steel appliances, a new range and...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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