Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Recent snowstorms lower severity of drought in Southwest Colorado

Last week, portions of Montezuma and La Plata counties dropped out of the worst drought category, thanks to recent snowstorms. Most of Montezuma County is now in “extreme drought,” down from the...

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

Southwest Colorado’s Hesperus Ski Area reopens

Hesperus Ski Area is open again, thanks to over a foot of fresh snow and lower temperatures. On Thursdays and Fridays, the lift will start turning again for night skiing, then throughout the...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boebert attends meeting about National Conservation Area in Montezuma County

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and her staff members attended the Montezuma County Board of County Commissioners meeting in person Tuesday to hear a report about the idea of a National Conservation Area...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chronic wasting disease found in deer in Southwest Colorado

For the first time, chronic wasting disease in deer has been found in the Four Corners after testing conducted during the 2020 hunting season, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado livestock meeting addresses grazing, wolves

The annual meeting of the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association took place at a larger venue this year because of pandemic restrictions, and relevant topics important to ranching and agriculture...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores sees first applicant for marijuana store

The marijuana gold rush anticipated after Dolores voters approved allowing retail shops and cultivation centers has not materialized as expected. Just one applicant filed by the initial Feb. 5...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez woman pleads guilty in Road H shooting case

A Cortez woman accused of shooting a firearm at an acquaintance who had given her a ride to Farmington has pleaded guilty and faces up to 10 years in prison. Kelsey Lynn Brown, 28, pleaded guilty...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Kwiyagat Community Academy prepares to launch in Towaoc

Progress continues on a Ute Mountain Ute charter school that will open in Towaoc this year. The Kwiyagat Community Academy will provide kindergarten and first grade instruction for 30 students...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Christmas Bird Count posts record numbers

Record bird sightings and two newly documented species were spotted during the 2020 Cortez Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 26, according to final results. “We had a great turnout this year, and a lot...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Crews plan to dynamite boulder on Colorado 145 north of Dolores

A rockfall slowed traffic Friday on Colorado Highway 145 between Dolores and Rico, east of the small community of Stoner. The boulder landed in the southbound lane at mile marker 27, not far from...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crash on U.S. Highway 160 near Mancos causes injury

Rescue crews responded to a two-vehicle crash Thursday on U.S. Highway 160 west of Mancos. The crash, reported at 12:25 p.m., involved an Escalade SUV and a Silver Dodge pickup pulling a gooseneck...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hesperus Ski Area closes lift pending better winter weather

Warm temperatures and lack of snowfall have forced Hesperus Ski Area to suspend ski lift service a week after opening Jan. 28. Lift service will reopen when there is additional snowfall and cooler...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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