Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Hesperus Ski Area opens for season

Recent snowstorms and pandemic precautions allowed Hesperus Ski Area to open for the 2021 season Thursday. The 60-acre resort, on U.S. Highway 160 between Mancos and Durango, has an 18-inch base...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘China White’ heroin arrives in Cortez; man arrested

A Cortez man suspected of selling heroin to an undercover agent has been arrested on suspicion of illegal drug distribution, according to the Cortez Police Department. Jeffrey Joe Willett, 62, was...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Canyons of Ancients hires new manager

An experienced national park ranger from Arizona has been hired as the new permanent manager for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Southwest Colorado. Ray O’Neil of Tucson, Arizona, has...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Montezuma County expands historic road map

At the end of 2020, the Montezuma County Commissioners continued their effort to identify and assert historic rights of way across county and federal lands. In response, federal land agencies have...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Timber harvest considered north of Dolores

The San Juan National Forest is considering a vegetation management plan that includes logging ponderosa pine forests northeast of Dolores. An environmental assessment will be released in February...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man found dead in camper fire

A man was found dead Saturday after a camper fire south of Cortez, according to Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin. The victim was identified as Eddie Dale Green, 63, of Cortez, according to...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

A look back in time: Century-old photos find new life in calendars

A mysterious box of century-old photographs depicting Navajo culture and Western pioneers has been brought to life by two old friends from Dolores. A calendar project called “Hogback in Time” was...

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

Paradox Valley salt injection well could shut down

The Dolores and Colorado rivers could face lower water quality according to a recent decision by the Bureau of Reclamation that could cause the closure of the Paradox Valley Salinity Control...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

John Porter leaves legacy of water storage, McPhee Reservoir in Southwest Colorado

Legendary water manager John Porter, who died last week in Cortez, leaves a legacy as the champion of McPhee Reservoir who laid an enduring foundation for water storage and agriculture in Montezuma...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation sees uncontrolled COVID-19 spread in 68 communities

The Navajo Department of Health has identified 68 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Dec. 11 to Dec. 24, according to a news release. The communities include Shiprock, Aneth,...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five new COVID-19 outbreaks reported in Montezuma County

Another senior assisted living facility in Cortez has reported a COVID-19 outbreak, and one resident has died from the disease, according to the weekly report from the Colorado Department of Public...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Memorial reaches full capacity; COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Southwest Health System CEO Tony Sudduth has reported that Southwest Memorial Hospital has reached full capacity, as positive cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in Montezuma County. As of...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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