Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

Aspen Wall Wood fire continues to burn and smoke

The slash fire at the Aspen Wall Wood sawmill yard southeast of Dolores continues to burn and smolder more than a week after erupting into a firestorm that required two days to contain. The fire,...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Strong La Niña decreases chances for storms in Four Corners

Sorry skiers, ranchers and kayakers: Weather observers see no relief in sight for a persistent drought that has gripped the Four Corners. A strong La Niña weather pattern has helped shift the jet...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wandering mountain lion tracked 558 miles to Mesa Verde National Park

A roaming young mountain lion has arrived at Mesa Verde National Park after traveling 558 miles from central New Mexico, according to wildlife officials. The young male was fitted with a GPS collar...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Final approval of Rico trail plan pending

The Rico Trails Project has gained preliminary approval from the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. The draft decision and document that found no significant environmental...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Phil’s World trail expansion complete

A 24-mile trail expansion project at Phil’s World recreation area east of Cortez has been completed. Trail construction began in spring 2018, and the last few miles were completed this fall. There...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

2 people die in small plane crash near Telluride

A plane crash on Thursday east of Telluride killed both people on board, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office. The single-engine private plane was on approach to Telluride Regional Airport...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez hospital hit by pandemic

As a pandemic surge hits the region, Southwest Health System on Wednesday reported adequate capacity for patients, but CEO Tony Sudduth added that COVID-19 exposure has reduced staffing and could...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We don’t stop for the police’: Law enforcement track suspect near Norwood

A dramatic police search in the mountains Sunday near Norwood ended with the arrest of a man suspected of stealing a vehicle, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office. Bruce Seagrave, 47, was...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Love’s Travel Stop to replace M&M truck stop

Say goodbye to the graffiti-riddled abandoned M&M truck stop south of Cortez, and say hello to Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store. After more than a decade as an eyesore on the south porch of...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Disease might have spread to wild rabbits in Southwest Colorado

A highly contagious disease has been found in domestic rabbits in Montezuma County and is suspected in the wild population, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Rabbit hemorrhagic disease...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

3.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Colorado-Utah border

A 3.8 magnitude earthquake and two smaller aftershocks were recorded Sunday morning south of Bedrock, Colorado, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and University of Utah Seismograph Stations....

DATE: Nov. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Fuel moisture key for predicting wildfire

San Juan National Forest Fuels Crew Supervisor Vince Mowery is deep in the forest above Dolores clipping Gambel oak and snowberry bushes, pulling off pine needles, grabbing a handful of forest duff...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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