Jim Mimiaga

Position: Journal Staff Writer

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

DOLORES – Various birds zip and dive around the Benchmark Lookout fire tower as Rick Freimuth scans the horizon with binoculars for any sign of wildfire smoke. His panoramic view encompasses the...

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

Campground’s prize Airstream recovered after theft

A beloved Airstream camper stolen from the Dolores River Campground has been recovered and is back home. The restored 1953 Airstream Flying Cloud decked out in 1950s décor is a popular rental at...

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

Pedestrian killed south of Cortez is identified

A pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night south of Cortez has been identified as Elijah “Eli” Cantsee of Towaoc. Cantsee, 19, was in the southbound lane of traffic on South...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Illegal pot farms a persistent problem in Southwest Colorado

Large and small illegal marijuana farms are a persistent problem across the state, including Southwest Colorado, according to a local sheriff and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The CBI has...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pedestrian killed by vehicle south of Cortez

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday evening on U.S. Highway 160/491 just south of Cortez, according to the Montezuma County coroner. Coroner George Deavers said a 19-year-old...

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

Teens face charges in three-vehicle crash on Main Street

Two teenagers face charges of street racing and reckless driving after a three-vehicle crash at Main Street and Mildred Road in Cortez. Street racing by two drivers was a contributing factor, said...

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

Dolores presents land-use code changes

The town of Dolores is in the process of updating the current land-use code. Draft revisions are available for public review and comment. Dolores is seeking to update the code, which was adopted in...

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

New bakery in Dolores aids women in need

A nonprofit bakery with a larger mission to help women in need has launched in Dolores. Three Chicks Bakery and Deli was started by Alana Connelly and Layce Cates to provide support, employment and...

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

Walk to end Alzheimer’s disease will be Sept. 19

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s event will take place Sept. 19 in Southwest Colorado, but the format will be different because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of hosting a large gathering, the...

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

Gov. Polis to choose new judge for Dolores County

Gov. Jared Polis will chose a county judge for Dolores County. Current Judge E. Dale Boyd is retiring after serving since 2005. A nominating commission for the 22nd Judicial District has selected...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife officials seek information about illegal poaching in Southwest Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking information about a bull elk that was killed illegally last week 15 miles northwest of Cortez in Southwest Colorado. Wildlife officers said the elk was shot...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought worsens; monsoonal rains miss Four Corners again

Drought conditions have worsened in Southwest Colorado, causing a string of record-breaking temperatures, irrigation shortages and decreased crop yields. On Aug. 25, Montezuma County went from a...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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