Veterans Day celebrations will go on – just a bit smaller

The parades and ceremonies are smaller this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the spirit of honoring soldiers’ service is strong in La Plata and Montezuma counties. The tradition of...

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

Four arrested during drug raid at Cortez motel

Three people were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of drug-related offenses during a raid on several rooms at the American Holiday Mesa Verde Inn in Cortez, according to law enforcement...

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

Jobs largely return in Southwest Colorado, but what does winter hold?

Unemployment in La Plata and Montezuma counties continues to drop after spiking in April when the most severe stay-at-home restrictions closed restaurants and most retail stores. But the downward...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez couple receives archaeology award

Have you found pottery shards on your property? Ever wonder if that little hill in your backyard is an ancient ruin? Since 2008, the Hisatsinom Archaeological Survey Program has helped landowners...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cortez woman dies apparently riding atop car’s roof

A Cortez woman died Tuesday evening on Colorado Highway 145, after falling from the roof of a moving vehicle, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The deceased victim was identified as Amy A....

DATE: Oct. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mine discharge in Owen Basin not a spill, officials report

A hiker’s report of “orange-colored” water flowing from an abandoned mine into the South Fork of the West Mancos River on Monday triggered an investigation by the Colorado Division of Reclamation...

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

U.S. gets surprise extension for 2020 census

The 2020 census effort is in its last days, albeit with an unpredictable end date, which means Southwest Coloradans have limited time to complete their census forms. The census, a constitutionally...

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

New county museum undergoes renovations

Remodeling work has begun on the new Montezuma Heritage Museum in Cortez. Kimble Construction and Silver Creek Builders were the successful bidders for the $314,000 project, said Ann Brown, board...

DATE: Sept. 23, 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

Driver’s license, credit cards found with missing man at Mesa Verde National Park

Authorities say it appears the human remains found in Mesa Verde National Park do indeed belong to a Texas man who vanished without a trace in 2013 while visiting the park. Montezuma County Coroner...

DATE: Sept. 18, 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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