Air attack helps tame fire at base of Ute Mountain

A wildfire broke out Wednesday north of Towaoc on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation. The fire burned at the base of Ute Mountain and was brought under control around 5:30 p.m., said Ute Mountain...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man wanted for shooting at officers is caught south of Cortez

A Utah man wanted for allegedly shooting at law enforcement last week and fleeing the scene was captured Sunday south of Cortez. The FBI said Cecil Vijil was spotted about 7 p.m. Sunday walking...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Casino and Hotel helps tribal food distribution efforts

The Ute Mountain Casino and Hotel might be closed, but it’s still been a busy space. The casino and hotel announced its temporary closure March 18 in response to the threat of coronavirus. But...

DATE: April 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Ute Mountain Ute man sentenced to 23 years for two violent crimes

Wambli Mills, 23, of Towaoc, has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to more than 23 years in federal prison after being convicted of sexual assault and pleading guilty to assaulting a police...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lieutenant governor attends mental health listening session

A wide range of stakeholders gathered at the Montezuma-Cortez High School library late Friday afternoon to talk about mental health needs. The event was hosted by the Keystone Policy Center’s...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hearing set for man suspected of causing head-on crash

A Farmington man charged with two felony counts of vehicular assault in a head-on crash that seriously injured a Cortez man is scheduled for surgery next week and a judge is considering granting...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pickup slams head-on into sedan northeast of Towaoc

A man driving a red F-250 hit a silver Chevrolet Impala shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 160/491 about 3 miles northeast of Towaoc, according to a witness at the scene. The man was...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes elect Heart with strong support

Ute Mountain Utes have again elected Manuel Heart to lead the 2,100-member tribe in Southwest Colorado. In a landslide victory Friday, Heart earned 231 votes to become the next tribal chairman,...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

State looks to improve behavioral health; Utes get new center

Ute Mountain Tribal Councilman Selwyn Whiteskunk has been appointed to serve on the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force. This year, Gov. Jared Polis directed the Colorado Department of Human...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Towaoc man found guilty of sex assault charges

A Towaoc man was found guilty Thursday in federal court of two sex assault charges. Ute Mountain Ute tribal member Wambli Mills, 23, used physical force to sexually assault an intoxicated friend at...

DATE: July 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Towaoc man found guilty of sex assault charges

A Towaoc man was found guilty Thursday in federal court of two sex assault charges. Ute Mountain Ute tribal member Wambli Mills, 23, used physical force to sexually assault an intoxicated friend at...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shiprock man sentenced to 30 years for Towaoc sex assault

A Shiprock man was sentenced this week by a Durango federal court for aggravated sexual assault near Towaoc in July. Merle Denezpi was sentenced Monday to serve 30 years in prison and 10 years on...

DATE: June 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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