Category Archives: August 2015

Hospital seeks support for new wing

Print this articleMontezuma County has had a hospital serving its residents for the past century. And this would be a great time to begin a new era of more efficient, hightech patient care, said July Schuenemeyer, president of the Montezuma … Continue reading

Published in August 2015

Users asked to avoid trail

Print this articleLike cats, trails don’t come any prettier than the Calico. From its northern launch point just off the Dunton Road north of Rico, the trail meanders through moist meadows bursting with greenery, across burbling brooks and beneath pines … Continue reading

Published in August 2015

Village at Wolf Creek awaits court ruling: Construction on the controversial resort is halted by a stipulation agreement

Print this articleNo work will be done on the Village at Wolf Creek until a lawsuit filed in late June against the development is resolved in federal court, according to a recently signed stipulation agreement. The agreement, signed in July, … Continue reading

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Cautious about cannabis, blind to booze?: Local officials struggle to navigate issues around mood-altering drugs

Print this articleWhen area residents first heard that a competitive pot-smoking event called a “Bong-a-Thon” had been planned in Montezuma County for July 31-Aug. 1, most had one of two reactions: It sounds like fun. I’d like to go! This … Continue reading

Published in August 2015

Animas River reopened for recreation

Print this articleThe Animas River has been reopened for recreational use as of noon on Friday, Aug. 14. La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith made the decision to open the river based on tests conducted by the Colorado Department of … Continue reading

Published in August 2015

Spill will have long-term impacts, officials say

Print this articleBy Gail Binkly Long-term impacts are expected from the spill of more than 1 million gallons of toxic mining waste into the Animas River on Aug. 5. “We anticipate as this plume moves downstream, the sediment will settle … Continue reading

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Notes from a disaster: Part 2

Print this articleCommentary by Janneli F. Miller Aug 7/8 midnight I can’t sleep. the spill haunts me. I close my eyes only to see that hideous orange-yellow river in my brain imagery. I am obsessed with knowing all that I … Continue reading

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Notes from an environmental disaster: The Animas River contamination

Print this article By Janneli F. Miller Thursday afternoon, Aug. 6 4 p.m. I’m just above the 33rd St put-in in Animas City. The Gold King Mine clean-up near Silverton has gone awry & at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, a toxic … Continue reading

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Words’ worth: A vote to strike down a Navajo fluency requirement raises questions

Print this articleEditor’s note: This online version corrects mistakes concerning figures that were contained in the print version of this article in the August 2015 Free Press. The Navajo Nation’s July 21 passage of a referendum eliminating the requirement for … Continue reading

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Animas River closed to recreation because of spill

Print this articleThe Animas River has been closed to all watercraft as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, because of the contamination of the Animas River from a spill of mining waste. La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith issued an … Continue reading

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