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Court puts kibosh on local Bong-a-Thon

Print this articleby David Long Somewhere, over the cannabis-enhanced rainbow, the 32nd annual Colorado Invitational Bong-a-thon will soon be filling the state’s dreamy skies with happy smoke – a two-day celebration of the drug by a thousand adoring potheads. But … Continue reading

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County files for injunction against Bong-a-thon

Print this articleBy David Long It’s a major bummer for some, but a drug-free high for opponents. On Friday, July 10, Montezuma County filed a complaint in District Court seeking a temporary injunction against three men associated with what has … Continue reading

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Bong-a-Thon’s future cloudy in Montezuma County

Print this articleBy David Long After hearing that organizers of Montezuma County’s first marijuana festival seem to be moving forward without a permit, the county commissioners have directed their attorney to seek an injunction to stop them. On Monday, July … Continue reading

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Cortez Cultural Center will cut operations

Print this article The Cortez Cultural Center is planning to scale back its operations and to sell its building and plaza at 25 N. Market in downtown Cortez. The following letter from Lee Bergman, president of the Cortez Cultural Center Board … Continue reading

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Deluge continues across Four Corners

Print this articleDon’t get blasé about the rain, because there remains a possibility of flash floods through Friday evening in portions of Colorado and southeast Utah, including the Four Corners area, Upper Dolores River, San Juan River Basin, Southwest San … Continue reading

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Beware flash floods, hail, lightning!

Print this articleIt may be time to start building that ark, folks. A flash-flood watch remains in effect through this evening, Saturday, June 6, for portions of western Colorado and southeast Utah, including the Four Corners/upper Dolores River, Animas River, … Continue reading

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Free Press wins 9 awards, 6 firsts

Print this articleThe Four Corners Free Press received nine awards, six of them first-place, in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies regional competition for work done in 2014. The awards were announced May 15 in Denver. The … Continue reading

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Cortez woman sentenced in tax-fraud case

Print this articleA Cortez woman who embezzled funds from Empire Electric has been sentenced to 12 months in federal prison. Lisa Kay Balderrama, 50, was sentenced earlier this week by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger to serve … Continue reading

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Cortez woman pleads guilty in embezzlement-related case

Print this articleLisa Kay Balderrama Cortez pled guilty last week in Durango before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. West to making false statements on a tax return, United States Attorney John Walsh and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge … Continue reading

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Colorado man sentenced for illegal wildlife killings

Print this articleA hunting outfitter and guide who reportedly captured and maimed mountain lions and bobcats so his clients could more easily hunt them has been sentenced to prison. Christopher W. Loncarich, 56, of Mack, Colo., was sentenced to 27 … Continue reading

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