Category Archives: June 2012

Firefighters complete burnout operations in Weber Fire (web only)

Print this articleAfter two days of burnout operations on the northern perimeter of the Weber Fire, operations were effectively completed Saturday. That activity removed a significant portion of the remaining heavy fuels that were of concern to fire officials. Officials report … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Juvenile is suspect in fire start (web only)

Print this articleAn unidentified juvenile is a suspect in starting the Weber Fire near Mancos. The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office has issued a press release stating that the investigation into the cause of the fire near Mancos, conducted by the … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Unsigned ballots could play role in DA’s race (web only)

Print this articleWith unofficial results showing challenger Will Furse ahead of incumbent District Attorney Russell Wasley by just 9 votes, the unsigned ballots sitting in the county clerk’s office could play a role in deciding the outcome. Montezuma County Clerk … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Ertel, Findley are unofficial winners; Furse holds edge in DA’s race (web only)

Print this articleUnofficial results from the June 26 primary in Montezuma County are: County Commissioner, District 2 Keenan Ertel, 2271 votes, 60.74% Bud Garner, 953, 25.49% Pat DeGagne-Rule, 515, 13.77%   County Commissioner, District 3 Dewayne Findley, 2119, 59.27 % … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Spruell calls report about fire’s cause ‘balderdash’ (web only)

Print this articleMontezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell called a report that the Weber Fire was known to have been started by recreational target-shooters “nothing but balderdash.” Monday evening in Mancos, Spruell told the Free Press that quoted remarks by La … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Tips from a California evacuee (web only)

Print this articleBy Cindy McCombe Spindler Today, I have had a hard time doing anything other than watch the media coverage of the fires in Colorado. It is hard to see my home state get hit so hard. I have … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Greg Kemp makes ballot (web only)

Print this articleGreg Kemp, a longtime advocate of land-use planning, has successfully petitioned onto the Nov. 6 general-election ballot as an unaffiliated candidate for Montezuma County commissioner in District 3, the Mancos area. Kemp will face another unaffiliated candidate, Larry … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Going dry: Warm weather, early snowmelt raise fears of another drought like 2002

Print this articleColorado appears to be heading into a severe drought similar to the one in 2002 that brought raging wildfires and extreme water shortages across the state. A weak winter snowpack combined with windy, hot weather during March, April … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

‘Reel’ Natives: A film festival comes to Shiprock

Print this articleNative filmmakers share the spotlight In 1939, film audiences watched as John Wayne jumped on a horse and galloped through Monument Valley in “The Searchers.” The film introduced beautiful red-rock Navajo land as the quintessential background for the … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Ex-attorney turns to life of crime (writing, that is)

Print this articleLocal writer Chuck Greaves’ new mystery novel, “Hush Money,” is not to be missed. Greaves has created a feisty and fun main character in Jack MacTaggart. “They say when writing your first book to write what you know. … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Italian group’s upscale proposal raises water worries

Print this articleControversy has also greeted plans for a different proposed commercial development, just south of the Grand Canyon. That development, slated for the Grand Canyon gateway community of Tusayan, Ariz., is a project of the Italian Stilo Development Group. … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Two Indian nations disagree on a development at Grand Canyon

Print this articleWhen Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly went public earlier this year with a plan to develop the East Rim of the Grand Canyon for tourism, the backlash was swift and strong — especially from the neighboring Hopi Tribe. … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

‘Pooped out’ at the Grand Canyon: Should hikers have to pack ‘it’ out?

Print this articlePark staff considers requiring backcountry hikers to pack out their waste Zack Summit, from Prescott, Ariz., and a couple of his friends went backpacking in the Grand Canyon in early April. Overall they had a pleasant time. But … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Garner touts liberty, limited regulations

Print this articleCreston “Bud” Garner is ready to hit the ground running if elected as the Montezuma County commissioner from District 2 (Cortez). Two and a half years of faithfully sitting through the commission’s Monday meetings have prepared him for … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Ertel advocates principle, personal responsibility

Print this articleAs president of Ertel Funeral Home in Cortez, Keenan Ertel often becomes acquainted with people under the worst of circumstances. Nevertheless, he is a popular figure in the county – something he attributes to his efforts to make … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

DeGagne-Rule offers experience, knowledge

Print this articlePat DeGagne-Rule isn’t one for sitting on the sidelines. She is a member of the Cortez Cemetery District board, a member and former treasurer of the Southwestern Cowbelles, a former member of the Cortez Cultural Center board, a … Continue reading

Published in June 2012

Tips for keeping your home from going up in smoke

Print this articleThose who lived in the Four Corners in 2002 remember the fires that devastated the region during that dry summer. The fire season started locally with a wildfire on the New Mexico/Colorado border south of Elk Springs, and … Continue reading

Published in June 2012