Category Archives: October 2013

Fire districts make their case for mill-levy increases

Print this articleRising costs and stagnant funding have prompted two area fire districts to ask at the ballot box for mill levy increases. The Cortez Fire Protection District wants voters to approve an increase of 2.5 mills, to bring the … Continue reading

Published in October 2013

Freedom to accept grants: Montezuma County Hospital District says Referendum 5D will be a win-win

Print this articleMontezuma County Hospital District’s supporters are hoping voters agree that its request to lift revenue restrictions is a win-win. The MCHD wants out of Taxpayer Bill of Right restrictions that currently limit the amount of grant funding it … Continue reading

Published in October 2013

BLM, San Juan National Forest release long-awaited resource management plan

Print this articleOn Sept. 20, the San Juan National Forest and BLM Tres Rios Field Office released the long-awaited joint Land and Resource Management Plan and the accompanying final environmental impact statement to address long-term management of 2.4 million acres … Continue reading

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Rare breed: Churro sheep are critically linked to Navajo culture

Print this articleIn September, a group of regional Navajo- Churro shepherds gathered for “Spin Off,” a sheep seminar at Arriola Sunshine Farms, in Lewis, north of Cortez, Colo. The name refers to the wool processes, the spinning of fiber before … Continue reading

Published in October 2013

County officials aided in Cronk investigation

Print this articleFormer Montezuma County Undersheriff Robin Cronk allegedly helped himself to taxpayers’ money for more than two years to buy guns, computers and other items for his own use, according to documents unsealed by the 22nd Judicial District Court … Continue reading

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Debate heats up over Dolores River Valley rules

Print this articleAre regulations strangling growth in the Dolores River Valley, or are they protecting water quality and boosting property values? That question is at the center of a debate raging within the valley and among local leaders. It has … Continue reading

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A familiar mural in Cortez is geting a much-needed facelift

Print this articleEver since 1991, anyone driving down West North Street in Cortez has been graced with a view of what appears to be a two-storied Anasazi pueblo, right in the middle of town. The pueblo is actually a mural … Continue reading

Published in October 2013