Category Archives: January 2015

Hunter is outspoken in last P&Z meeting

Print this articleTim Hunter did not go quietly. During his final meeting as a member of the Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission on Dec. 18, the Mancos-area builder and vice chair of Planning and Zoning was a vocal participant. … Continue reading

Published in January 2015

Hands across the water: A diverse coalition achieves long-sought protection for the Hermosa area

Print this articleA diverse coalition achieves long-sought protection for the Hermosa area Hundreds of people came together Dec. 19 in Durango to celebrate both the protection of a special area and a rare example of bipartisanship and collaboration. The ebullient … Continue reading

Published in January 2015

Research into marijuana’s benefits for PTSD lacks one ingredient: pot

Print this articlePAGE, Ariz. – Dr. Susan A. Sisley’s plan to study whether marijuana use can be beneficial for treating post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans was in danger of going up in smoke. Then, on Dec. 17, the Colorado Board … Continue reading

Published in January 2015

Gambling prompted embezzlement, records say

Print this articleA gambling addiction led a Cortez woman to embezzle approximately $280,000 from the Empire Electric Association over a threeyear period, according to court documents. In December 2014, Lisa Balderrama pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate David West in Durango … Continue reading

Published in January 2015

County trims mill levy, eyes fee

Print this articleProperty owners got an early Christmas gift – or perhaps more of a frugal stocking stuffer – on Dec. 15 when the Montezuma County Commission voted unanimously to cut the mill levy for the Law Enforcement Authority from … Continue reading

Published in January 2015

College students find water quality high in the Dolores

Print this articleHow clean is the water in the Dolores River north of the town of Dolores? Very clean, according to six Fort Lewis College students who studied the river as part of a junior-level course. During their fall-semester 2014 … Continue reading

Published in January 2015

Plaintiffs drop lawsuit over river plan

Print this articleOne chapter in an ongoing dispute over managing growth in the Dolores River Valley came to an end in December, as plaintiffs dropped a lawsuit challenging a decision made by the Montezuma County commissioners. On July 7, 2014, … Continue reading

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Sage-grouse fight continues

Print this articleWestern agricultural and development interests are firing back at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its listing of the Gunnison sage grouse as a federally threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In December, they got major … Continue reading

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