Therapist says county needs more mental-health providers
By Gail Binkly
A therapist with Montezuma County’s Social Services department came before the county commissioners Nov. 26 to call for more to be done to provide behavioral and mental health support to local residents.
“In Montezuma County we are severely lacking in providers and programs to serve our increasingly high-need area,” said Annie Diaz, a mental-health therapist for the Child Welfare Department of Social Services. She was reading from testimony she gave before the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force in October.
The increasingly diverse county has a poverty rate of 15.2 percent, the 14th highest in the state, she said. And the county has the fourth highest suicide rate, more than double the statewide average.
Road, coroner’s budget sparks arguments
By Gail Binkly
Accusations of conflicts of interest and money-wasting flew during several different budget-related discussions at the Montezuma County commission’s meeting on Nov. 26. The arguments eventually ended on civil notes, but only after a great deal of acrimony.
The most vociferous disagreement occurred between commissioners Larry Don Suckla and Jim Candelaria during a discussion with road supervisor Rob Englehart about his department’s budget. The two commissioners were split over how much money to take out of the county’s general-fund reserves and give to the road department.
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* Books, 124 Pinon
* Burger Boy Drive In, 400 E. Main
* Cliffrose, 27885 Highway 160
* Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main
* Cortez Public Library
* Cortez Recreation Center, 425 Roger Smith Ave.
* Cortez Livestock Auction, 12129 Highway 491
* Cortez Municipal Airport
* El Grande Café, 28 E. Main
* IFA, 10501 Highway 491
* Johnson Building, 925 S. Broadway
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* Post Office, 35 S. Beech
* Southwest Memorial Hospital
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* Silver Bean, 410 W. Main
* Sinclair Gas Station
* Spruce Tree Coffeehouse, 330 E. Main
* In front of Subway, 1835 E. Main
* The Farm Bistro, 18 E. Main
* Dolores Food Market, 400 Railroad Ave.
* Dolores River Brewery, 100 South 4th
* Ponderosa Restaurant, 108 South 8th
* Dove Creek Superette, 445 Hwy. 491
* Bread, 42 County Road 250
* Magpie Newsstand Cafe, 707 Main Ave.
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* In front of Steamworks, 801 E. 2nd Ave.
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