Category Archives: December 2010

Recall fails

Voters gave an overwhelming stamp of approval to the Cortez City Council, turning thumbs down on a recall effort by a margin of approximately 82 percent to 17 percent. The recall was initiated because of the council’s approval last year … Continue reading

Published in December 2010

Wind-farm veto is overridden

A long-stalled wind-farm project at Gray Mountain near Cameron, Ariz., is moving forward despite a veto by Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr. Navajo council delegates voted to override the veto on Nov. 23 after first failing to muster enough … Continue reading

Published in December 2010

Uranium mine to move forward near Gallup

Opponents of a new uranium mine recently approved on the border of the Navajo Reservation near Church Rock, N.M., failed to win a review of the mine’s license by the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 15. According to Uranium Resources … Continue reading

Published in December 2010

A twist in the controversy over travel management

A county crusade against a plan to close some roads on national-forest lands north and west of Dolores stalled last month when several appeals demanding greater motorized access were officially denied while one appeal seeking to reduce road density was … Continue reading

Published in December 2010

A non-traditional holiday

Some theatre companies slate themselves to perform the usual plays or musicals at Christmas time: “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker,” all the traditionals. But the Durango Arts Center is grinning all the way with an original musical written and produced … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, December 2010

Montezuma County turns to the state Supreme Court

Disappointed by a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling, Montezuma County will petition the state Supreme Court to hear its appeal in a case involving how personal property owned by oil and gas companies is taxed. A three-judge appeals panel on … Continue reading

Published in December 2010

LouAnn Jacobson on her decade with the monument

A decade after she became manager of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, LouAnn Jacobson is finally getting a chance to enjoy the backcountry of the enormous, rugged landscape west of Cortez. That’s because she retired Oct. 1. Until then, … Continue reading

Published in December 2010

Housing problems on the Navajo reservation

A child peeked out from behind the serape blanket covering the door of the shack where Marlene Kerley and her three children live. Her home is located behind a small rocky escarpment that hides her from the view of tourists … Continue reading

Published in December 2010

Citizens of Cortez initiate city-council recall

  Related To recall or not By Dan Porter A committee of concerned Cortez residents has initiated a recall of five city council members which includes Betty Swank, Donna Foster, Matt Keefauver, Robert Rime and Mayor Dan Porter. The committee … Continue reading

Published in December 2010, Election