Category Archives: August 2012

Navajo council rejects proposed water settlement

A proposed water-rights settlement involving the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe and Little Colorado River was decisively rejected by the 24 delegates of the 22nd Navajo Nation Council on July 5. Navajo Nation council chambers were packed to standing room only … Continue reading

Published in August 2012

The future looks bright for uranium mining in the area

The uranium industry hasn’t gotten much play in the Four Corners area since its heyday during the Cold War. But with prices rising worldwide – and historic stockpiles diminishing – demand for the controversial ore is beginning to bounce back. … Continue reading

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Ute Mountain Utes get their long-awaited checks

It’s payback time for American Indian tribes, including the Ute Mountain Utes, whose tribal trust accounts held by the federal government under U.S. treaty law were mismanaged for decades. Following a class-action lawsuit by tribes, settlements to compensate for those … Continue reading

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A financial settlement in an illegal-arrest claim

Co-authored by David Grant Long A man who says he was illegally arrested and detained by the Montezuma County Sheriff ’s Office last year received a $25,000 settlement in June from the county’s insurance company. Marion Harper III of Cortez had … Continue reading

Published in August 2012

Cortez decides not to limit pot centers

The Cortez City Council has voted to rescind an amendment to its medical-marijuana ordinance that put a cap on how many marijuana centers could operate within the city. The council decided to stay with the original ordinance that puts strict … Continue reading

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Far-reaching teaching

Cortez’s Unlimited Learning Center uses technology to offer a variety of courses Cortez is miles away from the ivy-covered walls traditionally associated with a university education – but no matter. You can still obtain a university degree without ever leaving … Continue reading

Published in August 2012

Will winter bring relief from the drought?

In a dirt parking lot near Many Farms, Ariz., a Navajo farmer sold me a mutton burrito. He hasn’t used his tractor in two years, he said, and he’s cooking instead of farming because “there isn’t any water.” He pointed … Continue reading

Published in August 2012

Recall issued on Romaine lettuce sold in New Mexico (web only)

Lettuce Already Pulled From NM Stores But Consumers Should Check Labels At Home The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is alerting residents to a nationwide recall that was issued Aug. 19 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involving Romaine lettuce that … Continue reading

Published in August 2012

Suspected rabid bat bites La Plata County man (web only)

A La Plata County resident is undergoing rabies vaccinations due to a bat bite the afternoon of Aug. 5 at the Cundis Park (BMX track) by the Animas River, according to a press release from the San Juan Basin Health … Continue reading

Published in August 2012

A dark night for America

Like all good-hearted Americans, I felt real bad for a little while about the recent recordbreaking mass slaughter inside an Aurora movie theater, then just mildly bad when I was reminded of it by the endless TV coverage. Then it … Continue reading

Published in August 2012, David Long