Category Archives: September 2018

Renew director terminated after charges: Witnesses allege Beene took donations intended for the Second Chance thrift store

The longtime executive director of Renew, Inc., a local non-profit that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, has been accused of stealing myriad donations from the organization’s Second Chance thrift store in Dolores. Following an investigation by the … Continue reading

Published in September 2018

Montezuma County commissioners oppose Proposition 112

Saying it would prove disastrous to the local economy and schools, the county commissioners on Monday, Sept. 24, voiced strong opposition to Proposition 112, a measure on the Colorado ballot in the November general election. The commissioners unanimously voted to … Continue reading

Published in September 2018

Cortez rejects new marijuana dispensary

The Cortez City Council just said no Tuesday night, Sept. 11, to a license for what would have been a new recreational-marijuana dispensary in the city. Following a lengthy public hearing at which a dozen citizens – not all of … Continue reading

Published in September 2018

The vapid and the dead

Ambition is a commendable attribute in a debut novelist, as is the courage to take chances, stretching the boundaries of your chosen genre. Combine the two, and the potential for literary transcendence is manifest. So too, alas, is the potential … Continue reading

Published in Prose and Cons, September 2018

Life-saving measures? Officials hope staff cuts, expanded facility will boost the hospital

Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez is preparing to open its new lobby early this month, the culmination of a $32 million expansion project. Ironically, the opening comes just a few weeks after the hospital laid off more than 40 employees … Continue reading

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Home at last: The Bridge Shelter is breaking ground on a new facility even as it scrambles to prepare for this winter

The Bridge Shelter in Cortez is breaking ground Thursday, Sept. 6, at 9 a.m. on construction of a $2.3 million shelter in Cortez. The new building at Empire and Park streets near the new Montezuma County Combined Courts building and … Continue reading

Published in September 2018

Southwest Memorial has seen ups and downs

Turbulence and even controversy are nothing new for Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. Small rural hospitals historically have struggled to keep revenues flowing in and remain competitive in the cut-throat world of health care, and SWMH is no exception. The … Continue reading

Published in September 2018