Category Archives: September 2019

‘One Book, One City’: Area libraries launch an effort to create community around the written word with a joint reading program

Cortez Public Library’s Kathy Berg is no stranger to creating community around the written word. Heading up the adult programs at the library for many years, she previously did much the same at the Salida, Colo. Public Library. Which is … Continue reading

Published in September 2019

Gallery window exhibit opens in Cortez

Lights, cameras, action, and art filled two formerly empty storefront windows at 30 W. Main St. in downtown Cortez for the first time in late August. Gallery Windows, a pilot project of the Cortez Public Arts Advisory Committee (of which … Continue reading

Published in September 2019

Not so fast: Colorado’s PUC seeks answers on Tri-State’s proposed shift

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has until Sept. 11 to answer “unsettled questions” from the Colorado Public Utility Commission regarding its application to move to federal oversight of wholesale electric rates. What is even more unsettling is the negotiating position … Continue reading

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Improving social services: Commissioners grant extended work week after critical report

Following a highly critical report by a state ombudsman’s office regarding Montezuma County’s Department of Social Services, the county commissioners granted permission for the department to increase its staff members’ work weeks from 35 hours to 40 – but only … Continue reading

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Energy concerns: BLM speeds oil and gas leasing despite worries

Oil and gas lease auctions on Bureau of Land Management lands in the vicinity of Hovenweep National Monument have drawn considerable concern. But the BLM is moving full speed ahead with plans to make more acres available for energy development, … Continue reading

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Fred Martinez’s killer is paroled: The brutal murder in 2001 drew national attention to Cortez

The man who murdered a transgendered Navajo teenager in Cortez in 2001 – a crime that drew national attention to the city – has been released from prison. Shaun Murphy, now 36, was paroled to Colorado’s northeast region after serving … Continue reading

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