Category Archives: June 2020

Knuckles named new police chief

Vernon Knuckles, undersheriff for Montezuma County, has been chosen as the new police chief for the city of Cortez. He had served in the county sheriff ’s department for nine years and had been undersheriff since 2017. A lifelong native … Continue reading

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Free Press takes four awards

The Four Corners Free Press received four awards, three of them first place, in the 2020 Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies competition. The contest is open to all forms of news media in four states – Colorado, … Continue reading

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From crank phones to smartphones: Farmers Telephone Company celebrates its 100th anniversary

“How many people do you know that really like their telephone company?” asks Terry Hinds, manager of Farmers Telephone Company in Southwest Colorado. “We’re all about customer service. Our customers love us, and the reason they do is because we’re … Continue reading

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To mask up or not: The uncivil question dividing the U.S.

Americans are bitterly divided over climate change, Donald Trump, and race. But the issue that may be causing the angriest debate at the moment is an odd one: masks. Or, more specifically, facial coverings designed to slow the spread of … Continue reading

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Coronavirus surges in Arizona, Utah

Cases of coronavirus are spiking in some states since restrictions on businesses and gatherings have been loosened. In the Four Corners, Arizona and Utah are showing numbers that cause concern, while New Mexico is seeing increases that are somewhat troubling. … Continue reading

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Cultural divide: Utes, county leaders wrestle with differences during talks about COVID-19

In one sense, the coronavirus pandemic has brought the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Montezuma County closer together, by prompting more extensive discussions than usual between leaders. But the two entities continue to be divided over a number of issues, … Continue reading

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