Category Archives: Breaking News

A big acquittal on a minor charge

By Gail Binkly A year after an incident in downtown Cortez that led to charges of harassment against a half-dozen locals, the ramifications of the event are still being felt. The behavior of the six on Jan. 2, 2021, led … Continue reading

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Is this an insensitive place?

By Gail Binkly In January 2020, before the pandemic hit, Cortez made the national news because of controversy over what was being sold at a local retail outlet. CNN, and later the New York Post and New York Daily News, … Continue reading

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Simmons acquitted on harassment charge

Acting with lightning speed, a jury of six acquitted Cortez resident Sherry Simmons on Friday, Dec. 10, of a misdemeanor charge of harassment. Reading the jury instructions, which heavily emphasized First Amendment rights, almost took longer than the quarter-hour or … Continue reading

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Reaching out for help: School District Re-1 asks the community to fill some shortages

By Gail Binkly Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 is so short of teachers and staff that it is pleading with the community for help. “We’re asking the community to help us with our workforce concerns,” Superintendent Risha VanderWey told the Four … Continue reading

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An unsustainable situation? Middle-school teachers voice concerns over discussions of drastic measures

By Gail Binkly Talk of totally revamping the Montezuma-Cortez District Re-1 curriculum and of no longer letting LGBTQ students meet in a lunchtime club has some teachers dismayed. They worry that the measures being made or considered by the Re-1 … Continue reading

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A collection for those who love the Southwest

In the late spring of the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, as catastrophic drought warnings began looming across the western United States, I received in the mail an edited collection of poetry and prose written “to speak love to … Continue reading

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Recall costs $21,000

Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 has been billed $21,256 for the Feb. 16 recall of school-board member Lance McDaniel. The bill from the county clerk and recorder’s office includes the cost of the mail ballots and envelopes, postage for sending them … Continue reading

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