Position: Journal staff writer

Email: jmimiaga@the-journal.com

Phone Number: (970) 564-6034

Mesa Verde National Park announces partial reopening Sunday

Mesa Verde National Park will partially reopen Sunday after being closed for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The park will increase visitor access with a phased approach, and...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Montezuma County reports second coronavirus death

The Montezuma County Public Health Department on Friday announced two new positive cases of COVID-19, including one resulting in death. The county has reported 12 positive cases, including two...

DATE: April 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

San Miguel County, Telluride face shelter-in-place order

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the San Miguel County Department of Public Health has initiated a series of public health orders, including a sheltering-in-place requirement in effect...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Pine river times

Local elk herds decline; Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks solution

Hunters in Southwest Colorado say fewer elk and too many hunters in the forest have ruined their favorite outdoor experience, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking solutions and wants public...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Charley, a patrol horse, dies: ‘He was a good horse,’ says sheriff

Charley, a mounted patrol horse with the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office, has died from illness, said Sheriff Steve Nowlin. Charley had been sick for several months, Nowlin said, and was being...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Dolores to address marijuana moratorium

The Dolores Town Board will decide at its Tuesday board meeting on a retail marijuana moratorium that expires at the end of the year. There are three options, said Interim Town Manager Ken Charles....

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Famous wayward condor that visited Montezuma County is growing up

Nate, the young California condor that became famous after his wayward flight to Montezuma County from the Grand Canyon in 2014, is alive and well. Nicknamed “Nate” based on wing tag number, N8,...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Winter’s snowfall makes for summer skiing in Southwest Colorado

Skiers, snowboarders and sledders are getting summer runs in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains thanks to lingering snowpack from an above-average winter. For those willing to hike or ski...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Investigators conclude Burro Fire likely human-caused

The 2018 Burro Fire that torched 4,600 acres of the San Juan National Forest northeast of Dolores and cost more than $3 million to fight was likely human-caused, according to a completed...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Update: Crew blasts boulder blocking Colorado 145

A crew on Sunday blasted one of two boulders that has shut down Colorado Highway 145 north of Dolores for two days, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office. Trucks have begun hauling the...

DATE: May 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Whitewater dam release for Dolores River scheduled for Memorial Day weekend

A 10-day whitewater boating release is planned for the Dolores River below McPhee dam and reservoir, managers said this week. The recreational water flows will be let out from Tuesday to May 30 and...

DATE: May 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Mesa Verde National Park denies public access to horse roundup

Planning has begun on a roundup of “trespass” horses at Mesa Verde National Park, and a public adoption process will follow. But the park has denied a request by The Journal to report on and...

DATE: April 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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