Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: jmimiaga@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6034

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

Montezuma commissioners declare county a gun sanctuary

Montezuma County commissioners on Thursday declared the county a gun sanctuary in response to a proposed gun control law in the Colorado Legislature. About 150 people filled the commissioners’...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Should Dolores allow pot stores? Town, residents weigh in

Dolores residents and the town board on Monday considered allowing a retail marijuana shop in town during a workshop attended by 40 people. The town's moratorium on retail marijuana sales expires...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Repairs force drainage of Groundhog Reservoir; no bag limit on fish

Malfunctioning dam equipment discovered this week at Groundhog Reservoir has forced Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. to begin draining the lake in order to make repairs, officials report. As a...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Man pleads guilty in slaying of James Box, Jr., gets 25 years

A Montezuma County man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of James Lloyd Box Jr., who was fatally shot Jan. 2 on Haycamp Mesa east of Dolores. After accepting the plea deal on Monday,...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Post-burn study begins for Burro Fire

Fire recovery specialists have begun assessing the impacts of the Burro Fire, which scorched 4,593 acres in Bear Creek Canyon northeast of Dolores. Recent rains have led to nearly 100 percent...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Forest Service responds to Burro Fire northeast of Dolores

The U.S. Forest Service and several local fire departments responded about 4 p.m. Friday to a wildfire near the Bear Creek trailhead off Colorado Highway 145. Steve Orr, a public information...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

First-degree murder charge filed in connection with Ignacio man's death

Multiple criminal charges were filed this week against Kevin Wade Folsom in the shooting death of James Box Jr., an Ignacio man whose body was found in the San Juan National Forest east of Dolores....

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

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