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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

Pine beetle gaining ground in Southwest Colorado

San Juan National Forest officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the destructive impacts of a round-headed pine beetle infestation. The beetle is native to the state but is more...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio man identified as victim of shooting

The body of an Ignacio man believed to have been murdered was found Thursday morning in the Haycamp Mesa area east of Dolores in the San Juan National Forest, according to Montezuma County Sheriff...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

National parks cut back on free days

It's always a pleasant surprise to visit a national park on a free day. But there will be fewer of those surprises as the National Park System has reduced the number of free days to four for 2018,...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Mesa Verde faces $65.7 million in backlogged maintenance

A campaign by the Pew Charitable Trust to raise awareness of eroding infrastructure at national parks recently swung through Cortez. Restore America's Parks aims to address an estimated $11.3...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Water conference explores financial solutions

Colorado water managers say that a growing population and shrinking oil and gas revenues will leave the state with a water shortage and too little money to prevent it. The state's 5.3 million...

DATE: April 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Nucla men, Tennessee clients busted after 17 elk poached

Two unlicensed hunting guides from Nucla and their Tennessee clients have been convicted and sentenced by a federal court for illegal hunting activities involving poaching trophy elk on the...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Sheriff: Marijuana makes Colorado a source for traffickers

Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin says an increase in drug trafficking in the area is a result of Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana. "Colorado has become a source state for...

DATE: May 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: News