Position: Journal Staff Writer

Email: jmimiaga@the-journal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6034

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

Four States Ag Expo goes back to 'American Roots'

"American Roots" is the theme of the upcoming Four States Agricultural Expo next week at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. Every year the event grows, and this year is no different, said executive...

DATE: March 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

Lower Dolores River gets impaired status

Colorado has listed 105 miles of the Dolores River between Slick Rock and the Utah state line as an impaired waterway because of high water temperature from chronic low flows. The Water Quality...

DATE: March 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

County planners, farmers see opportunity for hemp

CORTEZ - Montezuma County planners entertained a vision of rolling waves of hemp fields as a way to bolster the local economy. A roundtable discussion on the potential of a local hemp market struck...

DATE: March 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

Road closures aim to protect wildlife

Winter closures for regional public lands have been enacted. The House Creek road has been closed to motorized traffic beginning Dec. 1 to protect winter wildlife range for elk and deer. Also the...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: News

Mesa Verde's historic visitor center needs tenant

Mesa Verde National Park is struggling with what to do with the old Far View Visitor Center. The circular building with panoramic views was abandoned in 2013 in favor of a new visitor and research...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: News

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