Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Fort Lewis College Foundation sets fundraising record

The Fort Lewis College Foundation brought in a record $4.6 million in donations in the last fiscal year for scholarships, athletics, research, building construction and other projects. “Every...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Schools house teachers as recruitment, compensation tools

As a teacher shortage persists statewide, La Plata County school districts are grappling with high housing costs and low teacher salaries, which can make filling positions challenging. Across the...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata Electric commits to exploring options to cut carbon

Under direction of a new CEO, La Plata Electric Association plans to explore all its options to cut 50% of its carbon emissions by 2030 and keep its rates competitive. Much public attention in...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Permanent affordable housing hitting Durango market

New homes for sale or under construction in Durango could provide permanent affordable housing for a lucky few. The 10 new homes are expected to fill a growing need in the community for affordable...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Where sharing the road is most stressful, for cars and cyclists

Cycling can help cut carbon emissions and reduce traffic congestion, but when narrow roads force cyclists and cars to pass within inches of each other, it can cause tensions to run high and keep...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Animas Valley mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus

Three mosquito samples from the Animas Valley have tested positive for West Nile virus over the last two weeks. The samples are the first collected by the Animas Mosquito Control District to test...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Impossible Whopper not fooling Durango taste-testers

The Impossible Whopper, a plant-based patty promising all the flavor of ground beef without the environmental impacts associated with cattle production, was rolled out this week at every Burger...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Hemp entrepreneurs face banking challenges

Opening a checking account or getting a loan can be tough for hemp businesses in Southwest Colorado and across the nation because federal regulations haven’t caught up to the industry. The 2018...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Colorado laws enacted to protect, extend voting rights

More than 200 new laws took effect Friday in Colorado, including two measures to ensure college students, Native Americans and residents with disabilities have equal and fair access to the ballot...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Firefighters burn thousands of acres this year to reduce future wildfire risk

Fire is needed to thin out dense forests spanning hundreds of thousands of acres across Southwest Colorado, fire officials say, to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires that can take hold in...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Pine Tree Fire in southeast La Plata County expected to reach 700 acres

Firefighters worked Monday and Tuesday to manage a wildfire north of Arboles in southeast La Plata County, allowing it to increase in size to 700 acres, which will remove fuels and improve forest...

DATE: July 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Delta-Montrose Electric prohibited from helping LPEA exit Tri-State

Delta-Montrose Electric Association successfully negotiated an exit from Southwest Colorado’s wholesale electricity supplier this month, but it won’t be able to help other co-ops, such as La Plata...

DATE: July 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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