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Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

New director tapped to lead Ignacio nonprofit after funding cuts

A large nonprofit that provides social services in Ignacio has a new executive director who plans to focus on rebuilding the organization after major funding cuts. Lori Niewold started as...

DATE: March 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Mercy hospital’s parent organization part of mega merger

Mercy Regional Medical Center is now part of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system by revenue. The hospital is one of 142 in the new nonprofit Catholic health system formed by the recent...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Bill aims to lower state health exchange costs by 30 percent

A bill pending in the Colorado Legislature could lower insurance premiums for those who purchase insurance through the state health exchange. In La Plata County, about 3,000 people purchased...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Silverton Skijoring races return despite storms

SILVERTON – Skijoring races in Silverton on Saturday drew skiers, riders and eager observers despite low temperatures and snowy roads. As icy winds blew, riders on horseback raced down Blair Street...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Suicide survivor finds healing in art at Ignacio community center

IGNACIO – Bonnie Woodward’s depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are the result of a house fire, the loss of a child, physical abuse and other trauma. The trauma and poor mental health...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

When tenants become landlords of mobile home parks

More than 40 mobile home parks provide affordable housing to thousands of residents in La Plata County. But those residents have little control over the long-term destiny of the land on which their...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Why are vaccination rates for children lagging in Southwest Colorado?

Children in Southwest Colorado are less likely to have all the vaccinations required by law compared with their peers in other areas of Colorado, according to a new report released by Children's...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Heartwood Cohousing near Bayfield plans to expand

Becky Logan moved into Heartwood Cohousing near Bayfield in November because she was looking for a community after years of traveling in an RV. She was drawn to cohousing by the tight-knit...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Colorado Gives Day a powerful alternative to Giving Tuesday

Colorado residents wanting to get into the giving spirit may want to wait until Dec. 4 - Colorado Gives Day - to help their dollars go a little further. Colorado Gives Day is a campaign that splits...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

New Ignacio preschool plans to open in January

A new preschool will open in early January in Ignacio after the planned closure of Southern Ute Head Start. The Ignacio Early Learning Program will open in the former Pine River Community Learning...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

U.S. Highway 550 realignment construction planned for late 2019

Construction to connect U.S. highways 550 and 160 using the so called Bridge to Nowhere could start in late 2019. The $98.6 million project will require about two years to complete, said Mike...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata Electric Association CEO Mike Dreyspring to retire

La Plata Electric Association CEO Mike Dreyspring announced he will retire in September 2019. Dreyspring was hired by the co-op in 2014 and has lead it through political shifts on the board, the...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

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