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Phil's World Expansion Will Significantly Impact Wildlife, State Says

A proposal to double the miles of trails in the Phil’s World system east of Cortez could result in “significant impacts” to wildlife.
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The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, a local nonprofit, has received a $42,000 grant from the USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program to evaluate the feasibility of a mobile cider press.


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In this episode of KSJD's monthly Veteran's Affairs program, Tom Yoder talks with Rick Torres, Montezuma County Veteran's Service Officer, about how claims for local vets improves their quality of life, staffing additions in his office, and updates on local veterans events.

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Misunderstanding continues between the Montezuma County Commissioners and public lands officials over a golden eagle’s nest located in the Phil’s World mountain biking area east of Cortez. The area is under consideration for expansion, but the Bureau of Land Management is planning to route the new trails around this eagle’s nest. There are a few different options for the size of that trail re-route, and the Montezuma County Commissioners want the trail to go as close as possible to the nest to maximize the size of the expansion.

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The Bureau of Land Management has renamed a trailhead northeast of Moab, Utah, with a more culturally sensitive moniker.

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Twelve cases of West Nile Virus in horses have been confirmed in Colorado as of Tuesday.

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A 52-year-old woman died in Cortez’s City Park on Friday.


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The City of Cortez has been honored as a healthy community.


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In 1989, Tim Wilhelm set out in a sailboat from the coast of California and returned five years later after circumnavigating the globe. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Tim and his wife Tanya about why he set out to sea in the first place, why Tanya decided to join in the adventure after meeting Tim in New Zealand, and how the journey changed them both forever.

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Motorists traveling through downtown Cortez should expect to see traffic cones and utility workers until the end of this week or early next week.


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Planners and local officials voiced cautious optimism after two days of meetings last week regarding the proposed Paths to Mesa Verde trail , but acknowledged that it poses numerous challenges.


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