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Cortez City Council May Reconsider Neutrality on Canyons of the Ancients

The Cortez City Council may formally endorse keeping Canyons of the Ancients National Monument despite previously saying it would stay neutral.

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The Cortez Main Street has seen some significant changes over the course of the town’s history. Businesses have come and gone, streets have been paved and repaved, and buildings have been built and rebuilt. But many of the buildings on Main Street are over 60 years old.

New Mexico’s senators are calling for an extension of the public-comment period for the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

The comment period opened May 12th and is set to end May 26th, making it the shortest period for any of the more than two dozen national monuments under review by the Trump administration. The Navajo Times reports that Senator Martin Heinrich and Senator Mark Udall, both Democrats, have asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to give stakeholders a full 60 days to voice their views on Bears Ears.

UPDATE 5/24/17: A spokesperson for the FBI states the agency does not believe there is a threat to public safety. Authorities have still not released the identities of the victim or suspect(s) as of May 24th.

Original story, published 5/19/17:

Law officers were seeking a suspect Friday in the fatal shooting of a 46-year-old man in Aneth, Utah on the Navajo Nation.  According to a statement from the FBI, the shooting happened around 2:00 pm. 

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This month the City of Cortez is looking back on the history of its parks. KSJD’s Austin Cope sat down with Chris Burkett. Burkett served as Cortez Parks and Recreation director between 1978 and 2006, and now directs grants and special projects for the City. To start their interview, Austin asked him how the corner of Mildred and Main Street--near the Colorado Welcome Center--looked in 1978.

A Cortez man whose body was found south of Denny Lake on May 2nd is believed to have shot another man the night of March 27th before fleeing to an open field where he died of hypothermia, possibly that same night.

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As Navajo Nation officials struggle to decide how to deal with free-roaming horses, two New Mexico residents have started a Facebook group dedicated to finding solutions other than slaughter.


Spring Weather Slowing Cornbelt Planting

May 18, 2017
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As the storms we've seen this spring have passed through the Four Corners Region, they've moved into the Midwest and created slowdowns for farmers planting fields corn and soybeans.  Reports of flooded fields and planting slowdowns have been over reported but haven't affected futures prices as much as commodity traders initially thought it would.

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The sheriff of San Juan County, Utah, will keep his job even while facing charges of felony retaliation against a witness and three misdemeanors.


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The Denver Post reports that Denver is one of three finalists for hosting the Outdoor Retailer trade show. The other two cities were not named.

CDOT will need ten times the $1.88 billion dollars awarded this legislative session for infrastructure projects around the state, says executive director Shailen Bhatt. That money was approved by lawmakers in a last minute deal after a sweeping transportation bill failed at the statehouse last month

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