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Jul 4, 2016

As we celebrate the founding of or nation on this July 4th , I believe that it is a good occasion to think about the role that agriculture has played in our history. However, the story doesn't just start in 1776.

 

The majority of the millions of people living in the Americas, whether North, South or Central, before 1492, were farmers. Columbus stumbled upon the tip of the complex network of resource-rich societies that depended upon a whole host of crops that were unknown to Europeans.

 

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Construction of the new Montezuma County combined courthouse and the Osprey Packs office building will bring infill to a long-vacant space in Cortez northwest of the corner of Mildred Avenue and Empire Street. But City Manager Shane Hale says it won’t necessarily mean changes to the four-way stop there.


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The Cortez Police Department turned out in full force to honor Chief Roy Lane – the state’s longest-serving police chief – at Tuesday’s  City Council meeting. Lane was presented with the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Steele Award, which recognizes long-term professional and ethical contributions. Lane became Cortez’s chief in 1981 – 35 years ago. His daughters read aloud the letters of nomination, which came from people such as Durango Police Chief Jim Spratlen and Bayfield Marshal Joseph McIntyre.

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Drivers in Cortez will see improved intersections and traffic lights by August. The Colorado Department of Transportation says that they will make improvements to 10 different intersections along Highway 160, including the intersections of County Road G, 7th Street, Maple Street, Chestnut Street, Market Street, Ash Street, Harrison Street, Mildred Road, Sligo Street, and Highway 145. The $1 million project will replace traffic signal heads, re-stripe traffic lanes, and install concrete traffic signal pads.

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The identity of a fugitive who killed himself at a home outside Cortez earlier this month has been released. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin says 67-year-old Daniel R. Thrasher of Missouri Valley, Iowa, had been wanted on a federal warrant for possession for child pornography and had a record of similar offenses. He was staying at a home on Highway 145 when the sheriff was notified by Homeland Security of his possible presence. When confronted, Thrasher shot himself despite Nowlin’s efforts to dissuade him.

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A report prepared at the request of the Montezuma County commissioners appears to support their claim to the Dolores-Norwood Road under the historic statute known as RS 2477.

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Three questions, including one seeking a one-cent sales tax, will be on the November ballot in Montezuma County.


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Montezuma County residents are about evenly split on support for a 1 percent sales tax to extend high-speed internet countywide. That was a key finding of a telephone survey of 300 residents conducted by Discovery Research Group over two weeks in June. The county commissioners had asked for the survey to help them decide whether to put a sales-tax question on the November ballot. One hundred fifty-four of the respondents said they would be for a sales tax, while the remainder said no.

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The Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance, a nonprofit supporting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center, has suspended operations.

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