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Two Utah senators want to open the gate to mountain-biking in wilderness areas. The Associated Press reports that Republican senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch have introduced legislation that would let local officials with federal public-lands agencies decide whether bikes should be allowed in individual wilderness areas.

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The new Montezuma County Combined Courthouse project is on schedule but a few tweaks may be made to the layout. Owner’s representative Monty Guiles told the commissioners Monday the vehicle access from Driscoll Street may need to be moved. Sheriff Steve Nowlin has raised safety concerns about what Guiles called the current “unimpeded approach” to the entrance.

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The fact that Montezuma County ran out of time to put a broadband sales-tax question to voters on the November ballet may be for the best. That was the view of commission chairman Larry Don Suckla, who said Monday that the delay may produce a better product.

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According to Great Outdoors Colorado, American kids only spend an average of four to seven minutes per day outside, diminishing their connection to nature and the environment. KSJD's Tom Yoder spoke with Ellen Shinkle, Coordinator for the Montezuma Inspire Coalition, about the importance of kids spending more time outdoors, and how the organization is seeking to provide youth in Montezuma County with opportunities to get outside.

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Two ordinances regulating livestock and other non-domestic animals in the town of Mancos are headed for a public hearing before the municipal Planning and Zoning Commission in September. Town Administrator Andrea Phillips says the town board on Wednesday approved sending the latest version of the much-discussed ordinances to P&Z.

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The Ute Mountain Housing Authority will receive more than $870,000 from the state Department of Local Affairs for a housing project in Towaoc on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation.

The 11-unit project is for tribal members and other residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and earning less than 30 percent of area median income. Another project in Southwest Colorado, a 12-unit rental development in Silverton, was awarded $305,000. The awards were among eight affordable-housing grants totaling more than $9 million announced Thursday by DOLA’s Division of Housing.

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Durango’s Public Art Commission has decided to take down the “Arc of History” sculpture at the intersection of highways 550 and 160. The piece, made of graduated pieces of stone, was installed in July of 2014 and vandalized a year later. An appraiser found it to be a total loss. The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the much-criticized sculpture, saying it could not reach agreement with the artist on a price to restore the work.

 

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Although exact counts are impossible to come by, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that nearly 48,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. To take a local look at this issue for KSJD's monthly Veterans Affairs program, Tom Yoder talked with Bert Valencia and Darla Sanders from local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5231 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 44, about homelessness among vets in the Four Corners area, and what is being done to help them.

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A long line of people stretched down the sidewalk outside the storefront of Susie’s Gifts on Main in downtown Cortez last week. It consisted mainly of women over the age of 40, waiting in the morning sun to find deals on greeting cards, clothing, and home decor. The store was beginning its closeout sale after 23 years in downtown Cortez.

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The 2016 boating season on the lower Dolores River came with little warning, missed the Memorial Day weekend, and had two short peaks instead of one long one.

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