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Montezuma County has recently seen a case of hantavirus—one of three cases in the state of Colorado. The infected person was successfully treated and is no longer in danger. To find out more about hantavirus, KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with Lauri Wood, a public health nurse with the Montezuma County Health Department.

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Recent monsoon rains prompted the Montezuma County commissioners to lift the countywide fire ban on Monday. A total of 1.66 inches of rain fell in Cortez in July, according to local weather observer James Andrus. That’s 130 percent of the total for an average July. For the year so far, Cortez is at 143 percent of average.

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Multiple sightings of bears in the town of Dolores may prompt the town board to consider an ordinance requiring the use of bear-resistant trash containers. This summer there have been numerous reports of bears digging through waste containers the night before morning pickup. Sheriff Steve Nowlin fired a rubber slug into the rear end of one bear he spied roaming through town August 1st, driving it away. Town Manager Lana Hancock tells KSJD the sheriff’s office has been very active in patrolling for bears, but an ordinance may be deemed necessary.

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A panel in Utah is recommending no change to the name of Negro Bill Canyon, a popular hiking location near Moab. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the state’s Committee on Geographic Names voted 8 to 2 Thursday to keep the name. The vote came after representatives of the NAACP told the group they don’t find the name offensive because it recognizes the history of a canyon named for a black rancher, William Grandstaff. However, the Tribune reports the Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Commission disagreed, saying the name represents “blatant racism.” The U.S.

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Montezuma County weed manager Bonnie Loving got the go-ahead from the county commission  Monday to get tough on landowners who ignore regulations designed to prevent the spread of noxious weeds. Loving showed the commissioners striking pictures of fields of flowering musk and Canada thistle as well as other invasive species directly adjoining crops of alfalfa. The county is allowed to take action to eradicate such weeds on its own if property owners ignore certified letters notifying them of the violations.