Austin Cope

The City of Cortez has built two new entrance signs and hopes to build two more in the future.

Austin Cope

The Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez will no longer sell tickets for Mesa Verde National Park’s tours.

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Montezuma County’s aging dispatch center will need $600,000 to $750,000 worth of new equipment in the near future. That was the message delivered to the county commissioners Monday by Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane.

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A divided Cortez City Council gave narrow approval Tuesday to an ordinance allowing outdoor drinking and dining on approved portions of city streets and sidewalks downtown. The 4 to 3 vote came after the council heard from three citizens concerned about safety and loss of parking. The ordinance was the result of a proposal by KSJD Radio and Sunflower Theatre Executive Director Jeff Pope. He told the council in June that he would like three parking spaces on Market Street near the theatre to become a temporary portable deck where people could enjoy refreshments before and after events.

City of Cortez

Downtown Cortez will look different this fall when construction begins on new medians on Main Street. Cortez City Manager Shane Hale and Cortez Public Works Director Phil Johnson joined KSJD’s Austin Cope on Morning Edition for more details about the project.