Cortez

New Indian Restaurant Opens in Cortez

Jul 8, 2016

The opening night of Cortez’s new Indian restaurant on Monday caught its staff by surprise. 

Raju Singh said his restaurant, the Taste of India, was completely packed, with lots of take-out orders and a line out the door. It was so busy that he closed the restaurant for a few days before re-opening on Friday. It will be now be open for lunch and dinner every day.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Drivers traveling through Cortez will see road construction on U.S. Highway 491 into the fall, as a project to resurface the road and replace the medians continues.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) communications manager Lisa Schwantes told KSJD in an email that the project is on schedule to be completed by the end of November, and that drivers should expect short traffic delays at times.

Gail Binkly / KSJD

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.


Lori Johnson

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.

Rachel Knickmeyer / Creative Commons

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.

City of Cortez

The Cortez City Council agreed Tuesday to nominate the old City Hall at 210 East Main Street for listing on the City Register of Historic Structures.

Jon Pinder / Creative Commons

The elderly are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, and that trend is being reflected locally.

Austin Cope / KSJD

About 40 people came to the Sunflower Theater on Thursday night for the screening of a short video produced for the City of Cortez’s “Heart and Soul” project. The video, which was funded by a planning grant from the Orton Family Foundation awarded in 2011, showed clips of various community members explaining what they loved about Cortez. It also mentioned components of the community such as education, businesses, agriculture, and cultural heritage.

 

Austin Cope / KSJD

The sounds of power tools filled the plaza of the Cortez Cultural Center Friday as builders Rick and Lenore Kremen installed pieces of rough-sawn pine logs along the sidewalk bordering Market Street.


Austin Cope / KSJD

The Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo starts today, and will bring a carnival and rodeo events to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds each evening from Thursday until Saturday, plus a parade through Cortez on Saturday afternoon. The treasurer of the Rodeo’s executive board, Chuck Forth, tells KSJD that a total of about 6,000 spectators are expected at the rodeo events, plus more at the carnival and parade. He said he and the four other people on the rodeo’s executive board spend all year preparing the event’s logistics including ticket sales, sponsorship, traffic control, and arena preparation.

Pages