Cortez

Gail Binkly

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper made a brief appearance in Cortez on Sunday to sign a bill that supports the growing of industrial hemp.

U.S. Geological Survey / via Google Earth

This month the City of Cortez is looking back on the history of its parks. KSJD’s Austin Cope sat down with Chris Burkett. Burkett served as Cortez Parks and Recreation director between 1978 and 2006, and now directs grants and special projects for the City. To start their interview, Austin asked him how the corner of Mildred and Main Street--near the Colorado Welcome Center--looked in 1978.

Austin Cope / KSJD News

The fire that gutted the Harp Moving and Storage Building in Cortez at the end of March probably started after a campfire behind the building spread out of control.

Cortez Public Works

Cortez’s Central Business District will soon feel more like a “downtown,” according to city officials. After Labor Day of this year, the City will install medians between Elm and Ash streets (approximately between the Montezuma County Courthouse and the old City Hall). They will also install a median and pedestrian refuge between Roger Smith and Edith streets (near McDonald's).

 

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The City of Cortez Animal Shelter takes in about 3,500 animals each year, the vast majority of which are adopted out, returned to their rightful owners, or transferred to other shelters to be adopted. KSJD’s Karen Childress spoke with Kennel Supervisor Jennifer Crouse about how this valuable community resource is managed.

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