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There is hot water under the town of Rico, but using it for geothermal development would be expensive.


The Mancos Creative District

Aug 22, 2016

The town of Mancos was recently designated as one of six newly certified creative districts in Colorado. KSJD's Tom Yoder talked with Joy Horvath Imel, the administrator of the Mancos Creative District, about how the project hopes to create a vibrant and sustainable economic hub that will benefit the artists, businesses, and citizens of the Mancos Valley.

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Entrepreneurs hoping to open a marijuana business in Dolores will have two more chances to weigh in on continuing the Dolores town ban on marijuana sales.

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Cortez Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde says a housing disaster in Cortez on Monday demonstrates the pitfalls of not having renters’ insurance.


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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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A new micro-brewery appears to be in the works for downtown Cortez. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved on first reading two measures designed to allow for the development of the  micro-brewery and tap room on the northwest corner of Market and North streets, across from the First Baptist Church.


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A sales-tax question apparently will not be on the November ballot in Montezuma County after all.

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Thanks to low crude-oil and natural-gas prices, every drilling rig in the San Juan Basin is sitting idle. The Farmington Daily-Times reports that for 20 months, energy companies in San Juan County, New Mexico, have been scrambling to survive, but the oil and gas downturn is the worst in more than a generation. The Daily-Times says energy-company officials believe even when prices rise again, it will be a long time before large-scale drilling can resume.

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A vehicle-storage yard just across County Road 23 from the upscale Indian Camp Ranch subdivision does not need a high-impact permit. That was the unanimous recommendation of the Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday. Indian Camp owner Archie Hanson said he isn’t asking for the storage business to be shut down, only for the 10 to 20 cars to be moved so they aren’t visible from the subdivision’s “very, very expensive” entrance.


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.

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