Montezuma County

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After a groundbreaking ceremony last Friday, dirt work on the Montezuma County combined courthouse project is expected to begin early in September once the mass-grading permit is approved by the city of Cortez.


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Montezuma County held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for its new, $8.2 million combined courthouse project. Officials wielded golden shovels as they launched the construction project for a 28,000-square-foot building at Park and Driscoll streets in Cortez.

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A group that advises the Bureau of Land Management may make a recommendation this week regarding a master leasing plan in Montezuma County.


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Coloradoans are now allowed to collect rainwater, thanks to a new law. But the district manager for Colorado Mosquito Control in Montezuma County, Jason Carruth, warns rain barrels can become mosquito breeding grounds and sources of disease.


Controlling Mosquitoes in Montezuma County

Aug 10, 2016
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How many places can water collect in your backyard? Puddles and ponds, old tires, flower pots, or your new rain barrel. Standing water is where mosquitoes lay their eggs, which turn into larvae and then into adults. Those adult mosquitoes can carry infectious diseases-- or at least really annoy you.

The Montezuma Mosquito Control District contracts with a company to keep mosquito populations down. KSJD's Gail Binkly and Austin Cope sat down with Jason Carruth, the district manager of Colorado Mosquito Control, to talk to him about how they control mosquitoes, what diseases are a threat in our area, and what people can do to control mosquitoes on their own property.

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July was drier and hotter than normal in the Cortez area, but August’s prospects appear better.

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If you’ve been perfecting your chili or salsa recipes this summer, you have a place to test them out this weekend. The Montezuma County Fair has been happening all week at the County Fairgrounds, with a long list of events scheduled from Wednesday until Saturday. Exhibits will be open from 9 am to 5:30 pm on all four days, and prizes will go to the top rabbit, goat, sheep, bird, cow, and pig, plus many other contest categories.

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The new Montezuma County Combined Courthouse project is on schedule but a few tweaks may be made to the layout. Owner’s representative Monty Guiles told the commissioners Monday the vehicle access from Driscoll Street may need to be moved. Sheriff Steve Nowlin has raised safety concerns about what Guiles called the current “unimpeded approach” to the entrance.

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According to Great Outdoors Colorado, American kids only spend an average of four to seven minutes per day outside, diminishing their connection to nature and the environment. KSJD's Tom Yoder spoke with Ellen Shinkle, Coordinator for the Montezuma Inspire Coalition, about the importance of kids spending more time outdoors, and how the organization is seeking to provide youth in Montezuma County with opportunities to get outside.

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