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Health officials are warning area residents to be careful handling rodents after a case of tularemia was confirmed in a rabbit in Montezuma County. Sometimes called “rabbit fever”, tularemia is a bacterial disease often found in beavers and small rodents as well as rabbits. It can be transmitted to humans by ticks, fleas, or deer flies, through cuts in the skin when handling infected animals, by drinking contaminated water, or by inhaling dust carrying the bacteria. Usually occurring in warmer months, it can be serious but is very treatable with antibiotics.

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The Forest Service is developing an informal method of handling uncontested historic-road claims, but it may not be completed in time to help the Montezuma County commissioners in their current quest to obtain title to part of the Dolores-Norwood Road. They say the route predates the San Juan National Forest and the agency agrees, but as things stand, the matter has to be adjudicated in court.

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A report prepared at the request of the Montezuma County commissioners appears to support their claim to the Dolores-Norwood Road under the historic statute known as RS 2477.

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Veterans in the Four Corners area are facing challenges that many of us may not be fully aware of. In this episode of KSJD's monthly Veteran's Affairs program, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Bert Valencia of local VFW Post 5231, and Montezuma County Veterans Service Officer Rick Torres about how veterans can claim the benefits that are due to them, and how these claims can improve the local economy.

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Montezuma County commissioners delayed a decision Monday about putting a sales-tax question on the November ballot, and authorized cost negotiations for a section of a trail between Mancos and Cortez.

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

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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.

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A fire that broke out late Tuesday morning in the Brubaker Apartments in Cortez was quickly snuffed by the complex’s sprinkler system, and Cortez Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde says that demonstrates the effectiveness of such systems.

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