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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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Construction of the new Montezuma County combined courthouse may begin nearly on schedule, despite cost concerns.



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After years of pressure from the State, the Montezuma County Commissioners decided late last year to build a new court house and cobbled together about $7.5 million in construction money through grants and reserves.  Now, both prospective builders have told the County that the project, as designed, can't be done for less than $10 million--more than $2 million over the original budget. 

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  • The size of the new Montezuma County Combined Courthouse may have to be reduced to about three-fourths of its original design in order to stay within budget.