Montezuma County

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With temperatures soaring across western Colorado and eastern Utah and summer monsoons not yet in sight, fire restrictions have gone into effect across many jurisdictions. On Monday, the Montezuma County commissioners imposed a fire ban generally prohibiting open fires and fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county. Beginning July 1st, Mesa Verde National Park will ban open fires, including in Morefield Campground and the Chapin Mesa picnic area. Stage 1 fire restrictions, the strictest, have already been implemented on the Navajo Nation.

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Road X, a popular access route to the Sage Hen recreation area and McPhee Reservoir, will remain closed through November.

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The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Montezuma County in a longstanding dispute over how carbon-dioxide giant Kinder Morgan calculates its revenues.

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Residential setback requirements in the Dolores River Valley should remain as they are.

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In this episode of KSJD's monthly Veterans Affairs program, Tom Yoder talks with Bert Valencia from local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5231 and Montezuma County Veterans Service Officer Rick Torres to discuss the latest updates from the county, changes that may be coming at the Veteran's Administration, and events that will be happening locally on Memorial Day.