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An advisory committee to the Bureau of Land Management finished a day-long meeting Friday without making a decision on whether to recommend moving forward with a master leasing plan.

Jane Dally

Local boaters, don’t put away your kayaks and inflatable rafts just yet.


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About 40 people came to the Sunflower Theater on Thursday night for the screening of a short video produced for the City of Cortez’s “Heart and Soul” project. The video, which was funded by a planning grant from the Orton Family Foundation awarded in 2011, showed clips of various community members explaining what they loved about Cortez. It also mentioned components of the community such as education, businesses, agriculture, and cultural heritage.


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The sounds of power tools filled the plaza of the Cortez Cultural Center Friday as builders Rick and Lenore Kremen installed pieces of rough-sawn pine logs along the sidewalk bordering Market Street.

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Close to 100 people crowded into the Bluff, Utah, Senior Center on Tuesday night to speak out about the future of a square mile of state trust land.

Austin Cope / KSJD

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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The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will defer a planned oil and gas lease auction for some 2,000 acres near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The agency says the three parcels were under evaluation for an October 16th auction but required NEPA and tribal consultation has not yet been concluded.

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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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Three bears were shot and killed Saturday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife because they were causing problems in the Durango Hills subdivision.

Gail Binkly

It’s time to get off the Dolores River if you’re below McPhee Dam and upstream from the confluence with the San Miguel River.