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New Indian Restaurant Opens in Cortez

Jul 8, 2016

The opening night of Cortez’s new Indian restaurant on Monday caught its staff by surprise. 

Raju Singh said his restaurant, the Taste of India, was completely packed, with lots of take-out orders and a line out the door. It was so busy that he closed the restaurant for a few days before re-opening on Friday. It will be now be open for lunch and dinner every day.

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A resident of Salt Lake County, Utah, has become the first confirmed Zika-related fatality in the continental United States. The Salt Lake County Health Department announced the death Friday, saying it occurred in late June.

Local legislators did not garner good grades from Conservation Colorado for their votes this year. On Thursday, the environmental nonprofit released its “2016 Colorado Legislative Conservation Scorecard,” an annual look at how each legislator voted on key environmental and energy bills.


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An advocacy group for the energy industry is asking the director of the Bureau of Land Management not to cancel an oil and gas lease sale for three parcels near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.

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The boundaries of the county-commission districts in San Juan County, Utah, which have been found unconstitutional, will not be redrawn in time for the 2016 election, but a federal judge has laid out a timeline for new districts to be created.


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Construction of the new Montezuma County combined courthouse and the Osprey Packs office building will bring infill to a long-vacant space in Cortez northwest of the corner of Mildred Avenue and Empire Street. But City Manager Shane Hale says it won’t necessarily mean changes to the four-way stop there.


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The Cortez Police Department turned out in full force to honor Chief Roy Lane – the state’s longest-serving police chief – at Tuesday’s  City Council meeting. Lane was presented with the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Steele Award, which recognizes long-term professional and ethical contributions. Lane became Cortez’s chief in 1981 – 35 years ago. His daughters read aloud the letters of nomination, which came from people such as Durango Police Chief Jim Spratlen and Bayfield Marshal Joseph McIntyre.

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Drivers in Cortez will see improved intersections and traffic lights by August. The Colorado Department of Transportation says that they will make improvements to 10 different intersections along Highway 160, including the intersections of County Road G, 7th Street, Maple Street, Chestnut Street, Market Street, Ash Street, Harrison Street, Mildred Road, Sligo Street, and Highway 145. The $1 million project will replace traffic signal heads, re-stripe traffic lanes, and install concrete traffic signal pads.

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If you’re hoping to have any fires over the Fourth of July holiday, a campfire in the mountains may be your best bet, and if you want to see fireworks, you should probably go to a town display. All non-public land in Montezuma County and almost all land in southeastern Utah will be under increased fire restrictions for the holiday weekend and beyond, and federal lands do not allow fireworks at any point during the year.

Last week, the Montezuma County commissioners enacted a county-wide ban on fireworks and open burning in the wake of the Sage Hen fire near Dolores.

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The identity of a fugitive who killed himself at a home outside Cortez earlier this month has been released. Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin says 67-year-old Daniel R. Thrasher of Missouri Valley, Iowa, had been wanted on a federal warrant for possession for child pornography and had a record of similar offenses. He was staying at a home on Highway 145 when the sheriff was notified by Homeland Security of his possible presence. When confronted, Thrasher shot himself despite Nowlin’s efforts to dissuade him.

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