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An 18-year-old student in Dolores died of a presumptive heroin overdose in mid-August, as reported by The Journal last week. Though toxicology reports are still ongoing for this case, Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin told KSJD that this was one of five heroin-related deaths in Montezuma County this year, and that the problem is not getting any better.

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A center offering residential drug and alcohol treatment in Durango moved a step closer to reality Tuesday.


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A man allegedly involved in a domestic incident triggered a two-hour lockout on the first day of school in Dolores Tuesday.

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The Four Corners Power Plant on the Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico was evacuated Thursday because of a chemical fire.


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The Cortez City Council gave approval Tuesday to an amended site plan for the new Montezuma County combined courthouse, following a lengthy discussion about the safety of one driveway.

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Deaths of motorcyclists in Colorado hit a record high in 2015, but they are on pace to be even higher this year. The state Department of Transportation reports that  58 motorcyclists have died this year, up from 51 at the same time last year.

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  • Motorcycle fatalities set a record in the state of Colorado in 2015, and that has prompted the start of a new safety campaign.
  • Obama administration pushing for a compromise to guide public-lands management in eastern Utah rather than jumping in to proclaim a national monument.


National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day

May 2, 2016
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National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day is coming up on Saturday, May 7th, a time when we can all learn how to increase safety for both residents and wildland firefighters in the event of a fire.

Helping Teens Stay Safe Behind The Wheel

Mar 17, 2016
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In this episode of the Fish Bowl, KSJD's Tom Yoder talked with Shellbee Romine and Faith Krebs, students at Montezuma-Cortez High School, about why teen driving is so dangerous, and what they are doing to help keep their peers safe when they are driving.

  • Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the State Patrol are calling for more education and awareness around driving safety.

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