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Paper lanterns brighten Four Seasons for Luminaria Night  The Journal

A trail of paper lanterns lined the sidewalks surrounding the Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery on Saturday night, guiding hundreds of guests to...



Sports physicals to be offered at Montezuma-Cortez High School  The Journal

By Ian MacLaren. For the Journal. Students interested in obtaining sports physicals are encouraged to show up at the Southwest Medical Group's School-Based ...



Montezuma-Cortez graduates get inspiring send-off into the world  The Journal

As the sun set with a golden glow over Panther Stadium, the future began for 147 graduates of the Montezuma-Cortez High School Class of 2018.



Cortez receives grant to buy site of old Montezuma-Cortez High School  The Durango Herald

On March 15 the Great Outdoors Colorado board awarded Cortez a grant that will allow the city to purchase land for a new park on the site of the...



Homecoming features parade, games and dance  The Journal

The Montezuma-Cortez High School Hawaiian Luau Homecoming Parade is Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. on Montezuma Avenue.



M-CHS offers more social studies options  The Journal

World history will not be offered at Montezuma-Cortez High School next year as the school “transitions” into a more flexible schedule for students.



Suspect in threat to Montezuma-Cortez schools is identified  The Journal

The suspect who allegedly made an unsubstantiated threat toward Montezuma-Cortez schools was apprehended Friday afternoon in Cortez after the...



Montezuma County schools step up security after possible threats  The Journal

Montezuma County schools went into lockout Friday morning in response to two unsubstantiated threats against Montezuma-Cortez and Mancos high...



M-CHS football team enters season with high expectations  The Journal

Less than two weeks away from his team's season-opening game against Bloomfield, Montezuma-Cortez High School football coach Scott Conklin is...



Montezuma County joins state voters in rejecting Amendment 73  The Journal

Colorado voters rejected a ballot initiative Tuesday that would have funded an increase in K-12 education spending through tax hikes for high-income state ...



Sheriff: Deputies face disciplinary action after school security incident  The Journal

The Montezuma County sheriff on Friday night said that a deputy faces dismissal or reassignment after he reportedly entered a classroom in Dolores...



Montezuma County residents march for gun control  The Journal

Montezuma County students, teachers and other residents gathered in Cortez City Park on Saturday to call for stricter gun control. The Cortez March for Our ...



Cortez man dies in head-on collision on U.S. 491  The Journal

A 20-year-old Cortez man was killed in a collision Thursday night that shut down U.S. Highway 491 for several hours. The Colorado State Patrol, the Montezuma ...



Re-1 board meeting focuses on safety  The Journal

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 board on Tuesday focused on school safety after a weekend investigation into an alarming social media post.



Panthers baseball faces tough competition in Cortez  The Journal

Taking the field at the Rumble in the Jungle tournament on March 16-17, the Montezuma-Cortez High School baseball team faced tough opponents from...



M-CHS students bring authenticity to 'Little Women'  The Journal

Montezuma-Cortez High School Drama will premiere “Little Women,” a musical based on the book by Allan Knee, on March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ralph E....



Final plans for south side park are introduced  The Journal

On Wednesday, more than 50 Cortez residents attended an open house event at the Evangel Assembly of God church to see the final plans for the new...



First Cortez high school demolition phase is complete  The Journal

The retired Montezuma-Cortez High School demolition project is back on track after slipping in mid-June, and Re-1 School District Owner's...



Montezuma-Cortez’s Olivia Story wins scholarships for theater presentation  The Journal

Olivia Story will graduate from Montezuma-Cortez High School with an honors diploma and $1,500 in scholarships for her honors presentation. Story won the ...



M-CHS football team loses shootout to Pagosa Springs  The Journal

Playing in a homecoming game for the final time in their high school careers, Montezuma-Cortez High School Ike Dennison and Vinny Conklin put on...



Cortez council plans to start youth commission  The Journal

The city of Cortez plans to create a youth commission for local teens who want to get involved in government.



Montezuma-Cortez wrestlers top Durango, 37-27  The Journal

The Montezuma-Cortez High School wrestling team on Thursday defeated the Demons 37-27 in Durango.



Cortez council approves permit for Montessori school’s relocation  The Journal

During a public hearing on Tuesday, the Cortez City Council approved a conditional use permit to allow the Children's Kiva Montessori School to...



Rollover injures three high school students in Cortez  The Journal

A violent one-car rollover on Jarrett Avenue in Cortez sent two people to the hospital on Monday.



March for Our Lives to be held in Cortez on Saturday  The Journal

The student division of the Montezuma Alliance for Unity plans to join activists around the country on Saturday in holding a March for Our Lives...



Pickleball mania strikes Cortez at new courts’ grand opening  The Journal

About 60 pickleball enthusiasts from the Four Corners area attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cortez's new outdoor courts on Saturday.



Cortez Council moves forward with broadband pilot  The Journal

The Cortez City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the fees and costs for a broadband pilot program.



Montezuma County teen to attend UN conference on women  The Journal

A 15-year-old from Montezuma County hopes to leave an impression on the corridors of power next month at the 2018 session of the U.N. Commission on...



High school students involved in stabbing appear in court  The Journal

Two female Montezuma-Cortez High School students allegedly involved in a stabbing near Walmart last Friday appeared in court this week. The first suspect is ...



Suspect in Mancos school threat admits offense, pleads guilty  The Journal

Danielle Romero-Keller, a former substitute employee at Mancos Schools, pleaded guilty Thursday to making a threat against students and staff on...



Kyra Allen, of Cortez, to compete in Miss Colorado Teen USA contest  The Journal

Kyra Allen, of Cortez, will compete in the Miss Colorado Teen USA pageant Sunday in Greeley. Allen, a freshman studying equine science at Colorado State ...



Cortez plans for new park on old high school land  The Journal

Demolition of the old Montezuma-Cortez High School is underway, and the Cortez Parks, Recreation and Forestry Advisory Board is planning a use for...



City of Cortez plans to expand bike trails  The Journal

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department is planning to expand the city's bicycle and walking trails in the near future.



13 marching bands compete at festival | Western Colorado  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

13 marching bands compete at festival. Thirteen high schools took to the field at Stocker Stadium on Thursday to compete in the Colorado Bandmasters Western ...



M-CHS football team scores road victory over Alamosa  The Journal

Heading to Alamosa for the sixth game of its season, the Montezuma-Cortez High School football team knew that it would be in for a war as the Mean...



Montezuma-Cortez singers audition for state choir  The Journal

Twenty-six students from Montezuma-Cortez High School have been selected for the Fort Lewis College Honor Choir.



Cortez school board approves new graduation guidelines  The Journal

Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 Board of Education members voted unanimously to approve new high school graduation guidelines at their meeting Tuesday.



Cortez City Council weighs regulations for outside swim instructors  The Journal

In a workshop on July 10, the Cortez City Council discussed a complex proposal that could require swimming instructors not employed by the city to...



Five M-CHS seniors look to leave a legacy of team play, excellence  The Journal

The sun arcs downward across a deep-blue autumn sky, casting long shadows onto Englehart Field. A breeze rustles fall leaves, and laughter echoes...



Phase 2 of high school demolition awaits state OK  The Journal

The Montezuma-Cortez school district has completed phase 1 of demolishing the retired high school, and is awaiting state approval to begin phase 2,...



Cortez council considers charging stations for electric cars  The Journal

A representative from an alternative energy nonprofit wants to bring electric vehicles to Cortez. Laurie Dickson, executive director of the Four Corners Office for ...



Homecoming parade brings out Cortez school spirit  The Journal

The Montezuma-Cortez school district kicked off the 2017 homecoming celebration with a crowded parade down Main Street on Thursday.



Nunn Construction promotes employee  The Journal

Nunn Construction recently promoted Christopher Schnurr to project manager.



Ex-official at domestic violence nonprofit Renew faces felony charges  The Journal

The former executive director of Renew Inc., a Cortez nonprofit that serves victims of domestic violence, has been charged with theft of agency...



2017: A year of planning and building in Cortez  The Journal

Cortez had a busy year, full of changes and new beginnings.



Cortez, regional leaders search for solutions on broadband  The Journal

More than 50 local government officials, candidates for office and residents filled the Cortez City Council chambers on Tuesday to discuss the goal of broadband ...



Lady Panthers pull away from Lady Jays  The Journal

During the first five minutes of a contest between the Montezuma-Cortez High School and Mancos High School girls basketball teams on Nov. 30, the...



Montezuma-Cortez to host suicide prevention meeting  The Journal

Local counselors spoke during a forum in December at Dolores schools after two young students in Montezuma County took their own lives. The Journal file.



Cortez City Manager Shane Hale announces resignation  The Journal

Cortez City Manager Shane Hale announced Friday that he plans to resign from his position this spring.



New high school in Cortez nears completion and remains under-budget  The Durango Herald

School officials are buzzing with anticipation as they prepare to open the doors of the new Montezuma-Cortez High School. A public ribbon-cutting...



Grace Manning sprints to victory at Ancient Trails  The Journal

Less than 100 yards from the finish line at the Ancient Trails Invitational cross-country meet on Oct. 5, Mancos High School standout Grace Manning...



M-CHS mock crash provides tough love on dangers of drinking  The Journal

Montezuma-Cortez High School students on Friday witnessed a mock crash that stressed the dangers of drinking and driving.



Voters retain two judges in Montezuma and Dolores counties  The Journal

Voters in Montezuma and Dolores counties have retained 22nd Judicial District Judge Todd Jay Plewe and Montezuma County Court Judge JenniLynn...



Dolores boys set pace at Ancient Trails Invitational  The Journal

Running under overcast skies on a course known for its large hill and stunning views of Mesa Verde, Dolores teammates Philip Hufman and Brennan...



Cortez council to approve new city manager on Tuesday  The Durango Herald

The Cortez City Council will vote on a new city manager contract in a busy meeting on Tuesday.



Livestock Association names recipient of Distinguished Service Award  The Journal

A Montezuma County rancher and agriculture consultant received the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association's Distinguished *Service* award on Saturday.



Taste of the Seasons fundraiser coming Thursday to Cortez area  The Journal

United Way is preparing for its biggest local fundraiser of the year, with the help of Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery in Dolores. The 2017 A Taste of the ...



Panthers looking to return to state playoffs  The Journal

Racing around the practice court on the eve of its first game of the season, the Montezuma-Cortez High School basketball team appeared focused and...



2017 survey suggests bullying problems for Mancos High School  The Journal

The Mancos school board on Monday discussed the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey as school counselors expressed concern with the findings about...



Annika Lewis reflects on U.N. meeting about status of women  The Journal

Annika Lewis, 15, plans to bring the lessons she learned at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women home to Cortez.



TaeLynn Comisky wins PCC scholarship for her work in 4-H  The Journal

TaeLynn Comisky, a junior at Montezuma-Cortez High School, recently won a $1000 scholarship as part of Pueblo Community College Southwest's...



Longtime Cortez teacher Ray Harriman dies after crash  The Journal

Montezuma-Cortez High School social studies teacher Ray Harriman likely suffered heart failure that led to a car crash near the intersection of...



Cortez parade kicks off last day of Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo  The Journal

The last day of the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo started about 1 p.m. Saturday with a parade down Montezuma Avenue.



Brittney Whiteman set to lead talented M-CHS softball team  The Journal

About 13 years after she pulled on a Montezuma-Cortez High School softball uniform for the last time, former Lady Panthers star player Brittney Whiteman is set ...



Suicide summit focuses on how to talk about problems, feelings  The Durango Herald

Talking about suicide and asking about suicidal thoughts is hard. So audience members practiced at the Suicide Prevention Community Summit at...



Glenn Miller Orchestra gets Cortez crowd dancing  The Journal

Southwest Colorado Concerts' 2017-2018 season wrapped up Monday evening with the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.



Panthers blasted at home in season opener, 57-0  The Journal

Just before the opening kickoff of the Montezuma-Cortez High School football team's season-opening game against Grand County on Aug. 25, the...



Local mountain bike team gains traction  The Journal

After the second race of the season on Sept. 10, the local High Desert Composite mountain bike team is ranked 24th out of 31 teams in the overall...



Cortez school district courting Air Force JROTC program  The Journal

Representatives from the U.S. Air Force visited Montezuma-Cortez High School this week to gauge the school's potential as a JROTC host.



Cortez junior basketball tournament grows in second year  The Journal

In its second year, the Cortez Junior Basketball Tournament again hit a swish, with more than 600 elementary and middle students competing.



Panthers take Grand County to the buzzer  The Journal

Pacing the Panthers bench on a repaired right patella tendon, coach Michael Hall found himself with a tougher, mental predicament late in Saturday...



Officials lift stop-work order on school demolition  The Journal

A stop-work order on the retired Montezuma-Cortez High School demolition project will be lifted Monday morning after a contractor agreed to closely...



Pro basketball player to host free camp in Cortez  The Journal

Fifteen years after he helped lead the Montezuma-Cortez High School basketball team to the Class 4A state championship, professional basketball...



Young Lady Panthers make a late run, but lose to Monticello  The Journal

Two days, two hard-fought battles for the Montezuma Cortez Lady Panthers, who wrapped up their opening weekend with a 37-26 loss to Monticello...



Panthers football team ready to rumble  The Journal

In the locker room and on the practice field, the Montezuma-Cortez High School football team appear physically bigger and much faster than it has...



M-CHS cross-country teams compete in Moab  The Journal

Running in plain view of scenic red rocks at the Moab Golf Club on Aug. 30, several members of the Montezuma-Cortez High School boys and girls...



Colorado's Rural School Districts Are Getting Pinched In The Teacher Salary Game  Colorado Public Radio

Colorado is hard up for teachers. Graduates from the state's teacher prep programs are down by 24 percent.



M-CHS freshman wins national ATV racing championship  The Journal

Noah Harris, a freshman at Montezuma-Cortez High School, has been crowned the 250cc production class WORCS national champion.



Veterans Day celebrations are planned for Montezuma County  The Journal

Veterans groups in Montezuma County have several events planned for the weekend in honor of current and former military personnel.



Panthers basketball splits tough league contests  The Journal

On a weekend that featured a combination of highlight-reel plays and hair-pulling moments, the Montezuma-Cortez High School boys basketball team...



Cortez Middle School to premiere 'Into the Woods, Jr.'  The Journal

Next weekend, Cortez Middle School Theater will premiere “Into the Woods, Jr.,” a twist on Stephen Sondheim's musical fairytale about the choices and wishes ...



Southwest Colorado Concerts announces lineup for 63rd season  The Journal

Southwest Colorado Concerts hopes to bring another year of high-quality music to Cortez, starting with The David Osborne Trio on Oct. 9.



Halloween events planned in Dolores and Cortez  The Journal

There are numerous Halloween events taking place Tuesday.



Cortez’s Geer Natural Area may get a new trail next year  The Journal

On Friday, Cortez parks and recreation advisory committee members toured the land they hope to turn into a new Geer Natural Area trail next year.



WindSync quintet to play at Vavak Memorial Auditorium  The Journal

The woodwind quintet WindSync, a young ensemble that mixes familiar classical music and lighter tunes with a captivating stage presence, will...



Mesa TV celebrates three years on the air  The Journal

Cortez's only local television studio will celebrate its third year on the air on March 1.



Battle of the bands at Stocker  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

For six years in a row, the Palisade High School Marching Band has earned second place at the annual state competition.



Panthers hit hard at Cortez Tournament  The Journal

Playing under sunny skies at last weekend's Cortez Tournament, the Montezuma-Cortez High School baseball team produced plenty of offensive...



Former Cortez soccer player plays in Brazil  The Journal

Allison Porter, a former soccer player for Montezuma-Cortez High School and a senior at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, played for a U.S....



Snow reaches Southwest Colorado; Wolf Creek Ski Area to open this weekend  The Journal

After a summer of drought, fires and above-average temperatures, a welcomed sight has returned to Southwest Colorado: snow. And to top it off, Wolf Creek Ski ...



High school: a time to learn, explore and grow  The Journal

As I reflect on another year's homecoming festivities with the parade, football game and dance, I can't help but think about the important role that high school ...



Artists show off work at Cortez City Hall  The Journal

Cortez city staff have held numerous tours and open houses since they moved into the new City Hall, but at a special reception on Wednesday, the...



Cortez Parks and Recreation unveils youth tennis program  The Journal

Seven years after the death of longtime Cortez tennis coach Jim Harkendorff, a fund set up in his name will help start a program designed to get...



Soccer girls off to a fast start  The Daily Planet

Despite being forced to practice in the gymnasium, the Telluride High School girls soccer team hit its stride early with three consecutive (outdoor) victories to ...



Panthers volleyball faces highly ranked Centauri  The Journal

Over the course of four days, the Montezuma-Cortez High School volleyball team closed out its home schedule against two of the top teams in Class...



San Juan Symphony announces season 33  Pagosa Springs Sun

By Kathy Myrick Special to The PREVIEW Another fantastic season of the San Juan Symphony is just around the corner, with Thomas Heuser serving as musical ...



Panthers in position for podium finishes at state  The Journal

Heading into the Colorado State Track Championships in Lakewood, May 19-20, several Montezuma-Cortez High School track athletes appear primed to...



Panthers lose late lead, fall to Wolverines  The Journal

For three quarters, the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers had their gym rocking. Then, it all came undone.



Planning begins for Paths to Mesa Verde trail  The Durango Herald

Engineering firm Loris and Associates has presented its preliminary analysis of the proposed Paths to Mesa Verde trail to the Montezuma County...



Wade Mortensen set to coach at college level  The Journal

Over the course of 36 seasons, former Montezuma-Cortez High School basketball coach Wade Mortensen cemented his status as one of the finest...



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