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Jim Mimiaga
Position: Journal staff writer

Dolores County proposes two tax questions for November ballot

Sales tax would offset oil and gas revenues; lodgers tax would go to tourism and support housing and child care

New high-altitude helicopter donated to San Miguel Sheriff’s Office

$4.5 million craft will be used for search and rescue, wildfire mitigation, humanitarian aid

Flood watch issued for Four Corners and beyond

Flooding possible in Southwest Colorado and southeast Utah, National Weather Service warns

Montezuma County and hospital face lawsuit after inmate dies

Civil complaint alleges negligent care of Kelroy Newman, who had a high blood alcohol content and facial injuries

Forecast calls for rain in Durango and Cortez

But the monsoonal pattern won’t be enough to break the drought

Mesa Verde fire nearly under control; lightning sparks others

Rain helps with fire danger, but risk is still high, officials say

Second suspect faces murder charge in death of uncle south of Cortez

Tanya Lori Ahasteen is arrested for first-degree murder, held on $1 million bond

Sheriff investigates suspicious deaths of two dogs near Cortez

Not enough evidence for criminal charges, says Sheriff Steve Nowlin; case remains open

San Juan Forest approves land swap with billionaire landowner in Archuleta County

Controversial deal was opposed by environmental groups and triggered Freedom of Information Act lawsuit

Coronavirus spikes in Southwest Colorado, but vaccines reduce severity

Montezuma and La Plata counties have high vaccination rate

Bill to protect Dolores River Canyon is introduced in U.S. Senate

68,000 acres proposed for protection from development; potential for wild and scenic river status would be dropped

Colorado Gov. Polis meets with Rico fire officials about wildfire preparedness

Governor views plans for new fire station, hears about challenges of volunteer fire districts