Public Notices

Notices and announcements are posted here to facilitate the dissemination of information to the public and enable residents of Montezuma County to make informed decisions regarding local issues and proposals. New notices are published periodically as needed, in compliance with local regulations.

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Board to board meeting with Ute Mountain Ute Trible Council



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Press release level blue 3-3-2021

Our community has made great progress to bring the surge in COVID cases that occurred in late December through early February under control.  This has been made possible by the consistent and patient cooperation of individuals and businesses.

Montezuma County’s vaccination providers have done an outstanding job to immunize those at highest risk from COVID illness here.   That program continues and will require more to be immunized before we can truly relax.

County leaders have closely followed the data related to what qualifies a county to be at a given level on the state COVID Dial.  We now recognize that our data indicates that Montezuma County can safely function under the guidelines outlined at Level Blue.  We trust that CDPHE will agree with that assessment, but each county is best positioned to know the level of COVID disease in their community.

On the basis of our assessment of the COVID situation in Montezuma County, the BOCC designates us to be at Blue Level in terms of guidelines for business and community-wide activities.  

As always, we have the health of community members as our primary focus.  We feel confident that COVID illness here can be controlled. Vaccination is an important part of ridding COVID from the community.  Vaccinated persons are highly protected from serious illness or death from COVID-19. 

Please treat each other with respect.

 

 



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BOCC hybrid meeting with the Town of Dolores

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the Montezuma County Board of County Commissioners will attend a hybrid meeting with the Town of Dolores to discuss the Salter Y Environmental Assessment (EA). The meeting will be held Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. in the BOCC room, 109 West Main Street, Cortez, CO. For questions, please call the County Administrator, Shak Powers, during regular business hours at (970) 565-8317



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Public Notice Southwestern Colorado Livestock Association



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Public Notice Board to Board with City of Cortez City Council



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Public Notice board to board with Dolores Thursday, February 18, 2021

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the Montezuma County Board of County Commissioners will attend a hybrid Zoom meeting with Town of Dolores Town Board on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. The commissioners will be meeting in person in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 109 West Main Street, Cortez, CO. The County will broadcast the meeting through the County’s YouTube channel at www.montezumacounty.org .

This meeting will be a meet and greet for board members to get to know each other and discuss common interest or projects. No decisions will be made.

For questions, please call the County Administrator, Shak Powers, during regular business hours at (970) 565-8317



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NOTICE OF MONTEZUMA CORTEZ SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1 RECALL

NOTICE OF MONTEZUMA CORTEZ SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1 RECALL

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 
Office of the County Clerk & Recorder
County of Montezuma

The recall election will be conducted as a mail ballot election

To: ALL ELECTORS, MONTEZUMA CORTEZ SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1, MONTEZUMA COUNTY, COLORADO

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF COLORADO REVISED STATUTES, SECTION 1-5-205, NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN THAT A RECALL ELECTION WILL BE HELD FOR RESIDENTS IN THE MONTEZUMA CORTEZ SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1, IN SAID COUNTY OF MONTEZUMA, STATE OF COLORADO, ON TUESDAY THE 16TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2021.

 

Official Ballot for the Montezuma Cortez School District RE-1 Recall Election

Montezuma County, Colorado

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

General statement of grounds for recall:

Lance McDaniel serves on the board of the RE-1 School District. During his time on the school board, he has shown a lack of leadership and has proven to be a poor role model for our children. Many of the school children in our community follow him on social media. He posts his personal opinions, likes, and dislikes.  We need school board members that understand leadership and the power of mentoring and know not to voice their personal, political, or social opinions that could influence children. Recently, he insulted the veterans of Montezuma County.  When City Park was renamed “Veterans Park”, he stated “The Damn veterans won again!” but our community chose to rename City Park to Veterans Park after two of our local men gave their lives in service to our country.  Later, during the mob protests and horrific destruction following the tragic death of George Floyd, Mr. McDaniel posted on his Facebook page, “I’m Antifa!”   This is inappropriate behavior for a person with influence over our children.  He also celebrates local vandalism by posting photos of the downtown chalking and painting. Our children deserve positive leadership.  McDaniel’s comments, behavior, and lack of accountability cannot be tolerated.

 

Board Member McDaniel’s Statement:

On the masthead of correspondence from the Montezuma Cortez School District RE-1 is the statement “Every student. Every Day”. This motto is central to every decision I make on the school board. My personal political views have nothing to do with how I fulfill my duties as the elected representative on the RE-1 School Board.

As a School Board member I have fulfilled every duty in my role: attending every meeting and work session, reading every report, asking thoughtful questions. I use the same information the entire Board receives to inform each vote I cast, and voted with the majority all but three times over the two years I have been in office. In every vote and every issue, I have publicly supported the decision of the board.

The issue in this recall is: Do public officials give up their constitutional right to individual freedom of speech? If you believe in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, the answer is no. Freedom of speech is a right afforded to all, including every elected official. In Montezuma County, and throughout the country, we governmental representatives frequently state and post their individual opinions. They have that right, and that right should be protected, whether you agree with them or not. If one person is silenced, everyone is silenced.

Despite what the Recall Petition Statement says, individual School Board members have no influence over school staff, teachers or students. And as a Board, we only oversee one employee, the School Superintendent. Board Members do not visit classrooms when students are present.

A board’s strength is in its diversity, and its ability to come to a consensus through thoughtful and respectful discussion. It has been my honor to serve on this Board. I have served collaboratively, knowledgeably, and for Every Student, Every Day.



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Public Notice RE Meet and Greet New Commissioners



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Public Notice RE Planning and Zoning Alternate Position Interviews



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Public Notice RE Board to Board to Board with Dolores and San Miguel Counties



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Public Notice RE Board to Board Meeting with Mancos Trustees



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CITIZEN REVIEW PANEL VACANCY

The Board of County Commissioners is seeking to appoint two Montezuma County residents to a Citizen Review Panel as part of a local conflict resolution process. The panel will provide a forum for grievances of County Social Services Department employees investigating in their official capacity reports of child abuse and/or neglect. Please submit a letter of application no later than February 12, 2021 to:
Montezuma County Administration
Citizen Review Panel
109 W Main St, Room 260
Cortez, CO 81321



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NOTICE OF RECALL ELECTION 2020

NOTICE OF MONTEZUMA CORTEZ
SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1
RECALL
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Office of the County Clerk & Recorder
County of Montezuma

 

To: ALL ELECTORS, MONTEZUMA CORTEZ SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1, MONTEZUMA COUNTY, COLORADO

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF COLORADO REVISED STATUTES, SECTION 1-5-205, NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN THAT A RECALL ELECTION WILL BE HELD FOR RESIDENTS IN THE MONTEZUMA CORTEZ SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1, IN SAID COUNTY OF MONTEZUMA, STATE OF COLORADO, ON TUESDAY THE 16TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2021.

The recall election will be conducted as a mail ballot election.

Recall Election Timeline:

Successor Candidate petitions due: January 8, 2021

Petition sufficiency due: January 10, 2021

Deadline for incumbent to resign: January 8, 2021

Last Day for a Write-in affidavits. February 1, 2021

Ballots mailed: February 1, 2021



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Montezuma County Clerk & Recorder Protest Hearing Decision with Findings

MONTEZUMA COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER NOTICE of RECALL PROTEST HEARING

Christmas Tree Permits Available Online from the San Juan National Forest

Christmas Tree Permits Available Online from the San Juan National Forest for the Upcoming Holiday Season

 

Durango, Colo., November 9, 2020 – Christmas tree permits will be available to purchase with local vendors and online through Recreation.gov beginning November 12, 2020. Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found here on the San Juan National Forest’s Christmas Tree Permit webpage on Recreation.gov.

“For many families, venturing into a National Forest to cut their Christmas tree for the holidays is a treasured tradition carried on for generations,” said Kara Chadwick, San Juan National Forest Supervisor. “For families creating new traditions, a trip to their local forest to cut their own Christmas tree may be a thrilling experience as they discover the joy of hiking through the forest in search of the perfect holiday centerpiece.”

It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will also need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Online permits are $8.00 plus a $2.50 fee to Rec.gov. Permits may also be purchased for $8.00 at any of the local vendor locations listed below:

  • Dolores: Dolores Outfitters 341 Railroad Ave
  • Durango: Kroeger’s Ace Hardware, #8 Town Plaza
  • Lewis:  Cox Corner Store, 18794 Hwy 491
  • Mancos: Cox Conoco, 201 E. Railroad Avenue

Cutting a Christmas tree also improves forest health. Local forest health experts identify areas that benefit from thinning trees that tend to be the perfect size for Christmas trees. Removing these trees in designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can open areas that provide forage for wildlife. Do not cut Ponderosa Pine or Douglas fir trees. There are specific areas off limits on the forest, such La Plata Canyon near Durango. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of a county road, highway, or developed campground. Please review the San Juan National Forest Christmas Tree cutting guidelines and rules thoroughly.

All offices on the San Juan National Forest are conducting business and providing visitor services virtually. For information on the San Juan National Forest, call (970) 247-4874, visit the forest website, or follow us on social media (Twitter and Facebook).

Public Notice: TELEPHONE AUTHORITY TO INCREASE THE 9-1-1 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CHARGE

Public Notice 

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FILED – March 5, 2020

NOTICE OF APPLICATION
BY THE MONTEZUMA COUNTY EMERGENCY TELEPHONE AUTHORITY
TO INCREASE THE 9-1-1 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CHARGE

Notice is hereby given that the Montezuma County Emergency Telephone Authority has applied
to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval to increase the current
monthly 9-1-1 surcharge affecting all users of exchange telephone, wireless, wireline, and voiceover-internet-protocol (VOIP) telephone services within Montezuma and Dolores Counties from
$0.70 to $1.40. The proposed effective date of the increase is July 1, 2020.

As explained in the Application, the requested surcharge increase is proposed as necessary to
fund expenses related to the provision of emergency telephone service, as allowed by Colorado
law (C.R.S. 29-11-102 and 104).

This application is available for inspection in each local office of the Application or at the
CPUC. The address of the Applicant where the Application may be viewed is Montezuma
County Administration, 109 W Main St., Ste 260, Cortez, CO or Dolores County
Commissioners’ Office, 409 Main St., Dove Creek, CO. The Applicant’s telephone number is
970-565-8311.

The Application may also be inspected at the offices of the CPUC, 1560 Broadway, Ste. 250,
Denver, CO 80202, and electronically at
https://www.dora.state.co.us/pls/efi/EFI_search_UI.search, Proceeding No-20A-0087T.

Objections or comments may be filed through mail to the offices of the CPUC, 1560 Broadway, Ste., 250, Denver, CO 80202, or online using the Commission’s electronic filing system at https:/www.dora.state.co.us/pls/real/CCTS_oWEB.comment_form. All interventions must be filed in accordance with Rule 1401 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and procedures & Code of Colorado Regulations, 723-1. If the application is uncontested or unopposed, as evidenced through the absence of written intervention or object filings by the deadline, the Commission may determine the matter without a hearing and without further notice. The deadline for filing an intervention or Objections is April 6, 2020.

If a hearing is held, members of the public may attend and make statements under oath even if
they do not file written objections or requests for intervention.

Any person desiring information regarding when hearings, if any, may be held may submit a
a written request to the CPUC or contact the External Affairs section of the Commission at (30)
894-2070 or (800) 456-0858.

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Public Notice: Requesting Volunteers to Serve on Local Advisory Committee

Public Notice 

Board of County Commissioners
109 West Main, Room 250
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-8317
(970)565-3420 Fax

County Commissioners:
James Candelaria
Keenan G. Ertel
Larry Don Suckla

County Administrator:
Shak Powers

Montezuma County Colorado State University Extension is Requesting Volunteers to Serve on Local Advisory Committee
The Montezuma County and CSU Extension office is requesting volunteers to serve on its local Advisory Committee. The advisory committee will be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.
The primary purpose of the advisory committee is to advise and make recommendations. The committee will meet quarterly to discuss Montezuma County Extension programs in 4-H, Agriculture, Horticulture, Natural Resources, and other topics that may be important to Montezuma County. This is a three (3) year term.
In order to get a diversity of members please provide us with a little bit of your history in the Montezuma County community. If you are interested in serving on this Advisory Committee, please write a letter of interest and bring, mail or email to bmorgan@co.montezuma.co.us

Montezuma County
Attn. CSU Advisory Board
109 W. Main, Room 260
Cortez, CO 81321
970-565-8317
Fax: 970-565-3420

Public Notice: Public Health Threat of COVID-19

Public Notice 

Colorado Takes Further Action to Address 

Public Health Threat of COVID-19

State extends suspension of downhill ski operations, limits gatherings to no more than 10 people, suspends in-person learning in public & private schools

DENVER – Today Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and announced new executive actions to protect the health and safety of Coloradans. Earlier today at a news conference, Governor Polis announced the launch of the Help Colorado Now effort where Coloradans can donate or volunteer, as well as the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, which has already raised nearly $3 million to help Coloradans impacted by the coronavirus.

“We are acting boldly and swiftly together to protect the health and safety of all Coloradans. The science and data tells us this will get worse before it gets better,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We are in this together and the state is taking the necessary actions to slow the spread of this disease.”

The Governor signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17. The executive order directs Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute to make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time while taking into account the needs of local communities. This order also directs the Commissioner of Education to issue guidance to support P-12 school systems in developing and implementing plans to assist families and students in accessing alternative learning, providing free and reduced lunch and breakfast, and offering waivers for an instructional time as appropriate. Click here to read.

“Protecting the health of all Coloradoans is our top priority, and moving to online learning and other ways to support learning at home is absolutely the right thing to do,” said Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “We know school leaders, educators and families will have a lot of questions about how to support their students’ learning at home during this unprecedented time. The department is working on guidance and developing resources to support our schools and students, and it will be available very soon.”

The Governor also announced that he would be extending the suspension of downhill ski area operations through April 6. COVID-19 has spread throughout many mountain communities where ski resorts are located and this is a necessary step to help slow the spread of the virus. Last week, the Governor issued an executive order suspending ski area operations until March 22. Click here to read the order.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Colorado Department of Public Health also issued a public health order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people. Gatherings include community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals or any similar event that brings 10 or more people together. Click here to read.

Coloradans can donate or sign up to volunteer at  www.HelpColoradoNow.org.

Public Notice 

Chairman

Jim Candelaria (Pleasant View) Phone: (970) 749-3841

Vice Chairman

Kent Lindsay (District 2) Phone: (970) 560-1471

Commissioner of Deeds

Joel Stevenson (District 3) Phone: (970) 749-3113
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Contact Montezuma County Vice-Chairman, Jim Candelaria (Pleasant View)
Contact Montezuma County Commissioner Kent Lindsay (District 2)
Contact Montezuma County Commissioner Joel Stevenson (District 3)