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Montezuma County Goes After Property Owners' Noxious Weeds

Sandu Stefan
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Musk Thistle.

Montezuma County cracked down Monday on several landowners who aren’t managing their noxious weeds. The county commissioners voted unanimously to allow weed manager Bonnie Loving to begin treating weeds on five different properties. The action comes after those owners failed to comply with notices requiring them to control the invasive plants, which include Russian knapweed, musk thistle and Canada thistle. Loving said some of the properties border agricultural lands where farmers are trying to grow crops. Under county regulations, the costs of eradicating the weeds will be assessed as a lien against the properties.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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