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KSJD Local Newscast - May 3, 2024

The attorney for the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners, Ian MacLaren, has been appointed as judge for the Dolores County Court, but it doesn't mean he will be leaving his current job. MacLaren told KSJD the position in Dolores County is part-time and he will remain as Montezuma County attorney as well. MacLaren, a graduate of Montezuma-Cortez High School, became the county's attorney in June of 2021.

Wolverines may be coming back to Colorado. The state House just passed legislation that would authorize the reintroduction of the alpine-dwelling creatures, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The bill has already passed the state Senate. State Representative Barbara MacLachlan of Durango, who is one of the bill's primary sponsors, said in a press release that restoring the animals to Colorado would be a win-win for the species and for biodiversity. Wolverines were eliminated from the state by 1919. Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the 1990s was considering reintroducing them then, but instead focused on restoring the Canada lynx, an effort that ultimately succeeded. Wolverines, which are members of the weasel family, eat mostly carrion but can capture prey. They live solitary lives and roam widely, so their numbers would likely never be large.

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Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal, and was the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.