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KSJD Local Newscast - June 18, 2024

Plans appear to be in the works to create a short trail from a parking lot at Sand Canyon west of Cortez to a historic house nearby. Two parking lots sit on Road G at the trailhead of Sand Canyon, which is part of the BLM’s Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. On Monday, monument Manager Raymond O’Neil told the Montezuma County commissioners at their workshop that monument officials are working to restore the historic Lamb house, which sits just east of the trail system. O’Neil said after the structure has been stabilized and fixed up, it may be used as a public facility where visitors to Sand Canyon can speak with monument representatives. At present there is no trail from the easternmost parking lot, which was built by the county, to the Lamb house, which is less than a hundred yards away. O’Neil asked the commissioners if they would be amenable to the BLM using the county right-of-way to create a walking trail, and they said they would be. O’Neil also asked them if they might consider lowering the speed limit on a short stretch of Road G in front of Sand Canyon, and they said they would look into that and into improving signage in the interests of safety.

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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.