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  • On Thursday morning, students walked out of Montezuma-Cortez High School in protest of the recent changes to administrators and staff. The principal of Montezuma-Cortez, Emily Moreland, was placed on administrative leave following a meeting with Superintendent Tom Burris on Tuesday afternoon. Another administrator, Assistant Principal Lauren White, who was also in the meeting, quit. It’s still unclear as to exactly why Moreland was put on administrative leave. But three current teachers at Montezuma-Cortez – who spoke with KSJD under the condition of anonymity in case of reprisals – say that the swift departure of Moreland and White ultimately occurred because of a larger pattern of disrespect and bullying from Burris.
  • Dozens of abortion rights supporters gathered in Cortez over the weekend. And the Ute Pass Fire broke out late Friday afternoon a few miles northeast of Durango, but is at least 80% contained.
  • Thousands of people came out to two separate rallies in support of reproductive rights at the state capitol in Denver this week.
  • A local woman who had wrongly accused the wife of the Cortez mayor of aiming a can of wasp spray at her during a protest downtown apologized for the…
  • Six people will reportedly be charged with harassment because of their behavior during political demonstrations in downtown Cortez on Saturday, January 2.