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  • Thursday night's massive Fourth of July fireworks display by the City of Cortez ended abruptly because of gunfire in the middle of the celebration. According to the Cortez Police Department, a 17-year-old has been arrested in the incident.
  • On Wednesday morning, flags were lowered to half mast for the funeral service for a Cortez police officer who was killed in the line of duty last week. Hundreds of police vehicles formed the motorcade for Sgt. Michael Moran. The funeral was held at the Cortez Recreation Center and was not open to the public. And Montezuma Land Conservancy will hold a sheep celebration event at Fozzie’s Farm in Lewis, Colorado on Tuesday next week, in partnership with Navajo sheep herders. The event will include the butchering of a sheep in accordance with Diné cultural tradition, starting at around 8 a.m. At 10 a.m., Diné fiber artists will hold workshops and demonstrations. Herders in Teec Nos Pos loaned their sheep and goats to Fozzie’s Farm as part of a cultural exchange with Montezuma Land Conservancy, or MLC.
  • Sgt. Michael Moran was shot near South Broadway in Cortez on Wednesday. The suspects fled in their vehicle but were quickly located. This is a developing story.
  • An officer in the Cortez Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty on Wednesday. The officer conducted a traffic stop on South Broadway around 11:30 a.m., during which he was shot and injured. The suspects fled in their vehicle but were quickly located. One suspect was shot by police and died at the scene, the other was taken into custody. The officer, who has not yet been identified, was taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital and later died from his injuries. And on Tuesday, the Cortez City Council passed a resolution in support of a grant to fund archaeological surveys of Carpenter and Geer natural areas to identify prehistoric sites. The city’s Historic Preservation Board recommended that the city apply for the grant from the Colorado Historical Society. A preliminary survey conducted in 1993 by the city found six areas of interest in the Carpenter area alone. Geer has never been studied.
  • Concerns are being raised in Cortez about how – and when – ongoing emergencies are communicated to residents, especially after recent shootings in town. On September 15, a fight broke out near Empire Street that resulted in one bystander being shot and transported to a hospital. It came after another report of shots fired the week before. However, in that case, nobody was injured. Last week, Cortez Police Chief Vernon Knuckles held a community update in Montezuma Park where several residents voiced concerns about not receiving notifications of the shootings through Montezuma County’s Nixle alert system. Cortez police have issued warrants for four suspects they believe were involved in the shooting, but have only made one arrest in connection to it so far.
  • Governor Jared Polis is taking a hard look at why Colorado’s red flag gun law wasn’t used in advance of the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. And in the Four Corners region, Representative Barbara McLachlan said one of her priorities heading into the next legislative session is increased water literacy for kids in school K-12.
  • The 22-year-old accused of carrying out a mass shooting over the weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs appeared in court Wednesday afternoon. And Colorado State Representative Barbara McLachlan says the escalating anti-LGBTQ rhetoric we've been seeing is extremely dangerous.
  • A mass shooting over the weekend at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs killed five people and injured dozens. And the 2022 midterm elections wrapped up last week as Colorado Clerk and Recorders submitted their final tallies to the Secretary of State's office.
  • Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan face charges of attempted kidnapping and hate crimes in the death of Arbery, a Black man gunned down while on a run last year.