black lives matter

Gail Binkly

(Note: This article contains obscene language.)

An incident Saturday, Jan. 2, in downtown Cortez has highlighted the ongoing tensions between protesters supporting differing causes.

About 20 members of a group calling themselves the patriots confronted five people in a “justice and peace flash mob” on the sidewalk along Main Street. The five were holding signs with messages such as Black Lives Matter and This Is Stolen Land. 

KSJD Local Newscast - July 27, 2020

Jul 27, 2020

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Early last week, Vernon Knuckles was sworn in as the new chief of the Cortez Police Department.

Knuckles comes from the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office where he worked for nine years, most recently as undersheriff. His first few days as chief have been spent moving into his new office and reacquainting himself with a department he used to work for from 1996 to 2005.

But he is also stepping into this role at a time when the function of police in a community is in the national spotlight. 

KSJD Local Newscast - June 29, 2020

Jun 29, 2020

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At a hearing last weekend about a Colorado bill on vaccination, Dr. Reginald Washington had originally planned to make several urgent points in support of the bill. 

First, that diseases like measles are resurging, and they’re serious. (He’d know. He’s treated patients with complications from measles and pertussis.) Second, due to COVID-19, children are missing well-child visits and skipping vaccinations, putting them at risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.