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Master plan update open for comments through June

TJ Dlubac, of Community Planning Strategies, held a meeting in the West End June 11 to inform citizens of the county master plan update, a process that began last fall. Dlubac’s company and SCJ …
As many as 550 people attended the monument feedback session in Nucla. This image shows Senator Michael Bennet listening to the public comments.

Crowds flock to Nucla for Sen. Bennet listening session 

The San Miguel Basin Forum estimates that as many as, or more than, 550 people attended Senator Michael Bennet’s listening session at the Nucla school June 9, regarding the proposed national …
This image shows a grass fire in the West End being extinguished by Nucla-Naturita Fire Department.

Fire season arrives; NNFD works 3 grass fires

West End first-responders were on site for three different grass fires the first week of June.  “This annual occurrence is precipitated with green leaves turning brown and …

Monument advocates rebut; Sen. Bennet comes to Nucla June 9

Last week, the San Miguel Basin Forum ran a story titled “Jeep tour is June 8; Pond says rec stands to lose under monument status.” That story received some criticism from the advocates …
Scott Riba and Rick Dunlap are running for District 3 Commissioner for Montrose County, pictured here in gold.

District 3 commissioner candidates respond 

Scott Riba and Rick Dunlap are running for the Montrose County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat, currently held by Roger Rash. Over the weekend, the Forum asked both Riba and Dunlap about their …
Health

Basin Clinic to receive $250k from county 

The Basin Clinic held a board meeting March 20 with commissioners of Montrose County in attendance. The meeting began with an open discussion of the recent challenges the clinic has faced.   …

Hoof & Paw

Hoof & Paw celebrates success for animals, people

Over the last few months, Hoof & Paw has been working to support services the nonprofit offers by pursuing grants and funding opportunities beyond revenue brought in from the thrift store and …

History

Chuck and Kathy Zunich to be crowned in Nucla

Chuck and Kathy Zunich are Water Days king and queen this year.

Chuck and Kathy Zunich, of Nucla, have been chosen as royalty for 2024 Water Days. The king and queen are life-long residents of the West End and embody the pioneer spirit of those hardworking and …

Community

Farm and Craft Market continues with Greek food this week

While both used to be in Nucla, the West End Farm and Craft Market moved to Naturita, along with Wild Gals Market, this last year. Now the Farm and Craft markets are on Wednesdays too, rather than …

Entertainment

Family movie night happens weekly in Naturita this summer

Children gather for the movie night in Naturita Aug. 17.

About one month ago, family movie night in Naturita began, and since then people have been coming together in the town park there to watch films like “ET,” “The Goonies,” …

High School Sports
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NWC refuses vote on agenda item 

There’s been contention in Norwood meetings the last few months, mostly between the Norwood Sanitation Board and the Norwood Mayor, Candy Meehan. In April, the Norwood Sanitation Board passed a …

Jeep tour is June 8; Pond says rec stands to lose under monument status

This year the Nucla-Naturita Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual West End 4x4 Jeep Tour event takes place on June 8. A Saturday, the event has nearly met capacity, with 28 of the 30 spots filled. …

San Miguel County approves Slick Rock drill holes

On May 15, San Miguel County approved a special-use permit at Slick Rock, on Highway 141, for the exploratory purpose of drill holes. Alex Kreile, a project geologist, working on behalf of Highbury …

Conflict divides folks in local communities 

Last Wednesday, April 24, Norwood’s sanitation district board met in a special meeting, with a resolution up for vote. That resolution read “no confidence” in the Norwood mayor. …

Hickenlooper visits Naturita, listens to objections

Hundreds of people flocked to Naturita on Friday afternoon, April 26, for U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper’s visit to the West End. There, in the old elementary school gym, the senator appeared …

Hickenlooper delayed in West End until April 27

A proposal of a national monument along the Dolores River has upset the West End since March, and the majority of local communities have been vocal about not wanting to see such a designation, though …
NUCLA

Town needs animal control/code enforcement officer

Nucla Town Clerk Melissa Lampshire told the Forum the town has been trying to hire an animal control officer since last year when the job was left vacant in August, and she can’t fill the job. …

Water Days is June 28-29

Water Days, a two-day event happens June 28-29, and the festivities begin with a Main Street block party in Nucla at 6 p.m. that Friday. The Water Days committee — made up of Tina Carver, Linda …

Nucla Middle/High School celebrates 2024 accomplishments

EDUCATION Nucla Middle/High School celebrates 2024 accomplishments By MALISHA REED, Nucla High School This year has brought many accomplishments to the students of Nucla Middle and …

Outdoor rec takes trip, spring play happens, admin approved

The outdoor recreation program at Nucla High School is thriving, and Brock Benson told the San Miguel Basin Forum that he and Bri Bonacquista are taking the kids on an extended field trip May 9. This …

Best to leash dogs or keep them fenced in town 

Law enforcement commander of the West End Bruce Schmalz told the San Miguel Basin Forum that it’s not completely unheard of for him to get complaints of loose dogs, dogs chasing livestock, or …
Opinion

AG TALK: An introduction

My name is Keiran Bray, and I love agriculture. I have lived on my family’s ranch, Bray Ranches, since I was 2 years old. That’s 15 years of growing a love for agriculture. Having said …

Obituaries
Thomas Andre Jensen, 60, of Norwood, Colorado, passed away on Aug. 15 surrounded by family and loved ones after his extraordinary battle with cancer. Tom was born Sept. 25, 1962, in Montrose, …
West End communities are mourning the passing of local musician C.R. Dobbs, who passed April 5 in an accident on Norwood Hill. The singer-songwriter was a beloved entertainer in the local area. A …
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