River Talk: Get ready for a busy weekend in the county

This is going to be a busy weekend for Montezuma County residents with lots of fun activities to choose from. First, and one can never forget, it is the first Saturday in June, and that means The Dolores River Festival. The festival always brings in great music, fun activities, raft rides and the popular river dog contest. Admission to the festival costs $15 and runs from 10 a.m. until dusk. Also this weekend is the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo June 5 through 7. Rodeo weekend is always full of lots of events, including a carnival, which sets up on June 4 through 8 and a parade, which will be Saturday at 5 p.m. in downtown Cortez. Also, don't forget the rodeo itself, which runs June 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. Yeehaw.

Fizz, Boom, Read doing well

The Dolores Public Library's summer program Fizz, Boom, Read has been a resounding success so far. Nearly 40 children attended Tuesday's program which was title "Sink or Float." Inquiring minds learned a lot about buoyancy and weren't afraid to get wet and perform a lot of experiments. Did you know, for example, that a watermelon floats? Stay tuned for more exciting adventures in science and art at the Dolores Public Library. Next week, students will learn about musical instruments. The reading program is every Tuesday through July 22 between 1 and 3 p.m.

McPhee is recharging

I didn't think this would happen this year, but McPhee Reservoir is slowly creeping its way back around Big Bend, and you can actually see the reservoir from Dolores again. It is slowly creeping its way up as the Dolores surges with snowmelt. The river swelled in town at nearly 2,300 cfs on May 31 and dropped a bit on June 3 to around 1,600 cfs. There should be plenty of water on the Upper Dolores to raft on Saturday.

Board looking at marijuana

The next Dolores Town Board of Trustees are expected to meet on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. The board is expected to hear an ordinance that will allow the town to extend its moratorium on the retail sales of marijuana in town limits.

Again, a no-stoplight town

Dolores no longer has a stop light. For a few months, this small town had a glimpse of big city life when a stop light was added near the bridge on Highway 145. The stop light was added to help crews work on the bridge as one lane of traffic was blocked during said work. Repairs and reinforcement on the bridge took longer than a month and many were asked to stop for a few minutes as traffic cycled. But, crews were finished with the larger section of the bridge and moved to the other side last week, leaving enough room for two lanes of traffic and canceling the need for the light. Traffic is still being diverted, but no longer does there only need to be one lane at a time.

Shannon Livick