Montezuma County
Tri-Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
April 2, 2020
Happenings this Week in
Montezuma County
Tri-City Chamber Business After Hours ZOOM Edition!
Join us on Zoom for Business After Hours! This event is OPEN TO ALL BUSINESSES OR ORGANIZATIONS in Montezuma County, including Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce and Dolores Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center !
* * Special Community Video - Tiger by the Tail
** Host, Co-Host Welcom
* * Business Update on current COVID19 Aid from Dolores, Cortez, and Mancos Chambers
** Ribbon Cutting - Welcome to the Chambers, Leavitt Group
* * Door Prize - $25 Cortez Cash Prize from Cortez Coffee Break !
* * Best Costume Contest!
* * Best Zoom Background Contest!
* * Q&A

Meeting Invitation
Time: Apr 9, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 330 670 081
Press of the West
Thursday, April 16th
7:30 pm on Rocky Mountain PBS

“Press of the West” – A printing press in the Old West was considered to be a “civilizer.” So when the newspaper in the tiny town of Mancos imported a high-end printer from back East in 1911, it was the beginning of a real community. 100 years after the Cranston Press first hit Mancos, a wild twist of fate led to its re-discovery and restoration. Now this incredibly rare press is back – creating a new community.
Rocky Mountain PBS - Colorado Experience
filmed in Mancos, Colorado

Over the Air (Antenna)
Rocky Mountain PBS: Channel 20.1Cable TV (Charter)
Rocky Mountain PBS: Channel 6 (KRMU), 9 (KRMA) & 506 (KRMU)
DIRECTV: Channel 15 (serving La Plata County)
DISH: Channel 8 (serving La Plata & Montezuma County) 
We are here to help!
In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the need for crisis leadership in our local business communities, the Cortez, Dolores and Mancos Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to create the Montezuma Business Task Force (MBT). This task force will consist of key organizations and community and business leaders: Region 9 Economic Development, the Mesa Verde Country Tourism Office, county and city officials and administrators, grant writing and fundraising professionals, and local business advocates.We have two major areas of focus: Immediate crisis and business support and future economic and business development ideas for our county. During the COVID-19 crisis, the taskforce will be focusing on ways to connect businesses with various types of loans and grants locally, statewide and federally, and telling our congressmen how they can help businesses best in Montezuma County.
A list of references and articles to help our community navigate benefits.
"I'm a single owner of an LLC - should I apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, unemployment benefits, or both? I haven't been eligible for unemployment in the past, but I think I might be now - how does that work? Get your questions answered about who should apply for unemployment, how to do it, when to expect funds, and more during this webinar with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment."

Get your questions answered about who should apply for unemployment, how to do it, when to expect funds, and more during this webinar with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Montezuma County Business Coalition
In collaboration with other key area organizations, we have established the Montezuma County Business Coalition Facebook Group for business owners, organization managers, and anyone connected to the business community in Montezuma County. A link to join this group is We will use this group page to disseminate important business-specific information from area agencies to our business community.

Hey Mancos,,,, The PAY IT FORWARD fund is available to Mancos residents ( of at least 6 months) We offer financial assistance to those who have unexpected medical, or unexpected personal hardships. Applications can be picked up at the Visitor Kiosk at Grand & Main, or at the P&D. You can drop your application off in the Visitor Center drop box or mail it in.

For more info call 970-759-5215

Need Help?
Want to Help?

The Good Samaritan Center food pantry and The Sharehouse , both located at 30 N. Beech Street in Cortez, are facilitating emergency food response in conjunction with many food assistance organizations in the wake of COVID-19.

Visit  to sign up for volunteer opportunities, to sign up for food or other assistance, or to make a donation to help us buy food and supplies.
If you have food and/or household supplies that you would like to donate, you can drop them off at The Sharehouse any day between noon-4:00, 30 N. Beech St., Cortez.
For more information:
Kirbi Foster, Good Samaritan
Laurie Hall, The Sharehouse
From the Town of Mancos: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mancos Town Hall will be closed to the public effective Friday, March 20, 2020. Staff will be available via phone at (970) 533-7725 or via email to answer questions. Utility payments may be made online at  or via telephone at (800) 766-2350. You will need your account number. Payments may also be placed in the drop box in front of Town Hall . The situation will be evaluated regularly as the situation unfolds.
Sales Tax Deadline Extension
One-Month Extension for Filing and Remitting State and State-Administered Local Sales Tax
Colorado retailers that are required to file a sales tax return and remit sales tax on April 20, 2020 may extend their filing and remittance deadline to May 20, 2020. This is a one-time extension of the April 20, 2020 filing and remittance deadline for state and state-administered sales taxes. The extension does not apply to  self-collecting home-rule taxing jurisdictions .
The Department will waive penalties and interest that may accrue retailers that file their return and remit the full amount of state and state-administered sales tax due April 20, 2020 on or before May 20, 2020. 
However, a retailer that does not file the return and remit full payment on or before April 20, 2020 will not be able to retain their  vendor/service fee . The vendor fee is a percentage of the sales tax collected that a retailer is allowed to retain in order to cover the expenses incurred by collecting and remitting state sales tax. The vendor fee is currently 4% of the sales tax remitted and is capped at $1,000 per filing period.
For more information, see the  Governor's Executive Orders  web page. See also C.R.S. § 29-2-106; C.R.S. § 39-26-105; C.R.S. § 39-26-109; C.R.S. § 39-26-105(1)(c) and (d); and C.R.S. § 39-26-118(2)(a) in the  Colorado Revised Statutes
The Department is continually monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, and responding in real-time to address the questions and concerns of Coloradans. To help keep the public informed, CDOR has set up a COVID-19 page where we will post all updates and changes related to taxes, deadline extensions, services and penalties. Please visit the  COVID-19 Updates  web page for more information. 
Other News
Montezuma County-property tax-Montezuma County is waiving interest and late payment fees for 30 days.

If you cannot pay your utility bills please contact your local utilities and discuss arrangements. Many are offering deferred payments and/or assistance.
If you have information or services you want shared, please send me the information via email at or relay it through Facebook Messenger.
Be Safe!
Mancos Valley
Chamber of Commerce