Montezuma County
Tri-Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
April 16, 2020
Happenings this Week in
Montezuma County
Are you a business owner needing guidance on filling out an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Application? Then join Les Rogers for a webinar on filling out these two types of SBA disaster loans.

Les Rogers has a Masters in Accounting and is a CPA licensed in Colorado and New Mexico. He has been working with the EIDL and PPP loans thru SBA and has been keeping up on the latest changes and interpretations.

We will be going through the PPP and EIDL applications step-by-step and alerting businesses of the tricky areas and what info they should be putting in where, and how businesses could lose money if they put in the wrong info.
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!
A list of references and articles to help our community navigate benefits.
Demystifying Unemployment for 1099 and Gig Workers, Freelancers, and Self-Employed
Learn more about the new benefits you are now eligible for, video produced by the Colorado Office of Film Television and Media.
USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations and Residents Impacted by COVID-19  
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide  (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.
“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities preparing for and impacted by COVID-19,” Perdue said. “This resource guide will help our rural leaders, whether they are in agriculture, education, health care or any other leadership capacity, understand what federal assistance is available for their communities during this unprecedented time.”
USDA has taken many immediate actions to assist farmers, ranchers, producers, rural communities, and rural-based businesses and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on these actions, visit .

Make an informed choice.
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.

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
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 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