Alex Semadeni

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Mark Redwine pleads not guilty

Mark Redwine, the La Plata County man suspected of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan Redwine, pleaded not guilty Friday in 6th Judicial District Court. A four-week jury trial is set to begin Nov....

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmates released after La Plata County Jail hits capacity

It has often been said that when temperatures go up, so does crime. That may be the case at the La Plata County Jail, which exceeded capacity earlier this month, forcing the sheriff to ask for a...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crews complete successful burnout Wednesday on 416 Fire

Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, fire crews battling the 416 Fire reported progress on Wednesday. Crews successfully completed a burnout operation along the hand line to Forest Road 171...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Railroad delays resumption of coal-fired steam engines

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad announced Wednesday it will delay resuming its coal-fired steam-train passenger service until at least July 12. The decision is to “ensure guest,...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Filmmaker Kody Dayish pleads guilty to obstruction of telephone service

A New Mexico filmmaker pleaded guilty Tuesday to obstruction of telephone service, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and could face six to 18 months in jail. Kody Dayish, a 30-year-old from Shiprock, New...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire officials warn of increase in smoke behavior

Fire officials working on the 416 Fire 13 miles north of Durango warn that an increase in temperatures and dry and hot conditions could create a higher chance of smoke dispersal along U.S. Highway...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango community has raised over $1.6 million on GoFundMe

Jan. 20 will forever stick in Elise Albosta’s mind. That is the day her husband, Andy, fell about 50 feet while rock climbing in Cascade Canyon. He was rescued by San Juan County Search and Rescue...

DATE: June 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pagosa Springs man arrested on suspicion of child sex assault

A Pagosa Springs man suspected of sexually assaulting a child was advised of possible charges and penalties Friday in District Court in La Plata County. Rodney Keller, 52, is being held in La Plata...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke-filled skies give way to bluebird days, but 416 Fire still breathes

HERMOSA – After two weeks of thick smoke from the 416 Fire, blue skies returned this week to northern La Plata County, disguising almost all evidence of the 34,000-acre fire that smolders below....

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Air tankers play vital role in fighting 416 Fire

The Durango Air Tanker Base has already used more than 400,000 gallons of retardant this wildfire season to date, June 15, the most in a summer period since the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002. A...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘It’s the perfect kind of rain’

The 416 Fire hasn’t exhaled its last column of smoke yet, but steady rainfall Saturday did help tame the 16-day-old wildfire and allow firefighters to increase containment lines around the...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

HERMOSA – Rainstorms forecast for this weekend could help quench the 416 Fire, but county officials warn it could also trigger flash floods and debris flows below the 33,000-acre burn area. The...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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