Position: Herald Staff Writer

Southern Ute members rail against leadership

IGNACIO – Members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Southwest Colorado say their tribal government operates in secrecy, ignores the will of its people and subverts its own constitution. Much of...

DATE: March 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gunshot victim in Durango West II identified

A 32-year-old Durango man appears to have died by suicide Sunday in the Durango West II subdivision, said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. The man was identified as Jason Alan Richards. Richards...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hesperus Ski Area reopens after mid-season closure

Hesperus Ski Area, which closed mid-season to conduct lift maintenance, reopened Wednesday. The ski hill 11 miles west of downtown Durango closed Feb. 21 after an unannounced inspection by the...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: More Sports

Silverton man encounters lynx on Molas Pass

Silverton resident Dave Fiddler has been driving between Silverton and Durango for 26 years, but unlike other commuters, he never sees anything interesting – a car crash, scenic wildlife or an...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Women lost in wilderness ‘thought we were going to die’

Ronda Ramsier and Carol Powell, both nurses, talked about what it would be like to die from hypothermia. The grim conversation came on their second night spent lost in near-freezing temperatures...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuit accuses Purgatory Resort of gender discrimination

A former employee is suing Purgatory Resort, claiming gender discrimination. According to a six-page complaint filed last month in Denver federal court, two vice presidents at Purgatory told Meghan...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Southwest banks go to trial over $4M in bonds

A two-week civil trial involving the purchase of more than $4 million in bonds linked to a failed real estate development is nearing an end this week in 6th Judicial District Court.Several local...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata steps up mine tests

An independent analysis of sediment at the Gold King Mine adit found trace amounts of uranium isotopes, but at levels far below typical screening thresholds. The study was done in September by...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Charges pending in rear-end crash that killed motorcyclist

A Durango woman suspected of rear-ending a motorcyclist and killing him last month on Colorado Highway 3 told police she smoked marijuana 5½ hours before the crash. No charges have been filed...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort to install ‘surface lift’ on mountain’s backside

Coming off the heels of installing a new high-speed chairlift last year, Purgatory Resort plans to make more improvements this summer by adding a “surface lift” on the backside of the mountain....

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: More Sports

Inspection finds several ‘deficiencies’ at Hesperus Ski Area

During an unannounced inspection in February, the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board identified 20 deficiencies at Hesperus Ski Area, which is expected to remain closed until mid-March to...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Family home burns southeast of Ignacio

A family home burned to the ground Monday night southeast of Ignacio. The fire was reported about 7:30 p.m. by neighbors, said Tom Aurnhammer, chief of the Los Pinos Fire Protection District. By...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News