Position: Herald Staff Writer

Durango man pleads guilty to arson

A Durango man pleaded guilty Friday to felony arson, his second conviction in less than two years for intentionally starting a fire. Duane Suazo, 51, will be screened for mental health court, an...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Miller Middle School mountain lion and cub caught, relocated

Wildlife officials have captured a mountain lion suspected of killing deer at Miller Middle School in Durango. The mountain lion was caught Saturday and her cub was captured Friday night, said Joe...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Miller Middle School warns parents of mountain lion

Miller Middle School is warning parents of an active mountain lion near the school and surrounding neighborhood in Durango. The mountain lion has killed deer on Miller Middle School’s campus at...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Longtime Snowdown Follies participant dies after fall from stage

Adele Nielsen, a longtime Durango resident, former owner of Olde Tymers Café and a frequent participant in the Snowdown Follies, died earlier this week from injuries suffered in a fall. She was 68....

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Girl ‘stable’ after falling Sunday from Purgatory chairlift

A 7-year-old girl fell about 26 feet from Lift 1 Sunday at Purgatory Resort. The girl was in “stable” condition Sunday after the accident, said Kim Oyler, spokeswoman for Purgatory Resort, in an...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Molas, Coal Bank passes break snowfall record

Coal Bank and Molas passes, between Durango and Silverton, have received more snow this month than any other January since at least 1993, when the Colorado Avalanche Information Center began...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man arrested on suspicion of arson, again

A Durango man with a previous arson conviction is suspected of setting fire to a shed Thursday in south Durango. Duane Suazo, 51, was being held Friday on $25,000 bail at the La Plata County Jail...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury duty cut short when defendant appears missing

Dozens of potential jurors were dismissed early Thursday in La Plata County Court when the defendant appeared to be a no-show for his drunken driving trial. The only problem: The defendant was...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow line remains just out of Durango’s reach this winter

A series of Pacific storms have buried much of the Rocky Mountains with above-average snowfall this winter, but warm conditions have meant mostly rain at lower elevations such as Durango. If all...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche danger ‘high’ with more storms approaching

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has a message for backcountry enthusiasts eager to take advantage of the new snowfall in the high country: “Avoid it.” The avalanche danger was listed as...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two men found dead in separate incidents

Two Durango men were found dead Friday in apparent suicides, said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. The first incident was reported around 2 a.m. in the 200 block of East Seventh Avenue in...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman meets law officers in two break-in attempts

A Durango woman with an apparent propensity for breaking and entering appears to have bad luck in choosing her victims. Susan Margaret Murphy-Snively, 37, has been arrested twice in four months on...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News