Position: Herald staff writer

Local artist Juanita Ainsley dies at 80

Juanita Ainsley, a local artist who also worked as an occupational therapist and psychologist, died earlier this week. She was 80 years old. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said a welfare check...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | UPDATED: 12 hours 53 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton town manager placed on administrative leave

Silverton’s eighth town manager in 11 years was placed on administrative leave earlier this week, but town officials have been mum about the reason. Town Manager Louis Fineberg has been in the...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State House and Senate candidates file financial reports

In 2016, more than $311,800 was spent between incumbent J. Paul Brown and challenger Barbara McLachlan in the race for Colorado House District 59, which made it the most expensive general election...

DATE: May 24, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Hunter’s Run Golf Course closes after 25 years

Hunter’s Run Golf Course, after nearly 25 years in business, has closed while the longtime owners try to find a buyer to take over operations in Oxford. Owner Robert Hardaway has owned the...

DATE: May 24, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Stolen fire equipment worth about $13,000 found near Silverton

Emergency equipment stolen in November from the Silverton-San Juan Fire and Rescue Authority was located this week near the bottom of a steep mountain. “It’s definitely a mystery,” said Mike...

DATE: May 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Truck driver dies on Wolf Creek Pass

A 30-year-old truck driver from Florida died last weekend after plunging more than 125 feet off Wolf Creek Pass on U.S. Highway 160. Colorado State Patrol Capt. Adrian Driscoll said the truck, a...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial postponed for two Durango environmentalists

The trial for two Durango environmentalists that was set to begin Wednesday has been postponed while a Utah state appeals court decides whether to review two petitions that challenge key rulings in...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Monsoons could bring heavy rains this summer, new report says

The Climate Prediction Center is offering a glimmer of hope for precipitation in Southwest Colorado in the coming months – welcome news as the region continues to experience an intense drought....

DATE: May 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Car almost drops off Red Mountain Pass

A driver from Minnesota had a close call last week when his car almost went off a sheer cliff, which drops hundreds of feet, on Red Mountain Pass. According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man is pardoned by Gov. John Hickenlooper

IGNACIO It took more than five decades for James Benavidez to clear his name and receive the justice he says he long deserved. In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pardoned Benavidez, along...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Seedlings heal burn scar left by Missionary Ridge Fire

Little by little, the scar of the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire is disappearing. Since efforts began in 2013, almost 3,000 acres within the burn area northeast of Durango have been replanted. And, a...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

With Lake Nighthorse now open to the public, many people discovering the new waterway in Durango want to know: Is it OK to eat the fish? The simple answer is yes, but a deeper look into the...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News