Position: Herald staff writer

La Plata County plans for another year of low revenues in 2019

La Plata County, for the first time in years, will see an increase to its property tax revenues, but the bump is expected to be short-lived as natural gas prices continue a decades-long decline....

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought plan aims to curtail water loss at Lake Powell, Lake Mead

Water managers in Southwest Colorado voiced grave concerns Wednesday that communities along the Front Range should contribute just as much as the Western Slope in addressing dwindling water...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow reaches Southwest Colorado; Wolf Creek Ski Area to open this weekend

After a summer of drought, fires and above-average temperatures, a welcomed sight has returned to Southwest Colorado: snow. And to top it off, Wolf Creek Ski Area plans to open this weekend. Across...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Satirical website ‘The Farmington Tribune’ digs at Four Corners issues

A new Facebook page called “The Farmington Tribune” that aims to be a satirical online news site for the Four Corners is causing some ruckus and confusion because its creators haven’t explicitly...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River appears to have hit all-time low

The Animas River appears to have hit an all-time low. During the last week or so, the river in Durango has registered the lowest flows ever recorded at a water-level gauge, which has been in...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Agencies to close 25 abandoned mines on Alpine Loop

Twenty-five abandoned mines on the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway between Silverton and Lake City will be closed this fall in an effort to protect curious minds from wandering in and possibly getting...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durangoans take to the streets to protest Kavanaugh nomination

Protesters took to the streets of Durango during rush hour Friday to speak out against the possible appointment of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. On Friday, Republicans postponed a...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Court documents describe abysmal conditions in animal cruelty case

New court documents reveal grisly details of a massive animal-abuse case suspected of happening in western La Plata County. The report, filed by the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office,...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Juniper trees recover in Southwest Colorado

Fears that juniper trees across Southwest Colorado were headed for a massive die-off did not materialize this summer, but the fate of the hardy tree throughout the Four Corners is still in serious...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM advisory group returns, updated with Trump goals

It appears the Bureau of Land Management’s Southwest Resource Advisory Council is back, this time with a new look after being overhauled by the Trump administration. The Southwest RAC is a citizen...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rolls again

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad pulled out of the station in Durango headed for Silverton on Friday, marking the first full trip since track damage caused by floods hamstrung the...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plane makes emergency landing during training exercise

A pilot and student practicing a simulated engine failure Wednesday didn’t have to wait long to put those skills to use when the plane’s engine failed to restart during the training exercise....

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News