Position: Herald staff writer

Last grant needed to complete Hwy. 550 realignment is secured

The final funding piece to connect the “Bridge to Nowhere” with U.S. Highway 550 has arrived in the form of a $1 million state grant. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded the $1 million...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Brewing Co. closes taproom, fires employees, moves to La Junta

Durango Brewing Co. abruptly closed its taproom last week in Durango, fired all of its local employees and is moving operations to La Junta. And it’s taking the Durango moniker with it. The move...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Opening statements made in drug deal murder trial

The prosecution and defense told vastly different stories during opening statements in the case of Michael Jones, who is suspected of murder after a drug deal gone bad in May 2017. The murder trial...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 20 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We freak out every time a raindrop falls’

HERMOSA – It took about 20 minutes to forever change the lives of residents in Animas Village Apartments. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. July 24, rain hit the burn scar of the 416 Fire, sending a torrent...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plans for prescribed burns put on hold in fire-fatigued Southwest Colorado

Plans for prescribed burns – intentionally set fires on the landscape aimed at reducing the risk of larger, more devastating wildfires – have been temporarily put on hold this fall as wildfires...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 34 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Monsoon rains a no-show so far in Southwest Colorado

Despite a modest amount of rainfall in Southwest Colorado over the past few weeks, weather observers say there has been no sign of a typical monsoon pattern settling into the region. “We’ve seen...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 23 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man caught feeding bears is identified

A Durango man who was fined $1,000 for feeding bears, his third offense in eight years, has been identified as Roy Newman, 61. Colorado Parks and Wildlife previously declined to release the man’s...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bears, in feeding frenzy, kill chickens and 4-H pigs

After a relatively quiet start to summer, bear activity in La Plata County is picking up. Matt Thorpe, wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said that’s likely because bears are...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Number of animal cruelty charges reduced for La Plata County couple

A La Plata County couple charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty had the number of charges significantly reduced Tuesday. Deputy District Attorney Brendan Richards filed a motion Monday...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad bolsters fleet for dry years

Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad , says if all goes according to plan, the historic railway that draws thousands of tourists to Southwest Colorado will not have...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec woman injured in rollover crash east of Mancos

A 33-year-old Aztec woman was seriously injured in a rollover crash on U.S. Highway 160 near Mancos Hill on Monday night. According to Colorado State Patrol Cpl. James Proctor, Misty Gordon was...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red Mesa Reservoir must make improvements or face demolition

RED MESA The clock is ticking for managers at Red Mesa Reservoir who have six years to raise millions of dollars for state-ordered repairs to prevent the dam’s demolition. “It’s going to be a...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News