Position: Herald staff writer

Police search for man accused of holding wife, children at gunpoint

Authorities are searching for a Durango man who is accused of kidnapping and holding at gunpoint six people – five of whom are children – in a car during a police chase Friday. Durango Police Sgt....

DATE: Sept. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless camping a defining issue in sheriff’s election

One of the most visible and complex challenges facing the three candidates for La Plata County sheriff is how to manage increasing issues surrounding homelessness. Challengers Charles Hamby, a...

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

Chihuahua survives mountain lion attack northeast of Durango

An 11-pound Chihuahua named Spits is on the mend after being attacked last week by a mountain lion, narrowly surviving. Laurie Cullum was out for a walk the evening of Aug. 28 with her two dogs on...

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

What’s good for the butterfly may be toxic to livestock

The milkweed plant may be a crucial food source for the embattled monarch butterfly, but it is not so friendly to livestock. With proper management, however, officials say issues can be easily...

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

Trout species thought to be extinct found alive in Southwest Colorado

A native species of trout thought to be extinct was found alive and well recently in Southwest Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the discovery of a “unique genetic lineage” of the...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fish count finds a severely depleted Animas River

A fish count in the Animas River on Tuesday found populations have been drastically affected by deadly runoff from the 416 Fire burn scar. Fish kills because of ash and dirt washing into the river...

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

Lover of history looks to the future at Animas Museum

The Animas Museum may be a place that preserves and promotes education about the past, but with its new executive director, the local history museum hopes to carve out a busier future. Over the...

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

Durango to reopen water dock to new customers

The city of Durango will start accepting new customers at its water dock on Sept. 4, reversing a controversial decision that left many La Plata County residents in a pinch for water. “The purpose...

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

Catholic church is a sacred time capsule in rural Tiffany

A small, almost forgotten Catholic church with a big history, located off the beaten path in the unincorporated community of Tiffany, could get a chance at second life as it approaches its...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

ACLU takes aim at Durango’s camping ban

The American Civil Liberties Union sent a strongly worded letter to the city of Durango, urging the city to suspend enforcement of its camping ban in light of the recent decision to close the only...

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

BP looks to pull out of Southwest Colorado, northern New Mexico

BP American Production Co. is contemplating pulling out of the San Juan Basin natural gas and oil field in what could be another devastating hit to the economy in Southwest Colorado and northern...

DATE: Aug. 25, 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. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News