Position: Herald staff writer

GCC Energy paves the way for mining to increase near Hay Gulch

Residents perturbed by the constant drum of trucks hauling coal from GCC Energy’s King II mine say the sound has abated somewhat with the near completion of the company’s multimillion-dollar road...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango woman injured in head-on collision in fair condition

A 31-year-old Durango woman injured Tuesday in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield was listed in fair condition Wednesday, a spokeswoman at St. Anthony’s Hospital...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Head-on collision closes U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield

Authorities responded to a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield. Trooper Jeff Chmielewski, a spokesman with the Colorado State Patrol in Denver, said...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Odds are El Niño, precipitation will return

Southwest Colorado may escape the arid grip of the La Niña weather pattern, with forecasters saying there’s a good chance El Niño, and the moisture it brings, will return this fall. One of the...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Englewood man cited with DUI after crash on Black Bear Pass

A 28-year-old Englewood man was cited Sunday with drunken driving after causing a harrowing accident on Black Bear Pass, a dangerous and difficult mountain road that connects Silverton and...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural La Plata County residents in a pinch for water

Residents in rural La Plata County are feeling the pinch of Durango’s decision to cut off new customers at its water dock. “The urban communities that have water docks, in my opinion, have a...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Appeals court formally dismisses charges against Rose Chilcoat

Charges against Durango wilderness advocate Rose Chilcoat, who was accused of trying to kill cattle in Utah, were officially dropped late Thursday. The Utah Court of Appeals ordered all charges to...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear cub injured in 416 Fire is bandage-free

An orphaned bear cub whose paws were burned in the 416 Fire has almost fully recovered. “The burns have healed nicely, and at this point, I’d say her paws are about 95 percent healed,” said Michael...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three men injured in ‘mutual combat’ with knives

Three men engaged in a “mutual combat” with knives were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center on Sunday. A spokesman with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said a report came in Sunday evening...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire retardant used on wildfires evolves to ease environmental impact

When wildfires threaten homes and property, the sight of an air tanker dropping bright red fire retardant, commonly referred to as slurry, can be a welcome relief. The chemical concoction has come...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Truck driver hauling sludge for EPA cited with careless driving

A truck driver who crashed into Cement Creek while contracted by the Environmental Protection Agency to haul sludge from the Gold King Mine was cited Monday with careless driving. Colorado State...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad eyes Thursday reopening

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad plans to resume coal-fired steam engine service to Silverton on Thursday, after more than 40 days stuck in the depot. “We are preparing to run on that...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News