Position: Herald staff writer

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

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 | 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 Pines Townhomes. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. July 24, rain hit the burn scar of the 416 Fire, sending a torrent of mud...

DATE: Aug. 14, 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. 14, 2018 | 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 | 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

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