Position: Herald staff writer

Challenge of Silverton Mountain’s heli-ski expansion denied

An Interior Department appeals board has denied San Juan Citizens Alliance’s challenge of Silverton Mountain’s helicopter skiing expansion, arguing the alliance has no legal standing to file such a...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Driver who killed two pedestrians has all charges dropped

A 77-year-old part-time Durango resident who veered off north Main Avenue last year, killing a Fort Lewis College student and Italian tourist, had all charges against him dropped on Monday. Bobby...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Abandoned boat found crashed on road north of Vallecito Reservoir

An abandoned boat was found in the middle of the road Saturday night just north of Vallecito Reservoir. The marooned vessel was reported on County Road 501 near the intersection with Mushroom Lane,...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man falls 40 feet in Weminuche Wilderness; taken to GJ hospital

A 39-year-old man who fell 40 feet while climbing in the Weminuche Wilderness north of Durango on Tuesday has been taken to a hospital in Grand Junction. A search and rescue mission started around...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire on track to become Colorado’s 5th largest wildfire

The 416 Fire is on track this week to become one of Colorado’s largest wildfires in state history. According to a Monday morning update from the National Incident Management Organization, the 416...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM investigates illegal trail built in Turtle Lake area

An illegally cut trail through a historic cultural site will be reclaimed as federal agents continue to look for the people responsible. The Bureau of Land Management first received a report of an...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire grows by more than 4,000 acres

The 416 Fire grew by more than 4,129 acres Thursday, bringing the total acreage burned to 41,617 acres – and more spread is expected Friday. According to a morning update from the National Incident...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Baby bear undergoes rehab for burned paws

A baby bear injured in a wildfire north of Durango is likely to survive. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski said firefighters combating the 416 Fire, which has burned more than...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire grows by 600 acres, expected to increase Monday

The 416 Fire appears to be ramping back up, growing by nearly 600 acres in 24 hours, according to an estimate released Monday. Rain tempered some aspects of the fire June 16 and 17 – causing a...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

An extreme shortage of hay as a result of unprecedented drought in Southwest Colorado could force livestock operations struggling to survive to make tough decisions. “I’ve never seen it this dry,”...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Silverton cancels famed Fourth of July fireworks show

Silverton has canceled its famed Fourth of July fireworks show because of the extreme fire danger that persists in Southwest Colorado. San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad announced the fireworks...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public suggests EPA has quantifiable goals for reducing mine pollution

SILVERTON – Several people at a public hearing this week asked why the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed quick-action plan for 26 mines fails to address the top mine polluters in the...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News