Position: Herald staff writer

Teens sought after ATV is taken from fairgrounds

Durango Police are searching for two teenagers who allegedly stole an ATV owned by Durango Youth Baseball that was stored at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Durango Police said via Facebook that...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ash runoff from 416 Fire turns Animas River black

The Animas River in Durango ran black Monday as a result of rain over the weekend washing down ash from the 416 Fire burn area. Since June 1, the 416 Fire has burned more than 32,000 acres of land,...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire smolders and creeps; crews focus on Falls Creek area

The front line of battle on the 416 Fire will move to the fire’s southern edge Monday, where more than 200 firefighters will work to protect homes in the Falls Creek and Junction Creek areas. Rain...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Hickenlooper pledges help to Durango and Silverton in wake of 416 Fire

Local government and business officials pleaded with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado congressmen Friday to do everything they can to help secure emergency funds to help ailing businesses and...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite rumors, no reports of looting in evacuated areas of 416 Fire

La Plata County officials are dispelling rumors of looting in the evacuated areas affected by the 416 Fire. “The rumors are unsubstantiated,” county spokeswoman Megan Graham said Friday evening....

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango train faces tough questions going forward

Not since the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002 has the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad been out of service for so long over the summer months. The raging wildfire 16 years ago – which...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

When wildfires rage, where do animals go?

Two uncontrolled wildfires are ripping across the San Juan National Forest in Southwest Colorado, forcing the evacuation of homes, shutting down the critical summer economy and putting firefighters...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cigarette starts fire on Florida Road

Quick action by firefighters early Monday morning stopped a potentially catastrophic human-caused fire on Florida Road (County Road 240). Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Evans...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three suspects arrested for attempted murder in Durango

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with an attempted murder early Monday morning at the Budget Inn in north Durango. An arrest affidavit identifies the suspects as: Rex Nelson, 38;...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County approves Stage 3 fire restrictions

La Plata County entered Stage 3 fire restrictions Tuesday, the most stringent category of rules the county has the authority to put in place in order to reduce the risk of wildfire. The county,...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango considers closing trails, open spaces to recreation

The city of Durango will consider closing its trails and open spaces Tuesday. Durango City Council will hold a special meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday to discuss closing city-owned open spaces to...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service to close San Juan National Forest for first time ever

The San Juan National Forest is set to close Tuesday for the first time since the forest was designated a national forest more than a hundred years ago. “We realize this is a really difficult thing...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News