Position: Herald staff writer

Durango police investigate two cases of attempted murder

The Durango Police Department is investigating two separate cases of attempted murder reported during the past few days in Durango. The first incident occurred around 12:01 a.m. Saturday when...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man leads police on chase south of Durango

A high-speed chase ended Monday south of Durango with one suspect in custody. Around 3 p.m., a La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted an individual who the deputy recognized as having an...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain could arrive in SW Colorado this weekend; monsoons, not

Desperately needed rain that could help firefighting efforts in Southwest Colorado is in the forecast, but we might not see the monsoon for a while. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction ...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters once again hold back 416 Fire from Hermosa homes

Firefighters once again held back the 416 Fire from homes in Hermosa as it raged toward houses overnight Sunday. As of 10 a.m. Monday, the fire has grown to more than 22,130 acres. Shawn Bawden,...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Letter from Village at Wolf Creek irks environmental groups

A coalition of environmental groups opposed to the Village at Wolf Creek say a letter the project’s developers wrote in January is a violation of federal laws. The letter, written by...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Stage set for dangerous wildfire conditions months ago

Jeff Derry knew Southwest Colorado could be in for a dangerous fire season as early as last fall. Derry, executive director of the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies in Silverton, tracks storms in...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Katzin Music co-owner to open new supply store

Jim Gillaspy, a former co-owner of Katzin Music & Studios, which closed earlier this year, has announced he will open a new music-supply store in Durango on July 1. “Now that the word’s out, the...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Students track movement of rockfall on Missionary Ridge

On July 5, 1998, a massive rockfall carrying boulders the size of houses came tearing down Missionary Ridge in the Animas Valley, the scar on the forested hillside stands out to this day. The rare...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

ATVs suspected of damaging alpine tundra north of Silverton

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident from Sunday in which two all-terrain vehicles went off-road illegally and damaged pristine alpine tundra north of Silverton. Two...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mama bear and two yearlings break into home

The prognosis does not look good for a mama bear and her two yearlings that have been breaking into homes around Durango. “This is a dangerous situation,” said Joe Lewandowski, spokesman for...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local artist Juanita Ainsley dies at 80

Juanita Ainsley, a local artist who also worked as an occupational therapist and psychologist, died earlier this week. She was 80 years old. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said a welfare check...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton town manager placed on administrative leave

Silverton’s eighth town manager in 11 years was placed on administrative leave earlier this week, but town officials have been mum about the reason. Town Manager Louis Fineberg has been in the...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News