Position: Herald staff writer

Monsoons could bring heavy rains this summer, new report says

The Climate Prediction Center is offering a glimmer of hope for precipitation in Southwest Colorado in the coming months – welcome news as the region continues to experience an intense drought....

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Car almost drops off Red Mountain Pass

A driver from Minnesota had a close call last week when his car almost went off a sheer cliff, which drops hundreds of feet, on Red Mountain Pass. According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man is pardoned by Gov. John Hickenlooper

IGNACIO It took more than five decades for James Benavidez to clear his name and receive the justice he says he long deserved. In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pardoned Benavidez, along...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seedlings heal burn scar left by Missionary Ridge Fire

Little by little, the scar of the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire is disappearing. Since efforts began in 2013, almost 3,000 acres within the burn area northeast of Durango have been replanted. And, a...

DATE: May 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

With Lake Nighthorse now open to the public, many people discovering the new waterway in Durango want to know: Is it OK to eat the fish? The simple answer is yes, but a deeper look into the...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driving tour targets historic Tiffany, Allison

This year’s fifth annual La Plata County Historic Driving Tour on May 19 will focus on a part of the county that’s often overlooked: Allison and Tiffany. “It’s just an area of the county people in...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Desert dust causes early snowmelt and water loss

RED MOUNTAIN PASS – The snowpack of the San Juan Mountains face an increasingly alarming problem that may further vex water issues in the West: dust. As more demands are placed on water, more...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial moved for couple accused of attempting to kill cattle

Two Durango environmentalists who face charges for supposedly trying to kill cattle by closing a corral gate will have their trials moved to a new venue after a judge ruled they wouldn’t receive a...

DATE: May 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

A unique, historic orchard returns to life at Old Fort Lewis

In just a few years, a century-old apple orchard that had been neglected and fallen into disrepair has been made whole again at the Old Fort Lewis campus near Hesperus. “It’s honestly the most...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing man found dead near Vallecito

A 21-year-old man from Gallup, New Mexico, who had been missing for several weeks, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday near Vallecito Lake, northeast of Durango,...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Maria’s Bookshop, mainstay on Durango’s Main Avenue, is for sale

Maria’s Bookshop in Durango is for sale. However, Peter Schertz, the shop’s co-owner, said Thursday that book lovers shouldn’t be concerned: Maria’s isn’t going anywhere. “There will still be a...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Man suspected of aiding escape at youth detention center identified

A 21-year-old man who allegedly orchestrated a break out at a juvenile detention center in Durango last week faces possible charges of aiding escape, a felony. According to an arrest affidavit,...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News