Position: Herald Staff Writer

Group advocates for economic alliance across Four Corners

FARMINGTON – When Arvin Trujillo thinks about his kids, it focuses his mind on creating a regional economic alliance across the Four Corners, including tribal entities, to boost prosperity for all....

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

How a rural subdivision found a path to faster internet

Frustrated with antiquated and deteriorating internet service, Jim Wiler and his neighbors in the rural Deer Valley Estates subdivision east of Bayfield began searching for better options. It took...

DATE: March 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

SkillsUSA competition spotlights students who know their way around a table saw

Dylan Burress, 19, a Bayfield High School senior, has made Netflix binge-watching sessions a little more classy in the family living room with a walnut and cherry television stand. “It’s by far the...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Downtown Durango Ambassadors will return in effort to curb panhandling

Efforts to reduce belligerent or unsafe behaviors of panhandlers downtown will begin March 17 when Downtown Ambassadors make their first appearance of 2018 – asking shoppers to donate to charities...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program boosts 5 regional firms

Five new businesses have been selected to participate in a business-accelerator program that has helped seed 19 different Southwest Colorado firms with $4.7 million in investments and created 75...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Top professors at Fort Lewis College protected from cuts

Potential budget cuts of up to $4.5 million at Fort Lewis College will not eliminate majors or layoff tenured or tenure-track professors, President Dene Thomas said Friday at a Board of Trustees...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Education

Program boosts college readiness for Native American students in Southwest Colorado

“You don’t have to go through this alone.” With that simple statement, Torey Archuleta, a Fort Lewis College freshmen majoring in elementary education, explained the greatest benefit she had...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Family of New Mexican tea lovers to open shop in downtown Durango

A family of New Mexico tea lovers plans to open its first shop in Colorado in the Main Avenue space previously occupied by Stuart’s of Durango. Bailey Huffmon said about 50 percent of The Old...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Passenger numbers flat for 2017 at Durango-La Plata County Airport

Dry conditions aren’t just worrying the region’s fire agencies – they’re also cited as a big factor in explaining why passenger traffic at the Durango-La Plata County Airport dropped slightly in...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Teacher shortage hits rural school districts in Four Corners

You can imagine the conversation is awkward. After July 1 of each year, Durango School District 9-R Superintendent Dan Snowberger has an agreement to call neighboring superintendents whenever one...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office to use drones in some emergency calls

With an eye toward assessing emergencies more quickly and with less danger to responding deputies, La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith said he will allow the use of drones in certain situations....

DATE: Jan. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roadkill for dinner: Residents save a few bucks by harvesting meat

With the end of rutting season for deer and elk, many a motorist has seen roadkill along the shoulders of U.S. highways 160 and 550, and the more frugal drivers may have wondered: Hey, can I...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors