Position: Herald Staff Writer

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

Sun sets on Del Sol clothing shop on Main Avenue in Durango

Eileen Maddox, owner of Del Sol, a clothing shop at 858 Main Ave., plans to close the store at the end of January, but she will remain in Durango and plans to spend more time with her...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

If the Front Range’s economy is a racehorse, Southwest Colorado’s is a plow horse

Can the natural gas industry pull itself off the canvas to once again be an engine for the Four Corners economy? Will Colorado’s 90-cent increase to the minimum wage, which took effect Monday, help...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Expect moderate gas price increases in 2018

How high will gas prices go in 2018? Experts say consumers are likely to pay more for gasoline in the upcoming year, but market forces are in place moderating those increases and make it unlikely...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Three horses struck by car on U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango

Three horses owned by La Plata County rancher Ed Zink were killed earlier this week after being hit on U.S. Highway 550 in the Animas Valley, several miles north of Durango. Zink said he has...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coram, McLachlan prepare agendas for Legislature’s opening day

Although the Colorado General Assembly usually sees the most fervent action late in its sessions, state Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, and state Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, are gearing up for...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News