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Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

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ATF, accelerant-sniffing dog assist in Durango fire investigation

The investigation into the cause of a fire that engulfed 1111 Camino del Rio just before midnight Sunday was ongoing Tuesday. “It’s a huge scene to process,” said Deputy Chief Randy Black with the...

DATE: May 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Tourism office promotes crafted beverages

The outlook for tourism is bright for summer, but the social experience for Durango residents is changing as tourism grows, experts said at the spring tourism briefing. Lodgers tax collections...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Escalante Middle School student found dead

An Escalante Middle School student was found dead in his home Tuesday morning. The 15-year-old boy was found by his parents at their home on the 8000 block of U.S. Highway 550, a La Plata County...

DATE: May 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ruedi Bear remembered as entrepreneur, champion skier

A former owner of Trimble Hot Springs, Ruedi Bear, was remembered Friday as an entrepreneur who loved jazz and skiing. Bear, 72, died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday evening south of Mancos, where...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Two injured when motorcycle hits coyote

A man and woman on a motorcycle hit a coyote near the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and Colorado Highway 151, east of Chimney Rock, shortly before 5 p.m. The two were taken to Mercy Regional...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Southwest Colorado snowpack highest level in 9 years

Snowpack across Southwest Colorado is at the highest level since 2008. The San Miguel, Mancos, Dolores, Animas, La Plata and San Juan river basins all are above 100 percent of normal snowpack,...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Southwest Innovation Corridor builds startup culture

A new effort is underway to coordinate and encourage technology startup companies in Southwest Colorado because they are environmentally friendly and could bring high-paying jobs to the region. ...

DATE: March 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Understanding sandstone creates oil industry opportunity

Durangoans Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell have carved out a niche for themselves in the oil and gas industry as researchers and consultants helping companies determine if it is economically viable to...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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One pedestrian dead, one injured on Main Avenue

One pedestrian was killed and another was taken to the hospital Saturday after being hit on Main Avenue near 21st Street.A driver in a white Chevrolet Suburban with a Texas license plate was...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Vantiv, with Durango office, named nation’s top payment processor

Vantiv on Thursday was named the top payment processor in the country. The company, that has its second-largest office in Durango, processed more debit and credit transactions than any other...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Bennet vows to fight president on immigration, climate change

Sen. Michael Bennet vowed to fight federal cuts to health care and clean air and water protections during a packed town hall meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel on Friday morning. He also called for...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ski Town Computing seizure a misunderstanding, owner says

The state of Colorado this week temporarily seized Ski Town Computing for allegedly failing to pay sales taxes. A letter dated March 7 posted on Ski Town ’s front door stated the business owed the...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business