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Food hub sets its sights on Southwest Colorado

More locally harvested produce could make it onto plates across La Plata County next fall through a new food hub. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently granted the Durango Regional Food...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rohwer’s Farm offers peppers for every palate

Pepper heads looking to add heat to their dishes as cold weather sets in can find a wide variety of peppers at Rohwer’s Farm stand at the Durango Farmers Market. Heidi Rohwer planted 50 varieties...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Living

Durango sees budget shortfall on the horizon

Basic city services such as street maintenance, 911 communications and police operations may face a budget shortfall come 2020. Sales-tax collections and other revenue streams aren’t expected to...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-La Plata County Airport plans terminal remodel to aid airline staff

The Durango-La Plata County Airport may remodel part of its terminal next year to improve space used by airline staff members. The airport expects to spend $465,000 on the remodel and $350,000 on...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lake Nighthorse may open for recreation in 2018

After many years of planning and anticipation, Lake Nighthorse is expected to open in 2018. But the city of Durango must annex the lake on County Road 210 and finish several construction projects...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Diamond J Western wear shop opens on Main in downtown Durango

Sparkling belts, hats, shirts and Western bling of all kinds fill the walls and counters of Diamond J Apparel. The shop opened on the 1000 block of Main Avenue in the middle of September,...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Business

Manufacturing hits 16-year high in La Plata County

Manufacturing is a small piece of Durango’s economy, but it is growing at such a healthy pace that employment for manufacturing jobs hit a 16-year high in 2016 in La Plata County. “There is a...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

As overdose deaths rise, Colorado plans addiction-prevention efforts

With the opioid epidemic reaching unprecedented national levels and more heroin flowing into Southwest Colorado, additional addiction-prevention work is set to start this fall. In October, 12...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

CenturyLink describes efforts to improve regional internet

Efforts to improve rural internet service across the region are underway, but not all residents are experiencing better service. CenturyLink received $159 million in federal funding to improve...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango inventor combines music, robots and booze

The two most popular guests at a party are probably a robot and alcohol. One fascinates people and the other can make people fascinating. Ryan Finnigan, a mechanical tinkerer, is also likely...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango 100 percent renewable by 2050?

A petition calling for the city to commit to transitioning to 100 percent locally produced and renewable electricity by 2050 has garnered hundreds of signatures. In addition to cutting carbon...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Immigration announcement sparks fear, concern and hope

A group of Fort Lewis College students and faculty made an impassioned plea for action Tuesday evening after President Donald Trump announced earlier in the day that he plans to phase out the...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News