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Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Bill aims to lower state health exchange costs by 30 percent

A bill pending in the Colorado Legislature could lower insurance premiums for those who purchase insurance through the state health exchange. In La Plata County, about 3,000 people purchased...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, county may spend $70,000 on strategic plan to address homelessness

A government-led plan that could identify long-term solutions for homeless residents in Durango may get started this year after a lengthly delay stemming from the 416 Fire. Durango city councilors...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango homeless coalition mum on progress

Camping on public lands has been at the center of a heated debate for several years in Durango as residents and public officials grapple with insufficient shelter for people who are homeless. To...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 16 hours 38 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy hospital’s parent organization part of mega merger

Mercy Regional Medical Center is now part of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system by revenue. The hospital is one of 142 in the new nonprofit Catholic health system formed by the recent...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Electrical co-op challenges Tri-State buyout offer

La Plata Electric Association and other electrical co-ops may gain insight about buying out of a contract with their wholesale electrical supplier after the Colorado Public Utilities Commission...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Business

Silverton Skijoring races return despite storms

Skijoring races in Silverton on Saturday drew skiers, riders and eager observers despite low temperatures and snowy roads. As icy winds blew, riders on horseback raced down Blair Street pulling...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit expands plans for homeless village, campground

After learning that 110 students lacked permanent housing last school year in Durango, a group of advocates proposing a village to house homeless and impoverished residents is starting to think...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Shanta Foundation serving new villages in poorer, drier area of Myanmar

A Durango nonprofit that works with rural villagers in Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia, is expanding into a new region of the country under the direction of a new executive director. The...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Why are vaccination rates for children lagging in Southwest Colorado?

Children in Southwest Colorado are less likely to have all the vaccinations required by law compared with their peers in other areas of Colorado, according to a new report released by Children’s...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students learn to cope with crisis by focusing on strengths

While crafting decorations for a Tree of Life mural in a shared cafeteria, Big Picture High School students encouraged The Juniper School elementary students to think about how they deal with...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School students learn about suicide prevention

Animas High School students educated community members Monday about the importance of relationships in suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health. “Nobody is exempted from the right to...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cost of living outpaces a rising minimum wage

Minimum wage has been rising in Colorado since 2017, but the increases have not kept pace with the cost of living in La Plata County. The state minimum wage was $8.31 in 2016, and it is scheduled...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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