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Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Empire Electric’s energy supplier funded firm that fought clean air rules

Empire Electric Association’s wholesale energy supplier is one of more than 20 companies that funded a lobbying firm devoted to fighting environmental protections. The lobbying firm, Utility Air...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Summer gas prices expected to crest north of $3

Gas prices are expected to break $3 per gallon in Southwest Colorado during the summer driving holidays according to AAA. The last time gas prices broke $3 in Colorado was October 2014, said Skyler...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grass fire contained near Highway 172

A grass fire burned 25 to 30 acres Saturday afternoon near Highway 172 and County Road 222 in the Florida River Valley. Despite strong winds, the fire was fully contained before 5 p.m., although...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fundraiser settles lunch debt for students

Miller Middle School announced it would serve partial lunches to students who owed $8 or more to the cafeteria this week, prompting a school employee to start a Facebook fundraiser to pay off their...

DATE: April 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 55 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Obesity rates rise in La Plata and Montezuma counties

Too much fat and sugar may be catching up with residents in La Plata and Montezuma counties, causing obesity rates to rise slowly but steadily, a report by County Health Rankings found. About 17...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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

After years of public controversy about how to deal with homelessness in town, the city of Durango and La Plata County have hired a consulting firm to help officials and community members tackle...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

State could increase funding for affordable housing, without a tax increase

Millions of dollars could be made available to build affordable housing across Colorado, including Montezuma and La Plata counties, with a bill making its way through the state Legislature. House...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

A shot of moisture in forecast for Southwest Colorado

A spring storm is expected to move into the region Tuesday evening, bringing a shot of moisture to Montezuma and La Plata and counties. Forecasters are calling for only a tenth of an inch of rain...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durangoan supports charity work in India with baked goods

Lessons learned during the U.S. recession helped Bernie David, a part-time Durangoan, form a sustainable nonprofit in India focused on helping women from the poorest backgrounds learn vocational...

DATE: April 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School music students receive $1,500 in new gear

Animas High School students broke out in spontaneous line dancing Friday as a bluegrass band jammed in the school’s parking lot. Songs From The Road, a band from Asheville, North Carolina, visited...

DATE: April 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Education

CDOT says resurfaced highways held up during tough winter

The Colorado Department of Transportation says sections of U.S. highways 160 and 550 that were resurfaced two years ago in Durango held up well during the harsh winter, despite cracks and potholes...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial date set in large-scale marijuana bust

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Blackburn set an August trial date Monday for four suspects facing felony charges in connection with illegal marijuana cultivation in Montezuma County. Jimmy Dang,...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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