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Intersection art to be scaled back for lack of grant

Artists will have to scale back plans for an art installation planned for a busy intersection in Durango after the city missed out on a grant worth thousands of dollars. The new installation at...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Experts to host community dinner to discuss homelessness

The criminalization of homelessness, hunger and housing will be among some of the big topics of community discussion at a dinner today that will feature a talk by a senior lawyer from the National...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Donations spike on Colorado Gives Day in Southwest Colorado

Donors gave more to nonprofits in Southwest Colorado than they did last year for Colorado Gives Day. Across a five-county region, 67 nonprofits received $231,471 from a total of 1,457 donations,...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College students study what motivates young voters

Fort Lewis College students examined the factors that motivate young people to vote during a semester that featured a highly contentious midterm election. Turnout among young voters in La Plata...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Co-op seeks to change Tri-State rules to boost renewable energy buying power

A Front Range electrical co-op is asking La Plata Electric Association for help in changing the restrictive rules imposed by electrical wholesale supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission....

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Groups plan how to help those with special needs during emergencies

During the Lightner Creek Fire in 2017, some residents with disabilities left their homes without medications and supplies. Evacuees were able to obtain medications they needed by receiving early...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide-prevention efforts to expand next year in La Plata County

Efforts to address the high rate of suicides in La Plata County will expand in scope next year, community group representatives said Thursday at a forum. A panel of six experts highlighted new...

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

Recovery group helps young people establish new lifestyles

Candice Seay started drinking when she was 10. In 2016, at age 26, she quit and found that a support network was key to recovering from her addiction. “I didn’t feel alone anymore,” she said. Since...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy Regional Medical Center to devote more time to sexual assault services

Mercy Regional Medical Center will expand staff hours dedicated to victims of sexual assault thanks to a state grant it will receive in January. Mercy will receive $75,000 from the grant, allowing...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Former heroin addict becomes hooked on fly fishing

Fly fishing is the “religion” that Dolores resident James Brooks says helped save him from his heroin addiction. “I needed something that was challenging, but there was no pressure on me if I...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless campers hope to earn right to stay west of town

A handful of homeless campers living west of Durango hope to earn the right to stay where they are, rather than be displaced again. Gina and Brian Whitten and Patricia Hollenbeck cleaned up one of...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide-prevention work seeks partnership with gun shops

Most of the residents who died by suicide last year in La Plata County used a firearm. Guns were also used in nearly half of the more than 10,000 deaths by suicide that happened in Colorado...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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