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Durango will replace traditional lights with LEDs in downtown areas

The city of Durango and the Business Improvement District will spend $85,000 this year to install hundreds of new lights downtown because they are more efficient and last longer – and end up saving...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango City Council proposes homeless shelters instead of a camp

Durango City Council has backed away from establishing a formally designated campground for homeless residents and instead is considering setting up shelters in churches, city buildings, county...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 29 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

The Rock Lounge has summit in sight after a tough climb

After months of construction, The Rock Lounge, a rock climbing gym, plans to reopen in two weeks at a new location on east 30th Street in Durango. The new training space will fill a void that was...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Colorado Legislature could address nursing shortage

Southwest Colorado Community College could help alleviate a nursing shortage if the Colorado Legislature approves a law this spring that would grant community colleges the ability to offer...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Social workers in training get hands-on experience in Four Corners

Social work students must learn a variety of disciplines – public health, psychology and law, to name a few – but learning empathy and how to respect cultures may be one of the most important...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

In fight against opioid abuse, doctors in Southwest Colorado reduce prescriptions

Preventing opioid addiction can start in a doctor’s office, which is why hospitals and clinics across the region are cutting back on prescribing opioids such as codeine and oxycodone. More than...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man suspected of slashing another man’s face pleads not guilty

A Durango man suspected of slashing another man’s face pleaded not guilty Friday in 6th Judicial District Court. Sean Christopher Giovanni is suspected of using a razor blade, possibly a box...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Statewide plan sets five-year goal to end hunger

A plan to end hunger across the state in five years aims to connect those struggling to buy food with federal assistance programs. Hunger is a widespread problem with nearly one in 10 people in...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health insurance for low-income children, pregnant women secured

Health care insurance for low-income children and pregnant women across Colorado will stay in place for years to come after a vote by U.S. Congress this week. Uncertainty had swirled for months...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

10-year-old boy killed in crash involving school bus near Durango

A 10-year-old boy was killed in a traffic crash Wednesday south of Durango that involved four vehicles, including a Durango School District 9-R bus, said Colorado State Patrol Capt. Adrian...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fewer residents benefit from mortgage assistance in SW Colorado

Mortgage assistance through the HomesFund is designed to help working families buy homes, but as housing prices rise, it is tougher for the nonprofit to aid residents. The number of households the...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Enrollment in Colorado health exchange increased this year

Enrollment in the state health exchange is strong regionally and statewide, despite federal efforts in 2017 to roll back the Affordable Care Act, including the recent elimination of a tax penalty...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News