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Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

La Plata County Sheriff’s lieutenant shoots himself in leg

A La Plata County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant seriously injured himself during firearms training last week. Lt. Gary Boudreau accidentally shot himself in the leg during a training session with a...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Schools house teachers as recruitment, compensation tools

As a teacher shortage persists statewide, La Plata County school districts are grappling with high housing costs and low teacher salaries, which can make filling positions challenging. Across the...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Men to don heels for Women’s Resource Center fundraiser

The Women’s Resource Center is inviting men to step into high heels next week, not to walk a mile, but to sprint for a good cause. Racing in heels comes with some inherent dangers, mainly to...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Arts and Entertainment

New cases of vaping-related lung illness rise

New cases of a sudden and severe lung illness related to vaping have been reported in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah in the past week, as the number of cases in the United States rose to 300. Many...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College Foundation sets fundraising record

The Fort Lewis College Foundation brought in a record $4.6 million in donations in the last fiscal year for scholarships, athletics, research, building construction and other projects. “Every...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango 9-R test scores show low growth among middle school students

Durango School District 9-R’s state test scores were a mix of strong academic growth and some points of concern, particularly among middle school students. “We had points to celebrate. We had...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Computer modeling improves replacement of ailing shoulders

Anne Palmer, 64, was in pain for months after falling off a ladder this winter and injuring her shoulder. The accident forced her to confront the fact the cartilage in her shoulder had completely...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Effort abandoned to set up winter homeless shelters

A Durango faith-based alliance has abandoned plans to set up temporary winter shelters for homeless residents, but it is not giving up on establishing a permanent homeless shelter. The Neighbors in...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District embarks on mission to improve student achievement

Thousands of students returned to school Tuesday in Durango pumped with nervous energy and excitement. First-year fifth grade teacher Katie Ames expected to roll with the chaos on the first day at...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Education

Permanent, affordable housing hitting Durango market

New homes for sale or under construction in Durango could provide permanent affordable housing for a lucky few. The 10 new homes are expected to fill a growing need in the community for affordable...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Jared Polis welcomes Durango students back to school

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis surprised hundreds of Park Elementary School students by welcoming them back to school Tuesday morning and personally wishing some good luck on their studies. Third...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

More electric vehicles suited for Southwest Colorado expected to hit market

Drivers looking to buy a new electric vehicle are limited mostly to cars, but a new state rule could ensure more SUVs, Jeeps and other models better suited to the Southwest Colorado lifestyle are...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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