Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Motels converted into long-term housing on north Main Avenue

Life as a homeless camper “wasn’t easy” for Bella Brown. Once, while living outdoors near Durango, her tent collapsed in the snow. She propped it up with her walking sticks. Brown has been homeless...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Business

Degree maps could save Pueblo Community College students money

A new agreement between Pueblo Community College and Fort Lewis College could save transfer students time and money on their degrees. The two schools designed maps for PCC students in 18 different...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fire station expansion behind schedule

A major expansion of the fire station near northern city limits is running several months behind schedule. Durango Fire Protection District planned to finish the expansion by June, but the snowy...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire dispatchers choreograph emergency response on federal lands

While smoke from wildfire isn’t dominating the skies in Southwest Colorado this summer, lightning has sparked blazes on Missionary Ridge and near Dolores. Fighting those fires can require...

DATE: July 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers chide Tri-State for not disclosing federal regulation plans

State lawmakers are calling for Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Southwest Colorado’s wholesale electricity supplier, to delay a vote on pursuing federal regulations of electrical rates...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Soup kitchen takes big step to offer more fresh produce

A greenhouse under construction near Manna, Durango’s soup kitchen, will increase the fresh ingredients available for meals served to Durango’s poorest residents. The garden supplied Swiss chard,...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New neighborhood park west of Durango misses mark

A partially collapsed and fenced-off tennis court stands on the edge of a dried-out field in the Durango West 1 subdivision, in an area originally envisioned as a gathering place for residents,...

DATE: July 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Faith-based alliance seeks temporary shelters for homeless

A Durango faith-based alliance is working to set up temporary day and night shelters to offer homeless residents a refuge next winter. The Neighbors in Need Alliance plans to set up the shelters by...

DATE: July 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Undocumented’ Fort Lewis College students can apply for state financial aid

A new Colorado law could make an education at Fort Lewis College more affordable for “undocumented” students. The measure approved by the Legislature this spring, House Bill 19-1196 , lets students...

DATE: July 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Team at Axis Health System to focus on young patients with psychosis

Young people experiencing psychosis for the first time will be offered care through a single-purpose team at Axis Health System as part of a concerted effort to reach those with schizophrenia and...

DATE: July 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Climber injured at Cascade Falls north of Durango

A climber was seriously injured Friday afternoon after falling 30 feet in Cascade Falls, according to La Plata County Search and Rescue. The man fell about 1:30 p.m., and crews were getting ready...

DATE: July 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Draft goals released for how to address homelessness in Durango

Draft goals for tackling homelessness in La Plata County call for more housing, greater understanding of the issue and more services with a higher quality to assist homeless residents. Durango City...

DATE: July 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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