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Durango homeless camp protest starts fourth day

Durango City Councilors expect to discuss homeless camping near Greenmount Cemetery on Tuesday, as residents of the site continue to protest the rules put in place by the city. The city requires...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study looks at how burning, thinning improve forest health

Returning more of the San Juan National Forest to a healthy and resilient state will require more proactive thinning and managed fires. “When we have a resilient ecosystem, it reduces the potential...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health care exchange rates stabilizing

Customers who purchase insurance through the state health care exchange could see smaller rate increases than in previous years, and some rates could decline. Across the state, insurance rates...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Floods cover roads, property and train tracks north of Durango

Floods and mudslides that emergency workers feared since rains started to hit the 416 Fire burn scar arrived Tuesday afternoon, with significant debris flows across U.S. Highway 550, railroad...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ash blamed for fish kill in Animas River

An ash flow likely caused a small fish kill in the Animas River north of Durango, and it is likely more fish will die as ash flows into the river from the 416 Fire burn scar. Leah Espinosa and her...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribute to 416 Fire bear cub wins hearts at Carve Wars

PURGATORY – Wood chips and the buzz of chain saws filled the air Saturday as seven competitors turned rough wood into art during Carve Wars at Purgatory Resort. After closing for a month during the...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents call for additional testing at proposed homeless camp

The city of Durango may test for radon at a proposed homeless camp, but residents and the state health department say the test will not answer all the questions about radioactive materials on the...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman lends an ear to homeless teens

Durango resident Loretta Meushaw was volunteering at her first Rainbow Family Gathering in 1998 when she was struck by the homeless teenagers who attended. “I just didn’t have an idea about the...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Flood risk around Durango could extend through next week

Intense thunderstorms could bring large debris flows down streams on the southern end of the 416 Fire burn scar into neighborhoods, La Plata County officials told a crowd Saturday evening at Miller...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Anglers asked to pick right time of day to avoid stressing fish

Fish in streams and rivers across Southwest Colorado are likely stressed as water levels dwindle. Low flows and high temperatures lead to lower dissolved oxygen levels in the water, which can be...

DATE: July 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association in talks with three solar developers

New solar projects could be built in the region, despite limits La Plata Electric Association’s wholesale supplier places on the renewable energy the co-op can purchase. Three serious proposals...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Flash flood watch in effect for 416 Fire burn scar

The risk of flooding near the 416 Fire is expected to persist Saturday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the 416 Fire burn scar from noon until 9 p.m. Saturday. The...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News