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Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Balloon game played at Durango High School pep rally raises concerns

A balloon game some Durango High School athletes played during a pep rally Friday has riled some students and parents over its inappropriate nature, prompting the principal to email an apology to...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Workers hurt by partial government shutdown can apply for help

Federal workers and contractors in La Plata County still feeling the financial pinch from the partial government shutdown in December and January can apply for assistance through the Community...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Postcard-style mural approved for building on north Main Avenue

A postcard-style mural featuring iconic symbols of Durango is expected to adorn the side of a marketing agency near north Main Avenue and 26th Street this spring. The mural, called...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Schools rethink discipline, with focus on learning and empathy

Regional schools are looking at new methods for dealing with troubling behavior, including adopting restorative practices that turn disciplinary actions into learning experiences that promote...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Red flag’ law could help lower suicide rates

Colorado’s controversial “red flag” gun bill, a measure that would allow law enforcement to remove firearms from those who may pose a threat, could help reduce the state’s high number of suicides. ...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Youth screened regularly for vision, hearing. What about mental health?

Universal mental health screenings in Colorado schools could be one way to address the growing problem of youth suicide. The basic tests could function like vision and hearing screenings to alert...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Couple living near Oxford may have died in murder-suicide

Two people are suspected to have died in a murder-suicide Sunday afternoon south of Oxford, according to the La Plata County Coroner. Coroner Jann Smith identified Gloria Casias, 63, and her...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City: Condemnation never threatened to build Animas River Trail north

The city of Durango never used the threat of condemnation while planning the northern extension of the Animas River Trail as alleged by a resident, Durango’s Parks and Recreation director told a...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Irene Barry knew what to do when a gunman entered her school

Irene Barry is on a mission to promote active-shooter training after living through the December 2017 shooting at Aztec High School. Barry, an English teacher who lives in La Plata County, couldn’t...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Affordable housing waiting list to open for new applicants

High demand for affordable housing kept a Southwest Colorado nonprofit from opening its waiting list for federally funded housing vouchers for residents with disabilities for seven years. But the...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide-prevention bill would allow youths 12 and up to seek their own care

Children as young as 12 may be allowed to seek mental health care without their parents’ consent if a bill pending this year in the Colorado Legislature is approved. The proposed law, HB 19 1120 ,...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Has snowy winter delivered economic rebound from 416 Fire?

A wet winter is helping jump-start the Durango economy after the 416 Fire. Deep snow is drawing more skiers and snowboarders this winter to Purgatory Resort compared to last year, and more...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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