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Increased marketing aims to bring in tourists

Marketing efforts will ramp up this summer in an effort to reverse the financial harm caused by the 416 Fire and bring tourists to Durango. Durango’s streets have been fairly quiet in recent weeks...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Burned bear cub gains international attention, seen as symbol of hope

The story of a burned bear cub found near the southwest end of the 416 Fire has garnered international attention and resonated with readers, who suggested a range of fire-inspired names for the...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Emergency aid being doled out for hourly workers affected by 416 Fire

After weeks of fundraising, Community Emergency Relief Fund aid will reach hourly workers who lost their jobs or wages in the wake of the 416 Fire. The Community Foundation Serving Southwest...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy targets emerging epidemic of fragile bone fractures

Mercy Regional Medical Center is aiming to reduce the number of broken bones osteoporosis patients suffer as the population ages. The National Orthopedic Association describes the 2 million...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thermal imaging guides 416 Fire decisions

Aerial infrared maps tell the striking story of how the intense flames of the 416 Fire consumed 7,180 acres in eight days. The precise images taken by U.S. Forest Service planes each night help to...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke may be here for a while. Is it dangerous?

Heavy smoke is expected to blanket the region during the late evenings and early mornings for as long as the 416 and Burro fires roar through the San Juan National Forest. With it come fine...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango repeals limits on jury trials

Durango City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to repeal a law that prohibited residents facing a fine for low-level criminal offenses from requesting a jury trial. The American Civil Liberties...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City won’t study uranium health risks before opening homeless camp

A planned homeless camp expected to open near the Durango Dog Park may pose health risks to residents, but the city does not plan to assess potential hazards before allowing people to sleep on the...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State measures aim to address opioids as deaths continue to rise

New state laws seek to prevent patients from developing an opioid addition, expand access to addiction treatment and direct lawmakers to continue studying the problem for two more years. The scope...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Effort to recall Commissioner Gwen Lachelt cost county tens of thousands

The effort to recall La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt cost the county government about $31,000. The campaign to recall Lachelt ended last week after petitioners fell 36 signatures short of...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three bears euthanized for breaking into homes

A bear and her two yearlings were trapped and euthanized Tuesday after breaking into multiple homes during the past three weeks in Durango. The bears had either broken into or attempted to break...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quick air attack, hot-shot crews helped subdue 358 Fire

Hitting the 358 Fire northeast of Durango hard and fast with helicopters, planes and Hotshot crews helped control and contain it. The fire was started on private property Friday afternoon by...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News