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Memorial Day ceremony focuses on soldiers lost in the Middle East

Durangoans marked Memorial Day by remembering those who have died in the Middle East over the last 16 years. “We remember and honor the sacrifice of all those who lost their lives serving our...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quilter honors brother killed in World War II

Pat Akers was devastated after her brother Robert Ghann was killed crossing the Atlantic in 1942 when his ship was torpedoed during World War II. Crafting quilts with the La Plata Quilters Guild...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Memorial nears completion for fallen Blue Angels pilot

A memorial for Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, a Durango native and Blue Angels pilot, is nearing completion in Tennessee. “It sounds like it’s going to be a beautiful tribute to his life and to the Blue...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council approves sit-lie ban

Durango City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that prohibits anyone from sitting or lying down on downtown sidewalks, curbs and other public areas. The law will provide another...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide prevention bill passes Colorado Legislature

A bill that will provide schools with grant funding for suicide prevention programs was approved by the state Legislature on the last day of the session this week. State Rep. Barbara McLachlan,...

DATE: May 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado bill would start grants for suicide prevention in schools

More suicide prevention funding could be available to school districts across the state if a bill pending in the Colorado Senate is approved. State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, Sen. Don...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County installs public art at fairgrounds

Prancing and rearing steel horses were installed Monday at the entrance to the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Two donors gifted the public art pieces, La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham said. ...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Cataract surgery evolves to make vision even sharper

A new tool at Four Corners Eye Clinic ensures that surgeons can more precisely replace lenses in the eyes of cataract patients. The clinic’s intraoperative aberrometer, or ORA, allows doctors to...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Successful fundraiser to house homeless woman inspires campaign

Durango photographer Kyla Jenkinson raised enough money in three days on GoFundMe to house her homeless friend for three months. She launched the online campaign the day before Christmas Eve –...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High students aim to end teen isolation

Bullying and feelings of isolation can follow teenagers home from school through social media and students across La Plata County want that to end. “Some kids experience (post-traumatic stress...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council may prohibit sitting or lying on sidewalks

A potential city ordinance could prohibit everyone from sitting or lying down on city sidewalks, but advocates worry it targets the poor. The law could improve safety downtown, especially for...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit, backed by funding, looks to reduce DUIs

As the number of people who died in crashes caused by alcohol or drugs rises statewide, a coalition in La Plata County is forming to encourage responsible driving. In 2016, 191 people in Colorado...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News