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Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

City housing initiative fails to gain traction

A city of Cortez initiative meant to increase residential construction on vacant lots by reducing or waiving fees and taxes hasn’t gain much traction. Since the Cortez Housing Affordability and...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study of waste stream could help increase recycling

As Colorado strives to increase recycling rates statewide, Southwest Colorado governments want to develop opportunities to turn waste materials into marketable products. As a first step, the...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Cortez approves EV charging station

A city-backed charging station for electric vehicles could be installed at the Colorado Welcome Center by the end of the year. The Cortez City Council approved a contract with Living Solar on this...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal study to focus on regional broadband opportunity

A federally funded study could reveal some of the best ways to use improved internet service to bolster business across Southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. The U.S. Department of...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Designs for south side park in Cortez near completion

Designs for a new $4.5 million park on the site of the old Montezuma-Cortez High School are expected to be finished by the end of the year. However, a date for starting construction has not been...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Jared Polis and Fort Lewis College voice support for DACA

Gov. Jared Polis and Fort Lewis College are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and its protections for undocumented immigrants brought to...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Town Board deadlocks over marijuana

The Dolores Town Board’s debate on whether to legalize in-town sale of marijuana was a story of threes that failed to reach resolution. The board had three options, voted three times and each vote...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Jared Polis targets soaring costs of higher education

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis rolled out a plan Tuesday to combat the high cost of college tuition across the state, and in doing so, highlighted Fort Lewis College’s work to help students financially....

DATE: Nov. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Volunteers aim to ban single-use plastic bags in Durango

A new volunteer group says banning single-use plastic bags in Durango would reduce local waste that contributes to a massive global plastic pollution problem. The group plans to lobby Durango City...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County veterans center saves 15 lives in first year

The Veterans Outreach Center of La Plata County, which opened last year to help address the physical and mental health needs of those who have served, has stabilized 15 veterans who were...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County voter turnout spiked Tuesday

Tax increases, sports betting and school board races spurred far more La Plata County residents to cast ballots in this year’s election than in 2017 – the last comparable election, said Clerk and...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer line clog forced Lemon Head Hair Salon to close for two weeks

The owner of Lemon Head Hair Salon said she’s trying to get back on her feet after a city sewer line flooded her business, forcing it to close for two weeks. Wastewater flowed into the business for...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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