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Fort Lewis College builds foundation for enrollment growth

Fort Lewis College President Tom Stritikus this week welcomed thousands of students back to a campus with a renewed vision for growth after years of declining enrollment. Stritikus started last...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bears cause two crashes in two days involving same family

Bears caused two vehicle crashes in two days over Labor Day weekend in La Plata County – involving the same Texas family. “It blew my mind,” said Roxanne Kascak-Pendleton, a member of the family....

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Medicare for All explored as an alternative to the status quo

U.S. health care spending reached $3.65 trillion last year, a number that has residents nationally and in Southwest Colorado examining how the health industry could be reformed. Medicare for All is...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Poverty rates falling in Montezuma and La Plata counties

Child poverty rates in La Plata and Montezuma counties are falling, newly released data show. A report from the Colorado Children’s Campaign showed child poverty rates in La Plata County dropped...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear causes motorcycle crash on Highway 550, north of Durango

Two Texas residents were injured after a bear ran into their three-wheeled motorcycle Saturday night on U.S. Highway 550, north of Durango. The bear was crossing the highway south of Trimble Lane...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Faith-based group proposes lockers as safe storage for homeless residents

Large, stand-alone metal lockers could give homeless residents in Durango a safe place to store their belongings, while officials and nonprofits work on long-term housing solutions. The Neighbors...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will the rain come? Thunderstorms possible this week

Afternoon thunderstorms could return to the region this week, bringing some much-needed precipitation. The National Weather Service predicts a chance of rain every day through Friday. “Thursday...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s lieutenant shoots himself in leg

A La Plata County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant seriously injured himself during firearms training last week. Lt. Gary Boudreau accidentally shot himself in the leg during a training session with a...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Schools house teachers as recruitment, compensation tools

As a teacher shortage persists statewide, La Plata County school districts are grappling with high housing costs and low teacher salaries, which can make filling positions challenging. Across the...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Men to don heels for Women’s Resource Center fundraiser

The Women’s Resource Center is inviting men to step into high heels next week, not to walk a mile, but to sprint for a good cause. Racing in heels comes with some inherent dangers, mainly to...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Arts and Entertainment

New cases of vaping-related lung illness rise

New cases of a sudden and severe lung illness related to vaping have been reported in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah in the past week, as the number of cases in the United States rose to 300. Many...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College Foundation sets fundraising record

The Fort Lewis College Foundation brought in a record $4.6 million in donations in the last fiscal year for scholarships, athletics, research, building construction and other projects. “Every...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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