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Are region’s lodgers taxes too low?

The Durango Area Tourism Office plans to explore increasing the lodgers tax to boost the budget for marketing Durango to tourists and bring more visitors to the city. It’s a process that would...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet asks FCC for details about rural broadband work

The Federal Communications Commission has been slow to provide details to Sen. Michael Bennet about how CenturyLink is spending millions of dollars on publicly funded rural internet improvements....

DATE: Nov. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Warm temps prompt emergency ordinance for bear-strewn trash

Heftier fines for bear-strewn trash are making a come back, as warmer temperatures persist. The Durango City Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance Monday eliminating warnings for...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide summit focuses on how to talk about problems, feelings

Talking about suicide and asking about suicidal thoughts is hard. So audience members practiced at the Suicide Prevention Community Summit at Montezuma-Cortez High School. “We’re better off having...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five things to know about Colorado Connect for Health open enrollment

Federal funding cuts to insurance offered by state health care exchanges have raised questions about the coverage that would be available next year. While some people will see prices change,...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five things to know about Colorado Connect for Health open enrollment

Federal funding cuts to insurance offered by state health care exchanges have raised questions about the coverage that would be available next year. While some people will see prices change,...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wolf Creek Ski Area approved for new lift

Next season, skiers and snowboarders at Wolf Creek Ski Area could spend less time shuffling back to the Alberta Lift after venturing too far east. The U.S. Forest Service announced approval of the...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Ken Charles awarded for years of service in economic development

Hospital expansions, roads and preschools are among the hundreds of projects Ken Charles of Durango has worked on during his 29 years as a regional manager for the Colorado Department of Local...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Rendezvous Doughnuts on east 5th offers handmade treats

Brown butter vanilla bean and sea-salted caramel with house-cured bacon are some of the unique flavors at Rendezvous Doughnuts. “What I want to do is raise Durango’s palate for high-quality...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Eight starving dogs rescued in La Plata County

Eight starving dogs on the brink of death made a full recovery at the La Plata County Humane Society after they were seized from a home in rural La Plata County. “This was a clear case of abuse and...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trump’s health subsidy cuts may not hit local enrollment

Local organizations expect enrollment in the state’s health insurance exchange to be strong, despite President Donald Trump’s recent elimination of cost-sharing payments to insurance companies....

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Food hub sets its sights on Southwest Colorado

More locally harvested produce could make it onto plates across La Plata County next fall through a new food hub. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently granted the Durango Regional Food...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News