Herald Staff Report

16-year-old Bayfield girl who died in ATV crash identified

Authorities have identified a 16-year-old girl found dead after an ATV crash near Lemon Reservoir, but the cause of death remains unknown. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said Alyssa Fisher was...

DATE: July 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwestern Water Conservation District identifies replacement director

The Southwestern Water Conservation District seems to have identified a replacement for longtime director Bruce Whitehead, who retired earlier this year. Bob Wolff, president of the water district...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bonita Peak Superfund not affected by EPA shakeup

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a shakeup of the agency’s “Emphasis List” of Superfund sites across the country, but it appears the cleanup of mines leeching...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burnouts on 441 Fire a success, Forest Service says

Firefighters were successful with burnout operations on the 441 Fire north of Durango on Missionary Ridge, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday. Favorable weather conditions allowed burnouts along...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec woman dies in U.S. Highway 550 crash

A 47-year-old Aztec woman died Wednesday morning after a crash on U.S. Highway 550 near the Colorado-New Mexico state line. New Mexico State Police said in a news release the crash was reported...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango airport experiences busiest June ever

Durango-La Plata Airport recorded its busiest month ever in June, notching 37,743 departing passengers for the month. “We anticipated an increase in passenger traffic, but these record numbers are...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Heavy smoke may be visible with 441 Fire ‘burnout’ operations

A small team of firefighters worked Thursday to contain the approximately 50-acre, lightning-caused 441 Fire burning in the Missionary Ridge area between Durango and Lemon Reservoir. Firefighters...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire on Missionary Ridge allowed to burn for fire management purposes

A lightning-caused fire on Missionary Ridge will be allowed to burn to remove fuels that could feed future severe wildfires, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The 441 Fire was discovered July...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pueblo Community College Southwest names new executive dean

Samuel “Sam” Dosumu has been named the new executive dean for Pueblo Community College Southwest. He began the position July 1. Dosumu recently retired as the associate vice chancellor of academic...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two cases of livestock virus confirmed in La Plata County

Two cases of the vesicular stomatitis virus, a disease that primarily affects livestock, have been confirmed in La Plata County, according to state health officials. The Colorado Department of...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Official confirms Durango woman’s cause of death

A La Plata County official on Monday confirmed a Durango woman died by suicide on July 4. Jill Rebakah Williamson was at her home in Durango when she was found dead, said Coroner Jann Smith. No...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Authorities identify victims of fatal crash east of Bayfield

Law enforcement has identified two people killed in a head-on crash Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 160, east of Bayfield. The crash involved three vehicles shortly before 7 p.m. near mile marker...

DATE: July 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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