Bret Hauff

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Rosie the Riveter memorialized in Durango

Shelly Hartney was in sixth grade in 1945 when the United States and Allied powers defeated Nazi-occupied Germany, imperial Japan and the Axis powers. She grew up in a wealthy neighborhood and felt...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 16 hours 30 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Democratic U.S. Senate hopefuls start long campaign in SW Colorado

Some may consider the Front Range a mecca for Colorado state and federal politics. Durango and the Western Slope can often feel shortchanged. But that changed for a few hours Saturday afternoon at...

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

Ethics board to investigate complaint against Durango city manager

Durango’s Board of Ethics opened an inquiry Wednesday into whether City Manager Ron LeBlanc violated ethics rules when he sold his house with a brokerage co-owned by a city councilor. A complaint...

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

Man who murdered LGBTQ teen in Cortez is released from prison

A Farmington man who admitted in the early 2000s to beating and killing Fred “F.C.” Martinez Jr., what some have considered a hate crime against the LGBTQ community, has been released from prison...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man to face judgment for 2018 assault

A Durango man who admitted to assaulting someone last year is now competent to face legal proceedings after spending months in a state mental health facility, court documents show. La Plata County...

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

Citizenship question lands in Durango residents’ mailbox

Sue and Jack Eberhart were a bit confused when the U.S. Census Bureau asked if they were citizens. “THIS IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ON THIS FORM,” Sue wrote on Page 8, Question 8 of the federal...

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

K-9 Jimmy retires from La Plata Sheriff’s Office after 35 (dog) years

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday lost a loyal deputy and his 35 years’ experience to retirement. Dog years, that is. K-9 Jimmy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, became the county’s...

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

Roofer who scammed dozens sentenced to prison

A fraudulent roofer who scammed more than a dozen La Plata County residents out of thousands of dollars each was sentenced Thursday in Grand Junction to eight years in prison after being found...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man charged with child sex assault

A Durango man has been charged with sexual assault on a child about two weeks after a girl accused him of inviting her into his home and touching her without consent, according to law enforcement....

DATE: Aug. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec man charged after chase, crash into sheriff’s vehicle

An Aztec man who allegedly led police on a miles-long high-speed chase and crashed into a sheriff’s deputy earlier this month has been charged with two felonies. Law enforcement say Wade Anderson,...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Manager Ron LeBlanc announces retirement

Durango City Manager Ron LeBlanc, who has served as the city’s top administrator for more than a decade, announced this week he plans to retire early next year. The announcement came Tuesday...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Second ethics complaint filed with city of Durango

An ethics complaint was filed this week with the Durango Clerk’s Office, the second allegation of wrongdoing in less than a month. The two complaints – one filed Aug. 2 and the second submitted...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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