Bret Hauff

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Need a tree? Take the train

The San Juan Mountains are chock-full of trees. So many, in fact, that the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has to cut some down to help prevent potential wildfires. Now, as the holiday...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Using a sandbox and computer program, firefighters predict disasters

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District doesn’t handle a lot of calls – fewer than 1,000 a year, said Chief Bruce Evans. And while there is no substitute for on-the-job experience, the fire...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two-week motions hearing underway in Mark Redwine murder case

Mark Redwine, a Vallecito man accused of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, is appearing this week and next week in court for a two-week motions hearing to determine what will be allowed at trial...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango lands LEED certification

Durango has been identified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design city, giving staff a new means of measuring and maintaining water consumption,...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield man gets prison time for chasing ATV driver

A Bayfield man whose was described as a nuisance to neighbors in the Forest Lakes subdivision, including running at least one resident off the road with his vehicle, was sentenced Friday to three...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Caregiver gets jail time for stealing from at-risk adult

A La Plata County woman was sentenced Thursday to 27 days in jail and six years of probation after pleading guilty to theft from an at-risk adult. Elizabeth Graham did not speak in 6th Judicial...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango takes grease, makes electricity

Fried turkey is often a staple of Thanksgiving meals, but making one produces a pesky byproduct: used oil. Dumping it down the drain can cause all kinds of problems for residents and for the city...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thursday’s storm in Southwest Colorado the first of many

Stay tuned for more snow – that’s the message from the National Weather Service. Thursday’s storm is just one of many in the forecast for Southwest Colorado in the coming week, said meteorologist...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council gives final OK to e-bikes

Durango City Council has directed staff to revamp a long-standing ban on motorized vehicles on city trails, a rule change that will allow electric bicycles, or e-bikes, on paved trails in the city....

DATE: Nov. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmates with mental illnesses await treatment

A Navy veteran charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer was kept in the La Plata County Jail for almost three months after a judge ordered she be transfered to a mental health...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory opens to one of best snowpacks ever, manager says

Tyler Jasmer was stoked. It was the day before Purgatory Resort opened Saturday, and he and his buddies had a plan to be first on the slopes: camp in the lift line. “This is a first time, but...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: More Sports

Durango rules on homelessness ‘starting a battle’

Durango is starting a battle – at least that’s how Donna Mae Baukat, co-founder and executive director of Community Compassion Outreach Inc., sees it. The city’s adversary: people without homes....

DATE: Nov. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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