Bret Hauff

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Chapman Hill opens to sledders for sneak preview

Chapman Hill opened last weekend to anyone who wanted to ride a tube down the snow-covered hillside. For the first time, the Durango Parks and Recreation Department rented tubes to anyone who wants...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Longtime federal magistrate David West to hang up the robe

If David West had a choice, he’d laugh. Not in the courtroom, of course, where he has worked for 32 years as a magistrate with the U.S. District Court in Durango. Judges, lawyers and friends...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nine new police officers ready for duty

It’s a tough time to be a police officer. At least that’s how Doug Parker, director of the Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy, sees it. “In the past few years, a wave of criticism has...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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