Bret Hauff

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Sean Smith wins second term as La Plata County sheriff

La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith won re-election Tuesday after taking a sizable lead against his Republican opponent, Charles Hamby, according to unofficial election results. “We’re looking...

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

Fort Lewis Mesa fire receives tax increase, freedom from state amendment

Voters in the Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District approved a property tax increase and a measure to free the district from the limits of the Gallagher Amendment, according to unofficial...

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

Rescue in the Rockies: Medevac team faces risks and rewards

The San Juan Mountains are like a riverbed – at least that’s how Matt Hansen, lead pilot for Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Flight for Life, describes it. The wind breaks over the peaks like...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

2 schools on heightened alert after police search for wanted man

A man with a warrant for his arrest fled from police Tuesday morning in northeast Durango, prompting police to place two schools on lockout. Police called off the search for Christopher Davis, 45,...

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

‘Home-free’ residents prepare for winter in Durango

Timothy Sargent is preparing for the cold months ahead. For him, staying warm is a matter of life and death. “It is so important to have someplace that you can go and be warm,” said Sargent, who...

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

Durango woman helps those who want a better life in the United States

Deedee de Haro-Brown is angry. She’s been that way for a while. She’s upset about immigration rhetoric, and, as an American of Mexican heritage, she takes some of the vitriol about people who...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Democrats rally in Durango

Democratic candidates for local, state and national offices rallied voters Saturday evening as part of the Colorado Democratic Party’s Colorado for All bus tour around the state. More than 150...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango drafts new sign code rules to be ‘content neutral’

The city of Durango has drafted a new sign code that allows businesses and residents to keep temporary signs up for an unlimited amount of time, regardless of their content. In other words, your...

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

City expands program to distribute bear-resistant garbage cans

The city of Durango is planning to spend $175,000 next year to purchase 600 bear-resistant trash cans for city residents, a step toward making the city less attractive to hungry bears and reducing...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dog dies in house fire southeast of Durango

A dog died in a house fire Wednesday night at the corner of county roads 301 and 304, southeast of Durango near Pastorius Reservoir, fire officials said. Fire crews responded to the scene around...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Newlywed Durango native almost lost husband in electrified canal

Durango native Taylor Gann, formerly Taylor Perry, and her newlywed husband, Brandon Gann, were playing putt-putt golf Sept. 30 in Oklahoma City before leaving for their honeymoon in the Bahamas...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pet or service animal? The distinction matters

Sue Garlick needs to connect with her students, but it’s not always easy. As a special education teacher in Cortez, building a rapport with her students can be the difference between effective...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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