Bret Hauff

Position: Herald Staff Writer

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

Tour de Farms showcases Durango’s urban gardens

Therese Teiber uses eggshells and water walls. Patsy and Kevin Ford keep a lot of fountains. Peter Schertz never wanted to put a fence around his garden, but it was the only way to keep the deer...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmate population swells at La Plata County Jail

La Plata County Jail deputies are exhausted. One deputy slumped in her chair this week at a control center in the middle of the jail’s main housing block, which offers a panoramic view of...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield man pleads guilty to shooting, killing neighbor’s dog

A Bayfield man pleaded guilty this week to shooting a Great Dane with an air-powered pellet gun, inflicting a wound that killed the animal earlier this year, court documents show. Wesley Zufelt,...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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