Bret Hauff

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Durango identifies key areas to make fire-resistant

Last year’s wildfire season was a wake-up call, said Hal Doughty, chief of the Durango Fire Protection District. The 416 Fire in La Plata County burned 54,000 acres of public lands. While the blaze...

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

La Plata County man sentenced for skid-steer rampage

A La Plata County man who hit two vehicles and threatened two state troopers with a skid-steer loader in February apologized Friday and said he was “truly ashamed.” John Westlund, a 38-year-old...

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

Rollover crash kills two, leaves Ignacio girls orphaned

An Ignacio family crashed an SUV on Interstate 25 just north of Trinidad on Tuesday, killing the parents and leaving two girls orphaned, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Jessica and Leon...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge sets trial date, appoints new defense lawyer in Redwine case

Mark Redwine is scheduled to stand trial next spring in a murder case linking the Vallecito man to the death of his 13-year-old son, Dylan, almost seven years ago. Chief District Court Judge...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Data-informed policing helps Durango deploy limited resources

An uptick in serious crimes this summer may be a product of short staffing at the Durango Police Department, Chief Bob Brammer said. The number of “serious crimes” as defined by the FBI, increased...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango residents call for 100% renewable energy by 2050

Dozens of area residents are asking Durango City Council to set a goal of powering the city with 100% renewable energy by 2050, even if there isn’t a clear path to achieve the objective. Community...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata County woman sentenced for animal cruelty

A La Plata County woman who had more than 100 animals seized from her property in 2017 was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to five counts of animal cruelty. Eight...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Arizona man ‘deeply, deeply sorry’ after arrest for dragging dog behind truck

An Arizona man who police say dragged his dog on a chain behind his truck while drunken driving, killing the dog, is “deeply, deeply sorry” for the “tragic accident,” his public defender said...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man arrested for dragging dog behind truck in Durango

An Arizona man has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and dragging a pit bull behind his truck on north Main Avenue in Durango. The incident was reported about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council drafts job evaluations for top officials

Durango’s city manager may soon be under a more watchful eye as the City Council mulls dozens of evaluation criteria for the municipality’s top administrator. Five city councilors identified more...

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

Ethics complaint filed after Durango city manager’s real estate deal made public

An ethics complaint has been filed with the city of Durango, but the details of the complaint have not yet been made public. The City Clerk’s Office received the complaint via mail Friday. Deputy...

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

Durango’s population ebbs and flows, putting strain on resources

Durango has a pulse. Much like a heart, the city acts as a hub for people all over La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta and San Juan (Colorado and New Mexico) counties. People flood the city by day and...

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

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