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Phone Number: (970) 564-6033

La Plata County Economic Development Alliance names Michael French as new leader

Michael French, who in 2007 found Durango the ideal location to telecommute while raising a family, has been named the new executive director of the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance....

DATE: Jan. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

After flood, Cortez walk-in clinic warns of mold exposure

Mold spores have been discovered after flooding damage in late 2019 at Southwest Health Systems Walk-in Clinic, 1413 N. Mildred Road, and the clinic has been relocated to a temporary location. The...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Driver in fatal Cahone crash identified

CAHONE – The driver of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee was killed Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 491 just south of Cahone in a failed attempt to pass two semitrailers during a snowstorm. The Cherokee driver...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

SCAPE to participate in national development program

Southwest Colorado’s program to diversify the local economy by aiding startup companies that look like promising job-creators has been chosen to participate in a national program to support rural...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Seattle woman killed in Ouray County avalanche

A 44-year-old Seattle woman was killed Saturday when a falling block of ice caused an avalanche above her on the Dungeon Ice Climbing Route south of Ouray. Ouray County Emergency manager Glenn Boyd...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado may see a bit of snow Tuesday and Wednesday

A weak system that might bring snow flurries in lower valleys of Southwest Colorado and accumulations of up to 5 inches in the San Juan Mountains is expected to come through Tuesday. Erin Walter,...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low-wage employees benefit from tight labor market

A booming economy is driving up wages for low-skilled and entry-level jobs across the nation. It’s true in Durango as well, and entry-level and younger workers appear to be the beneficiaries. “It’s...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Storm likely to bring snow to Cortez

A snowstorm that will favor the eastern San Juan Mountains – with Wolf Creek Pass expected to receive between 12 to 16 inches – will move through Southwest Colorado on Thursday evening and Friday...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes plan to open sports book

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe plans to open a sports book at its Ute Mountain Casino in Towaoc by May 1. Nicki Green, an attorney with the tribe, said tribal officials are exploring several gaming...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman unhurt after wandering off County Road P

Bev Muir is safe and sound after wandering off Montezuma County Road P and rolling her small SUV shortly after noon on Tuesday, but she hopes her inattention and bad luck prompts pavement fixes....

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Market now charging for cash back

For folks looking to avoid paying for cash at ATMs, getting cash back at the grocery store has been a popular – and until recently – free option in Cortez and Durango. However, City Market, a...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Light snow expected late Sunday, early Monday

A small snow-producing system is expected to move through Southwest Colorado Sunday night and Monday morning with a stronger system likely to come through Thursday and lingering into Friday. “We...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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