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Email: parmijo@the-journal.com

Phone Number: (970) 564-6033

American Heritage Railways temporarily closes historical line in Washington

Because of operating difficulties caused by restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, American Heritage Railways has temporarily ceased operations of another one of its historical...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Fate of Durango J.C. Penney to be announced in coming weeks

J.C. Penney, which announced late last week it will close some stores under Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, will name stores to be closed and specific details about their closing “in the...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Dangerously dry early summer looks likely for SW Colorado

Portions of northeastern La Plata County have been placed in extreme drought and the remainder of the county, along with Montezuma County, is listed in severe drought, with the National Weather...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Without schools, how are students accessing counseling?

As public schools and colleges move to remote learning to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, students and counselors are faced with a new challenge: How do students access school-based...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton merchants face another tough year

SILVERTON – After fires in 2018 and near-record snowfall and avalanches in 2019, merchants in Silverton thought they had seen everything nature could throw at them. Few suspected one of nature’s...

DATE: May 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Zia Taqueria finds unique way to fund new north Main restaurant

With COVID-19 pinching cash flow, Zia Taqueria is turning to a unique way to finance it’s new building on north Main Avenue: burrito bonds. “We planned to finance it in two ways, one with cash...

DATE: May 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Businesses receive no- and low-interest loans

More than a quarter of a million dollars in no- and low-interest loans have been provided to 36 business in Southwest Colorado during the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect 128 jobs by Region 9...

DATE: May 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polis: In-person dining could resume in two weeks

Gov. Jared Polis said he expects restaurants across Colorado will be able to reopen to in-person dining with restrictions in about two weeks. In a Zoom meeting with journalists and small-business...

DATE: May 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

A rainy Monday expected in Southwest Colorado

Rain is expected Monday in Southwest Colorado after weeks of dry weather leading to heightened fire danger in the San Juan National Forest. Megan Stackhouse, meteorologist with the National Weather...

DATE: May 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Salons, shops and offices take baby step in return to normalcy

Businesses in Durango took tentative steps Friday to emerge from government-ordered restrictions and shutdowns put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. A week after most other...

DATE: May 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango High School English teacher pretty sure she’s beaten COVID-19

Near as Kaila Coon can tell, she’s not yet recognized as one of the 64 people in La Plata County who has contracted COVID-19. But given the roller coaster health ride she’s been on since the end of...

DATE: May 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Up in the Durango sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane ... it’s a satellite ‘train’?

Since December, Michael Cobb has been checking the night skies above Animas City to observe a line of light dots. While he’s sure they’re not alien craft beginning their invasion of Earth, he was...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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