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Shannon Mullane

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Three Ute tribes partner on language immersion program for schools

The Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Ute Indian tribes are creating a Ute language immersion program that can be implemented in schools. The Southern Ute Department of Education is working with...

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

La Plata County schools cram big education into tiny home construction

BAYFIELD – To some, tiny homes are an affordable alternative to traditional homeownership, or their compact structure offers a more sustainable lifestyle. To others, they are just a fad. But in...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio teacher wins award for work in alternative school program

When students enter his classroom, David Quiroz, an Ignacio Middle School teacher, always asks if they’re getting enough sleep. It’s a simple question, but it’s the first step of Quiroz’s...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Education

In life-or-death situations, first responders can find themselves in the ‘dead zone’

There are some areas in Southwest Colorado, where cellphone and radio reception “dead zones” make first response in emergencies – and asking for help – nearly impossible. Rural, mountainous...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

What to expect in the days, months and years after a house fire

Four months and 11 days ago, David Minton, 61, and his wife, Mandy, 58, pulled into their driveway after running errands. Mandy remembered looking at the clock in the car. It was 10:04 a.m. when...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beloved Riverview ‘rabbit lady’ forges new connections

On Mesa Avenue near Riverview Elementary School, the lady who waves, Romelle Maloney, 92, and the ceramic rabbits playing in her yard, have slowly garnered a fan base. Her creative decorations and...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango airport reports record-breaking year

Commercial passenger traffic at Durango-La Plata County Airport increased to almost 400,000 arrivals and departures in 2019, making it the airport’s busiest year on record. Passenger traffic...

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

Wolf Creek Pass reopens after blizzard conditions

Wolf Creek Pass closed Friday morning for blizzard conditions around the high mountain pass east of Pagosa Springs. It reopened at 1:30 p.m. The pass was closed from Treasure Falls, mile post 159,...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed bill would give Native youths a voice in Legislature

Native American youths might receive more representation in the state government through legislation introduced Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Hugh McKean, a...

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

Aztec man arrested on suspicion of stalking La Plata County women

Prosecutors have charged an Aztec man with stalking and harassment for allegedly following two, possibly three, women in Durango and Bayfield. Eli Garcia, 24, is suspected of following a woman in...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

LGBTQ support group launches in Ignacio

La Plata County LGBTQ adults, family members and allies have made a plea for support. In response, the Southwest Rainbow Youth group will launch the first adult-focused community group Tuesday in...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Year’s fire near Oxford destroys home

A fire on New Year’s Day destroyed a mobile home near Oxford and displaced its sole occupant. No injuries were reported. Los Pinos Fire Protection District responded to the fire, in the 5000 block...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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