Emily Hayes

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Frustrated by rise in COVID-19 cases, Colorado governor says, ‘Wear a damn mask!’

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Colorado grows, state leaders and health agencies are ramping up their efforts to educate the public about the importance of wearing a mask and avoiding large...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How has social distancing changed cohousing community in Southwest Colorado?

At least twice a week, a dinner bell rang to call children exploring the great outdoors back home and adults in their houses to the community dinner at the Heartwood Cohousing community in...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Citizen-led Bayfield parade celebrates Independence Day

An Independence Day parade organized by Bayfield residents marched down East Mill Street on Saturday morning, after the town government canceled the official Fourth of July parade earlier this...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dove Creek man drifts across U.S. Highway 160 after possible seizure

A pickup truck drifted across traffic on U.S. Highway 160 on Saturday as the driver suffered from a medical episode, possibly a seizure. The truck stopped after crashing into a tree in front of the...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico-Colorado line wildfire grows to 100 acres

A wildfire broke out on the Colorado-New Mexico line near Cox Canyon near Aztec on Saturday. It quickly grew to 100 acres because of strong winds and dry conditions, similar to the Six Shooter Fire...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sweetwater Lake purchased by national environmental nonprofit

Despite the six-hour drive from Durango, Sweetwater Lake in Garfield County has been a popular place to go boating, hiking and camping for decades in Colorado. But large swaths of the expansive...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bald eagle recovering this Fourth of July after crash landing in Durango

This Fourth of July, a bald eagle, America’s national bird, is recovering at an animal rehabilitation center after apparently flying into power lines in south Durango. He is doing well and should...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How GOP newcomer Lauren Boebert won the primary election

In a decisive Democratic primary election, former state legislator Diane Mitsch Bush prevailed over business owner James Iacino to earn a spot on the ballot for the 3rd Congressional District’s...

DATE: July 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seeking food security, some Durango-area residents turn to local farmers

When COVID-19 shut down social gatherings across the state, Linley Dixon with Adobe House Farm knew she had to do something differently. Farmers markets made up a majority of the farm’s sales, and...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County reports growth in asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

As the daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States approached a new high Wednesday, the total number of cases in La Plata and Archuleta counties remained low, despite increased testing...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

East Canyon Fire is 98% contained, authorities say

Firefighters are close to containing the lightning-caused East Canyon Fire that started last week southeast of Mancos. As of Tuesday evening, the fire was 98% contained, up from 78% Monday. The...

DATE: June 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Does Colorado still have a competitive edge in hemp?

Scott Perez used to be one in a handful of registered industrial hemp growers in Southwest Colorado. But as more people began asking him about growing hemp, Perez also became an agricultural...

DATE: June 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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