Homelessness

‘We are all homeless’ exhibit aims to humanize issue

Handwritten pleas for help, written by homeless people, were installed at the Durango Transit Center Monday to help further the conversation about the issue in Durango. Willie Baronet, artist and...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Bridge Shelter reaches challenge grant goal

According to a Thursday news release, the Bridge Emergency Shelter has received enough donations this month to exceed its $20,000 goal for a matching challenge grant. The shelter announced in May...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma businesses, nonprofits show support for shelter

The next step in the Bridge Emergency Shelter’s bid for a better building is underway, with the help of the Cortez community.On Thursday, Laurie Knutson, the shelter’s executive director, submitted...

DATE: June 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Bridge shelter receives $20,000 grant for new location

The Bridge Emergency Shelter has received a grant to start off its fundraising campaign for a new location. On Tuesday, the shelter staff sent out a news release to announce they had received a...

DATE: May 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bridge shelter could get new, two-story building

About two months after learning that their current location was up for sale, the leaders of the Bridge Emergency Shelter now have a plan for a new building. According to a press release sent out on...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Business District takes new approach with panhandlers

Downtown businesses have asked nicely. They’ve moved or removed benches. They’ve called the police. And now they’re trying something new – a campaign asking people to donate to local nonprofits...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Sale of Montezuma courthouse leaves Bridge shelter in limbo

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez could face its own emergency this year, as Montezuma County commissioners recently put its location up for sale. The decision to sell the Montezuma County...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

What to do with the Justice Center?

When the new combined courthouse is completed late next summer, there will be an exodus from two Montezuma County buildings as departments and court staff are shuffled to new office locations.The...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Long-term campers in San Juan Mountains spur campground closures

Another cluster of campgrounds in the San Juan National Forest faces a ban on overnight camping because a handful of individuals have taken up residence there and trashed the place. “People are...

DATE: June 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pot dispute erupts at local church

No charges were filed after an armed sheriff’s employee got into a dispute at a local church over a missing marijuana plant. In a three-page report, Cortez police officer Mark Adkins wrote that he...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bridge shelter reopens Monday

Last year, the Bridge Emergency Shelter provided lodging and meals to more than 40 homeless citizens on some nights. It reopens on Monday. Located in the old Montezuma County jail on the corner of...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Searching for solutions

Durango law enforcement has long been working with homeless residents, but as the problem has become more visible, local agencies are looking to partner with the community to work on solutions....

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business