Initially slow to start, testing ramps up in Southwest Colorado

After initially struggling to get testing supplies, health authorities are considering how to expand coronavirus testing so Southwest Colorado can begin to reopen safely. In a state that is 44th in...

DATE: May 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Durango orders mandatory face coverings beginning Friday

The city of Durango on Thursday issued a mandatory face-covering order, starting Friday morning. The order, the first in La Plata and Archuleta counties, requires everyone to wear a face covering...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Main Avenue walk aims to promote businesses – some say it’s a protest

A La Plata County man says he’s organizing a walk Friday night on Main Avenue to show that Durango is open for business, but on social media the event is being called a “peaceful protest” over...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Local officials in dark about next health orders

Public health officials say they are growing frustrated with Gov. Jared Polis allowing health orders to nearly expire before issuing guidance about the next phase of the state’s coronavirus...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield and Ignacio undecided about requiring masks

Pine River Valley residents remain divided over the idea of a mandatory face-covering order, even as their neighbors in Durango prepare to make masks mandatory. San Juan Basin Public Health issued...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield closes key thoroughfare for six months after road collapse

Bayfield residents are about to see six months of detours after a section of road collapsed on Mountain View Drive, which connects a neighborhood and two schools to U.S. Highway 160. A culvert,...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Mesa Verde National Park announces partial reopening Sunday

Mesa Verde National Park will partially reopen Sunday after being closed for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The park will increase visitor access with a phased approach, and...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

San Juan National Forest opens some camps before Memorial Day weekend

The San Juan National Forest will start to reopen campgrounds before Memorial Day weekend. According to a news release issued Wednesday, “several developed recreation sites” will open Friday....

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Kindergarten students have day to shine at drive-thru graduation

Ignacio Elementary School staff put on a socially distanced, drive-thru graduation ceremony to celebrate kindergarten students while preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Friday’s event served...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Cy Scarborough, co-founder of Bar D Chuckwagon, dies at 93

Cy C. Scarborough, a businessman, comedian and entertainer who performed for millions of guests at Durango’s iconic Bar D Chuckwagon, died Monday of natural causes complicated by underlying health...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County man died of heart complications, not COVID-19, coroner rules

An 80-year-old man reported to be La Plata County’s only confirmed COVID-19 fatality died of congestive heart failure, not the novel coronavirus, according to La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith....

DATE: May 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Durango doctor shares experience fighting COVID-19 in Farmington

FARMINGTON – When cases of COVID-19 began to rise in the region, Jenny Hargrove and her family discussed whether she should move out of their Durango home. Hargrove, an emergency medicine physician...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

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