Sen. Michael Bennet announces ‘Health Force’ bill to manage COVID-19 response

Amid record unemployment, a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet would train and employ a national workforce to help identify the spread of the coronavirus and aid local public health...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County seeks variance for outdoor recreation businesses, others

La Plata County should have a draft finalized Wednesday of a variance request from state public health orders that seeks to reopen outdoor recreation companies, gyms, churches and the Durango &...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Heat wave to hit Southwest Colorado on Wednesday

A heat wave is expected to hit Southwest Colorado on Wednesday, which will likely exacerbate already high fire danger conditions. Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Durango restaurants can reopen Wednesday, but will they?

Durango’s restaurants can reopen for dine-in service Wednesday. Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday restaurants across the state can reopen after being closed for more than two months to in-person...

DATE: May 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Memorial Day draws small but dedicated crowd

Memorial Day in Durango felt a little different this year, with scaled-down events because of the coronavirus outbreak. But a handful of veterans were able to honor military personnel who died...

DATE: May 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Protest over public health orders sweeps through downtown Durango

About 200 people gathered Friday evening in downtown Durango to protest public health orders aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus. What was originally said to be a peaceful walk down...

DATE: May 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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 | 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 | CATEGORY: News

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