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Man who died this week may be La Plata County’s first COVID-19 death

It appears La Plata County has its first confirmed COVID-19 death. San Juan Basin Public Health on Friday reported a patient in his 60s who died this week tested positive for the virus at the time...

DATE: July 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Everything you need to know about Colorado’s new mask law

Gov. Jared Polis announced a statewide mask mandate this week that took effect early Friday. The order requires people in Colorado who are older than 10 to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth...

DATE: July 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Mercy hospital reaches staffing capacity for ICU beds

The intensive care unit at Mercy Regional Medical Center was at capacity this week – not because all the beds are in use, but because the hospital does not have sufficient staffing to care for more...

DATE: July 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County resident tests positive for septicemic plague

A La Plata County resident has tested positive for septicemic plague, which health officials believe was transmitted by fleas from a ground squirrel. San Juan Basin Public Health announced the...

DATE: July 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio School District to reopen without mandatory masks

The Ignacio School District has a plan for reopening in-person schooling, but staff members are concerned the district hasn’t taken their safety into consideration. As the school year approaches,...

DATE: July 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Southern Ute reservation initiates Stage 2 fire restrictions

Because of the lack of monsoon moisture, current high temperatures, dry fuel conditions and the occurrence of recent wildland fires, Stage 2 fire restrictions have been implemented for all trust...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Fort Lewis College lands $33M for Health Sciences Center

Fort Lewis College will get its new Health Sciences Center after all despite the economic chaos caused this year by COVID-19. Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Tuesday providing funding for higher...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Logging picks up on Middle Mountain near Vallecito

A logging project in full swing north of Vallecito is expected to harvest an estimated 38,000 trees, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Matt Tuten, silviculturist for the Forest Service’s...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield residents gather for anti-racism demonstrations

For weeks, drivers passing Bayfield Town Hall have seen a gathering of about 10 people holding anti-racism signs at 5 p.m. each Monday. Many drivers passing by honk and wave; some turn their thumbs...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

LPEA applauds ruling on contract buyout

A judge for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission ruled the refusal of Tri-State Generation and Transmission to offer an exit charge to La Plata Electric Association is unjust, unreasonable and...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Driver tumbles 95 feet down embankment, cliff on U.S. Highway 550 near Molas Pass

A 57-year-old man from Oklahoma was cited for careless driving after driving off U.S. Highway 550 near Molas Pass, rolling 95 feet down an embankment and off a cliff. Colorado State Patrol Trooper...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Durango man dies after going off County Road 501 near Vallecito

A Durango man died this weekend after a driving off County Road 501 near Vallecito. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said the wreckage was found by a passerby around 11:30 a.m. Sunday near...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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