Spike in La Plata County COVID-19 cases tied to ‘gatherings,’ indoor parties

La Plata County reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks, and Archuleta County has reported five new cases, the largest growth in cases in 10 weeks for both counties. San Juan Basin...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Los Pinos Fire Protection District at critical juncture for funding

For fire districts like Los Pinos Fire Protection District, the Colorado Legislature’s decision to place a property tax constitutional amendment on the November ballot could have big financial...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

2020 temperatures may have peaked this weekend

Durango didn’t quite make it to 100 degrees Saturday or Sunday, with the mercury topping out at 99 degrees Sunday – and that might mark the peak heat for 2020, with temperatures expected to drop to...

DATE: July 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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DATE: July 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Welder ignites wildland fire south of Bayfield

A welder cutting chain started a fire that grew to 1 acre before being doused by some 40 firefighters Sunday afternoon on County Road 509, south of Bayfield. Upper Pine River Fire Protection...

DATE: July 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

New RV park approved south of Durango

A 19-space RV park off U.S. Highway 550 south of Durango was unanimously approved this week by the La Plata County Planning Commission. The project at 9981 Highway 550 is slated to be on 19 acres,...

DATE: July 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

At least $130M issued in PPP loans to businesses in Southwest Colorado

As businesses struggle to maintain revenue during the pandemic, data released this week by the U.S. Small Business Administration shines a light on which ones received money from the Paycheck...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Historic Bayfield barn damaged by car crash

A historic barn in Bayfield was damaged Wednesday after a driver went 100 feet off the road and crashed, suffering serious injuries. Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Evans said...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: 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 | CATEGORY: News

New ELHI director sees bright future for community center

When Allison Leath rolled into the Pine River Valley after a whirlwind adventure, she was ready to invest in her new community. A job as executive director of the ELHI Community Center in Ignacio...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Is lightning playing a bigger role in Southwest Colorado wildfires?

Across Southwest Colorado, lightning strikes have sparked several fires this year, a worrying trend as drought conditions take a hold on the region and passing storms drop only superficial amounts...

DATE: July 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County releases second draft of new land-use codes

The second version of La Plata County’s draft land-use code was released Tuesday for public review as county officials eye a final adoption of the revised regulations this fall. After four years in...

DATE: July 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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