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Crow causes power outage

3 p.m. update: As an example of how wildlife can impact electricity transmission, the cause of the power outage this afternoon, which affected the 46kV transmission line supplying La Plata Electric...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 10 hours 16 minutes ago | CATEGORY: News

Evacuation orders lifted for all remaining residents

The last of the evacuation orders issued because of the 416 Fire were lifted Tuesday. Residents in the Falls Creek Ranch and High Meadows subdivisions can return home starting at 11 a.m., according...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Silverton shop owners feel economic squeeze from 416 Fire

SILVERTON - The collateral damage inflicted by the 416 Fire hit more than homeowners and businesses within a few miles of the blaze; it also hit owners of shops and restaurants dozens of miles...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Many La Plata County positions uncontested in primary

Some parts of this year's primary ballot for La Plata County voters will feel less like a multiple-choice test and more like an exercise in filling in oval circles. That's because ballots for both...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Ozfest set for this weekend

OzFest is coming for the second time to Bayfield to raise money for families battling pediatric cancer. Last year's event benefited Ozzie Goldman and is growing to help more families this year,...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

416 Fire smolders and creeps; crews focus on Falls Creek area

The front line of battle on the 416 Fire will move to the fire's southern edge Monday, where more than 200 firefighters will work to protect homes in the Falls Creek and Junction Creek areas. Rain...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

More evacuees go home as rain dampens fire

Hermosa resident Andrew Korneoson unloaded boxes of belongings from his car with his parents Sunday afternoon under a gray and cloudy sky - conditions that helped change the 416 Fire's behavior and...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

'It's the perfect kind of rain'

The 416 Fire hasn't exhaled its last column of smoke yet, but steady rainfall Saturday did help tame the 16-day-old wildfire and allow firefighters to increase containment lines around the...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Durango train faces tough questions going forward

Not since the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002 has the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad been out of service for so long over the summer months. The raging wildfire 16 years ago closed the...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

HERMOSA - Rainstorms forecast for this weekend could help quench the 416 Fire, but county officials warn it could also trigger flash floods and debris flows below the 33,000-acre burn area. The...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Fire managers report minimal activity today on 416 Fire, but keep watchful eye on weekend weather

4:30 p.m. Fire conditions are mostly calm and containment lines are holding on the 416 Fire, Incident Commander Todd Pechota said Friday at an afternoon news conference. Notably, firefighters have...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Gov. Hickenlooper pledges help to Durango and Silverton in wake of 416 Fire

Local government and business officials pleaded with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado congressmen Friday to do everything they can to help secure emergency funds to help ailing businesses and...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: News