Coal Bank Pass closed for avalanche mitigation

Good afternoon, Southwest Colorado, and welcome to the 62nd day of winter. We’ll keep this story updated with cancellations, road conditions and weather forecasts. Here’s what you need to know as...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Despite month in Mexico, La Plata County commissioner says he’s showed up for work

Since taking office in January, La Plata County Commissioner Clyde Church has not missed a single meeting or vote. On paper, one would never know the newly elected commissioner has spent most of...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

King II coal mine could be extended by 20 years

Members of the public may now comment on an environmental analysis that seeks to assess the potential impacts of expanding operations of GCC Energy’s King II coal mine near Hesperus for at least...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

A tale of two forecasts: Weather observers offer different predictions for snowfall this week

Southwest Colorado is buried in deep snow, and more is coming. But exactly how much may be up to debate. Anywhere between 4 and 20 inches of snow is predicted to fall during the next few days in...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 23 hours 14 minutes ago | CATEGORY: News

Are local businesses hurting or benefiting from storms?

When it comes to snowstorms, it’s typically feast or famine for businesses, unless you’re the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, in which case it’s complicated. If you sell ice cream,...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

Get ready for more snow. Dennis Phillips, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction , said Wednesday will offer a bit of respite for residents in Southwest Colorado digging...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Wrestlers eye state podium runs at Pepsi Center

La Plata County will be well represented at the Colorado High School Activities Association’s state wrestling tournament Thursday through Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, as 10 wrestlers...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Sports

Mercy hospital’s parent organization part of mega merger

Mercy Regional Medical Center is now part of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system by revenue. The hospital is one of 142 in the new nonprofit Catholic health system formed by the recent...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Banner day for Bobcats: 6 Ignacio, 2 Bayfield wrestlers qualify for state tournament

It was a banner day for Ignacio High School wrestling, as the Bobcats will send six matmen to the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 2A state tournament next week at Denver’s...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Sports

Bill aims to lower state health exchange costs by 30 percent

A bill pending in the Colorado Legislature could lower insurance premiums for those who purchase insurance through the state health exchange. In La Plata County, about 3,000 people purchased...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

More snow expected Tuesday; Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio schools cancel classes

Blizzard-like conditions buried Southwest Colorado in another layer of fresh snow Monday, leading to chain laws on mountain passes, canceled flights at the Durango-La Plata County Airport and an...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Silverton Skijoring races return despite storms

SILVERTON – Skijoring races in Silverton on Saturday drew skiers, riders and eager observers despite low temperatures and snowy roads. As icy winds blew, riders on horseback raced down Blair Street...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

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