Position: Herald Staff Writer

County may update district plans before land-use code

It appears La Plata County officials are in agreement to hold off adopting a new land-use code until district plans, which allows separate communities to set a vision for future growth in their...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Spring storm could drop a foot of snow in San Juan Mountains

Yes, Southwest Colorado is in an exceptional drought. Yes, the entire corner of the state has fire restrictions in place. And yes, there's an approaching spring storm that could dump a foot of snow...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

BP released unknown amount of wastewater into creek near Bayfield

BP American Production Co. says a leak at one of its pipelines released wastewater from oil and gas operations into an intermittent stream near Bayfield. In a filing with the state, BP reported it...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Red flag warning issued Sunday in Southwest Colorado

Fire restrictions in Southwest Colorado are set to go into effect this week. On Tuesday, the U.S. National Forest Service will place fire restrictions on the lands it manages, including wilderness...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County to discuss process for revising land-use code, district plans

La Plata County officials are discussing how to move forward with revisions to the land-use code. On Wednesday, La Plata County commissioners and the La Plata County Planning Commission, along with...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Southwest Colorado in 'exceptional drought'

Both La Plata and Montezuma counties are in an "exceptional drought" listing - the most critical drought category from the U.S. Drought Monitor - and it doesn't look as if there's any hope for a...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Vallecito residents debate future of ATV use

A debate has ignited among residents about the future use of all-terrain vehicles around Vallecito. The community conversation was sparked by an ATV-rental company's request to expand the services...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Animal Protection may be tapped to help curb human-bear conflicts

Residents and businesses in La Plata County may see stricter enforcement this summer of the county's ordinance intended to reduce human-bear conflicts. La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday took...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Climbers injured near Durango in stable condition

Two women who were injured while climbing Saturday afternoon northeast of Durango suffered moderate injuries and were in stable condition Sunday afternoon, said Upper Pine River Fire Protection...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Much-needed rain expected in Southwest Colorado

Desperately needed rain appears to be on its way to parched Southwest Colorado this weekend. Mike Charnick, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction , said there will be a...

DATE: April 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Mancos man who killed two in crash sentenced to prison

A Mancos man was sentenced to two years in prison for a deadly high-speed crash into an SUV carrying a family of four last July that left a father and son dead, and a mother and younger son in...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Durango woman cited for destroying sign that asked for signatures in Lachelt recall effort

Police have cited a Durango woman for destroying a sign that asked for signatures in the effort to recall La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt. Durango Police Cmdr. Ray Shupe said officers...

DATE: March 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: News