Position: Herald Staff Writer

La Plata County's draft land-use codes miss the mark

La Plata County officials have vowed to continue to move forward with updates to its outdated land-use codes, but they will pivot from their original timeline to take a hard look at the draft set...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County assessor prepares to end 32-year run

Long before marijuana was legalized in the state of Colorado, La Plata County assessor Craig Larson went to appraise a house north of Durango, only to find the decks of the house loaded with...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Niña isn't going anywhere, anytime soon

The culprit behind this year's abnormally warm temperatures and lack of snowfall in Southwest Colorado - a weather pattern known as La Niña - is showing no signs of breaking down. "It's...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

15-year-old Ignacio High School student found dead Wednesday

A 15-year-old Ignacio High School boy was found dead Wednesday morning at his home, authorities reported. Emergency personnel responded around 6 a.m. to a home on County Road 526, just east of...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Amid backlash, La Plata County pushes back timeline for land-use code

After a flurry of public opposition, La Plata County will push back its timeline in adopting updated land-use codes to allow sufficient time to address concerns raised by residents over the past...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Trio launches effort to recall La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt

Three La Plata County residents filed a petition Thursday morning to request a recall election to unseat La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt. The petition was co-sponsored by Michael Cugnini,...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Truck dumps 46,000 pounds of lumber on Wolf Creek Pass

A truck driver making his maiden voyage over Wolf Creek Pass avoided serious injury Wednesday but found out the hard way why the pass is one of the most dangerous in the state of Colorado. "It...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Autopsy offers no clue for cause of woman's death

Preliminary autopsy results have found no clues to explain why a 40-year-old Bayfield woman was found dead along Florida Road last week, according to La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. "We didn't...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Company fined for construction worker's death in Bayfield

A Colorado-based construction company found responsible for unsafe conditions at a Bayfield worksite that contributed to the death of a 23-year-old man in September has been ordered to pay $14,075...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County land-use codes draw more than 1,000 residents

La Plata County's proposed land-use code was shown no love Tuesday night as well over 1,000 people showed up to lambaste the codes as an example of government overreach and an infringement on...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Shooting range approved to operate in La Plata County

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday approved a shooting range and gun safety school, despite some concerns from nearby residents over noise and safety. La Plata County resident Tim Gwynn...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Woman found dead Saturday identified as 40-year-old Forest Lakes resident

A woman found dead Saturday along Florida Road has been identified as a 40-year-old Forest Lakes resident, but authorities are at a loss about the circumstances of her death. Around 7:15 a.m....

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: News