Position: Herald Staff Writer

Driver in fatal crash near Pagosa Springs tests above limit for marijuana

A driver who died last month after causing a three-vehicle crash just west of Pagosa Springs tested nearly double the legal driving limit for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana,...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake to seek second term

Sitting La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake announced Tuesday he will run for re-election this year. "There's a lot of good things happening at La Plata County and a lot of tough things," Blake...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Frustrations mount over La Plata County's proposed land-use code

Frustration boiled over this week as some La Plata County ranchers and farmers opposed a new land-use code, which some see as an example of government overreach and an infringement on property...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio man suspected of DUI causes crash, flees scene on foot

Colorado Highway 172 was closed for more than an hour Saturday night after an Ignacio man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol hit another vehicle then fled the scene on foot. Around...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

BP donates nearly 200 acres near Bayfield as open space

BP American Production Company has donated nearly 200 acres near Bayfield to be preserved as open space, said Amy Schwarzbach, executive director of La Plata Open Space Conservancy . The land, now...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Snow is on the way - 'It's not just a possibility,' forecaster says

Finally, snow is on the way to Southwest Colorado. "It's not just a possibility," said Dennis Phillips, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. "It's actually going to...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County adopts $79.4 million budget

La Plata County commissioners on Dec. 12 unanimously approved the 2018 budget that aims to retain services amid continuing declines in its revenues. "Despite this being a challenging time for the...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

BP fined $40,000 for 2016 spill into Sauls Creek

BP American Production Co. was fined $40,000 on Monday for a December 2016 spill near Bayfield that leaked coal-bed methane-produced water into Sauls Creek. The penalty was levied at the Colorado...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County's new land-use codes draw mixed reaction

La Plata County's long-awaited land-use code update drew mixed reactions from a number of residents Tuesday night at a public hearing at the Durango Public Library. Recently, the La Plata County...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County Fairgrounds fees see increase for first time in 11 years

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a fee increase for use of the La Plata County Fairgrounds, the first such increase in more than a decade. The fee increase is expected...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Forest Service appeals judge's decision on Village at Wolf Creek

The U.S. Forest Service is challenging a federal judge's ruling from earlier this year that its Rio Grande office's approval of the Village at Wolf Creek was steeped in "predictive bias" and was...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Law enforcement sets sights on new gun range

Law enforcement agencies in Southwest Colorado suffering from a lack of proper training grounds are looking for space for a new facility, an endeavor hamstrung by a lack of suitable land and money...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: News