Position: Herald Staff Writer

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

BLM's methane rule draws supporters in Durango

Nearly 100 people gathered at Durango's Buckley Park on Monday to show support for a new rule aimed at reducing the wasteful leaking of methane at oil and gas sites, which faces revocation under...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Up to a foot of snow coming to Southwest Colorado high country

A winter storm is on its way that could bring up to a foot of snow to the high country of Southwest Colorado, according to the National Weather Service. A winter weather advisory is in effect from...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata Electric Association will return nearly $4 million to customers

La Plata Electric Association customers who have paid an electric bill since 2016 will share nearly $4 million in dividends, according to a news release issued Oct. 26. Every year, LPEA sends back...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

New multi-events center, fairgrounds could cost more than $80 million

A new multi-event center and fairgrounds proposed to be built on Ewing Mesa could end up costing more than $80 million to build when all is said and done, according to an estimate by a design...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Few show up to comment on La Plata County's 2018 budget

The near absence of public input on La Plata County's 2018 proposed budget, which is riddled with cuts to services amid a continuing decrease in oil and gas revenues, was probably the loudest voice...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

CBI: Sheriff's deputy likely died from self-inflicted gunshot wound

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Thursday evidence suggests La Plata County Sheriff's Office deputy Jeremiah Lee, who was found dead with a gunshot wound inside a burning home, died of a...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

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