Herald Staff Report

Snow expected to slow down Friday night

As the biggest snowstorm of the season, several cars slid off U.S. Highway 160 and 550 on Friday. Durango Police Department Cmdr. Jacob Dunlap said only four minor weather-related crashes were...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Pastorius Reservoir drained to remove invasive species

The draining of Pastorius Reservoir has begun. Taking advantage of a low water year, the Florida Water Conservancy District will empty the reservoir southeast of Durango to make dam repairs. The...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Election Day: Here's what's happening around La Plata County

The Durango Herald will provide ongoing updates today about election activity in La Plata County. The Pine River Times will report this evening on election issues in Bayfield and Ignacio. Live...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Early dusk increases wildlife collision danger

With daylight savings ending early Sunday, Colorado residents will lose an hour of sunlight in the evenings, which means wildlife movement at dusk will likely conflict with high rush-hour traffic...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Upper Pine Fire sends ambulance for hurricane relief

One ambulance and two crew members from the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District have been deployed to Georgia to help with Hurricane Michael relief. The ambulance crew left Colorado Thursday...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County candidates to attend Sept. 17 forum

The La Plata County League of Women Voters, with support from The Durango Herald, will hold a forum with La Plata County Commissioner, Sheriff and Treasurer candidates from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Closures issued around the Horse Fire have been lifted

The San Juan National Forest on Monday lifted closures caused by the Horse Fire, burning 16 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. All trails and roads are open, said Gretchen Fitzgerald, acting public...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Prescribed burns planned for San Juan National Forest

The San Juan National Forest has scheduled some prescribed burns beginning in early September. A burn will occur about 20 miles east of Durango and separate burns will occur 4 to 12 miles east of...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Horse Fire grows to 90 acres

A confine-and-contain strategy is being used against the Horse Fire, a lightning-started blaze burning in the Horse Creek drainage about 8 miles north of U.S. Highway 160 and Chimney Rock. The...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County Jail inmate escapes from outside work assignment

A La Plata County Jail inmate assigned to outside work at the Durango/La Plata County Senior Center escaped Tuesday. Marty Kelly Yazzie, 30, walked out of the senior center between noon and 12:15...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield woman dies from gunshot wound

A 64-year-old Bayfield woman was found dead Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said Tove Westwood was found by family members around 9:20 a.m. at her...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield teen who died earlier this month identified

A 17-year-old girl who died by suicide in Bayfield earlier this month has been identified by the La Plata County Coroner's Office. Coroner Jann Smith said Claudia Sauceda died from a self-inflicted...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

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