Herald Staff Report

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

$66,500 campaign fine waived for La Plata County treasurer

The state of Colorado has waived a $66,500 fine against La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele for failing to properly disclose contributions to her 2014 campaign. The Secretary of State's...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Red Mountain Pass reopens 24 hours after rockslide

Red Mountain Pass closed for about 24 hours Sunday and Monday after a rockslide buried U.S. Highway 550 in 4 feet to 10 feet of rock and mud on Sunday. Motorists will encounter one-lane,...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

416 Fire grows by more than 4,000 acres

A towering plume of smoke signaled another hot, windy day on the 416 Fire, which found pockets of thick, dry vegetation in remote locations of the San Juan National Forest. The blaze was reported...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

5 things you need to know about today's primary election

Today is the primary election - a day when voters will decide who will move on to the General Election in November. Only one race is contested in La Plata County: the county treasurer. Incumbent...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

416 Fire grows 100 acres

Warmer, drier weather caused the 416 Fire to grow 100 acres Sunday, and fire officials expect the same conditions to last throughout the week. Gusty winds throughout the day caused large plumes of...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

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