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New Ignacio preschool plans to open in January

A new preschool will open in early January in Ignacio after the planned closure of Southern Ute Head Start. The Ignacio Early Learning Program will open in the former Pine River Community Learning...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

U.S. Highway 550 realignment construction planned for late 2019

Construction to connect U.S. highways 550 and 160 using the so called Bridge to Nowhere could start in late 2019. The $98.6 million project will require about two years to complete, said Mike...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata Electric Association CEO Mike Dreyspring to retire

La Plata Electric Association CEO Mike Dreyspring announced he will retire in September 2019. Dreyspring was hired by the co-op in 2014 and has lead it through political shifts on the board, the...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

General Election ballots coming in mail

Ballots were mailed Monday to voters across La Plata County ahead of the Nov. 6 General Election. Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker said she expects turnout to be strong for the midterm election,...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Unopposed candidates in La Plata County outline accomplishments, goals

Candidates for La Plata County coroner, assessor, surveyor, and clerk and recorder are running unopposed in the November election. The Durango Herald asked unopposed candidates to outline their...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Animal scientist Temple Grandin shares insights on animal fear, overbreeding

Author Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science, shared her insight into the sensory world that animals experience with equine enthusiasts and professionals Monday at the Strater Hotel. ...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

9-year-old Bayfield girl faces terminal cancer diagnosis

Nine-year-old Jolean Scott spent the summer with her family swimming, going to the movies, making art projects and hanging out along the Animas River. In August, her life took a dramatic turn when...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Want upgrades to U.S. Highway 160? CDOT says more funding would help

U.S. Highway 160 from Elmore's Corner to Bayfield needs turning lanes, wider shoulders and other safety improvements that will require between $55 million to $65 million to build. The Colorado...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Connections are key to preventing youth suicide across La Plata County

Emma Harmon wasn't planning to try to take her life when she started driving north on U.S. Highway 550 one February night in a snowstorm. "I just felt so out of control, at that point," Harmon...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio nonprofit changes name, refocuses mission

Southern Ute Community Action Programs is changing its name and making plans to rebuild in the wake of a decision by the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council to withdraw funding to the organization...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Suicide prevention campaign to start Saturday

Volunteers and businesses are planning to blanket La Plata County with suicide prevention messages this weekend. "The entire community is coming together - Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio - to...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Flood risk around Durango could extend through next week

Intense thunderstorms could bring large debris flows down streams on the southern end of the 416 Fire burn scar into neighborhoods, La Plata County officials told a crowd Saturday evening at Miller...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

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