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Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

La Plata County in negotiations to name Joanne Spina as county manager

Assistant County Manager Joanne Spina is likely to succeed Joe Kerby as county manager. Spina had already been selected to serve as interim county manager, but last week, La Plata County...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Lightner Creek Fire burning itself out

Firefighters were monitoring the Lightner Creek Fire by helicopter Tuesday to make sure it didn't jump containment lines. It could take days, or possibly up to a week or two before the fire is...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Helen's Liquor Store opens near Forest Lakes

After years of planning, Helen's Country Liquor Store opened in May at 13906 Florida Road (County Road 240). Don Hutchins and his wife, Nicole, built the new 980-square-foot log cabin-style store...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Montoya, Landis, Unger win LPEA board seats

Davin Montoya, Rachel Landis and Guinn Unger were elected to the La Plata Electric Association board Saturday. The election drew more attention than in years past, and several community groups...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Fun run honors elementary school teacher

Capes billowing in the air, small superheros ran with parents and teachers to honor Ignacio Elementary School third-grade teacher Laura Wagner on Saturday. Wagner fell ill in November with a...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: News

Wolf Creek opens on Thanksgiving Day

Wolf Creek Ski Area will open Thanksgiving Day after a storm earlier this week dropped 16 inches of snow. The mountain has a 24-inch base, allowing the ski area to open 50 percent of its terrain....

DATE: Nov. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

Herald launches refreshed website

An all-new durangoherald.com website launched Monday to deliver around-the-clock news and entertainment in an easy-to-use format. The Durango Herald's new website has a visually-driven design...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

Durango holding Veterans Day parade Friday

Bagpipes, the Miller Middle School Band and the Shriners will help honor veterans on Friday in the 16th annual Veterans Day Parade in Durango. A clear morning is expected for the parade, just like...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

Southern Utes, BLM settle fracking lawsuit

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Bureau of Land Management agreed Friday a tribal rule will govern hydraulic fracturing on tribal land. The tribe sued the Department of the Interior in summer...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield woman dies in Cascade Creek

A 19-year-old woman died in the Cascade Creek waterfalls Sunday afternoon. Haley Clarke, from Bayfield, drowned in the waterfalls, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata Electric Association directors chosen

The three victorious directors in the La Plata Electric Association election were announced Saturday at the Sky Ute Casino & Resort. Mike Alley won in the Archuleta County district, Dan Huntington...

DATE: May 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

Region 9 boosting area business

It can be tough to finance startups and other business ventures. To help fill the gaps between what a bank can loan and what businesses need, the regional economic development district loans out...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: News

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