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Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

La Plata Electric could save money if it left energy supplier

La Plata Electric Association’s investigation into greener power sources found that purchasing electricity from outside sources could save money without hurting reliability. But the cost of leaving...

DATE: April 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Election committee will review LPEA candidate’s residency

A candidate for the La Plata Electric Association board is facing a second election review about his residency in the district he hopes to represent. Jack Turner, an incumbent, is running against...

DATE: April 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Residents identify top health concerns in two-county region

Suicide, affordable housing and substance abuse are the top three health concerns for residents in La Plata and Archuleta counties, a public health survey found. San Juan Basin Public Health...

DATE: April 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County manager candidates describe how they would take on challenges

The next La Plata County manager will face big challenges, including a tight operational budget and a contentious land-use code revision. The three finalists for the job, Jim Halasz, D. Michael...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Storm may bring wind, rain and snow to Southwest Colorado

A spring storm expected to roll in early Wednesday is expected to bring high winds and blowing snow to Southwest Colorado. The wind was expected to pick up Tuesday afternoon with gusts up to 25...

DATE: April 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Tri-State vote could bring LPEA closer to more renewable energy

La Plata Electric Association could gain new flexibility to buy renewable energy after a recent vote of its wholesale energy supplier this week. LPEA and 42 other electric co-ops collectively own...

DATE: April 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

LPEA candidates weigh renewable energy vs. keeping rates low

This year’s election to the La Plata Electric Association board of directors could have a lasting impact on electricity rates and renewable energy development. Six candidates are vying for three...

DATE: March 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Should LPEA voters decide buyout question? Board members say ‘no’

Voters won’t be asked this year to change the bylaws at La Plata Electric Association to allow members to decide whether to buy out of a contract with the co-op’s wholesale power supplier. LPEA’s...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Suicide-prevention bill would allow youths 12 and up to seek their own care

Children as young as 12 may be allowed to seek mental health care without their parents’ consent if a bill pending this year in the Colorado state Legislature is approved. The proposed law, HB 19...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

New director tapped to lead Ignacio nonprofit after funding cuts

A large nonprofit that provides social services in Ignacio has a new executive director who plans to focus on rebuilding the organization after major funding cuts. Lori Niewold started as...

DATE: March 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Mercy hospital’s parent organization part of mega merger

Mercy Regional Medical Center is now part of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system by revenue. The hospital is one of 142 in the new nonprofit Catholic health system formed by the recent...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Bill aims to lower state health exchange costs by 30 percent

A bill pending in the Colorado Legislature could lower insurance premiums for those who purchase insurance through the state health exchange. In La Plata County, about 3,000 people purchased...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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