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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

Silverton Skijoring races return despite storms

SILVERTON – Skijoring races in Silverton on Saturday drew skiers, riders and eager observers despite low temperatures and snowy roads. As icy winds blew, riders on horseback raced down Blair Street...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Suicide survivor finds healing in art at Ignacio community center

IGNACIO – Bonnie Woodward’s depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are the result of a house fire, the loss of a child, physical abuse and other trauma. The trauma and poor mental health...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

When tenants become landlords of mobile home parks

More than 40 mobile home parks provide affordable housing to thousands of residents in La Plata County. But those residents have little control over the long-term destiny of the land on which their...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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