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Phone Number: (970) 564-6033

Challenger Lauren Boebert knocks off five-term incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton

Lauren Boebert delivered a stunning upset victory knocking off five-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, in Colorado’s 3rd U.S. Congressional District in the Colorado Primary Election...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County commission candidates advance to General Election

Two Democrats ran unopposed seeking two seats on the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners and will likely face unaffiliated candidates in the November General Election after the Republican...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

More than 9,300 primary ballots returned in La Plata County

As of Thursday morning, 9,387 ballots had been returned in La Plata County for the primary election, and voters still have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to return ballots to drop-off boxes. It is too late...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Fort Lewis College to develop solar park

Fort Lewis College will develop a 2 megawatt solar garden at the Old Fort property south of Hesperus that will not only generate energy but provide opportunities for students and faculty to...

DATE: June 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Fort Lewis College trustees approve 2.15% budget reduction

A $47.52 million general fund budget that lays off 12 employees and furloughs 11 others was approved Monday by the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees for academic year 2020-21. The budget is a...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

East Canyon Fire more than 79% contained

Lighter winds and quieter fire behavior during the weekend allowed firefighters to increase containment of the East Canyon Fire to 79% by Sunday evening with the fire growing only 5 acres in 24...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Fire claims house near Durango airport

The owner of a house north of the Durango-La Plata County Airport said a propane explosion in his barbecue grill led to a fire Saturday night that destroyed his home. “I had just got back from a...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

East Canyon Fire at 2,764 acres after ‘generally quiet’ day

The lightning-sparked East Canyon Fire was pegged at 2,764 acres Wednesday evening with 0% containment, and the day was described as “generally quiet.” “The winds didn’t get squirrelly on us,” said...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Fort Lewis College announces layoffs, furloughs to trim budget

Twelve employees will be laid off and 11 employees will be furloughed next year in moves Fort Lewis College is taking to trim $1.85 million from the general fund budget. FLC had actually pegged the...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Armed man arrested after 50-mile chase north of Durango

An armed man has been arrested on suspicion of leading law enforcement on a 50-mile chase over two mountain passes from Silverton to Hermosa with speeds reaching 97 mph. After eluding two sets of...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

U.S. Highway 160 reopens west of Durango near wildfire

U.S. Highway 160 reopened to traffic around 7:15 p.m. Monday after a 9-mile stretch from Mancos to Cherry Creek (La Plata County Road 105) was temporarily closed because of poor visibility caused...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Woman killed by lightning in Edgemont subdivision

A 65-year-old woman was struck and killed by lightning Saturday morning while walking in the Edgemont subdivision. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith identified the woman as Pam Mount, 65, of...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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