Emily Hayes

Position: Herald Staff Writer

How are health care, COVID-19 shaping campaigns in Southwest Colorado?

Health care was a top election issue for both urban and rural areas throughout the Democratic primary and leading up to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. After the pandemic swept the...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Lawsuit against Centura Health moves to state court in La Plata County

A class-action lawsuit challenging Centura Health’s billing practices has moved from federal court to a state district court in La Plata County after the health corporation sought to delay and...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Will candidates for U.S. Congress meet in a debate?

With less than two months before the election, candidates for U.S. House of Representatives Diane Mitsch Bush and Lauren Boebert do not have a debate scheduled. The La Plata County League of Women...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Centura Health seeks to delay, dismiss billing lawsuit

Surprise medical bills are a burden on hospital patients who do not anticipate paying out of pocket for elective procedures and other forms of pre-planned care. Complaints about the unforeseen...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Wildfire smoke from across the West flowing into Southwest Colorado

Wildfire smoke has settled across Southwest Colorado, exacerbating record-high temperatures with an oppressive heat. The Pine Gulch Fire in Grand Junction, now the second-largest fire in state...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Painted pianos in Aztec a reminder to slowdown, enjoy the moment

People around the world have been limiting face-to-face contact to slow the spread of COVID-19, meaning stress and feelings of isolation have burgeoned. And then came a spate of ferocious wildfires...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Historic landscape in Southwest Colorado now permanently protected

For 30 years, Tom Macy has been working to preserve a 65,000-acre swath of land in the Navajo River Watershed of Southwest Colorado. As the Western representative for The Conservation Fund, an...

DATE: July 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Centura Health faces class-action lawsuit over billing practices

Franklin Walter went to Mercy Regional Medical Center for a routine knee replacement in April 2019. What he came away with two months later was a surprise bill totaling $1,216.73. Without an...

DATE: July 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Durango police officers quit over accountability law

A new law meant to enhance accountability in law enforcement in Colorado has caused at least two officers to leave their positions at the Durango Police Department, and several others to take time...

DATE: July 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Heavy rains, flash flooding expected for Southwest Colorado

After a period of high temperatures in early July, afternoon rain showers have brought cooler temperatures to Southwest Colorado. But the National Weather Service said the rains will grow in...

DATE: July 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Former sheriff’s deputy who taught scam avoidance almost falls for phone scam

Scammers pretending to be representatives of the Dish Network, a satellite television company, are calling people in the area and offering a fraudulent discount in exchange for a security deposit...

DATE: July 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

RVs prove popular in Southwest Colorado for mid-pandemic vacationers

The coronavirus pandemic halted much of the travel industry in late March, an industry that helps fuel Durango’s economy. Flights were grounded, hotel rooms were left vacant and people were told to...

DATE: July 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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