Jacob Wallace

Position: Herald Staff Writer

In a boon for oil and gas industry, Trump seeks to roll back rules on royalty payments

New rules released by the Trump administration last week seek to strip away royalty payment requirements on coal, oil and natural gas leases on public lands in a move widely seen as a boost for the...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Census hasn’t always counted Native Americans. Now it tries.

Norbert Nez is worried about the census. A self-described map enthusiast, he took a job with the Census Bureau in 1990 as an enumerator fresh out of college and eager to find a decent-paying job....

DATE: Aug. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

As pandemic protections expire, renters need new deal to stave off eviction

Democrats and Republicans are working on a compromise to pass a second relief package for a nation still struggling with its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The relief would come none too...

DATE: July 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

At least $130M issued in PPP loans to businesses in Southwest Colorado

As businesses struggle to maintain revenue during the pandemic, data released this week by the U.S. Small Business Administration shines a light on which ones received money from the Paycheck...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

As coronavirus resurges, Durango tourism officials pull back outreach – and expectations

It’s uncertain how the global coronavirus pandemic will disrupt life in the foreseeable future, but after four months, it’s at least possible to quantify how dire the situation has become. “(The...

DATE: July 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Hickenlooper wins Democratic Senate primary, will face Gardner

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper declared an early victory Tuesday night against former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the Democratic primary race for Senate. Hickenlooper had...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

As demand for telehealth skyrockets, Congress considers permanent changes

The pandemic has forced many businesses to get creative in providing services, and that includes the medical field. But after telehealth visits by Medicare recipients increased more than 11,000%,...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

U.S. Senate passes public lands bill; Colorado Dems accuse Gardner of ‘greenwashing’

The Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate by a 73-25 vote Wednesday, a rare bipartisan bill considered a major win for conservation nationwide. “This is a legacy for our public lands,” said...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

In candidates’ forum, rivals call out Rep. Scott Tipton’s absence

As candidates prepare for the June 30 primary election, many are hoping to cast Rep. Scott Tipton as an out-of-touch millionaire more concerned with President Donald Trump than his constituents. ...

DATE: June 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Ranchers, lawmakers search for solutions to beef bottleneck

Scott Bell, a rancher in Dolores, had to sell off 140 cow-cattle pairs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the disease has rippled through the United States, it has shut down dozens of...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Sen. Michael Bennet announces ‘Health Force’ bill to manage COVID-19 response

Amid record unemployment, a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet would train and employ a national workforce to help identify the spread of the coronavirus and aid local public health...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Initially slow to start, testing ramps up in Southwest Colorado

After initially struggling to get testing supplies, health authorities are considering how to expand coronavirus testing so Southwest Colorado can begin to reopen safely. In a state that is 44th in...

DATE: May 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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