City & County

Virtual lecture on Buffalo Bill Cody
Oct21

Virtual lecture on Buffalo Bill Cody

Virtual lecture on Buffalo Bill Cody The Center of Southwest Studies will host a free lecture “The Life and Legacy of Buffalo Bill” via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Historian and author Steve Friesen will share a timeline of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life and legacy, illuminated by stories and historic photographs. The presentation will include information on Buffalo Bill’s Colorado connections, his relationship with the...

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Register to Vote in Colorado
Sep24

Register to Vote in Colorado

New voters can can register to Vote in Colorado Right Here!If you are outside of Colorado, these 40 states allow online registration. And you can check your current registration status below Election Day is 40 days away, but voting is already underway in several states. To help you vote during this unusual year — in a country where voting is already more difficult than in most other democracies — we have put together a step-by-step...

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A Look At La Plata County’s New Land-Use Code
Sep01

A Look At La Plata County’s New Land-Use Code

After years of attempted revision, La Plata is finally set to implement  a new land-use code on September 15th. The current land-use code is unloved by both developers and residents alike. Due to poor guidance on standards, developers can easily spend thousands of dollars on ultimately unapproved projects, while a lack of  clear rules leaves residents concerned over the types of projects that can be built in their neighborhoods....

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Bump-Outs Help Businesses On Main Avenue
Aug27

Bump-Outs Help Businesses On Main Avenue

Downtown Durango has launched its  Bump-Outs for Business program, designed to  help local businesses thrive despite the devastating economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In June, the City of Durango, the Business Improvement District, and other local organizations teamed up to transform the layout of Main Avenue. Shops and restaurants between College Drive and 11th Street have now expanded by roughly 10 feet onto the street....

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$31 Million in Contracts for Local Business
Aug20

$31 Million in Contracts for Local Business

The giant construction project to re-route U.S. Highway 550 off Farmington Hill to connect with the Grandview Interchange will include $31 million in contracts for local contractors.

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Our Lovely Local Animas River
Jun24

Our Lovely Local Animas River

One of our favorite features about Durango is the Animas River, as it runs through the middle of town. For years, this river has provided a variety of outdoor adventures. According to this article on the Duranglers website, “The Animas River is the major stream draining the high alpine terrain of the Needle Mountains. It heads in small meadows on the flanks of Cinnamon Mountain north of Silverton, then plunges through wild canyons as...

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A Reminder that Durango’s Face-Covering Order has been Extended Indefinitely
Jun23

A Reminder that Durango’s Face-Covering Order has been Extended Indefinitely

The city of Durango extended its mandatory face-covering order indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, June 16th, Durango City Council voted unanimously to extend the order, which had been scheduled to end Friday. Face coverings have been hotly debated locally and nationally. Councilors made the decision after considering public input, business needs, tourism concerns and the most recent research available...

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Purgatory Opens for Summer Activities!
Jun16

Purgatory Opens for Summer Activities!

June 20 marks an exciting day for Durango—Purgatory opens for the summer season! Each year, Purgatory hosts several fun activities for locals and tourists alike, and we are excited to see 2020 is no exception. Of course, most people know it as our local ski resort, but summertime is also a fun time to enjoy the outdoors at Purgatory. There is a morning session and an afternoon session available to help minimize crowds. The Alpine...

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Senate passes bill Lengthening Coronavirus Small-Business Loan Terms
Jun04

Senate passes bill Lengthening Coronavirus Small-Business Loan Terms

By Richard Cowan and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday giving small businesses up to 24 weeks to use Paycheck Protection Program loans created during the coronavirus pandemic, up from the current eight-week deadline. The legislation, already passed by the House of Representatives, now goes to President Donald Trump to sign into law. The program was created in March...

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Durango Businesses Reopening
May15

Durango Businesses Reopening

With the state’s new “Safer At Home” policy, businesses are reopening around town. Here’s a list of businesses in La Plata and Archuleta county that have opened, along with their business type. Business Self-Certification List Please remember to stay at home and social distance as much as possible. When going out be conscious of the people around you and wear a mask. With more people out and about, virus...

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Animas Museum Online Exhibits
May14

Animas Museum Online Exhibits

Are you familiar with Durango’s vast history? Our local Animas Museum in Durango offers rich details of past local events, people, and economy. With the COVID measures, they now feature an interesting and informative online exhibit! The first exhibit tells the story and history of Zaidee Rockwood Perkins’ wedding dress. Married in Durango in 1901, the online exhibit tells of her family history and the festivities of the wedding. In...

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Petition: Colorado & COVID-19: do something different!
May12

Petition: Colorado & COVID-19: do something different!

COVID-19 is rapidly spreading throughout the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is neither transparent nor up-to-date. It is likely that hundreds of people in the greater Denver area are carrying this novel disease due to the constant flow of skiing/snowboarding tourism as well as our big international airport. They are likely experiencing mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and unaware. This...

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COVID-19 Testing Updates for La Plata County
May12

COVID-19 Testing Updates for La Plata County

Free COVID-19 testing is now available through a SJBPH and Mercy Medical Center partnership. Official COVID-19 Information for Southwest Colorado: San Juan Basin Public Health Coronoavirus Information and San Juan Basin Public Health’s Facebook Page *If you live in Southwest Colorado and have been/still are exhibiting coronavirus-related symptoms San Juan Basin Public Health is asking that you fill out a brief and anonymous survey:...

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Durango Continues to Provide Outdoor Outlets Amid Crisis
May08

Durango Continues to Provide Outdoor Outlets Amid Crisis

It’s a true blessing to be living in Durango during these times. We have beautiful scenery, great warm spring/summer weather, and access to the great outdoors close by. But what, exactly, is open, and what is closed? We aim to help! Here is an update of current In-Town outdoor closures/openings from the City Of Durango: City of Durango open space, parks and trails are OPEN. Residents are encouraged to continue hiking, biking,...

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Covid 19 Resources in Durango
May08

Covid 19 Resources in Durango

#DurangoStrong We know life has been a bit crazy with the COVID 19 epidemic. One of the most frustrating things is not knowing what resources are available to you during these times. We have collaborated with Durango Strong and Durango like a local to feature the information they have gathered. We are all in this together and it is important that we support all Durangotangs. Durango Strong website: https://www.durangostrong.com...

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Durango Farmers Market Open for Business
May08

Durango Farmers Market Open for Business

Durango, Colorado is a community that is tightly woven and significantly strives to better one another and grow as a whole. That is the overall goal of the Durango Farmers Market! The farmers market will be open for business once again starting Saturday, May 9th and will continue until October. The vendors from this market are not only just from Durango, but also the entire region! La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, San Juan CO and San...

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Tee Time – Golfing Allowed With COVID-19 Restrictions
Apr16

Tee Time – Golfing Allowed With COVID-19 Restrictions

GOOD NEWS… Hillcrest Golf Course right in-town town re-opened to the public on April 7th with COVID-19 restriction in place to allow golfers a safe outdoor activity. http://www.golfhillcrest.com/ Dalton Ranch, just 6 miles north of town, golf course is now open (Clubhouse is closed) with restrictions in place. Call 970-247-8774 to pre-pay tee time and review restrictions. https://www.daltonranch.com/golf The Glacier Club’s...

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Manna Soup Kitchen Continues to Provide for our Community during Quarantine
Apr14

Manna Soup Kitchen Continues to Provide for our Community during Quarantine

Each week for the last several years, we have highlighted a “lifestyle” aspect of life in La Plata County. This week, our focus is one of huge importance, especially in these times. Since 1985, locals have worked together to provide meals for those in need at The Manna Soup Kitchen. “The mission of Manna is to provide, in the spirit of faith and love, nourishing meals and supportive services in an atmosphere of acceptance and caring...

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What a Beautiful Home We Have in Durango
Apr08

What a Beautiful Home We Have in Durango

During these intense times it is good to remember how lucky we are to live in a place as beautiful as this. For many of us who aren’t getting as much outside time as we’d like, here is a compilation of some 4K Drone footage of the Durango Area. Stay Healthy!   Video Courtesy of Fearless 4K 

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Life on the road: A recount by Derek Abt of Liver Down the River
Mar25

Life on the road: A recount by Derek Abt of Liver Down the River

We all know the life of a musician is a glorified one. But not all of us realize the all-encompassing commitments of being in a band. As the great Bon Scott of AC/DC said, “it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll.” Touring really has its ups and downs. I mean, you’re in a 6-person marriage living in a van. For people who have issues regarding personal space, it’s probably not the best career path for you. That being...

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