City & County

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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Coronavirus updates– no cases in La Plata County
Mar22

Coronavirus updates– no cases in La Plata County

As of 4 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020, the State of Colorado reports no cases of Corona Virus in La Plata County. No cases have been reported in Montezuma or Archuleta Counties as well! Colorado Case Summary (Updated 3/22/20 at 4:00 p.m.) PDF version Note: This summary only includes data through 3/21 and does not reflect cases since then. 591 cases 58 hospitalized 29 counties 5,436 people tested 6 deaths 5 outbreaks at residential and...

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Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) Activates in response to COVID-19
Mar20

Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) Activates in response to COVID-19

CERF (Community Emergency Relief Fund) is designated for broad-based community emergencies in Southwest Colorado. Established in 2008 in response to the Season’s Restaurant fire, CERF has been activated for the Gold King Mine spill in 2015, the Adobe Building fire in Pagosa Springs in 2016, and the 416 Fire in 2018. Donations to CERF are designated for emergency use and distribution of funds is determined by an advisory...

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An Update on Developments During the Virus Crisis
Mar20

An Update on Developments During the Virus Crisis

We’ve summarized some of the highlights of the changing social and medical environment during the pandemic.

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Council Explores Animas Trail Options
Mar13

Council Explores Animas Trail Options

A proposed pedestrian bridge that crosses the Animas River adjacent to the traffic bridge on 32nd Street has been in the planning stages for 15 years, but last-hour protests have spawned another look.

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Rock N’ Roll Snowdown
Jan19

Rock N’ Roll Snowdown

The 42nd annual Snowdown will bring Rock N’ Roll lovers from all over the world to Durango to jam. Dress up as your favorite Rock N’ Roll musician this year for the many exciting events and activities taking place around town. “Snowdown is a non-profit created to promote Fun, Commerce & Tourism in Durango. It is the original “Cabin Fever Reliever”. Outside Magazine rated Snowdown as one of the top 5...

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Is the Durango Train Worth the Environmental Impact in 2020?
Nov05

Is the Durango Train Worth the Environmental Impact in 2020?

Coming in to 2020, 140 years after its construction, we must ask: how long should this once useful piece of technology continue to run on an outdated fuel source – coal? It has its fans for sure, and its importance to Durango’s origin is undeniable. But as its utility has waned and environmental cost remains, when does the cost outweigh the nostalgic benefit? Many Durangoans live in the plume of the train’s nightly...

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October 23rd – 13th Annual Economic Summit!
Sep20

October 23rd – 13th Annual Economic Summit!

The La Plata County Economic Development Alliance is a diverse group of private businesses and public agencies working together towards a common goal: to foster the economic success of our community. Our mission is to serve as the gateway for individuals looking to start, own, grow, or relocate their business to La Plata County, by providing advocacy, relevant information,  and resources at the local, state and national level. The...

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Biting Bugs Tax Mosquito District Staff
Sep06

Biting Bugs Tax Mosquito District Staff

The growth in the human population in the Animas Mosquito Control District is making it difficult for the small staff to control mosquito infestations. That’s why the district seeks a tax raise.

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As K-9 Jimmy retires, Durango Kennel Club gives back!!
Sep01

As K-9 Jimmy retires, Durango Kennel Club gives back!!

  K9 Jimmy was honored by citizens of La Plata County at the Fairgrounds August 29th night upon his retirement from service as a K9 Cop.  Along with his handler, Matt Webb, Jimmy received commemorative plaques from the department as well as from the members of the Durango Kennel Club. The ceremony included a review of Jimmy’s contributions to the community which notably included playing a crucial role in saving the lives of...

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