City & County

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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What’s Potential for Monsoon Flooding?
Aug16

What’s Potential for Monsoon Flooding?

‘We Are La Plata County’ visits with Director of Emergency Management Butch Knowlton about the potential for monsoon flooding on the perimeter of the 416 Fire burn area.

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What To Do After A Road Accident In Durango
Aug04

What To Do After A Road Accident In Durango

The 2017-2021 Colorado State Patrol Strategic Plan is designed to minimize fatal road accidents by creating more awareness and equipping drivers more effectively. Within a year, the department has managed to drop the figure by 1.4%, which inches them closer to the target of 5%. Motorists have a lot on their plate and also have to contend with non-fatal accidents, fender benders, and road hogs who decide to weave, tailgate, and cause a...

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How To Make Your Durango Rental Beat The Competition
Mar25

How To Make Your Durango Rental Beat The Competition

How To Make You Durango Rental Beat The Competition Durango properties are hotting up, with 194 new apartments ready for their grand opening in Escalante Drive. For landlords, this is the prime opportunity to get their investments off the ground and lure in the ideal tenants. With so many rental options, however, competition is tight,and landlords will need to ensure they have all the boxes ticked plus a little extra to ensure they...

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Firefighters gathered for unique 9/11 stair climb in Durango
Sep17

Firefighters gathered for unique 9/11 stair climb in Durango

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – Firefighters from La Plata County honored their fallen brothers and sisters on 9/11 in a unique stair climb. Upper Pine Fire, Durango Fire and Farmington firefighters gathered at the bottom of the Sky Steps in Durango on Tuesday. In full gear, crew members climbed the 500 step staircase three times — the same height as the Twin Towers. The Sky Steps lead from downtown Durango to the Fort Lewis...

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Monsoons coming soon? Some forecasters say yes!
Jun28

Monsoons coming soon? Some forecasters say yes!

Now it is hot and dry. Oh my! Is that in our extended future? Are monsoons coming soon? Some forecasters– experts at the Climate Prediction Center in Maryland– project an earlier and wetter season for the SW Colorado region.  A  map on the CPC website shows a green area (projected rain) over the Colorado-Utah border   and extending across the western half of Colorado, most of Utah, northern Arizona and the...

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Blessed Rain– buckets and wheelbarrows FULL
Jun18

Blessed Rain– buckets and wheelbarrows FULL

SATURDAY night’s rain filled buckets and wheelbarrows around La Plata County.  Yes and it caused some flash flooding too… but OH the air quality is much improved.  Thanks Rain for coming!  Come again soon. Fire size has shrunk several hundred acres to 34,151 acres and is now 30% contained!  Rain helped! Sunny days are expected for the week ahead.  To keep abreast of our weather… visit our weather  page...

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Southwest Colorado Real Estate Forecast 2018–offered by The Wells Group
Mar14

Southwest Colorado Real Estate Forecast 2018–offered by The Wells Group

  Get the inside scoop on the Real Estate market trends here in SW Colorado with the 2018 Real Estate Forecast featuring Wells Group brokers John Wells, Jim Wotkyns and real estate appraiser & statistician,  Bob Allen. Through an in-depth yet easily understood presentation, this team of dedicated specialists will lead you through the data and real estate trends observable in Southwestern Colorado for years prior, and also...

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Select the Art for Hwy 550/160 Intersection
Feb16

Select the Art for Hwy 550/160 Intersection

Take an online survey to select which of three artists’ proposals should be installed at the U.S. Highways 550/160 intersection.

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Turning on the Nighthorse Faucet
Jan11

Turning on the Nighthorse Faucet

The La Plata Archuleta Water District and the City of Durango are working on an agreement to build a jointly owned water treatment facility to deliver Lake Nighthorse water to southeast county users.

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Lake Nighthorse On Track to Open April 1st
Jan05

Lake Nighthorse On Track to Open April 1st

The Durango City Council set April 1 as the opening date for Lake Nighthorse recreation . . . nearly seven years after the reservoir filled to capacity.

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