City & County

Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading at unprecedented levels in La Plata and Archuleta Counties
Jan23

Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading at unprecedented levels in La Plata and Archuleta Counties

  San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is currently reporting more positive cases and transmission of COVID-19 than at any time during the nearly two-year pandemic. SJBPH attributes the local surge in cases to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Questions remain about Omicron’s severity, and the impact on local COVID-19 hospitalizations will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. To preserve already strained health...

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CDOT documentary depicts new era of archaeology in Durango, Colorado
Jan23

CDOT documentary depicts new era of archaeology in Durango, Colorado

The recent realignment of US Highway 550 near Durango, Colorado revealed one of these mysteries, a concentrated area of significant cultural resources – a 1200+ year old Pueblo 1 ridgetop village, stone artifacts, and one of the largest pit houses ever discovered in this area. Southwest Colorado excavation involves regional tribes  The Colorado Department of Transportation will debut a documentary on Rocky Mountain PBS this weekend....

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Housing 101 Virtual Meeting
Jan05

Housing 101 Virtual Meeting

  As our community takes on the challenge of addressing a housing crisis, we’re offering a presentation on the basic elements of housing — from subsidized solutions to workforce housing to market-rate developments. This will be part of the community outreach effort to get input on a Workforce Housing Investment Plan we are developing to be delivered to the community in March of 2022. This virtual presentation will take...

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January 2022 Durango Events
Dec31

January 2022 Durango Events

  A new year, cold weather, and activities galore; January in Durango doesn’t slack in family fun! From snowshoeing, a motorcycle breakfast, and Durango’s own Snowdown festival, you don’t want to miss these events. January 8th Durango Harley Davidson is hosting the Biker Breakfast. Everyone is invited, on a motorcycle or not, for a free (first come, first serve) breakfast provided by the Black Sheep Christian Motorcycle Ministry....

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Durango School District 9-R and LPEA launch Colorado’s first vehicle-to-grid enabled electric school bus
Dec18

Durango School District 9-R and LPEA launch Colorado’s first vehicle-to-grid enabled electric school bus

    DURANGO, Colo. – Durango School District 9-R and La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will today launch the area’s first electric – and Colorado’s first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) enabled – school bus. In February 2021, District 9-R was awarded a grant of $328,803 through the Regional Air Quality Council’s (RAQC) ALT Fuels Colorado program. Augmented with $120,000 from LPEA to cover electric charging infrastructure, the...

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LPEA experiencing widespread outages throughout service territory
Dec15

LPEA experiencing widespread outages throughout service territory

  DURANGO, Colo. – La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has been experiencing widespread outages in our service territory since roughly 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. As of 7:30 a.m., we have 26 outages impacting 1,452 members. The primary cause of the outages are high winds, downed trees, and damaged LPEA equipment. Crews have been fully dispatched and are working to restore power, though inclement weather and road...

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Candidate packets available for 2022 LPEA director election
Dec10

Candidate packets available for 2022 LPEA director election

  DURANGO, Colo. – LPEA members interested in running for a seat on the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board of Directors now have access to the 2022 Board Director Candidate Packet at lpea.coop/board-director-candidate-information. To be considered, prospective candidates must return all completed materials by 1 p.m. on March 12, 2022. Materials may be mailed to LPEA’s Durango office or dropped off at LPEA’s office in...

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Christmas in Durango, Colorado
Nov29

Christmas in Durango, Colorado

Christmas in Durango, Colorado Christmas in Durango extends the entire month of December. Our little mountain town comes alive with activities all month long for everyone from the adventure seeker to the holiday traditionalist. Durango, Colorado has so much to offer during the Christmas season. Take A Ski Trip Around Christmas, it is common for Durango to turn into a snowy winter wonderland. Enjoy skiing at one of the great ski spots...

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THE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN IS BACK!!
Nov24

THE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN IS BACK!!

NOW THROUGH JANUARY 1   Our premier event of the year, The Polar Express Train, is selling fast! Be sure to choose your date and car type and book now. Certain dates and car types will sell quickly and you’ll want to be first to book! Join us for a truly magical recreation of the classic holiday story about a child’s Christmas Eve journey aboard a vintage steam train as it departs our station in Durango and sets off for the...

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HALLOWEEN 2021 IN DURANGO
Oct28

HALLOWEEN 2021 IN DURANGO

  Haunted Ghosts Tours, Spooky Thrills & Halloween Parades In Durango, Colorado Halloween is not just a single day celebration, it’s one entire season where tricks and treats happen, people put on their spookiest costumes and attend the eerie ghost tours in Durango. Other than the regular traditions, there are crazy parties and Halloween events in Durango lined up this 2021. You can be a master at cooking Halloween special...

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October updates from LPEA
Oct25

October updates from LPEA

    Thank you to those who attended our Member Appreciation Lunches last month! We served more than 1,000 meals in Durango and Pagosa Springs and enjoyed connecting with you in person after a year’s hiatus. It’s been a busy autumn event season for us. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of our Annual Meeting and of our electric heating technologies webinar. Also, don’t miss our upcoming virtual town...

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LPEA will host two virtual town hall meetings to update members on future power supply options
Oct25

LPEA will host two virtual town hall meetings to update members on future power supply options

DURANGO, Colo. – On Monday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m., La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will host two virtual town hall meetings to update members on the most recent developments in LPEA’s future power supply negotiations. “The topic of LPEA’s future power supply has been a hot one for the past several years, with a diversity of opinions regarding how LPEA should be powering our...

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Snowdown 2022 Theme Reveal
Oct17

Snowdown 2022 Theme Reveal

Eric Eicher, left, president of Alpine Bank in Durango, and Shan Wells, an artist in Durango, unveil the “Magical Mystical Snowdown 2022” poster during the Snowdown kickoff party on Thursday at Fur Trappers Steakhouse. Wells designed the poster. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald) Jerry McBride   The 43rd annual Snowdown will be full of magic and mystics. With Snowdown’s 2022 theme, Magical & Mystical, you can interpret it...

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DURANGO FALL PLANNING GUIDE
Oct15

DURANGO FALL PLANNING GUIDE

Activities And Fall Things To Do In Durango (September, October + November) Plan for your upcoming visit this fall with our fall planning guide. Fall is the optimum time to book a vacation package to Durango, Colorado. Travel+Leisure Magazine includes Durango, Colorado in their article about driving along the Continental Divide. Sherman’s Travel named Durango number 4 on their list of Top Ten Easy Fall Weekend Getaways, naming...

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LPEA Virtual Town Hall Meetings
Oct15

LPEA Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Dear valued member, Where should LPEA source our power from? Since 2019, We’ve been exploring three options to power our communities with affordable, reliable, and low-carbon electricity. After much work and negotiation, we have some exciting developments to share on one option, which would allow LPEA to secure half our power needs from our current power provider Tri-State and half from other sources. LPEA and Tri-State want to...

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LPEA begins Bodo Park line improvement project; reroutes traffic on Animas River Trail
Oct10

LPEA begins Bodo Park line improvement project; reroutes traffic on Animas River Trail

      DURANGO, Colo. – This week, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) began Phase I of its project to replace roughly one mile of underground line serving the Bodo Park area. The project will support future growth in the area and save 7,600 kilowatt-hours annually by reducing line losses. Phase I focuses on the line north of Baker Lane and will be completed by December 31, 2021. Phase II, focused on the line south of...

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La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approves  $36,965 in grants to local non-profits in Q3 2021
Oct05

La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approves $36,965 in grants to local non-profits in Q3 2021

DURANGO, Colo. – The La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approved a total of $36,965 in grant funding to local non-profit organizations at its meetings in July, August, and September of 2021. Durango Food Bank, Bear Smart Durango, League of Women Voters, LASSO Horse Rescue, Pagosa Play Place, Silver Spruce Academy, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA), Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center, 4CORE, and Seeds of Learning...

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TICO TIME COUNTRY FESTIVAL SEPT 30 – OCT 3
Sep27

TICO TIME COUNTRY FESTIVAL SEPT 30 – OCT 3

  EVENT DESCRIPTION Get ready to Boot Scoot into Fall! Bring your friends, family, cowboy hats, dancing feet, and happy attitudes! There will be fireworks and so much more! Live performances by: Devon Worley Band, Rick Trevino, Dave McElroy, Anthony Smith, Savanna Chestnut, Matt Castillo, Garrett Young Collective, Phineus Reb, Britnee Kellogg, Sim Balkey, Tyller Gummersall, James Robert Webb, Bo DePeña. LOCATION Tico Time River...

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DURANGO COWBOY POETRY GATHERING Sept 30th- Oct 3rd
Sep27

DURANGO COWBOY POETRY GATHERING Sept 30th- Oct 3rd

    The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering takes place September 30th- October 3rd. Cowboy poets and musicians from all across the West will gather in Durango to celebrate poems and songs that capture the spirit of the American West and the people who live and work there. The gathering events will take place in various venues around Durango including Ft. Lewis Concert Hall, Strater Hotel, Wildhorse Saloon and Four Leaves Winery...

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AUTUMN ARTS FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 18 -19
Sep16

AUTUMN ARTS FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 18 -19

  With concern for the safety of our Durango Autumn Arts Festival attendees, the following adjustments have been made to the event: To avoid clustered gatherings, there will be no indoor live entertainment, food court, or artist dinner. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy food from downtown restaurants. Social distancing measures will be maintained outside, and the art booths will be set up normally for the enjoyment and safe...

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