City & County

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years after its construction, we must ask: how long should this once useful piece of technology continue to run on an outdated fuel source – coal?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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Homeslice in Three Springs?
Dec22

Homeslice in Three Springs?

Homeslice Pizza looks to open a third location in the burgeoning Three Springs neighborhood.

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Chairlift for Chapman?
Nov28

Chairlift for Chapman?

A new improvement plan for Chapman Hill includes several options to replace the old rope tow.

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E-Bikes to Get a Trial Run on Animas River Trail
Jul14

E-Bikes to Get a Trial Run on Animas River Trail

After electric bicycles were banned from the Animas River Trail last year, Durango city staff were inundated with complaints by e-bike riders. After nearly a year of study and public meetings, the city has decided to allow e-bikes on the ART for a one-year trial.

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4th of July, 5k, Parade, Fireworks
Jun27

4th of July, 5k, Parade, Fireworks

Happy Independence Day from Durango Downtown! Check out what’s going on in and around Durango on the 4th of July!  Buckley Park Events   Rotary Park Events   Downtown Events American Voices: What it Means to be an American By Fort Lewis College 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Buckley Park Readings and music by Fort Lewis College and Southwest Civic Winds All-American Gourmet Breakfast By Rotary Club of Durango 7:30 – 11 a.m....

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IRON HORSE BICYCLE CLASSIC– May 26th to 28th
May24

IRON HORSE BICYCLE CLASSIC– May 26th to 28th

46th Annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic! Friday May 26, 2017 Final Packet Pickup Buckley Park (3pm-7pm) Narrow Horse Swim – http://www.durangoswimclub.org Steamworks Faceplant Party: Beer, live music, vendors and bike parade. At Buckley Park 3-8pm Iron BMX Saturday May 27, 2017 Durango Coca-Cola Road Race (7:30am) McDonald’s Citizens Tour to Silverton (8am) Quarter Horse to Purgatory (8:15am) MBS King/Queen of Mountain...

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Election transparency measure passes Colorado House
Apr25

Election transparency measure passes Colorado House

Presidential candidates would be required to release documents By Luke Perkins Herald Staff Writer | Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:42 AM DENVER – Colorado lawmakers on Friday pushed forward a measure to increase transparency in presidential elections. House Bill 1328, which would require candidates for president and vice president to submit their tax returns to the Colorado secretary of state as a condition of being placed on the ballot,...

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