Durango Local NEWS by LNN

Animas Artisans Turn into Custom Treasures for Your Home
Jun30

Animas Artisans Turn into Custom Treasures for Your Home

Dylan McClain and Dalton Bevill may have practical construction skills, but they wanted to do more to express their artistic side, so they joined forces to start Animas Artisans, a Design and Fabrication Studio. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage

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City Moves to Next Phase of Downtown’s New Design
Jun30

City Moves to Next Phase of Downtown’s New Design

No fireworks, but a drone show will light up the skies this Fourth of July weekend. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Museum reopens to the public, and take a gander at the latest conceptual drawings for a redesigned downtown. This story is sponsored by Pop’s Truck and RV Center and Tafoya Barrett and Associates

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Music For Life
Jun25

Music For Life

The Southwest Civic Winds, founded in 2012, boasts a robust band of 40 members, give or take, playing a variety of instruments, music, and songs from across the world. While they can and do perform in concert halls and other similar venues, you can catch a glimpse of them at the Fourth of July Rotary Park Pancake Breakfast this year. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and the Payroll Department

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Fresh Food, Friends, and Local Fun
Jun25

Fresh Food, Friends, and Local Fun

Bright and early every Saturday morning during the summer, come join local food and craft vendors at the Durango Farmers Market in TBK Bank. Pick up some fresh lettuce, radishes, mushroom, and perhaps a hat or cake, all the while enjoying live music, community fun, and support your local farmers while you’re at it. This story is sponsored by The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley, LLC

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Mesa Verde Country Hopes to Ramp Up Visitors to Byway
Jun25

Mesa Verde Country Hopes to Ramp Up Visitors to Byway

Mesa Verde Country hopes to manage and market the Trails of the Ancients Byway so that visitors to Southwest Colorado will find a reason to extend their stays by one or two more days. This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado

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Girls’ Night Out – Just Add Horses
Jun23

Girls’ Night Out – Just Add Horses

Horse Empower has a unique way of approaching a ladies’ night out – in the midst of the staples of good food, drinks, and conversation, a horse might just make its appearance. Kim Hardesty, owner of Horse Empower, and her herd of horses offer a range of services, from equine therapy to equine-assisted learning. One of the programs though, might just offer new options for a night out. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino and The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage

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Fire Restrictions Increase in Region, COVID Cases on the Rise
Jun23

Fire Restrictions Increase in Region, COVID Cases on the Rise

Persistent drought has caused severe fire weather conditions, so area agencies have moved to Stage 2 fire restrictions. That means no fires whatsoever. This story is sponsored by Service Master Restore and Ute Mountain Casino

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Will San Juan Basin Public Health Cease to Exist?
Jun21

Will San Juan Basin Public Health Cease to Exist?

The San Juan Basin Public Health District may become another casualty of the COVID pandemic. Whether that happens remains to be seen. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy’s Pizza and Wings and Pop’s Truck and RV Center

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KSUT Receives Grant to Become Story Corps Station
Jun20

KSUT Receives Grant to Become Story Corps Station

KSUT Public Radio wants to reduce polarization between people in the Four Corners with a new conversation series and it invites residents from throughout the region to participate. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley

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New Mexico Education Foundation Addresses Teacher Shortages in Region
Jun20

New Mexico Education Foundation Addresses Teacher Shortages in Region

Rural Northern New Mexico and Southwest Colorado are suffering from teacher shortages, particularly in secondary math and science classrooms and special education classrooms. The Three Rivers Education Foundation hopes to put a dent in the problem with a unique teacher-training program for professionals considering a change in their careers. This story is sponsored by Boons Family Thai Barbecue and Pop’s Truck and RV Center

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Next Few Weeks in Southwest Colorado Packed with Events
Jun15

Next Few Weeks in Southwest Colorado Packed with Events

Get your calendars ready! This week’s Local News Roundup offers a slew of special events to keep you entertained while you support good causes. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas Barbecue and The Cave Man Barber

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Students Seek Support for National SkillsUSA Competition
Jun11

Students Seek Support for National SkillsUSA Competition

SkillsUSA is an organization that assists students from middle school students through college with career and technical education, leadership experience, and more. Durango High School has a long history of successful SkillsUSA students in their local chapter, and after a COVID-related hiatus, club advisor Shaun Smith and a team of six DHS students are headed to the national SkillsUSA Championships in June, paying for and fundraising their way. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado

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Purple Cliffs Homeless Camp “Not Working”
Jun11

Purple Cliffs Homeless Camp “Not Working”

After five years of looking, La Plata County and the City of Durango have found a site to establish a managed camp for residents experiencing homelessness. This story is sponsored by Closets Plus and Happy Pappy’s Pizza and Wings

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Vermiculturists Want to Worm Their Way into Your Compost
Jun08

Vermiculturists Want to Worm Their Way into Your Compost

Montezuma County residents Frank Dean and Wendy Walker run a worm farm. Yes, WORM farm. Four Corners Worm Farm. And they’re on a mission to introduce worm composting and worm fertilizer as a practice in regenerative agriculture that reduces the amount of waste thrown in landfills and rids the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers – and provides bait for the occasional fisherman. This story is sponsored by the LOR Foundation of Montezuma and Keesee Motors

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Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot
Jun08

Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

Summertime in the southwest means blue skies, warm weather, and, unfortunately, drought conditions. Fires already are burning across the Four Corners, so how best do we balance having fun in the sun, with taking precautions and being safe with fires? By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and Pop’s Truck and RV Center You can visit San Juan County Fire & Rescue, Cortez Fire & Rescue, La Plata County Search & Rescue, and Durango Fire & Rescue for updates

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Will Durango Fire Wind Up at River City Hall After All?
Jun08

Will Durango Fire Wind Up at River City Hall After All?

Emergency services will have to undergo more scrutiny for land-use changes, Men Who Grill returns to Buckley Park, and Durango Arts Center summer camps begin. This story is sponsored by Kroegers Ace Hardware and ServiceMaster Restore

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600 Dogs Compete in Annual Dog Show in Farmington
Jun04

600 Dogs Compete in Annual Dog Show in Farmington

Dog lovers united for the Durango Kennel Club’s annual American Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show at McGee Park in Farmington. On their best behavior, 600 dogs and their owners, handlers, and judges came from across the United States and Mexico to participate. By Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino and ServiceMaster Restore

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Grab a Picnic, Blanket, and Kids; Concerts in Buckley Return
Jun04

Grab a Picnic, Blanket, and Kids; Concerts in Buckley Return

Community Concert Hall at the Park returns this summer with free performances every Thursday evening starting on July 16. Find out who will be on stage. This story is sponsored by Alpine Bank.

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Coram, Boebert Exchange Policy, Barbed Words
Jun02

Coram, Boebert Exchange Policy, Barbed Words

At the first of two debates for the 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, the two Republican candidates, Dan Coram and Lauren Boebert, debated policy issues, gun rights, and water issues. Sky Ute Casino hosted the debate. This story is sponsored by 2180 Lighting and Design Studio and Man Cave Barber

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Americana at its Best: Cowboy-Style at Aztec Museum
May26

Americana at its Best: Cowboy-Style at Aztec Museum

The Aztec Museum complex houses one of the finest collections of authentic western Americana in the country. Tour a dozen structures in the “Village,” among them a doctor’s office, general store, black smith and foundry, Aztec’s first jailhouse, and the old Cedar Hill Church. The Museum also offers a summer concert series. Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by ServiceMaster Restore and Distil Beer Wine Spirits

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