DLN News

DHS Hockey Celebrates State Title
Mar12

DHS Hockey Celebrates State Title

The Durango High School The Demons hockey team captured the 4A State Championship by beating Summit 4-2 in Denver on March 5th. The accomplishment came just two years after Durango moved from a club team to a sanctioned varsity team under the Colorado High School Activities Association regulations. The win marks a banner year for Durango Hockey, which celebrated major accomplishments across most of its age designations in 2023/24. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Payroll Department and Serious Texas B-B-Q.

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Durango Non-Profit Brings Bikes to Kids
Mar12

Durango Non-Profit Brings Bikes to Kids

Durango-based non-profit Wheelie Cool operates with one goal: get more kids on bikes as early as possible. In past years, founder Fynn Funke has built trails near local schools to accomplish that mission. In 2024, Funke’s non-profit will host a series of week-long bike rodeos at Durango elementary schools to teach young students how to ride. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Payroll Department and Freddie’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.

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Colorado Department of Transportation 
Mar11

Colorado Department of Transportation 

The Colorado Department of Transportation has three upcoming projects occurring in La Plata County this coming summer. Projects range from chip seal operations on US Highway 160, safety improvements along Main Avenue including single replacement and traffic flow enhancements, and completing the US Highway 160 and 550 connection project. The connection project at Grand View will improve safety and accessibility and will include wildlife underpasses and a planned extension to a four-lane highway. Julie Constan from the Colorado Department of Transportation provides insights into these crucial infrastructure developments, underlining safety precautions for travelers navigating construction zones. By Sadie Smith. This story is sponsored by Alpine Bank.

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Women’s History Month
Mar08

Women’s History Month

Durango’s The Women’s Resource Center is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of events emphasizing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The month kicked off with a chocolate and wine tasting on March 7th, followed by a photo exhibit at the Durango Public Library on March 12th. Additional events include a diversity panel on March 18th, a WomenAid fundraiser on March 20th, and the culminating Extraordinary Women Award Dinner on March 27th at the DoubleTree hotel, honoring women who exemplify the theme of diversity, equity, and inclusion. By Sadie Smith. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas Bar-B-Q and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.

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Growing Inside and Out, Call for Artists
Mar07

Growing Inside and Out, Call for Artists

Soil Outdoor Learning Lab has reached its fundraising goal of $75,000 and plans to begin construction on a new Grow Dome, a geodesic greenhouse for year-round gardening, before the end of the school year. The City of Durango is seeking artists and creative teams to contribute art installations along three stretches of the Animas River Trail, with applications due by March 29th. Durango Hot Springs is reintroducing live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays in March, featuring various artists. Additionally, the Durango La Plata County Airport is recruiting up to 75 volunteers aged 18 and older for an emergency exercise training on April 17th, simulating a mock plane crash scenario. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Tafoya Barrett & Associates and Sky Ute Casino.

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Ignite Reading: Closing the Gap
Mar06

Ignite Reading: Closing the Gap

Ignite Reading emerges as a force against declining literacy, delivering personalized virtual tutoring for significant student advancement. With a focus on individual needs, Ignite closes reading proficiency gaps and revolutionizes educational outcomes. Ignite Reading recently held a showcase at Sunnyside Elementary School to offer 9R School District leaders the chance to learn more about the program. By Sadie Smith. This story is sponsored by Payroll Department and Happy Pappy’s Pizza and Wings.

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La Plata County Public Health: Guiding Community Wellness
Mar04

La Plata County Public Health: Guiding Community Wellness

La Plata County Public Health Department plays a crucial role in safeguarding the community’s well-being. Beyond behavioral health and communicable disease prevention, the department oversees on-site water testing, waste management, and rigorous restaurant inspections. Megan Graham highlights these vital responsibilities, emphasizing the department’s commitment to the overall health and safety of the community. By Sadie Smith. This story is sponsored by Alpine Bank.

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Durango High School Troupe 1096 Presents Comedy Musical Urinetown
Mar01

Durango High School Troupe 1096 Presents Comedy Musical Urinetown

Durango High School Troupe 1096 presents the satirical comedy musical Urinetown from February 29th through March 9th at Durango High School. Urinetown envisions a dystopic future where water shortages have led to government regulation and corporate control of bathroom use, and the divide between the rich and the poor comes down to the right to pee freely. The critically acclaimed, Tony Award-winning musical is known for its clever storytelling and impressive musical score. Troupe 1096’s production will be sure to entertain audiences and make them think. For ticket sales and information on how to donate, visit Troup 1096’s website. By Jessica McCallum. This story is sponsored by Kroegers Ace Hardware and Tafoya Barrett & Associates.

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Fort Lewis College Theatre Presents The Wolves
Feb29

Fort Lewis College Theatre Presents The Wolves

The Fort Lewis College Theatre Department presents the award-winning one-act play The Wolves, written by Sarah Delappe and directed by Associate Professor Felicia Lansbury Meyer. The play features an all-female cast and centers on the conversations of a high school girls’ soccer team. The Wolves runs from February 29th through March 3rd at the Gallery Theatre in the Fort Lewis College Theatre Building. By Jessica McCallum. This story is sponsored by The Payroll Department and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.

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Ignacio Students Win at Regional Science Fair
Feb28

Ignacio Students Win at Regional Science Fair

32 students from Ignacio Middle and High Schools attended the San Juan Basin Regional Science Fair at Fort Lewis College. A handful of students joined the competitive portion of the event, like Sophomores Evan Perkins and Max Montoya. Judges awarded Montoya and Perkins third place for their A.I.-based voice recognition project. The fair is a collaborative effort to encourage learning and exploration through the scientific process. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy’s Pizza & Wings and Dunkin’ Donuts.

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Snowboard Tour Features Durango
Feb27

Snowboard Tour Features Durango

The brainchild of snowboarder Travis Rice, the Natural Selection Tour showcases the world’s top riders from Olympians to big mountain film icons all competing on the world’s most iconic locations. Natural Selection DUELS feature six mountain venues from around the world, where head-to-head competition between two top riders will decide who moves on to the next stages in the Natural Selection Tour. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts and Happy Pappy’s Pizza & Wings.

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Mocktail Momentum
Feb23

Mocktail Momentum

Beverage businesses can lose as much as ten percent of revenue during January. But “dry-January” represents a trend that goes beyond one month. Drinking less, or not at all is becoming accepted culturally, and businesses are taking note. Tesstastic Mixers opened in October, with an equal focus on alcoholic and non-alcoholic offerings. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Sky Ute Casino Resort and Serious Texas BBQ.

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Housing Catalyst Funds, DurangoScape 2024
Feb21

Housing Catalyst Funds, DurangoScape 2024

The City of Durango plans to contribute $250,000 to the Housing Catalyst Fund to support housing projects in La Plata County, building on previous grants. The 2024 DurangoScape Conference theme centers on native plants and climate adaptation, with featured speakers including Ross Shrigley and John Wickman. Additionally, the Powerhouse received a $100,000 nonprofit grant to enhance its services, while the Colorado Department of Revenue announced the start of tax season for 2023 income tax returns. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas BBQ and Sky Ute Casino.

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Bringing Film to San Juan County 
Feb16

Bringing Film to San Juan County 

There’s something exciting about seeing a movie or a tv show and recognizing the landmarks. With the opening of a film backlot – a place created to provide a backdrop for a scene – in San Juan County, Four Corners residents may soon be able to see the place we call home featured on-screen. With growing interest in the film industry and tax breaks for New Mexico, San Juan County hopes to draw in both the shows themselves, but also the people who make the movie magic happen. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by The Big Idea Makerspace at San Juan College and Home2Suites.

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Durango Real Estate 2023 Statistics
Feb15

Durango Real Estate 2023 Statistics

Dan Korman, owner/broker of Alpenglow Properties in downtown Durango, CO, highlights a data packed episode outlining real estate numbers of 2023. Some of the stats include average price, number of sales, as well as some commercial real estate insights and predictions for the future. By Dan Korman. This story is sponsored by Alpenglow Properties.

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9-R’s Got a Solar-Bright Future
Feb13

9-R’s Got a Solar-Bright Future

Durango School District 9-R has partnered with energy solutions provider Veregy for solar power and energy improvements across ten district schools and sites, reducing carbon emissions by 1,836 metric tons annually. Fort Lewis College will host a screening and discussion of the film “making of buffalo soldiers: reVision,” exploring the complex history of the Buffalo Soldier regiments, followed by a panel discussion with artists involved in the creation of the exhibition. Amidst ongoing winter storms, viewers are advised to take precautions when planning winter travel, ensuring preparedness for snowy mountain passes and staying updated on road conditions and closures. This story is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts and Tafoya Barrett & Associates.

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Innovate and Create: MakerLab – Where Creativity Knows No Limits
Feb13

Innovate and Create: MakerLab – Where Creativity Knows No Limits

Experience MakerLab, a vibrant community fostering creativity, collaboration, and innovation with shared tools and boundless imagination. Operated entirely by volunteers, MakerLab is a community-driven haven equipped with diverse tools for metalworking, woodworking, textiles, 3D printing, and more. From industrial sewing to cutting-edge 3D printers, MakerLab empowers members to bring their ideas to life. By Sadie Smith. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas Bar-B-Q and Sky Ute Casino.

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La Plata’s Uncharted Progress: Beyond City Limits
Feb11

La Plata’s Uncharted Progress: Beyond City Limits

Ever wondered about the impactful work behind the scenes at La Plata County? Explore the heart of our community with Ted Holteen, the Public and Governmental Affairs Manager. La Plata County, spanning unincorporated areas outside Ignacio, Bayfield, Durango, and the Southern Ute Tribe Reservation, is actively engaged in diverse projects. From funding initiatives for affordable housing to enhancing road infrastructure, the county is dedicated to fostering a thriving community. By Sadie Smith. This story is sponsored by Alpine Bank.

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Merely Players Presents Small Mouth Sounds
Feb09

Merely Players Presents Small Mouth Sounds

Merely Players invites audiences to a unique and profound theatrical experience at the regional premiere of Bess Wohl’s critically acclaimed play Small Mouth Sounds. Set at a silent retreat, six individuals confront their suffering as they search for meaning and spiritual growth. Small Mouth Sounds runs from February 9th to February 18th at Merely Underground in the Durango Tech Center. By Jessica McCallum. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy’s Pizza & Wings and Kroegers Ace Hardware.

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Celebrating Teachers Across the County
Feb08

Celebrating Teachers Across the County

Celebrate the exceptional contributions of your favorite teachers through the inaugural Golden Apple of La Plata County Award! If your child is eligible for early access to kindergarten or first grade for Ignacio School District 11-JT, make sure your application is in by April 1st. Ignacio Youth Services offers a variety of programs designed to connect middle and high school students with their community and the outdoors. And we have your back for last-minute Super Bowl snacks. By Hannah. This story is sponsored by Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and The Payroll Department.

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