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Flowing Through the Natural Way
Jan18

Flowing Through the Natural Way

Throughout the years, the geothermal wells pumping heated water have bubbled up in the Animas Valley before cycling back down to the underground aquifer. Durango Hot Springs, purchased in 2019 and renamed from Trimble Hot Springs, has incorporated the natural flow cycle into the management of its soaking pools, all the while practicing a sustainable method of water treatment, creating a better soaking experience and giving back to the Animas Valley. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Sky Ute Casino and Kroegers Ace Hardware.

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Ignacio Monthly Roundup
Jan18

Ignacio Monthly Roundup

The Ignacio Community Library invites you to join the second annual fundraising gala, Denim and Diamonds, featuring local art, artists, and food. With winter in full swing, the Repair Cafe has moved to the first Saturday of the month to keep library staff, volunteers, and participants safe. With the recent snowfalls, Ignacio School District 11-JT is asking parents and guardians to make sure contact information is up to date in the event of a snow day, and packets for Town Board seats are available for pick-up at Town Hall for the April municipal election. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and 2180 Lighting and Design Studio.

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50 Years of Community
Jan18

50 Years of Community

Alpine Bank celebrated its 50th anniversary by giving back to the communities of Colorado, distributing a total of $426,500 to 355 nonprofits chosen by its employees, including 14 in the Durango area. The bank, founded in 1973 by Bob Young, has a longstanding commitment to philanthropy, today seen in action through the Loyalty Debit Card program, which contributes 10 cents to a fund for local causes with every use. In commemoration of the $55 million raised through the program, Alpine Bank provided each employee with $500 to donate to a nonprofit of their choice for the anniversary celebration. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Alpine Bank.

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Snow Problem for Durango
Jan17

Snow Problem for Durango

With snowstorms on the horizon, make sure to refresh where Durango’s snow routes are and check snow plow schedules with the City of Durango. Make sure that you and your students know how snow days are decided for Durango School District 9-R, and find answers to frequently asked questions online. And Southwest Conservation Corps are looking for folks willing to host corpsmembers for its programs this year. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts and The Payroll Department.

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Ignacio Non-Profit Thriving
Jan13

Ignacio Non-Profit Thriving

Since its inception in 2015, The Elhi Community Center has focused on supporting communities in Southwest Colorado. The organization has a clothing closet and provides space for many small businesses and programs. In 2024, ELHI hopes to broaden its reach and continue serving as a venue for events ranging from concerts to classes and various kinds of parties. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas BBQ and Kroegers Ace Hardware.

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ELHI Community Center
Jan13

ELHI Community Center

Since its inception in 2015, The Elhi Community Center has focused on supporting communities in Southwest Colorado. The organization has a clothing closet and provides space for many small businesses and programs. In 2024, ELHI hopes to broaden its reach and continue serving as a venue for events ranging from concerts to classes and various kinds of parties. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas BBQ and Kroegers Ace Hardware.

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Durango Keeps Moving and Expanding
Jan10

Durango Keeps Moving and Expanding

Durango School District 9-R invites the community to the grand opening of the Impact Career Innovation Center at Durango High School on January 24th. The City of Durango adopted the 2023 Multimodal Plan, which outlines community input-driven updates for an integrated transportation network, emphasizing expanded transit services and improved pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure. El Pomar Foundation is accepting applications for its 2024 internship program, offering a 10-week paid internship for undergraduate students focused on philanthropy and leadership development, and La Plata Electric Association has approved a pass-through rate increase, effective January 1st, with recommendations to avoid peak usage fees by running appliances during off-peak hours. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas BBQ and The Payroll Department.

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Skyhawks Shoot for Second Half Success
Jan09

Skyhawks Shoot for Second Half Success

The Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team heads into the new year on a roll, having won eight of their last ten games. The Skyhawks are relying on added depth and experience to improve their record in year three under Head Coach Taylor Harris. FLC faces a tough test in January, playing at home just twice with the rest of the games on the road. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy’s Pizza & Wings and Kroegers Ace Hardware.

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Avalanche Experts Urge Backcountry Caution 
Jan02

Avalanche Experts Urge Backcountry Caution 

Avalanche deaths reached near-record levels in Colorado during the 2022/23 winter season. Friends of the San Juans is doing its part to reduce that number this season by leading education and outreach efforts throughout the Four Corners. Despite low early-season snowpack, experts warn there is still a risk for slides. By Connor Shreve This story is sponsored by Keesee Motors and Southwest Health System

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SJBPH Transition to La Plata County Health Department
Dec30

SJBPH Transition to La Plata County Health Department

As of January 1st, 2023, San Juan Basin Public Health will close its doors (metaphorically), and La Plata and Archuleta counties will take over providing public health services to their communities. La Plata Public Health Department has been working over the past year to develop the new department, staff the offices, and ensure the continuation of public health in La Plata County. While essential services like health insurance assistance, emergency clinic services, and wastewater testing will continue uninterrupted, other services will see a slight “pause” while La Plata County Health Department officially takes over in the first couple of weeks of 2024. By Hannah Robertson This story is sponsored by Sky Ute Casino and Kroegers Ace Hardware

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Winter Weather Tips
Dec27

Winter Weather Tips

Every year, 11,000 people suffer injury from snow shoveling alone. With more snow, ice and colder temperatures comes a higher risk for drivers, pedestrians and pets. The Four Corners region has unique conditions that can increase certain risks. The Local News Network with the help of Visit Durango has gathered some tips to keep you safe, from the high desert to the high alpine. By Connor Shreve This story is sponsored by Tafoya Barrett & Associates and Happy Pappy’s Pizza & Wings

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Durango Theatreworks Creates Radio Play Versions of Holiday Classics
Dec22

Durango Theatreworks Creates Radio Play Versions of Holiday Classics

Durango Theatreworks, a sponsored program of Fort Lewis College’s theatre department, staged and recorded a radio play version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol that ran from December 13 to December 17 at the FLC Mainstage Theatre. The recorded version of the radio play can be heard on Christmas Eve on KDUR 91.9/93.9 at 4PM and KPTE 92.9 The Point at 7PM. It will also be broadcast on Christmas morning on KKDG 99X at 10 AM. A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play was adapted for the stage and radio by Nathan Jerkins and was directed by Fort Lewis College Professor Michael McKelvey. The cast featured Matt Bodo, Conor Sheehan, Jenny Fitts-Reynolds, Mohriah James, Oliver Kennedy, Siena Widen, Hallie Denman, Kieran Peck, Melissa Mossinghoff, and Bella O’Bryan. After the Saturday night performance, the Christmas Carol cast members, along with director McKelvey, also performed a rollicking read through of a radio adaptation of another Christmas favorite, DieHard. Your Old Fashioned Die Hard Radiocast was also adapted by Nathan Jerkins. Durango Theatreworks was started nearly two years ago by Michael McKelvey in an effort to expand the capacity and community involvement of Fort Lewis College’s theatre offerings. Other Theatreworks productions include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Much Ado About Nothing, and Heathers the Musical, all which cast community members alongside Fort Lewis students. This will be the second year that the company has produced A Christmas Carol for the stage and the radio. By Jessica McCallum. This story is sponsored by The Payroll Department and Serious Texas BBQ

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New Designs, Old Designs, Designs Everywhere
Dec21

New Designs, Old Designs, Designs Everywhere

Submit your nominees for the Design and Development Awards for outstanding projects in the community for 2023. The City of Durango has a new, more modern look to the website along with improved accessibility. On January 1st, San Juan Basin Public Health will officially hand the reins to La Plata County Public Health Department and Archuleta County Public Health Department, with a slight transition period and important notices. And Santa Rita Park is once again the location for dropping off your Christmas Tree this year. By Hannah Robertson This story is sponsored by Tafoya Barrett & Associates and Happy Pappy’s Pizza & Wings

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Four Corners Gift Guide
Dec20

Four Corners Gift Guide

The holidays are rapidly approaching and if you haven’t found something for the loved ones on your list, there are plenty of local options to choose from. Local artists and entrepreneurs offer everything from bags, to candles, clothes and more. Mancos based Thread, Metal and Stone repurposes fire hose to produce sturdy totes and slings along with jewelry for active people. Claire West Studio sells lavender products from a Cortez family lavender farm. Our region is full of second hand and consignment stores to uncover the perfect gift no one else will have. By Connor Shreve This story is sponsored by Kroegers Ace Hardware and Sky Ute Casino

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Pop Some Tags and Bolster Community at Methodist Thrift
Dec18

Pop Some Tags and Bolster Community at Methodist Thrift

The Methodist Thrift Shop, located on 2nd Ave. in downtown Durango, is a well-known, local, establishment known for its offering of low cost, second hand, clothing, books, décor, and more. What’s lesser known is how essential this non-profit is to the community. Methodist Thrift’s proceeds go towards supplying vouchers to individuals experiencing financial hardship, as well as large sum donations to local humanitarian causes. By Zachary Marqua. This story is sponsored by Tafoya Barrett & Associates and Happy Pappy’s Pizza and Wings

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Poet Laureates Announced
Dec16

Poet Laureates Announced

The Durango Poet Laureate Committee announced the first poet laureate and rising poet laureate, who will serve three-year terms writing poems for special events and occasions. The City of Durango adopted the 2024 budget at the December 5th meeting, and United Airlines has announced it will be starting twice-daily trips with the Airbus A319, the largest plane currently serving the Durango La Plata County Airport. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by The Payroll Department and Serious Texas BBQ

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The “Act” of Balancing Everything
Dec08

The “Act” of Balancing Everything

The Four Corners Professional Women’s Summit has experienced significant growth over the past four years. The event encourages women from the Four Corners area and beyond to network, connect with professionals, and celebrate the community of Farmington. The recent summit, themed “Balancing ‘Act’,” focused on the challenges of maintaining balance in life. Speakers included Mary Bono, a former congresswoman, and Jennifer McCoy, an Air Force veteran and businesswoman, who shared insights on life’s balancing act. The summit coincided with the Business-to-Business Expo, showcasing Four Corners businesses and providing networking opportunities. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Three Rivers Brewery and Big Idea Makerspace at San Juan College

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Leveling Up the Experience
Dec08

Leveling Up the Experience

Lola’s Place, a staple of Durango for gathering for a cup of coffee or fresh tacos, is refreshing the customer experience for an all-season event. Over the past couple of months, additions and renovations to the inside have allowed for an increase in service from the bar, and expanded menus from Cuevas Tacos and Rokko Izakaya mean more hours and more opportunities to gather. Everyone is invited to the winter re-opening December 15th to celebrate the new space. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Kroegers Ace Hardware and Serious Texas BBQ

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Ignacio Monthly Roundup: December
Dec08

Ignacio Monthly Roundup: December

A low-cost spay and neuter clinic is coming to Ignacio this month, provided by the La Plata County Humane Society. Ignacio Community Library has a variety of craft opportunities this month to get that holiday spirit going (or to make that perfect gift!), and ring in the holiday break with Ignacio Schools’ Bobcat Jingle Jam. The Southern Ute Tribe has announced the dates for the run-off election for the tribal council seat and tribal chairman. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Tafoya Barrett & Associates and Happy Pappy’s Pizza & Wings

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Moving Day and Christmas Reward Program
Dec06

Moving Day and Christmas Reward Program

Durango School District 9-R has begun moving the administration from the former, historic administration building downtown to its new location in Bodo Park. The City of Durango has announced a domain change to better assure residents of the authenticity of the website. Durango’s Business Improvement District is bringing back the winter rewards program, and celebrate the holidays with gingerbread and more at the Black Diamond Lodge’s Gingerbread Lodge. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Sky Ute Casino and Kroeger’s Ace Hardware

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