2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

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2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

Year sees fires, floods, frailty and resilience
The 416 Fire burns down the Hermosa Cliffs above U.S. Highway 550 on June 6, five days after the fire broke out. The fire burned an estimated 54,000 acres and actively burned for more than 125 days. The cause has not been released.
Drought conditions were to blame for low water levels at Vallecito Reservoir. The lake was 40 percent full, down about 32 feet from full capacity in July.
La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Lee Parker emptied a box of additional petition sections that were turned in to her office for the amended recall of La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt in May. Ty Hawkins, right, was one of three residents who spearheaded the recall effort.
Bill Elkins and Karen White walked their dogs, Goldie and Riley, through a flooded KOA Campground north of Durango in July after heavy rainfall in the 416 Fire burn area washed rocks and mud into low-lying areas.
Addyson Lubrant, 4, was one of the first people to show up ready to fish at Lake Nighthorse when it opened at the end of March. Addyson is the daughter of David and Lindsay Lubrant.
Courtesy of city of Durango

Residents selected “Common Threads,” a concept by Durango artists Allison Leigh Smith and Bryce Pettit, for the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection. The original concept included 15 to 30 panels with textile-like designs. But after the city did not receive part of a grant for the project, the installation will be scaled back.
Homeless residents Tabitha Anderson-Niver and Christopher Rodgers, settle into their campsite near the Durango Tech Center in November.
Top stories read at durangoherald.com

News about the 416 Fire topped the list of most-read stories this year. Of the top 25, almost all were related to the fire. Here are five most-read stories not about the fire
1. Durango City Council bans sitting, lying on sidewalks
2. Durango train faces tough questions going forward
3. Navajo filmmaker arrested on sexual assault charges while in Durango.
4. Rogue campground crops up in Durango Walmart parking lot
5. Hunter mistakenly kills moose in Silverton.

2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

The 416 Fire burns down the Hermosa Cliffs above U.S. Highway 550 on June 6, five days after the fire broke out. The fire burned an estimated 54,000 acres and actively burned for more than 125 days. The cause has not been released.
Drought conditions were to blame for low water levels at Vallecito Reservoir. The lake was 40 percent full, down about 32 feet from full capacity in July.
La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Lee Parker emptied a box of additional petition sections that were turned in to her office for the amended recall of La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt in May. Ty Hawkins, right, was one of three residents who spearheaded the recall effort.
Bill Elkins and Karen White walked their dogs, Goldie and Riley, through a flooded KOA Campground north of Durango in July after heavy rainfall in the 416 Fire burn area washed rocks and mud into low-lying areas.
Addyson Lubrant, 4, was one of the first people to show up ready to fish at Lake Nighthorse when it opened at the end of March. Addyson is the daughter of David and Lindsay Lubrant.
Courtesy of city of Durango

Residents selected “Common Threads,” a concept by Durango artists Allison Leigh Smith and Bryce Pettit, for the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection. The original concept included 15 to 30 panels with textile-like designs. But after the city did not receive part of a grant for the project, the installation will be scaled back.
Homeless residents Tabitha Anderson-Niver and Christopher Rodgers, settle into their campsite near the Durango Tech Center in November.

2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

A representation of the size of what a conference, arts and civic center might look like if built downtown. Local business leaders have been working for decades to kick-start efforts to build a center in Durango.

2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

Longtime educator Tom Stritikus became the new president of Fort Lewis College in August. Stritikus succeeded Dene Kay Thomas. Stritikus left his job as deputy director of K-12 Education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to take the helm at FLC. He said FLC’s commitment to affordable, quality education for first-generation students and the college’s work to meet the needs of Native American and Latino students drew him to the school.

2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

In July, the U.S. Forest Service gave developers of the proposed Village at Wolf Creek access to move forward on the project.

2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

A large number of fish in the Animas River died when debris flows and mudslides flooded the waterway in July. The river filled with ash, mud and other detritus when heavy rainstorms fell over the 416 Fire burn scar north of Durango.

2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

Audience members applauded a resident who addressed La Plata County officials during a meeting in January about the proposed land-use code. The contentious issue drew more than 1,000 residents to the meeting.

2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

La Plata County Manager Joanne Spina will retire Jan. 2. She has worked in various positions for the county for 30 years.

2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

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2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

Lauren Park, 16, pretended to take a selfie with fellow Durango High School students during a game of “Walk Around Cool” in August. The game aims to break down social barriers and is part of the Sources of Strength program, which is designed to spread positive habits through a school’s social network.

2018: A review of the news in La Plata County

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