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Gov. Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for non-essential workers and activities.

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La Plata County behind state, nation in census response

Wednesday was Census Day – a reference date, not a deadline – and La Plata County is slowly making progress on the 2020 census count, despite nationwide coronavirus-related delays. The U.S. Census...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Emergency Relief Fund announces $50,500 in aid

The Community Emergency Relief Fund has awarded $50,500 in grants to nonprofits working with people who have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Southwest Colorado. “The COVID-19 coronavirus is...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Humane Society lays off staff, braces for revenue decline

The La Plata County Humane Society is in need of help after having to lay off nearly half of its staff because of the coronavirus outbreak, with significant revenue losses expected in coming weeks....

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County reports first death from COVID-19

The Montezuma County Public Health Department announced Thursday morning that the county has confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19, one of which has resulted in a death. The two new cases...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man’s trip from Ecuador highlights slow COVID-19 response in U.S.

Durango resident Ray Pierotti appreciates much about America: its people, its safety, its freedoms. But a recent trip to Ecuador gave him a different perspective on American society. The Ecuadorian...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 8 hours 27 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

A list of closures, cancellations and notices across La Plata County

Numerous closures have been announced across Southwest Colorado as a result of the spreading coronavirus. As of Wednesday, La Plata County had 23 cases of COVID-19. Colorado was reporting 3,342...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Are city slickers escaping to Vallecito? Lake community sets up neighborhood watch

The weekend before the statewide stay-at-home order, the roads around Vallecito Lake were filled with cars, some with out-of-state license plates. “When you have people from Vegas walking into the...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic postponed because of coronavirus

Memorial Day weekend in Durango is synonymous with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. It’s the symbolic start of summer tourism season, as thousands of cyclists line up in a 47-mile road race from...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA relaxes pollution reporting requirements during COVID-19 response

The Environmental Protection Agency notified chemical plants, power companies and other facilities last week that they do not have to meet the legal requirements for reporting air and water...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Town of Bayfield names one finalist for manager job

Bayfield this week announced one finalist for the permanent town manager position, Katie Sickles, the town’s current interim manager. The town received 26 applications for the position, although...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 23 hours 49 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield, Ignacio prepare for elections with social distancing in mind

Ignacio and Bayfield plan drive-up voting procedures for municipal elections, which will be held Tuesday, but neither town knows what to expect from voter turnout because of the coronavirus...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 23 hours 49 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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