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La Plata County treasurer faces $66,500 fine for late financial disclosures

La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele faces a $66,500 fine from the state of Colorado for failing to properly file financial disclosures that date back to her 2014 campaign. The Secretary of...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | UPDATED: 57 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores school board meets to discuss budget, teacher salaries

The Dolores school board, meeting Wednesday in a special workshop to discuss the preliminary 2018-2019 budget, focused on opportunities for savings and teachers’ salaries. “The majority of your...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Petitions to recall Dolores school board members are approved

Petitions to recall Dolores school board President Dee Prock and board member Vangi McCoy have been found sufficient, according to the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. The petitions...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez council to approve new city manager on Tuesday

The Cortez City Council will vote on a new city manager contract in a busy meeting on Tuesday. Since former City Manager Shane Hale left the position vacant in May, the council has narrowed down...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee Reservoir water inflow is lowest since dam was built

Inflow into McPhee Reservoir from the Dolores River has dropped to a historic low, falling below the 2002 levels that were the previous driest year since the reservoir was built. As a result,...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 hour 33 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire grows by 600 acres, expected to increase Monday

The 416 Fire appears to be ramping back up, growing by nearly 600 acres in 24 hours, according to an estimate released Monday. Rain tempered some aspects of the fire June 16 and 17 – causing a...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 hour 45 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New airport director focuses on incremental improvements

For Tony Vicari, managing the Durango-La Plata County Airport is the ideal job in an ideal locale for someone who likes to spend time on trails, whether it’s wearing hiking boots in the summer or...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Caption This!: ‘Dodge ... Not just for rams’

Herald Staff Report Durango Herald Facebook reader Melanie Watt Mooney submitted this week’s winning Caption This! headline: “Dodge ... Not just for rams.” The second-place caption was: “Nice rack”...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | UPDATED: 12 hours 59 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire grows 100 acres

Warmer, drier weather caused the 416 Fire to grow 100 acres Sunday, and fire officials expect the same conditions to last throughout the week. Gusty winds throughout the day caused large plumes of...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 minute ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County asserts jurisdiction of national forest routes

After analyzing historic maps, the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners asserts that numerous routes in the San Juan National Forest are under the jurisdiction of the counties where they are...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Primary elections will be held Tuesday

The only contested primary race in La Plata County is for the Democratic candidate for treasurer, but contested races at the state level are expected to draw voters to the ballot on Tuesday. Voters...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | UPDATED: 12 hours 59 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire grows slightly to 3,771 acres; containment drops

The Burro Fire east of Dolores grew 6 acres on Saturday, and crews continued to check containment lines on its northwestern and southern sides. An infrared mapping flight about 10:51 p.m. Saturday...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | UPDATED: 16 hours 17 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News