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Durango Police Thursday 8:09 a.m. A driver rear-ended another vehicle in the 900 block of Camino del Rio. 9:58 a.m. A man believed to be intoxicated refused to leave Manna soup kitchen. 11:34...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man sentenced to 46 years in prison for Ignacio murder

A Colorado judge sentenced a Cortez man Friday to the near-maximum punishment after he admitted last year to murdering Mark Wayman execution-style near Ignacio. District Court Judge Todd Norvell...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

What to do about Southwest Colorado’s ailing elk herds?

A series of public meetings in coming weeks will look at how to handle Southwest Colorado’s declining and ailing elk herd populations. Every 10 years or so, Colorado Parks and Wildlife revises its...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police prepare for thousands at Snowdown Light Parade

Anything that could go wrong will go wrong, according to Murphy’s Law, and the Durango Police Department spent weeks preparing for the worst at the 42nd annual Snowdown Light Parade, said Chief Bob...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police seize drugs and cash during traffic stop

Durango police seized a “significant amount” of LSD, cocaine, ketamine and cash Thursday night after a traffic stop. The investigation started when a patrol sergeant stopped a man on suspicion of...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pay increase is one piece of hiring push for Durango Police Department

The Durango Police Department hopes higher pay will attract more officers to the department, but after a month into 2020 and an increased pay schedule for city employees, the agency has not yet...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County residents meet to discuss pros, cons of wolf reintroduction

IGNACIO – Colorado may never come to a consensus about whether to reintroduce wolves, but can residents come to an understanding? In an age of fierce political divisiveness and endless volleys of...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers move closer to repealing death penalty

The deep and emotional tension surrounding a bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado came alive on the Senate floor in a six-hour debate Thursday. “By having the death penalty in Colorado, we...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. Congress tackles severe drought in the West

WASHINGTON – Despite above-average snowpack, Southwest Colorado remains in a severe drought. U.S. House lawmakers from several Western states, including Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Boulder, are considering...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County eyes September completion for new land-use code

La Plata County has its eye on adopting a new land-use code by the end of September, which if successful, would mark the first serious overhaul of the contentious regulations since the 1980s, a...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Best bets this weekend in and around Durango

Best bets this weekend include Snowdown and Artrageous. The 42nd annual Snowdown will take place through Sunday at various locations throughout Durango. The festival includes activities and events...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy screening patients for coronavirus as disease spreads

Mercy Regional Medical Center says it has began screening patients for the coronavirus virus as a precaution as the deadly disease makes its way from China to the United States. For the past week,...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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